I am originally trained as a theoretical physicist and my PhD is in mathematical physics from Heriot-Watt University. I am broadly interested in mathematical models in geophysics. In the past I have worked in the modelling of metamaterials for electromagnetic reflectors and in the seismic and hydraulic modelling of subglacial environments.
I am currently trying to understand the intricacies of the elastic behaviour of partially saturated poroelastic media. I am developing a pore-network model that will hopefully capture these intricacies and whose aim will be to simulate the conditions found in CO2-storage reservoirs. It will therefore be suited to monitor the mobility of CO2 in these environments. I do most -if not all- of my model implementations in the software package Mathematica.
My funding comes from the DiSECCS EPSRC grant and I collaborate with Mark Chapman (Edinburgh), Kelvin Amalokwu (NOC) and Xiaoyang Wu(BGS).
Tectonics and sedimentation. Sedimentary and structural evolution and palaeoceanography of the East Mediterranean, Middle East, Atlantic and Pacific Rim regions and the Himalayas; geochemistry of ancient oceanic metalliferous sediments.
Volcanoes are exciting and dangerous phenomena that affect us globally. They appeal to our imaginations, but for those living in the shadow of an active volcano they represent a real threat. Although volcanoes have fascinated us for generations, there is still much we have yet to understand about them.
My research focuses on understanding the evolution of the eruptible magma that feed volcanic eruptions and the timescales over which this magma forms. Magma is composed of a mixture of molten rock, solid particles termed crystals and gas. The genesis of magma is complex. Although ultimately sourced from the mantle, the composition is often modified during assent through a combination of processes.
I use a combination of geochemical techniques including (SEM, (FEG)-EPMA, LA-ICPMS, TOF-SIMS, NanoSIMS) to interrogate the individual components of a magma to decipher its evolution during its complex history. This often includes a significant amount of development of new analytical protocols in order for us to obtain the analyses we will require.