Dr Andrew Tye

Dr Andrew TyeProcess Geochemist in Soils, Landscape and Climate Processes Team

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3100

E-mail Dr Andrew Tye


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

Research interests

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


  • Soil Science
  • Hydrochemistry
  • Geochemistry

Current projects and collaboration

BGS Projects

  • Pb lability in contaminated peats of the North Pennines
  • Behaviour of Au nanoparticles in soil suspensions
  • Soil erosion and carbon dynamics in Shropshire
  • Nitrogen speciation in shallow floodplain aquifers

External Collaboration

  • BUFI-University of Cambridge PhD — The impact of the erosion of continental biomass on the earth’s thermostat
  • University Of Nottingham / University of Oxford  — Wind erosion rates in Eastern England
  • University of Nottingham / CEH — Lability and solubility of metals in soils
  • BUFI - University of Manchester PhD — Microbial response to soil chemistry defined by the Tellus dataset, Northern Ireland (start Sep 2010)

Professional association

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

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

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

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

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