Dr Andrew Tye

Process geochemist
BGS Keyworth

Andrew Tye’s Biography

  • 2004 – ongoing : Environmental Geochemist / Soil Scientist
  • 2015 – ongoing : Honorary Lecturer, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham.
  • 1997 –2004 : Post doctoral Research Associate — University of Nottingham
  • 1994 –1997 : PhD University of Wolverhampton, Soil and Plant Science

Research interests

  • The lability, speciation and bioavailability of metals in soils
  • Major nutrient cycles including (i) sediment Phosphorus interactions and (ii) Nitrogen cycling (arctic tundra, shallow floodplain aquifers)
  • Soil formation, weathering & erosion
  • Determining methods to assess nanoparticle behaviour in soils

Current projects and collaborations

  • Land Ocean Carbon Transfer (LOCATE) – NERC funded cross centre project with CEH, NOC, PML and ERI examining the transfer of terrestrial carbon to the oceans
  • River and estuary sediment-phosphorus interactions in the River Nene and the Thames Estuary
  • Examining the long term changes in lability, solubility and fixation of trace metals in agricultural soils.
  • Assessing catchment erosion using turbidity sensors in the River Coln
  • Assessing environmental impacts on pipe networks on a NERC funded Knowledge transfer grant with Yorkshire Water
  • Current PhD students are looking at (i) dynamics of metal nanoparticles in soils (w/ University of Nottingham and CEH) and (ii) Soil Productive lifespans (w/ University of Lancaster

NERC Open Research Archive — Dr Andrew Tye

Key papers

I have published over 50 peer reviewed papers including the following recent publications

Izquierdo, M, Tye, A M, and Chenery, S R. 2017. Using isotope dilution assays to understand speciation changes in Cd, Zn, Pb and Fe in a soil model system under simulated flooding Geoderma, 295, 41–52.

Garforth, J, Bailey, E H, Tye, A M, Young, S D, and Lofts, S. 2016. Using isotopic dilution to assess chemical extraction of labile Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, and Pb in soils. Chemosphere, 155, 534–541.

Tye, A M, Rawlins, B G, Rushton, J C, and Price, R. 2015. Understanding the controls on sediment–P interactions and dynamics along a non–tidal river system in a rural–urban catchment: The River Nene. Applied Geochemistry, 66, 219–233.

Tye, A M, and Lapworth, D J. 2015. Characterising changes in fluorescence properties of Dissolved Organic Matter and links to N cycling in agricultural floodplains. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment, 221, 245–257.


  • Soil Science
  • Environmental Geochemistry

Professional associations

  • Member of British Soil Science Society

Boards and committees

  • 2015 – ongoing:Member of the Soil Training and Research Studentships CDT (STARS) Managemnt Board

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