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Dr Emily Stevenson

Dr Emily Stevenson

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Independent Research Fellow

College Research Associate at Magdalene College




11/2015 to 10/2017: Horizon 2020 Marie Sklowdowka-Curie Individual Fellowship: Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK.
‘ICE-OTOPE’ Weathering and nutrient export from subglacial environments: A novel stable isotope approach.

07/2012 to 06/2015: Turner Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan, USA.
Stable strontium isotopes in glacial environments: Towards constraining the Sr geochemical cycle.

2009 to 2012: D.Phil. Earth Sciences; Isotope Geochemistry: Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford. Stable strontium isotope fractionation in marine and terrestrial environments.

2002 to 2007: M.Chem. with Hons. Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry: Department of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
1st Class Honors

Research Interests

» Isotope geochemistry related to low-temperature processes
» Biogeochemical cycling of elements in terrestrial and marine environments
» Biotic and abiotic weathering processes, and water-rock interactions
» Glacial cycles and ocean/landscape evolution related to mineral weathering and CO2 evolution
» Pan-Arctic, glacial and high altitude fieldwork


Stable isotopes ; Geochemistry ; Glaciology

Key Publications

Arendt, C.A., Aciego, S.M., Simms, K.W., Das, S.B., Sheik, C.S., Stevenson, E.I. 2018. Greenland subglacial water and proximal seawater U chemistry: Implications for seawater δ234U on glacial-interglacial timescales. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta V. 225, 102-115

Stevenson, E.I. Fantle, M.S. Das, S.B. Williams, H.M. Aciego, S.M., 2017. The iron isotopic composition of subglacial streams draining the Greenland ice sheet, Geochimica Cosmochemica Acta v. 213, p. 237-254                                                                 

Aarons, S.M., Blakowski, M.A., Aciego, S.M., Stevenson, E.I., Simms, K.W.W., Scott, S., Aarons, C., 2017. Geochemical characterization of important dust source areas in the American West. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 215,  141-161                                                                                      

Stevenson, E.I., Aciego, S. M., Burton, K.W., Parkinson, I.J., Blakowski, M.A., Arendt, C.A., 2016. Insights into combined radiogenic and stable strontium isotopes as tracers for weathering processes in subglacial environments in glacial discharge: Lemon Creek Glacier, Alaska. Chemical Geology, 429, 33-43.

Arendt, C.A., Stevenson, E.I., Aciego, S.M., 2016. Hydrologic controls on radiogenic Sr in meltwater from an alpine glacier system (Athabasca Glacier, Canada), Applied Geochemistry, 69, 42-49

Clinger, A.E., Aciego, S.M., Stevenson, E.I., Arendt, C.A., Robbins, M.J., 2016. Implications for post-comminution processes in subglacial suspended sediment using coupled radiogenic strontium and neodymium isotopes. Geomorphology, 259, 134-144

Sheik CS, Stevenson EI, Den Uyl PA, Arendt CA, Aciego SM and Dick GJ., 2015, Microbial communities of the Lemon Creek Glacier show subtle structural variation yet stable phylogenetic composition over space and time. Frontiers in Microbiolgy 6:495. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00495

Aciego, S.M., Stevenson, E.I., Arendt, C.A., 2015. Climate versus geological controls on glacial  meltwater micronutrient production in southern Greenland: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 424, 51-58.

Yi Niu, Y., Castro, M.C., Aciego, S.M., Hall, C.M., Stevenson, E.I., Arendt, C.A., 2015. Noble Gas Signatures in Greenland – Tracing Glacial Meltwater Sources. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (21), 9311-9318

Stevenson, E.I., Hermoso, M., Tyler, J., Rickaby, R.E.M., Burton, K.W., Parkinson, I.J., 2014. Stable strontium isotope fractionation in coccolithophores: Proxy for coccolithophore growth rate and implications for the marine Sr cycle. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 128, 225-235.

Touceda-Varela, A., Stevenson, E.I., Galve-Gasion, J.A., Dryden, D.T.F., Mareque-Rivas, J.C. 2008 Selective Turn-On Fluorescence Detection of Cyanide in Water Using Hydrophobic CdSe Quantum Dots, Chem. Commun., 2008, 1998 – 2000

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