Earth System Science - From Crust to Core

Professor of Geology

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+ 44 (0) 131 650 8546

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  • Earth System Science - From Crust to Core

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  • Earth and Planetary Science
Research Interest

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.

Lecturer in Volcanology

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+ 44 (0) 131 650 2544

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  • Earth System Science - From Crust to Core
  • Geohazards and Risk

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  • Earth and Planetary Science
Research Interest

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.

Professor of Geophysics

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+ 44 (0) 131 650 4904

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  • Earth System Science - From Crust to Core
  • Earth Resources
  • Observation and Imaging
  • Geohazards and Risk

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  • Earth and Planetary Science
Research Interest

Geomagnetism; dynamics and thermal history of the Earth's core; geophysical inverse theory; electromagnetic induction.

Senior Lecturer in Geological CO2 Storage

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+ 44 (0) 131 650 5943

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  • Earth System Science - From Crust to Core
  • Earth Resources
  • Porous Media

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  • Earth and Planetary Science
Research Interest

Geological CO2 storage

  • Natural analogues, what will happen to CO2 when it is injected into a rock? - with PhD students Yutong Shu and Claire McGraw
  • Safe disposal of water produced during storage operations - with PhD student Kit Carruthers Understanding the 'shallow' overburden in the North Sea - UKCCSC-funded grant, with Dr Juan Alcalde
  • What to do if a leak develops (which it probably won't) - EU-funded MIRECOL project, with researcher Katriona Edlmann

Diagenesis, or what happens to sediments as they are buried and turn into rocks. In practice I study reservoirs, for oil / gas, CO2 storage, or water supply

  • Why does the Torridonian Sandstone (NW Highlands) have so much feldspar? Most other deeply buried rocks loose the feldspar, but this one has not.
  • Do sandstones and shales interact during burial? In other words, do solutes (e.g. K, Al, Si) move from sands into shales or vice-versa? With PhD student Felix Xia
  • White trap is an unusual alteration product of basic magmas when they are intruded into the local Carboniferous rocks. Why does this happen?

Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) - can we save energy from renewables for peak demand times? With PhD student Julien Mouli Castillo.

Professor in Carbonate Geoscience

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+ 44 (0) 131 650 6014

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  • Earth System Science - From Crust to Core
  • Earth Resources
  • Geobiology and Geochemistry
  • Porous Media

Research Institutes: 

  • Earth and Planetary Science
Research Interest

Carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis; Carbonate hydrocarbon reservoirs; Modelling of Carbonate Systems; Reef evolution and palaeoecology; Biomineralisation and evolution of sea water chemistry.

EMMAC Research Fellow

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+ 44 (0) 131 650 8525

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  • Earth System Science - From Crust to Core
  • Earth Resources

Research Institutes: 

  • Earth and Planetary Science
Research Interest

Trace element geochemistry of olivine from mantle rocks: applications to geothermobarometry and mantle petrogenesis. This project is now extended to olivine inclusions in diamonds (collaboration with Thomas Stachel, University of Alberta). Behaviour of volatiles and fluid-mobile elements during dehydration of subducting serpentinites. Collaborative project with K. Hattori (University of Ottawa) Petrogenesis of ultrahigh-pressure eclogites and garnet peridotites from the Pohorje Mountains, Eastern Alps (NE Slovenia). Collaborative project with Marian Janak (Slovak Academia of Science, Bratislava), Mirijam Vrabec (University of Ljubljana), Niko Froitzheim (University of Bonn) Into the subduction channel : petrological, geochemical and thermomechanical constraints on subduction processes and plate-slab coupling. Project in Zermat-Saas unit, Western Alps, and the Sistan melange, Iran. Collaborative project with Phillipe Agard and Samual Angiboust (University Paris 6) and Mike Searle, Dave Waters, Tony Watts (Oxford University). Partially funded by the British Council (2009-2010) Formation and evolution of cratonic roots - distinguishing metasomatic imprint from primary mantle signatures. Case studies from Kaalvallei and Kirkland Lake xenolith suites. Collaborative project with Dan Schulze (University of Toronto).

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