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Professor Rich Pancost

Professor Rich Pancost

Professor Rich Pancost
B.Sc.(Case W.Reserve), Ph.D.(Penn.State)

Head of School
Professor of Biogeochemistry

Area of research

How the Earth System works - and what it means for people

Office G23 WMB
c/o Department of Earth Sciences,
Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road BS8 1RJ
(See a map)

Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 5007

Research summary

Rich is an organic geochemist, biogeochemist and palaeoclimatologist.  From 2013 to 2018, he was Director of the interdisciplinary University of Bristol Cabot Institute which explores how we depend on and shape our planet. He is currently Head of the School of Earth Sciences, with a joint appointment in the School of Chemistry.

Organic Geochemistry Unit (OGU) website

I obtained a BSc in Geology from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, USA) in 1992, and a PhD in Geosciences from Penn State University in 1998.  During my PhD, working with Kate Freeman, I conducted research on how organisms adapt to ...

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In 1992, I obtained my B.S. degree in Geology (with high honors) from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, USA) and began my Ph.D. research with Dr. Katherine Freeman at the Pennsylvania State University. There, I conducted research on environmental and physiological controls on the carbon isotopic composition of free and bound biomarker compounds in modern surface-water samples of the Peru upwelling region and ancient sediments of the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway (Cenomanian-Turonian boundary) and Taconic foreland basin (Late Ordovician). The common theme of these diverse studies was the development and application of compound-specific carbon isotope analysis as a ...

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