Chris Hawkesworth


  • KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

Research interests - isotope and trace element geochemistry

  • The generation and evolution of the continental crust.
  • The nature of the geological record, and the extent to which it is biased by sedimentary and tectonic processes.
  • The effects of meteorite bombardment on the Earth’s crust, and the differentiation of impact melt sheets.
  • The use of transition metal isotopes to investigate processes at the interface between biological and inorganic geochemistry, and the extent to which the latter may have influenced biological evolution.
  • High-resolution continental records of archaeology and environmental change.
  • The processes of melt generation in large igneous provinces, with links to the causes of break-up of mega-continents, and the conditions of formation of the associated base metal sulphides.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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