Dr Bill Perkins

Dr Bill Perkins


Contact Details



Current PhD Students

  • KESS Studentship starting 1.10.11

Group Affiliation

Research Interests

  • Analytical and environmental geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, biogeochemistry of mine drainage, metal mine remediation, metal mine drainage and bioabsorption, HR-ICP-MS.

Other Projects


Hodgson, E, James, A, Rao Ravella, S, Thomas Jones, S, Perkins, W & Gallagher, J 2016, 'Optimisation of slow-pyrolysis process conditions to maximise char yield and heavy metal adsorption of biochar produced from different feedstocks' Bioresource Technology, vol 214, pp. 574-581. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.05.009
Davies, AA, Perkins, W & Bowell, RJ 2016, 'Geochemical assessment of mine waste cover performance post reclamation at Parc mine, North Wales' Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, vol 16, no. 2, 320. DOI: 10.1144/geochem2014-320
Perkins, WT, Bird, G, Jacobs, SR & Devoy, C 2016, 'Field-scale study of the influence of differing remediation strategies on trace metal geochemistry in metal mine tailings from the Irish Midlands' Environmental Science and Pollution Research, vol 23, no. 6, pp. 5592-5608. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-5725-7
Preece, SJ, McGimsey, RG, Westgate, JA, Pearce, NJG, Hart, WK & Perkins, WT 2014, 'Chemical complexity and source of the White River Ash, Alaska and Yukon' Geosphere, vol 10, no. 5, pp. 1020-1042. DOI: 10.1130/GES00953.1
Blackwell, NL, Edwards, A & Perkins, WT 2014, 'Etifeddiaeth gweithgareddau mwyngloddio ym maes glo de Cymru: llygredd dŵr, ffurfiant mwynau haearn ac opsiynau glanhau dŵr cyffredin.' Gwerddon, vol 18, pp. 55-70.
Westgate, JA, Pearce, NJG, Perkins, WT, Preece, SJ, Chesner, CA & Muhammad, RF 2013, 'Tephrochronology of the Toba tuffs: four primary glass populations define the 75-ka Youngest Toba Tuff, northern Sumatra, Indonesia' Journal of Quaternary Science, vol 28, no. 8, pp. 772-776. DOI: 10.1002/jqs.2672
Westgate, JA, Pearce, GW, Preece, SJ, Schweger, CE, Morlan, RE, Pearce, NJG & Perkins, B 2013, 'Tephrochronology, magnetostratigraphy and mammalian faunas of Middle and Early Pleistocene sediments at two sites on the Old Crow River, northern Yukon Territory, Canada' Quaternary Research, vol 79, no. 1, pp. 75-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.yqres.2012.09.003
Pearce, N, Perkins, B, Westgate, JA & Wade, SC 2012, 'Corrigendum to "Trace-element microanalysis by LA-ICP-MS: The quest for comprehensive chemical characterisation of single, sub-10 μm volcanic glass shards" [Quat. Int. 246 (2011) 57-81]' Quaternary International, vol 276-277, pp. 298. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2012.06.035
Pearce, N, Perkins, B, Westgate, JA & Wade, SC 2011, 'Trace-element microanalysis by LA-ICP-MS: The quest for comprehensive chemical characterisation of single, sub-10 μm volcanic glass shards: The quest for comprehensive chemical characterisation of single, sub-10um volcanic glass shards' Quaternary International, vol 246, no. 1-2, pp. 57-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2011.07.012
Westgate, JA, Pearce, NJG, Perkins, WT, Shane, P & Preece, SJ 2011, 'Lead isotope ratios of volcanic glass by laser ablation inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry: Application to Miocene tephra beds in Montana, USA and adjacent areas' Quaternary International, vol 246, no. 1-2, pp. 82-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2011.08.003
Perkins, WT 2011, 'Extreme selenium and tellurium contamination in soils surrounding a Ni refinery in the Swansea Valley - an eighty year-old industrial legacy' Science of the Total Environment, vol 412-413, pp. 162–169. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.09.056
