Stable isotope facility

We are a node of the NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities and employ a wide variety of stable isotope methodologies in environmental change, pollution, hydrology, and human-landscape interactions research. We are also an integral part of the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, a collaboration between BGS and the University of Nottingham.

Research areas

Environmental change

The stable isotope programme continues to focus on the environment, in particular climate change with increasing importance on the Anthropocene and the modern calibration period. The environmental change group continues to develop analytical protocols for the measurement of the major element stable isotopes, in particular silicon, oxygen and nitrogen. Biogeochemical cycling and the Anthropocene continue to be growth areas.

Pollution and tracers

Using stable isotopes as tracers in modern pollution studies and the hydrological cycle is becoming a more critical issue with enhanced emphasis on human impact on the environment, resource security, and environment and health. Focus includes nutrient and pollution cycling using non-traditional stable isotopes and understanding the effect of increasing atmospheric CO2 on carbon cycling in soils, lakes and oceans.

Human-landscape interactions

Our aim is to provide international standard support in isotope science for researchers and students of human-landscape interactions and archaeology. We have facilities to analyse stable isotopes in a range of archaeological/environmental materials. Applicants should be aware that as a NERC facility our steering committee only supports pure archaeology projects that fit the NERC Science Based Archaeology remit.


A guide to facilities and instrumentation.


The Stable isotope facility employs around 7 staff.


Appointments, conferences & workshops, grants & awards, job opportunities, media & outreach, PhDs awarded, publications.

How to applyHow to apply

Application forms and guidance notes for submissions to the NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities Steering Committee.

Centre for Environmental GeochemistryCentre for Environmental Geochemistry

A joint initiative in geochemistry between BGS and the University of Nottingham.

User Survey 2015User Survey 2015

A summary of the results from the Stable Isotope Facility 2015 user survey.


Contact Béatrice Bullock-von Moos for further information about the Stable isotope facility.