Eric H. Oelkers

Research Director CNRS, Toulouse 1999-present

Co-director CarbFix 2006-present

Adjunct Professor University of Iceland 2010-present

Eric received B.Sc degrees in Chemistry and Earth Science from MIT before completing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.

Eric is currently co-editor of Geochemical Perspective Letters. He has previously served as President of the European Association for Geochemistry, director of the Geochemical Society, co-editor in Chief of Chemical Geology, associate editor of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, and guest editor of Elements. Eric has made substantial contributions to the understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics of water-rock interactions.


- Quantifying rates and mechanisms of weathering of the Earth’s surface

- Experimental measurement and interpretation of mineral dissolution/precipitation rates

- CO2 sequestering and role of chemical weathering on global CO2 cycles

- Modeling of extent and consequences of diffusive/dispersive/advective transport of chemical species in surface, ground water, diagenetic, and metamorphic systems.

- Experimental characterization of radioactive and stable isotope fractionation during fluid-mineral interactions.

- Quantifying the global cycles of the elements

- The chemistry and management of global resources