UoB Benjamin Meaker Visting Professor Daniel Conley, Lund University, Sweden

Daniel Conley

The Evolution of Biosilicification and the Silicon Cycle

1 October - 22 December 2017


Professor Conley received a BSc in Chemistry from Tulane University, New Orleans (1989), a MSc in Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (1983), and a Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography at the University of Michigan (1987). He was an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Maryland Center of Environmental and Estuarine Science and moved to the National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark in 1995. In 2007 he became a Marie Curie Chair and then a Professor in Biogeochemistry at Lund University, Sweden in the Department of Geology. He has been a visiting Professor at Pierre and Marie Curie University and the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies, South Africa. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, has won numerous awards including the Ruth Patrick Award, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography and the Swedish Geologist of the Year.


Professor Conley will be working with Dr Kate Hendry to further exciting, cutting-edge research into biosilicification and its geochemical fingerprint. The silicon cycle is inherently linked to the cycling of carbon through both the drawdown of atmospheric carbon dioxide via silicate weathering processes and organic carbon production by biosilicifiers. The evolution of different organisms - from algae to plants and animals - that convert dissolved Si (DSi) into mineralized skeletons has dramatically changed both the terrestrial and marine silicon cycles. Biogenic silica can form a geochemical archive, which is one of the most important tools used for investigating silicon cycling in the modern Earth System and back through geological time.

During his stay Professor Conley will be hosted by Dr Kate Hendry (Earth Sciences)