Prof Melanie Leng

Prof Melanie Leng

Science Director for the Stable Isotope Facility & Director of the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3515

E-mail Prof Melanie Leng

ORCID: 0000000311155166


  • Science Director, Stable Isotope Facility (part of the NERC Isotope Geoscience Facilities)
  • Director of the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry (a collaboration between University of Nottingham and BGS)
  • Chair of Isotope Geosciences in the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham.
  • Hirsch Factor: 57 based on 13000+ citations Google scholar); 44 based on 8000+ citations in Web of Science.

Boards and committees

Current projects and collaboration

  • NERC Large Grant: Integrated understanding of the early Jurassic Earth system and Timescale (JET) with Exeter, Oxford, Leeds et al.
  • NERC Standard Grant: Climate change in equatorial Africa: testing the megadrought hypothesis and its implications for human evolution (DeepCHALLA-UK)with Lancaster, Cambridge, Belfact, SUERC
  • Newton Fund RCUK-Partnerships Call: Assessing human impacts on the Red River system, Vietnam, to enable sustainable management with University of Nottingham
  • NERC Standard Grant: A 500,000-year environmental record from Chew Bahir, south Ethiopia: testing hypotheses of climate-driven human evolution, innovation, and dispersal with Aberystwyth et al.
  • Co-PI on the ICDP SCOPSCO project (Lake Ohrid drilling).
  • NERC Consortium Grant: The Mid-Palaeozoic Biotic Crisis - Setting the Trajectory of Tetrapod Evolution with Cambridge, Leicester et al.

Professional association

  • Editorial Board: Quaternary Research
  • Guest Editor for 6 special issues: Quaternary Science Reviews (2004), Earth Science Reviews (2006), Journal of Quaternary Science (2008), Quaternary Science Reviews (2013), Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (2014), Journal of Quaternary Science (2016).
  • Associate Editor: Nature Science Reports
  • Associate Editor: Quaternary Science Reviews
  • Associate Editor: Journal of Paleolimnology
  • Member of the Quaternary Research Association

Published outputs