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Dr Heather Buss

Dr Heather Buss

Dr Heather Buss
BS(Penn.State), PhD(Penn.State)

Associate Professor in Biogeochemical Weathering

Area of research

Mineral weathering and biogeochemical processes in the Critical Zone

Office IC4.04
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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Research summary

The rates and mechanisms of weathering processes are important to understanding a variety of environmentally and economically important issues including the (bio)geochemical cycling of mineral nutrients, the evolution of landforms, and the long-term drawdown of atmospheric CO2. Most weathering occurs within the “critical zone”, which is the external layer of the terrestrial Earth from the vegetation canopy to fractured bedrock. This zone sustains most terrestrial life on the planet, yet natural and human-related processes perturb and threaten the critical zone worldwide. Undoubtedly, the most significant aspect of weathering is the breakdown of rocks to form soils, a process that ...

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I am an Associate Professor (Reader) in Biogeochemical Weathering. I joined the University of Bristol School of Earth Sciences in 2011 so I could work with undergraduate and postgraduate students, as a teacher, research collaborator, and as a mentor.  In my research, I seek to understand the fate of mineral nutrients as rocks undergo chemical, biological and physical weathering and transform into soil. I am especially interested in the feedbacks between geochemical reactions and biological processes (microbial activities and plant uptake).

I use my research activity and interests to inform my teaching, which includes the following units: Soils and ...

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