2020 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

The 2020 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2018 Share 2019 Count 2019 Change in Adjusted Share 2018-2019*
1 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 37.37 43.13 160 11.9%
2 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 42.07 37.84 141 -12.8%
3 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 30.41 32.80 134 4.5%
4 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 33.11 32.24 121 -5.6%
5 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 28.34 27.13 101 -7.2%
6 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 19.72 20.49 97 0.7%
7 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 21.58 19.16 71 -13.9%
8 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 18.17 18.72 86 -0.2%
9 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 13.50 17.83 66 28.0%
10 University of Reading, United Kingdom (UK) 10.72 17.49 77 58.2%
11 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 19.97 16.84 67 -18.3%
12 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 13.64 14.62 74 3.9%
13 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 18.70 14.02 57 -27.3%
14 NERC British Antarctic Survey (BAS), United Kingdom (UK) 10.85 13.63 47 21.8%
15 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 10.31 10.86 57 2.1%
16 University of Birmingham (UB), United Kingdom (UK) 6.21 10.74 37 67.8%
17 Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK) 7.87 10.27 61 26.5%
18 Met Office, United Kingdom (UK) 14.27 9.82 31 -33.3%
19 Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK) 9.30 9.72 46 1.3%
20 The Open University (OU), United Kingdom (UK) 5.93 8.20 26 34.1%
21 University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (UK) 5.59 7.82 40 35.6%
22 University of Plymouth, United Kingdom (UK) 6.73 7.26 23 4.6%
23 NERC National Oceanography Centre (NOC), United Kingdom (UK) 10.16 6.75 54 -35.6%
24 University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) 4.24 6.66 41 52.1%
25 University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) 4.33 5.36 22 20.0%
26 British Geological Survey (BGS), United Kingdom (UK) 6.04 4.62 30 -25.9%
27 Queen's University Belfast (QUB), United Kingdom (UK) 2.37 4.53 16 85.0%
28 European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), United Kingdom (UK) 3.00 4.43 20 43.1%
29 University of Hull, United Kingdom (UK) 2.01 4.34 17 108.8%
30 The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) 8.16 4.32 27 -48.7%
31 NERC National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), United Kingdom (UK) 3.86 4.19 36 5.0%
32 Natural History Museum, United Kingdom (UK) 5.95 4.07 25 -33.6%
33 NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), United Kingdom (UK) 2.20 3.72 35 64.1%
34 NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), United Kingdom (UK) 5.45 3.68 31 -34.6%
35 University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom (UK) 5.83 3.54 31 -41.1%
36 University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (UK) 5.36 3.52 17 -36.3%
37 University of London - Royal Holloway (RHUL), United Kingdom (UK) 5.64 3.37 17 -42.1%
38 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.94 3.17 15 227.8%
39 University of York, United Kingdom (UK) 3.10 3.14 18 -1.7%
40 University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom (UK) 1.56 2.98 10 84.7%
41 Swansea University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.51 2.80 12 79.6%
42 The University of Warwick (Warwick), United Kingdom (UK) 0.08 2.63 9 3,211.5%
43 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom (UK) 0.15 2.42 9 1,500.5%
44 The University of Nottingham (UoN), United Kingdom (UK) 1.62 2.40 10 43.9%
45 Cranfield University, United Kingdom (UK) 4.02 2.34 15 -43.7%
46 Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.12 2.14 4 84.8%
47 Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.65 2.08 12 22.4%
48 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 1.23 2.05 15 61.0%
49 Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.28 1.91 16 44.7%
50 Bangor University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.16 1.85 12 -17.0%
51 Northumbria University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.28 1.72 8 -27.0%
52 University of Stirling, United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 1.67 9 394.4%
53 Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), United Kingdom (UK) 1.26 1.27 11 -1.8%
54 University of Bath, United Kingdom (UK) 2.16 1.26 6 -43.6%
55 Birkbeck, University of London (BBK), United Kingdom (UK) 2.21 1.24 13 -45.6%
56 Zoological Society of London (ZSL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.87 1.23 8 37.0%
57 Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom (UK) 1.70 1.21 11 -30.9%
58 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom (UK) 0.60 1.12 3 82.6%
59 Marine Biological Association of the UK, United Kingdom (UK) 0.90 1.09 5 17.9%
60 Loughborough University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.70 1.07 4 48.1%
61 Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 1.03 2 198.2%
62 Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom (UK) 0.46 0.94 7 97.5%
63 British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), United Kingdom (UK) 0.88 1 N/A
64 The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 0.76 0.87 7 10.1%
65 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom (UK) 0.87 0.84 5 -6.2%
66 University of Lincoln, United Kingdom (UK) 0.04 0.76 7 1,809.4%
67 University of Brighton, United Kingdom (UK) 1.00 0.75 1 -27.3%
67 Engine Shed, United Kingdom (UK) 0.75 1 N/A
68 University of Ulster (UU), United Kingdom (UK) 1.02 0.73 3 -31.1%
69 Unilever, United Kingdom (UK) 0.71 2 N/A
70 Wellcome Sanger Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 0.29 0.67 3 122.1%
71 Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.34 0.66 5 86.5%
72 University of Essex, United Kingdom (UK) 0.61 5 N/A
73 Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.46 0.57 3 21.3%
74 University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom (UK) 0.67 0.57 4 -17.7%
75 Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.40 0.52 2 24.4%
76 Kingston University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.50 1 N/A
76 SouthWestSensor Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.50 1 N/A
77 University of Roehampton, United Kingdom (UK) 0.15 0.45 2 197.8%
78 Rio Tinto plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.02 0.42 7 2,080.4%
79 Keele University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.77 0.41 3 -48.4%
80 Brunel University London, United Kingdom (UK) 0.93 0.39 2 -59.2%
81 Siccar Point Energy Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.38 1 N/A
82 Ricardo Energy and Environment, United Kingdom (UK) 0.36 2 N/A
83 The Secchi Disk Foundation, United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 2 N/A
84 AstraZeneca plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 0.33 2 28.3%
85 University of Surrey, United Kingdom (UK) 0.27 0.31 3 13.4%
86 Getech, United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 0.31 2 140.0%
87 Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), United Kingdom (UK) 2.06 0.30 4 -86.1%
88 Dukes Court, United Kingdom (UK) 0.29 1 N/A
89 United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), United Kingdom (UK) 1.26 0.28 3 -78.6%
90 University of the West of England (UWE), United Kingdom (UK) 0.27 2 N/A
91 Riscon Solutions Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1 N/A
91 Three Cliffs Geomechanical Analysis Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1 N/A
92 Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), United Kingdom (UK) 0.23 2 N/A
93 University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK) 3.03 0.22 7 -92.8%
94 Sellafield Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.22 1 N/A
95 Royal Veterinary College, University of London (RVC), United Kingdom (UK) 1.04 0.21 2 -80.2%
96 Knowing Earth Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.21 2 N/A
97 Nu Instruments Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1 N/A
98 Severn Trent Water Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.31 0.19 1 -41.8%
99 INOVYN Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
99 London South Bank University (LSBU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
99 EPI Group Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
99 UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
99 International Seismological Centre (ISC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
99 National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
99 Winchester College, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
99 University of Chester, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
99 Wardell Armstrong International Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
100 School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.16 3 N/A

Footnote

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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.