Preece, SJ, Westgate, JA, Froese, DG, Pearce, NJG & Perkins, WT 2011, 'A catalogue of late Cenozoic tephra beds in the Klondike goldfields and adjacent areas, Yukon Territory' Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, vol 48, no. 10, pp. 1386-1418. DOI: 10.1139/e10-110
Preece, SJ, Pearce, NJG, Westgate, JA, Froese, DG, Jensen, BJL & Perkins, WT 2011, 'Old Crow tephra across eastern Beringia: A single cataclysmic eruption at the close of Marine Isotope Stage 6' Quaternary Science Reviews, vol 30, no. 17-18, pp. 17-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.04.020
Bearcock, JM, Perkins, WT & Pearce, NJG 2011, 'Laboratory studies using naturally occurring 'green rust' to aid metal mine water remediation' Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol 190, no. 1-3, pp. 466-473. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2011.03.074
Warrender, R, Pearce, NJG, Perkins, WT, Florence, KM, Brown, AR, Sapsford, DJ, Bowell, RJ & Dey, M 2011, 'Field Trials of Low-cost Reactive Media for the Passive Treatment of Circum-neutral Metal Mine Drainage in Mid-Wales, UK' Mine Water and the Environment, vol 30, no. 2, pp. 82-89. DOI: 10.1007/s10230-011-0150-8
Edwards, A, Anesio, AM, Edwards Rassner, SM, Sattler, B, Hubbard, BP, Perkins, WT, Young, M & Griffith, GW 2011, 'Possible interactions between bacterial diversity, microbial activity and supraglacial hydrology of cryoconite holes in Svalbard' ISME Journal, vol 5, no. 1, pp. 150-160. DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2010.100
Farrell, M, Perkins, WT, Hobbs, PJ, Griffith, GW & Jones, DL 2010, 'Migration of heavy metals in soil as influenced by compost amendments' Environmental Pollution, vol 158, no. 1, pp. 55-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2009.08.027
Farrell, M, Griffith, GW, Hobbs, PJ, Perkins, WT & Jones, DL 2010, 'Microbial diversity and activity are increased by compost amendment of metal-contaminated soil' FEMS Microbiology Ecology, vol 71, no. 1, pp. 94-105. DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2009.00793.x
Warrender, R, Pearce, NJG, Perkins, WT, Brown, AR, Sapsford, D, Bowell, R & Dey, M 2010, Field Trials of Low-Cost Permeable Reactive Media for the Passive Treatment of Circum-Neutral Metal Mine Drainage in mid-Wales, UK. in C Wolkersdorfer & A Freund (eds), Mine Water and Innovative Thinking. Cape Breton University Press, pp. 291-294, International-Mine-Water-Association Symposium on Mine Water and Innovative Thinking, Sydney, Canada, 2010.
Westgate, JA, Preece, SJ, Froese, DG, Telka, AM, Storer, JE, Pearce, NJG, Enkin, RJ, Jackson, LE, LeBarge, W & Perkins, WT 2009, 'Gold Run tephra: a Middle Pleistocene stratigraphic and paleoenviromental marker across west-central Yukon Territory, Canada' Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, vol 46, no. 6, pp. 465-478. DOI: 10.1139/E09-029
Westgate, JA, Preece, SJ, Froese, DG, Pearce, NJG, Roberts, RG, Demuro, M, Hart, WK & Perkins, WT 2008, 'Changing ideas on the identity and stratigraphic significance of the Sheep Creek tephra beds in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, northwestern North America' Quaternary International, vol 178, no. 1, pp. 183-209. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2007.03.009
Griffith, G, Easton, GL, Detheridge, A, Roderick, K, Edwards, A, Worgan, HJ, Nicholson, J & Perkins, WT 2007, 'Copper deficiency in potato dextrose agar causes reduced pigmentation in cultures of various fungi' FEMS Microbiology Letters, vol 276, no. 2, pp. 165-171. DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2007.00923.x
