Dr Andrew Tye

Dr Andrew Tye

Process Geochemist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3229

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  •  2004 – ongoing : Geochemist, British Geological Survey
  •  2001 –2004 : Post doctoral Research Associate — University of Nottingham
  •  2000 –2001 : Post doctoral Research Associate — University of Nottingham.
  •  1997 : PhD University of Wolverhampton, Soil and plant science
  •  1997 –2000 : Post doctoral Research Associate — University of Nottingham


  • Geochemistry
  • Hydrochemistry
  • Soil Science

Research interests

  • Determining methods to assess nanoparticle behaviour in soils
  • Nitrogen cycling in arctic tundra
  • Nitrogen cycling in shallow floodplain aquifers
  • Soil formation, weathering & erosion
  • The lability, speciation and bioavailability of metals in soils
  • Using isotopes as environmental tracers

Current projects and collaboration

  • BUFI - University of Manchester PhD — Microbial response to soil chemistry defined by the Tellus dataset, Northern Ireland (start Sep 2010)
  • BUFI-University of Cambridge PhD — The impact of the erosion of continental biomass on the earth's thermostat
  • Behaviour of Au nanoparticles in soil suspensions
  • Nitrogen speciation in shallow floodplain aquifers
  • Pb lability in contaminated peats of the North Pennines
  • Soil erosion and carbon dynamics in Shropshire
  • University Of Nottingham / University of Oxford  — Wind erosion rates in Eastern England
  • University of Nottingham / CEH — Lability and solubility of metals in soils

Professional association

  • Associate editor Journal of Environmental Quality
  • Member of British Soil Science Society

Published outputs

Key papers

TYE, A.M., POULTON, P.R. & KEMP, S.J. 2009. Responses of soil clay mineralogy in the Rothamsted Classical Experiments in relation to management practice and changing land use. Geoderma, 153(1-2), 136-146

TYE, A.M. & HEATON, T.H.E. 2007. Chemical and isotopic characteristics of weathering and nitrogen release in non-glacial drainage waters on Arctic tundra. Geochimica et Cosmoschimica Acta, 71, 4188-4205

TYE A.M., HODGKINSON, E. & RAWLINS, B.G. 2006. Microscopic and chemical studies of metal particulates in tree barks and attic dusts: evidence for historical atmospheric smelter emissions, Humberside, U.K. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2006, 8, 904-912

HOUGH, R.L., TYE, A.M., YOUNG, S.D., CROUT, N.M.J. & McGRATH, S.P. 2005. Evaluating the free ion activity model of metal uptake by higher plants using perennial rye grass (Lolium perenne L.) Plant and Soil, 270, 1-1

TYE, A.M., YOUNG, S.D., CROUT, N.M.J., WEST, H.M., LAYBOURN-PARRY, J., STAPLETON, L.M. & POULTON, P.R. 2005. The fate of 15N added to high arctic tundra to mimic increased inputs of atmospheric N released from a melting snowpack. Global Change Biology, 11, 1640-1654

HEATON, T.H.E., WYNN, P. & TYE, A.M. 2004. Low 15N/14N ratios for nitrate in snow in the High Arctic (79°N). Atmospheric Environment, 38, 5611-5621

TYE, A.M. YOUNG, S.D. CROUT, N.M.J., ZHANG, H., PRESTON, S., ZHAO, F.J. & McGRATH, S.P. 2004. Speciation and solubility of Cu, Ni and Pb in contaminated soils. European Journal of Soil Science, 55(3), 579-590

Tye, A.M., Young, S.D., Crout, N.M.J., Zhang, H., Preston, S., Barbosa-Jefferson, V.L., Davison, W., McGrath, S.P. & Paton, G.I. 2003. Predicting the activity of Cd2+ and Zn2+ in soil pore water from the radio-labile metal fraction. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta., 67(3), 375-385

Tye, A.M., Young, S.D., Crout, N.M.J., Zhang, H., Preston, S., Bailey, E.H., Davison, W., Mcgrath, S.P., Paton, G.I. and Kilham.K. 2002. Predicting arsenic solubility in contaminated soils using isotopic dilution techniques. Environmental Science and Technology, 36, 982-988