Environmental Geochemistry


We study the biogeochemical processes at the Earth's surface and the interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and soils. Our research focuses on:

  • Biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and pollutants
  • Geochemistry of rocks, soils, sediments and regolith
  • Groundwater systems and groundwater–surface water interaction
  • Remediation of degraded and contaminated industrial sites and landscapes
  • Sequestration of CO2 in soil carbon and minerals
  • The impacts of human activities on biogeochemical and physical processes
  • Astrobiology and the geochemistry of planetary surfaces

Research Team

Prof Ian Cartwright
Application of geochemical tracers to understand processes in groundwater and surface water systems

Dr Andrew Frierdich
Spectroscopy and isotope geochemistry to understand how biogeochemical processes control the composition of minerals and aqueous fluids on the modern and early Earth. To learn more about Andrew's research please visit the Monash Environmental Geochemistry and Geochemical Analysis (MEGGA) Group website.

Assoc. Prof Vanessa Wong
Land and water management impacts, soil biogeochemical processes,soil-water interactions