Westgate, JA, Denton, JS, Perkins, WT & Pearce, NJG 2007, 'Correlation and characterisation of individual glass shards from tephra deposits using trace element laser ablation ICP-MS analyses: current status and future potential' Journal of Quaternary Science, vol 22, no. 7, pp. 721-736. DOI: 10.1002/jqs.1092
Perkins, WT, Hartley, S, Pearce, NJG, Dinelli, E, Edyvean, R & Sandlands, L 2006, 'Bioadsorption in remediation of metal mine drainage: The use of dealginated seaweed in the BIOMAN project' Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol 70, no. 18, A482. DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2006.06.1427
Pearce, NJG, Westgate, JA, Perkins, WT & Preece, SJ 2004, 'The application of ICP-MS methods to tephrochronological problems' Applied Geochemistry, vol 19, no. 3, pp. 289-322. DOI: 10.1016/S0883-2927(03)00153-7
le Roux, PJ, le Roex, AP, Schilling, J-G, Shimizu, N, Perkins, WW & Pearce, NJG 2002, 'Mantle heterogeneity beneath the southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge: Trace element evidence for contamination of ambient asthenospheric mantle' Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol 203, no. 1, PII S0012-821X(02)00832-4, pp. 479-498. DOI: 10.1016/S0012-821X(02)00832-4
Pearce, NJG, Eastwood, WJ, Westgate, JA & Perkins, WT 2002, 'Trace-element composition of single glass shards in distal Minoan tephra from SW Turkey' Journal of the Geological Society, vol 159, pp. 545-556. DOI: 10.1144/0016-764901-129
Roberts, MS, Smart, PL, Hawkesworth, CJ, Perkins, WT & Pearce, NJG 1999, 'Trace element variations in coeval holocene speleothems from GB cave, southwest England' Holocene, vol 9, no. 6, pp. 707-713. DOI: 10.1191/095968399672615014
Eastwood, WJ, Pearce, NJG, Westgate, JA, Perkins, WT, Lamb, HF & Roberts, N 1999, 'Geochemistry of Santorini tephra in lake sediments from Southwest Turkey' Global and Planetary Change, vol 21, no. 1-3, pp. 17-29. DOI: 10.1016/S0921-8181(99)00005-3
Pearce, NJG, Westgate, JA, Perkins, WT, Eastwood, WJ & Shane, P 1999, 'The application of laser ablation ICP-MS to the analysis of volcanic glass shards from tephra deposits: bulk glass and single shard analysis' Global and Planetary Change, vol 21, no. 1-3, pp. 151-171. DOI: 10.1016/S0921-8181(99)00012-0
Westgate, JA, Shane, PAR, Pearce, NJG, Perkins, WT, Korisettar, R, Chesner, CA, Williams, MAJ & Acharyya, SK 1998, 'All Toba tephra occurrences across peninsular India belong to the 75,000 yr BP eruption' Quaternary Research, vol 50, no. 1, pp. 107-112. DOI: 10.1006/qres.1998.1974
Eastwood, WJ, Pearce, NJG, Westgate, JA & Perkins, WT 1998, 'Recognition of Santorini (Minoan) Tephra in lake sediments from Golhisar Golu, southwest Turkey by laser ablation ICP-MS' Journal of Archaeological Science, vol 25, no. 7, pp. 677-687. DOI: 10.1006/jasc.1997.0218
Geffen, AJ, Pearce, NJG & Perkins, WT 1998, 'Metal concentrations in fish otoliths in relation to body composition after laboratory exposure to mercury and lead' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 165, pp. 235-245.
Perkins, WT, Pearce, NJG & Westgate, JA 1997, 'The development of laser ablation ICP-MS and calibration strategies: Examples from the analysis of trace elements in volcanic glass shards and sulfide minerals' Geostandards Newsletter, vol 21, no. 2, pp. 175-190. DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-908X.1997.tb00669.x
Pearce, NJG, Perkins, WT, Westgate, JA, Gorton, MP, Jackson, SE, Neal, CR & Chenery, SP 1997, 'A compilation of new and published major and trace element data for NIST SRM 610 and NIST SRM 612 glass reference materials' Geostandards Newsletter, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 115-144. DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-908X.1997.tb00538.x