Maria Izquierdo Ramonet
Research group: Environmental Geochemistry and Atmospheric Research (EGAR)
My research seeks to enhance our mechanistic understanding of the behaviour and transfer of trace elements at the geosphere-biosphere interface. My work has a strong analytical basis and a key aspect is the development of advanced ICP-MS applications to produce accurate elemental and isotopic data shedding light on the biogeochemical behaviour of stable and long-lived radio-isotopes in the environment. Another key driver of my research is developing our ability to produce mechanistically sound long-term predictions of trace element behaviour. My work has addressed a variety of issues including global food security aspects such as nutrient deficiencies in rice paddies, the impact of flooding on metal lability in alluvial soils, or the long term biogeochemical behaviour of radionuclides in soil and their potential transfers into plants and wildlife.