Dr Aubrey Zerkle

Dr Aubrey Zerkle
Reader; Director of Postgraduate Research


 

I am a biogeochemist and a PI of the Peter James Clark Centre for Philosophical Geobiology. My primary interests are in the early Earth and extraterrestrial environments.

Research in my group focuses on understanding the co-evolution of life with planetary environments over geologic timescales. We utilize a multi-disciplinary approach, including stable isotope geochemistry, microbiology, trace element and nutrient analyses, to examine these interactions and possible feedbacks in modern and paleo-environments. Current research projects revolve around three broad areas:

1. Investigating feedbacks between the geosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere during important transitions in Earth history, including the Great Oxidation Event, Punctuated Haze Events, and mass extinction events;

2. Examining biogeochemical cycling in extreme environments that act as modern "analogues" to ancient Earth and exoplanetary systems (e.g., euxinic and acidic environments);

3. Establishing and evaluating stable isotope biosignatures for microbial activity, on Earth and beyond.

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Origin and evolution of the atmospheres of early Venus, Earth and Mars Helmut Lammer, Aubrey Lea Zerkle, Stefanie Gebauer, Nicola Tosi, Lena Noack, Manuel Scherf, Pilat-Lohinger Elke, Manuel Gudel, John Lee Grenfell, Mareike Godolt, Athanasia Nikolaou
Astronomy and Astrophysics Review vol.26
Onset of the aerobic nitrogen cycle during the Great Oxidation Event Aubrey Lea Zerkle, Simon W Poulton, Robert J Newton, Mark Claire, Andrey Bekker, Christopher K Junium
Nature 2017 vol.542 pp.465-467
Emerging biogeochemical views of Earth's ancient microbial worlds Timothy Lyons, David Fike, Aubrey Lea Zerkle
Elements 2015 vol.11 pp.415-421

Contact Details:

Dr Aubrey Zerkle
Irvine Building
University of St Andrews
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL
Fife
UK

tel: +44 01334 464949
fax: +44 01334 463949
room: 423 Irvine (office), D2-D4 Bute (labs)
email: az29@st-andrews.ac.uk

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