Research Faculty Members

Godfrey, Linda


  • 1986 B.Sc. Chemistry, St Andrews University, Scotland
  • 1990 Ph.D. Marine Geochemistry, Cambridge University, England

Research Interests

  • Evolution of Li-rich brines
  • Paleoclimate and groundwater studies in Northern Chile
  • Boron isotopes in spring deposits to elucidate the carbon cycle during their formation
  • Identifying water-rock reactions through trace metals and isotope systems in natural waters
  • Early Earth nitrogen cycle


  • Godfrey, L.V., Mills, R., Elderfield, H. and Gurvich, E. (1994) Lead behavior at the TAG hydrothermal vent field, 26N, Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Mar. Chem., 46, 237-254.
  • Godfrey, L.V., White, W.M. and Salters, V.J.M. (1996) Dissolved zirconium and hafnium distributions across a shelf break in the NE Atlantic. Geochim, Cosmochim, Acta, 60, 3995-4006.
  • Godfrey, L.V., Lee, D.-C., Sangrey, W.F., Halliday, A.N., Hein, J.R., Salters, V.J.M. and White, W.M. (1997) The Hf isotopic composition of ferromanganese nodules and crusts and hydrothermal manganese deposits: Implications for seawater Hf. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 51, 91-105.
  • Christensen, J.N., Halliday, A.N., Godfrey, L.V., Hein, J.R. and Rea, D.K. (1997) Climate and ocean dynamics and the lead isotope records in Pacific ferromanganese crusts. Science, 277, 913-918.
  • Godfrey, L.V., Lowenstein, T.K., Li, J., Luo, S., Ku, T.-L., Alonso, R.N. and Jordan, T.E. (1997) Continuous late Pleistocene paleoclimate record from a salt core, Salar de Hombre Muerto, Argentina. VIII Congresso Geologico Chileno, Antofagasta, Chile.
  • Bobst, A.L., Lowenstein, T.K., Jordan, T.E., Godfrey, L.V., Hein, M.C., Ku, T.-L. and Luo, S.A. (2001) 106 ka paleoclimate record from the Salar de Atacama, Northern Chile. Palaeogeog., Palaeoclim., Palaeoecol., 173, 21-42.
  • Godfrey, L.V. (2002) Temporal changes in the lead isotopic composition of red clays: Comparison with ferromanganese crust records. Chem. Geol., 185, 241-254.
  • Jordan, T.E., Hein, M.C., Lowenstein, T.K., Munoz, N., Yu, J. and Godfrey, L.V. (2002) Active faulting and folding without topographic expression in an evaporite basin, Chile. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 114, 1406-1421.
  • Godfrey, L.V., Jordan, T.E., Lowenstein, T.K. and Alonso, R.N. (2003) Stable isotope constraints on the transport of water to the Andes between 22º and 26ºS during the last glacial cycle. Palaeogeog., Palaeoclim., Palaeoecol., 194, 299-317.
  • Falkowski, P.G., Godfrey, L.V., (2008), Electrons, life and evolution of Earth’s oxygen cycle. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 363, 2705-2716, doi:10.1098/rstb.2008.0054.
  • Godfrey, L.V., M.P. Field, Sherrell, R.M., (2008), The estuarine distributions of Zr, Hf, and Ag in the Hudson River, and the implications for their continental and anthropogenic sources to seawater. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 9 (12) doi:10.1029/2008GC002123.
  • Godfrey, L.V., Falkowski, P.G., (2009), The nitrogen cycle in the Late Archean Ocean., Nature Geosciences, doi:10.1038/NGE0633.
  • Godfrey, L.V., Zimmermann, B., Lee, D.-C., King, R.L., Vervoort, R.M., Sherrell, R.M., Halliday, A.N., (2009) Hafnium isotope variations in NE Atlantic seawater., Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., Q08015, doi:10.1029/2009GC002508.
  • Kopp, R.E., Schumann, D., Raub, T.D., Powars, D.S., Godfrey, L.V., Swanson-Hysell, N.L., Maloof, A.C., Vali, H.,(2009), An Appalachian Amazon? Magnetiofossil evidence for the development of a tropical river-like system in the mid-Atlantic United States during the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum. Paleoceanography, 24, PA4211, doi:10.1029/2009PA001783.
  • Godfrey, L.V., Glass, J.B., (2011), The geochemical record of the ancient nitrogen cycle, nitrogen isotopes and metal co-factors. Methods in Enzymology, 486, 483-506.
  • Houston, J., Butcher, A., Ehren, P., Evans, K., Godfrey, L., (2011), The evaluation of brine prospects and the requirement for modification to filing standards. Economic Geology, 106, 1225-1239.
  • Aubry, M.-P., Rodriguez, O., Bord, D., Godfrey, L., Schmitz, B. and Knox, W.O.B. (2012) The First Radiation of the Fasciculiths: Morphologic adaptations of the coccolithophores to oligotrophy. Austrian J. Earth Sci., 105, in press.
  • Godfrey, L.V., Poulton, S., Fralick, P., Bebout, G.E., (2013) Stability of the nitrogen cycle during development of sulfidic water in the redox-stratified late Paleoproterozoic Ocean. Geology, 41, 655-658.
  • Godfrey, L.V., Chan, L.-H., Alonso, R.N., Lowenstein, T.K., McDonough, W.F., Houston, J., Li, J., Bobst, A., Jordan, T.E., (2013) The role of climate in the accumulation of lithium-rich brine in the Central Andes, Applied Geochemistry, 38, 92-102.
  • deWet, C., Godfrey, L., and deWet, A., (2015) Sedimentology and stable isotopes from a lacustrine-to-palustrine limestone deposited in a hyperarid setting, climate and tectonic factors: Miocene-Pliocene Opache Formation, Atacama Desert, Chile. Palaeogeog., Palaeoclim., Palaeoecol., 426, 46-67.
  • Maron, M., Muttoni, G., Bertinelli, A., Katz, M.E., Godfrey, L., Zaffani, M., and Rigo, M., (2015) Magnetostratigraphy of the Pignola-Abriola section: new constraints for the Norian/Rhaetian boundary. Geological Society of America Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B31106.1.
  • Rigo, M., Bertinelli, A., Concheri, G., Gattolin, G., Godfrey, L., plus seven additional authors, (2015) The Pignola-Abriola section (southern Apennines, Italy): a new GSSP candidate for the base of the Rhaetian Stage, Lethia, 49, 287-306.
  • Jordan, T.E., Herrera, C., Kirk-Lawlor, N., Godfrey, L.V., (2015) Architecture of the Aquifers of the Calama Basin, Loa Catchment Basin, North Chile, Geosphere, 11, 1438-1474.
  • Sáez, A., Godfrey, L.V., Herrera, C., Chong, G., Pueyo, J.J., (2016) Timing of wet episodes in Atacama Desert over the last 15 ka. The Groundwater Discharge Deposits (GWD) from Domeyko Range at 25°S. Quaternary Science Reviews, 145, 2016, 82-93.