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Department of Biogeochemistry and Earth Science



Sampling sediments from a core at the SMIWelcome to the web pages of the Department of Biogeochemistry and Earth Science at SAMS. We are a multidisciplinary department comprising of 15 staff and four postgraduate students including geologists, geochemists, biogeochemists, and radiochemists.

The group has experience in surveying, sampling, analysing and interpreting a huge variety of marine waters, sediments and depositional environments from oceanic deep-water basins to the continental shelf. We are also engaged in a diverse range of public outreach, educational activities and commercial work.


Dr John Howe
Head of Department



The department's research aims encompass the investigation of rates, patterns and frequencies of natural and man-made change in the marine environment at scales from longer term (100ka) to short term (annual, seasonal, diurnal and even tidal).

Our research areas include


Biogeochemistry and Earth Science facilities

To deliver its ambitious scientific programmes the Department of Biogeochemistry and Earth Science is equipped with some excellent sampling, technical and analytical facilities. Please follow the links below for more in depth information:

Contact us
Scottish Marine Institute
Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA
T: 01631 559000
F: 01631 559001