Dr. Bickmore focuses his research in three areas: geochemistry, mineralogy/structural chemistry, and geoscience education. Dr. Bickmore uses atomic force microscopy, force spectroscopy, and other surface sensitive techniques to get a more complete and accurate picture of mineral-fluid interactions. He is also involved in a multi-year project to expand the bond-valence model into something that can predict full structures and be easily transferable to a molecular mechanics framework. He also works on developing innovative methods for teaching the nature of science.
Dr. Nelsons research includes studying the response of arid groundwater systems to climate change. He also examines weathering rates of tropical islands to understand the relative importance of dissolved loads in ground water versus dissolved and suspended loads in surface water. In 2017, he received the J. Keith Rigby Research Award.