Dr Andrew Christopher Smith

Dr Andrew Christopher Smith

Isotope Geochemist

Location: 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

Research interests

  • The use of light stable isotopes as tracers to help us understand nutrient cycling and the impact of pollution on modern environments.
  • 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.
  • Understanding the sources and sinks of aerosols within cave systems and the impact that aerosol deposition may have on the speleothem palaeoclimate record

Published outputs

Key papers

Smith, A. C., Kendrick, C. P., Moss-Hayes, V. L., Vane, C. H., and Leng, M. J. 2017. Carbon isotope alteration during the thermal maturation of non-flowering plant species representative of those found within the geological record. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom., 31: 21–26. doi: 10.1002/rcm.7755.

Smith, A.C Wynn, P.M., Barker, P.A., Leng, M.J., Noble, S.R & Tych, W. 2016. North Atlantic forcing of moisture delivery to Europe throughout the Holocene. Scientific Reports, 6, 24745

Smith. A.C., Leng. M.J., Swann. G.E.A., Barker. P.A., Mackay. A.W., Ryves. D.B., Sloane. H.J., Chenery. S.R.N., Hems. M. 2016. An experiment to assess the effects of diatom dissolution on oxygen isotope ratios. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 30, 293-300.

Smith. A.C., Wynn. P.M., Barker. P.A., Leng. M.J., Noble. S., Stott, A. 2016. Cave monitoring and the potential for palaeoclimate reconstruction from Cueva de Asiul, Cantabria (N. Spain). International Journal of Speleology, 41(1), 1-9.

Smith. A.C., Wynn. P.M., Barker. P.A., Leng. M.J. 2015. Drip water electrical conductivity as an indicator of cave ventilation at the event scale. Science of the Total Environment, 532, 517-527

Smith, A.C., Wynn, P.M. and Barker, P.A. 2013. Natural and anthropogenic factors which influence aerosol distribution in Ingleborough Show Cave, UK. International Journal of Speleology, 42(1), 49-56.

Dredge, J., Fairchild, I.J., Harrison, R.M., Fernandez-Cortes, A., Sanchez-Moral, S., Jurado, V., Gunn, J., Smith, A.C., Spötl, C., Mattey, D., Wynn, P. and Grassineau. 2013. Cave aerosols: distribution and contribution to speleothem geochemistry. Quaternary Science Reviews, 63, 23-41.