Dr van de Flierdt is a Reader in Isotope Geochemistry at the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London. She is a geologist by training whose academic background includes a PhD in Natural Sciences from the ETH Zurich (Switzerland), and a postdoctoral fellowship and research scientist position at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (USA). She has more than 15 years of experience in isotope geochemistry and co-leads the MAGIC isotope.
Her research targets the development and application of new geochemical and isotopic tracers in marine geochemistry, palaeoceanography and palaeoclimate, with particular focus on radiogenic isotope systems. Although these tracers have been widely used in solid-earth geochemistry, they still represent a relatively new suite of tracers in the low-temperature environment. Dr van de Flierdt uses them to decipher modern marine biogeochemical cycles as well as past changes in ocean circulation patterns, continental weathering, and ice sheet evolution on million-year to millennial time scales. Of particular societal relevance is her work on the stability of the Antarctic ice sheets under warmer than present conditions.