James co-authors a new paper in Nature, which looks at the role of iron and manganese in the preservation of organic carbon in marine sediments.
Led by Oliver Moore at Leeds University, we find that the polymerisation of organic carbon in association with Fe & Mn could protect organic carbon over million-year timescales.
Read the open-access paper here:
Moore O, Curti L, Woulds C, Bradley J, Mills B, Homoky W, Xiao K, Babakhani P, Bray A , Fisher Ben, Kazemian M, Kaulich B, Dale A, Peacock C. Long-term organic carbon preservation enhanced by iron and manganese. Nature. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-023-06325-9