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My expertise is in low-temperature geochemistry and biogeochemistry with a focus on weathering and mineral nutrient cycling in soils using a critical zone science approach. Specific research goals include resolving rates of mineral weathering and soil formation and identifying and quantifying feedbacks between mineral weathering, erosion, and biology in the critical zone. Future global challenges to environmental sustainability and food security urgently require the ability to accurately “earthcast” changes in critical zones, but that will not be possible until we can untangle the highly interconnected processes involved. I utilise a range of techniques at multiple spatial and temporal scales to examine these interconnected processes, including microscopy and spectroscopy (e.g. SEM, microprobe, synchrotron-based techniques), wet chemistry (elemental and isotopic), reactive transport modelling, and collaborate on molecular geomicrobiology analyses.









(2014) Critical Zone Weathering Hotspots
Buss H, Moore O, Chapela Lara M, Schulz M & White A




(2013) Li and Sr Constraints on Biogeochemical Processes in a Tropical Andesitic Watershed
Clergue C, Dessert C, Buss H, Dellinger M, Crispi O, Rousteau A, Gaillardet J & Benedetti M

(2013) Mg Isotopes: Insights into Weathering in a Tropical Volcaniclastic Regolith
Chapela Lara M, Buss HL, Pogge von Strandmann PAE, Dessert C & Gaillardet J


(2012) Back to the Future: The art of Weathering
Brantley S, Buss H & Schulz M

(2012) Probing the Deep Critical Zone beneath the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico
Buss H, Brantley S, Scatena F, Schulz M, White A, Blum A & Jiminez R











(2006) Weathering from the soil profile to the watershed: what controls the weathering advance rate?
Brantley S, Fletcher RC, Buss H, Moore J, Hausrath E, Stichler A, Lebedeva M & White AF


(2005) Microbial Fe Cycling in Deep Regolith
Buss H, Bruns MA, Schultz M, Mathur C, Moore J & Brantley S


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Goldschmidt2019 - Theme 09: Weathering, erosion and the critical zone
Goldschmidt2018 - Theme 12: Soils and the Critical Zone
Goldschmidt2015 - Theme 05: Weathering and Surface Processes

Session convener

Goldschmidt2017 - Session 09b: Carbonate Weathering Impacts on Critical Zone Evolution: Rapid Transformations of Structure and Function on Decade to Millennial Timescales
Goldschmidt2015 - Session 05a: The Global Weathering Thermostat: A Tribute to Bob Berner’s Legacy
Goldschmidt2013 - Session 16b: Probing the Critical Zone
Goldschmidt2011 - Session 14a: Critical Zone Processes at Multiple Scales

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