Dr Terry Isson

Terry Isson

Senior Lecturer (Geobiology & Marine Chemistry)

Qualifications: Ph.D. Yale; BSc(Hons) St Andrews;

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About Terry

My research most broadly focuses on better understanding global biogeochemical cycles, both in the modern, and also its evolution throughout Earth’s history. I integrate field, petrographic, geochemical and laboratory experimentation with numerical models, in order to test hypothesis of global change that concern the co-evolution of microbial life and its environment. A central theme of my research is to better understand the processes that regulate the global carbon cycle, and the mechanisms that give rise to planetary climate stability. I am also working to explore the efficacy of enhanced silicate rock weathering in both the terrestrial and marine environment as a means of carbon capture and sequestration.

Available graduate positions contact [email protected]

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

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Research Interests

Recent Publications

  • Foster, W. J., Ayzel, G., Münchmeyer, J., Rettelbach, T., Kitzmann, N. H., Isson, T. T., . . . Aberhan, M. (2022). Machine learning identifies ecological selectivity patterns across the end-Permian mass extinction. Paleobiology. doi:10.1017/pab.2022.1

  • Kalderon-Asael, B., Katchinoff, J. A. R., Planavsky, N. J., Hood, A. V. S., Dellinger, M., Bellefroid, E. J., . . . Pogge von Strandmann, P. A. E. (2021). A lithium-isotope perspective on the evolution of carbon and silicon cycles. Nature, 595(7867), 394-398. doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03612-1

  • Zhang, Y., Planavsky, N. J., Zhao, M., Isson, T., Asael, D., Wang, C., & Wang, F. (2021). The isotopic composition of sedimentary organic zinc and implications for the global Zn isotope mass balance. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 314, 16-26. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2021.09.009

  • Syverson, D. D., Reinhard, C. T., Isson, T. T., Holstege, C. H., Katchinoff, J. A. R., Tutolo, B. M., . . . Planavsky, N. J. (2021). Nutrient Supply to Planetary Biospheres From Anoxic Weathering of Mafic Oceanic Crust. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(19). doi:10.1029/2021GL094442

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Biochemistry; Chemistry; Climate; Environment; Environmental Biochemistry; Environmental Chemistry; Geochemical Environment; Geology

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]