Dr Arnoud Boom

Associate Professor in BiogeochemistryDr Arnoud Boom

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3832
  • Email: ab269@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Bennett Building F72b

Personal details


I am a bio-geochemist / organic geochemist. My research evolves around reconstructing climates of the past, in particular the tropics. I am also interested in soil and plant organic matter studies.

I am the Director and founder of the Leicester Environmental Stable Isotope Laboratory.

ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0003-1299-691X

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I have an interest in stable isotopes, organic geochemistry and climate change.

Analytical services

Upon request, I offer the following analyses services with a turnaround time of < month (on average):

  • elemental analysis of carbon and nitrogen
  • d13C and d15N on organics £5 per sample
  • d2H, d18O on cellulose samples £5 per sample
  • d2H, d18O on water samples £5 per sample
  • GC/MS analysis of lipid extract analyses £25 per sample
  • Pyrolysis GC/MS analysis £50 per sample
  • compound specific 13C and Deuterium analysis of lipid extracts
  • ATR, transmission and reflection FTIR, including microscopic imaging £25 for a signle ATR spectrum and £80 for an image

If you are interested in collaboration, feel free to contact me by email or telephone.


Research areas for PhD supervision

Stable isotopes, Organic geochemistry, Climate change, Palaeohydrology, Amazon, Andes, Neotropics

I am interested in supervising students on the following topics:

  • Palaeoclimate Neotropical environments
  • Palaeohydrology using Deuterium isotopes
  • Palaeoclimate of Southern Africa
  • Tropical tree ring stable isotopes
  • Peat geochemistry
  • Fate of organic matter in tropical forest ecosystems

Enquiries: If you are interested in studying for a PhD in one of these research areas, don't hesitate to contact me first and make informal enquiries via pgrgeog@le.ac.uk.

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