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Professor Laura Robinson

Professor Laura Robinson

Professor Laura Robinson
MA, MSc(Cantab.), PhD(Oxon.)

Professor of Geochemistry

Area of research

To document and understand the processes that govern climate

Office G15
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 331 5158


My research interests are to document and understand the processes that govern climate on time scales ranging from the modern day back through hundreds of thousands of years. To do this research I use geochemical techniques, with an emphasis on radioactive elements including uranium series isotopes and radiocarbon. These elements are particularly valuable as they have a wide range of decay rates and geochemical properties and can be analysed in geologic materials such as corals, marine sediments and seawater.

Through a combination of field work (see the cruise blog link for an example) and lab work (see lab website link) I have been tackling questions relating to:

  • Timing of Pleistocene climate change events
  • Palaeoclimate reconstructions
  • Deep-sea coral paleo-biogeography
  • Impact of weathering on the ocean and climate
  • Biomineralization
  • Development of new geochemical proxies for past climate conditions
  • Chemical tracers of ocean circulation

Deep sea coral from Drake Passage

NB Palmer

Ice berg in Southern Ocean



2016: Professor, University of Bristol

2012 Reader, University of Bristol

2011 Lecturer, University of Bristol

2009 Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

2006 Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

2003Post-doctoral Fellow in Geochemistry, California Institute of Technology



2003 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

"U-Th Dating of Marine Isotope Stage Seven using Bahamian Slope Sediments”

1999 Master of Sciences (Earth Sciences) University of Cambridge

1998 Bachelor of Arts (Natural Sciences) University of Cambridge




Undergraduate Teaching and Related Administration


Tracing and Observing The Earth System

Advanced Field Work

MSci Research Projects

EGS third year dissertation project supervision

Undergraduate Personal Tutor

School of Earth Sciences Admissions Tutor



Reseach advisor for PhD and MRes students


George Rowland

Helena Pryer

Ana Sapmeriz

Tao Li

Jennifer Dentith

Naomi Pratt

Lisette Victorero-Gonzalez 


Dr Peter Spooner 

Dr Vanessa Fairbank

Dr Hong Chin Ng

Dr Maria Chapela Lara 

Dr Andrea Burke 




  • Low temperature geochemistry
  • uranium series nuclides
  • paleoceanography
  • chemcial weathering
  • ocean circulation
  • chemical oceanography.

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system


Professor Robinson currently teaches 5 courses:

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