Vanessa Pashley

Vanessa PashleyIsotope Support Scientist.  Deputy-manager of plasma ionisation mass spectrometry facility

Location: NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory, Keyworth

Tel: 0115 9363163 (office) 0115 9363163 (Lab)

E-mail Vanessa Pashley


  • BSc Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • MSc Environmental Analytical Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University


  • Radiogenic isotope mass spectrometry, with particular experience on Axiom and Nu–Plasma instruments.
  • Analysis of geological, environmental and archaeological materials using MC–ICP–MS in solution mode and by laser ablation.
  • Laser ablation U-Pb analysis of zircons and other minerals.
  • Laser ablation Hf analysis of zircon and other minerals.
  • Pb-isotope geochemistry, particularly as applied to archaeological artefacts.
  • Oxygen isotope analysis of archaeological materials.

Published outputs

Key Papers

SHEPHERD, T J, CHENERY, S R N, PASHLEY, V, et al. 2009. Regional lead isotope study of a polluted river catchment: River Wear, Northern England, UK. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 407, 4882–4893.

 WEEKS, L, KEALL, E, PASHLEY, V, et al. 2009. Lead isotope analyses of Bronze Age copper based artefacts from Al-Midamman, Yemen.  Towards the identification of an indigenous metal production and exchange system in the southern Red Sea region.  ARCHAEOMETRY, 51, 576–597.

NOBLE, S R, HORSTWOOD, M S A, DAVY, P, PASHLEY V et al. 2008. Evolving Pb isotope signatures of London airborne particulate matter (PM10) – constraints from on-filter and solution-mode MC-ICP-MS. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING, 10, 830–836.

HORSTWOOD, M S A, PARRISH, R R, CONDON, D J, PASHLEY V et al.  2006. Laser ablation acquisition protocols and non-matrix matched standardisation of U-Pb data. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA. 70, A264–A264.

PONTING, M, EVANS, J A, PASHLEY, V. 2003. Fingerprinting of Roman mints using laser-ablation MC-ICP-MS lead isotope analysis. ARCHAEOMETRY, 45, 591–597.