Dr Nick Roberts

Research scientist and laboratory manager
BGS Keyworth

Nicholas Roberts’s Biography

  • 2012 – present: NIGL-BGS ICP-MS Laboratory Manager
  • 2010 – 2012: NIGL Research Scientist
  • 2006 – 2010: PhD University of Leicester

Research interests

  • Analytical developments in LA-ICP-MS
  • Igneous and metamorphic petrology
  • Geochronology of fractures and fluid flow
  • Precambrian geology and supercontinent history


Key papers

  • Drake, H, Heim, C, Roberts, N M, Zack, T, Tillberg, M, Broman, C, Ivarsson, M, Whitehouse, M J, and Åström, M E. 2017. Isotopic evidence for microbial production and consumption of methane in the upper continental crust throughout the Phanerozoic eon. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 470, pp.108-118.
  • Spencer, C J, Roberts, N M W, and Santosh, M. 2017. Growth, destruction, and preservation of Earth’s continental crust. Earth-Science Reviews, 172, pp.87-106.
  • Roberts, N M, Yang, Q Y, and Santosh, M. 2018. Rapid oxygen diffusion during high temperature alteration of zircon. Scientific reports, 8(1), p.3661.
  • Drake, H, Mathurin, F A, Zack, T, Schäfer, T, Roberts, N M, Whitehouse, M, Karlsson, A, Broman, C, and Åström, M E. 2018. Incorporation of metals into calcite in a deep anoxic granite aquifer. Environmental science & technology, 52(2), pp.493-502.
  • Slagstad, T, Roberts, N M, Coint, N, Høy, I, Sauer, S, Kirkland, C L, Marker, M, Røhr, T S, Henderson, I H, Stormoen, M A, and Skår, Ø. 2018. Magma-driven, high-grade metamorphism in the Sveconorwegian Province, southwest Norway, during the terminal stages of Fennoscandian Shield evolution. Geosphere, 14(2), pp.861-882.
  • Roberts, N M, and Santosh, M. 2018. Capturing the Mesoarchean Emergence of Continental Crust in the Coorg Block, Southern India. Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2018GL078114
  • Roberts, N M, Rasbury, E T, Parrish, R R, Smith, C J, Horstwood, M S, and Condon, D J. 2017. A calcite reference material for LA‐ICP‐MS U‐Pb geochronology. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 18(7), pp.2807-2814.

Published outputs
NERC Open Research Archive — Nick Roberts

Boards and committees

  • 2017 – 2019 : Editorial Board for Geology
  • 2016 – ongoing : Secretary, International Association of Gondwana Research
  • 2013 – 2017 : Committee member, Metamorphic Studies Group
  • 2013 : Associate Editor for Geoscience Frontiers

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