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Research at St Andrews

Toby James Boocock


Research overview

Toby graduated in 2017 with a BSc (Hons) Physical Geography and Geology from Edge Hill University (UK) followed by a MSc in Geochemistry at the University of St Andrews (UK; 2017-2018). He is presently persuing a PhD in Isotope Geochemistry at the University of St Andrews supervised by Dr Eva Stueeken, Dr Sami Mikhail and Dr Julie Prytulak (Durham University). This research is funded through a UKRI studentship within the IAPETUS doctoral training partnership (2018-2022).

His research uses novel methods for analysing geologically bound nitrogen in granitic rocks as a potential archive of changing surface nitrogen cycling through Earths history. Whilst a member of the St Andrews Stable Isotope Laboratory he has custom built and extensively tested a one-of-a-kind sealed-tube combustion method that enables the routine analysis of silicate materials for trace amounts of nitrogen and associated nitrogen isotope values. 

He is broadly interested in the behaviour of nominally 'volatile' elements in the igneous continental crust, and what we can learn from these about the development of a habitable and clement planetary surface. 

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