Dr Nick Roberts

Dr Nick Roberts

Research Scientist and Laboratory Manager

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3037

E-mail Dr Nick Roberts


  • 2006-2010: PhD University of Leicester
  • 2010-2012: NIGL Research Scientist
  • 2012-present: NIGL-BGS ICP-MS Laboratory Manager

Research interests

  • Analytical developments in LA-ICP-MS
  • Geochronology of fractures and fluid flow
  • Igneous and metamorphic petrology
  • Precambrian geology and supercontinent history

Boards and committees

  • Associate Editor for Geoscience Frontiers
  • Committee member, Metamorphic Studies Group
  • Secretary, International Association of Gondwana Research

Published outputs

Key papers

Shepherd, T, Dirks, W, Roberts, N, Patel, J, Hodgson, S, Pless-Mulloli, T, Walton, P, Parrish, R, 2016. Tracing fetal and childhood exposure to lead using isotope analysis of deciduous teeeth. Environmental Research, 145-153.

Roberts, N.M.W.; Spencer, C.J.. 2015 The zircon archive of continent formation through time. In: Roberts, N.M.W., (ed.) Continent formation through time. London, UK, Geological Society of London, 197-225. (Geological Society Special Publications, 389, 389).

Roberts, N, Slagstad, T, 2015. Continental growth and reworking on the edge of the Columbia and Rodinia supercontinents; 1.86-0.9 Ga accretionary orogeny in SW Fennoscandia. International Geology Review, 57, 1582-1606.

Smye, Andrew J.; Roberts, Nick M.W.; Condon, Daniel J.; Horstwood, Matthew S.A.; Parrish, Randall R.. 2014 Characterising the U–Th–Pb systematics of allanite by ID and LA-ICPMS: Implications for geochronology. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 135. 1-28.

Tapster, S, Roberts, N M W, Petterson, M G, Saunders, A D, Naden, J, 2014. From continent to intra-oceanic arc: zircon xenocrysts record the crustal evolution of the Solomon island arc. Geology, 42, 1087-1090.

Roberts, N M W, 2013, The boring billion? - Lid tectonics, continental growth and environmental change associated with the Columbia supercontinent. Geoscience Frontiers, 4, 681-691.