Dr Andrew Christopher Smith

Dr Andrew Christopher Smith

Isotope Geochemist

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3541

E-mail Dr Andrew Christopher Smith

ORCID: 0000-0002-7658-6234


  • 2015 – ongoing : Stable Isotope Geochemist, NERC Isotope Geosciences Facility, British Geological Survey
  • 2015 –2015 : Stable Isotope Apprentice, NERC Isotope Geosciences Facility, British Geological Survey
  • 2010 –2014 : PhD from the University of Lancaster entitiled: Speleothem Climate Capture – A Holocene Reconstruction of Northern Iberian Climate and Environmental Change

Key papers

Published outputs

Research interests

  • The use of light stable isotopes as tracers to help us understand nutrient cycling and the impact of pollution on modern environments.
  • Developing methods for the tracing of phosphorus through soil and aquatic environments, with special focus on biological fractionations of phosphate oxygen isotopes in nature.
  • Light stable isotope geochemistry focused on understanding fractionations in oxygen and carbon isotopes during organic matter (both diatoms and vascular plants) decay and sedimentation.
  • Quaternary and especially Holocene palaeoclimate reconstruction using speleothem deposits, focusing on how changes in the North Atlantic Ocean are transmitted to atmospheric systems and terrestrial records.
  • Developing techniques that will allow for the analysis of phosphate oxygen isotopes from minimal amounts of speleothem carbonate.
  • The monitoring of the cave climate system particularly focused on understanding how changes in cave ventilation can influence drip water chemistry over a range of timescales.