School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences


Fiona McGibbon

Distance Learning Development Officer

I am producing a new, fully online, introductory Earth Science course. This project is supported by the Principal's E-learning Fund. The course will be of ten week's duration, pitched at first year university level and will presume no previous geological knowledge. This course is being offered in conjuction with the University's Office Of Lifelong Learning (OLL). I am currently seconded from OLL where I worked as Course Organiser responsible for Science and Archaeology.

I am proud to be a long standing Associate Lecturer of the Open University and teach three Earth Science courses (S260, S279, S339) to distance learners in Scotland, Northeast England and Western Europe. With over 3000 students enrolled on earth science courses each year, The Open University is the biggest earth science teaching institution.

In my spare time I do geoarchaeology research for the National Museum of Scotland.


F.McGibbon (2006) contribution to Lelong, O. & MacGregor, G. (forthcoming) Ancient Lothian Landscapes: Interpreting the Archaeology of the A1. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland monograph.

F.McGibbon (2006) contribution to Moore, H & Wilson, G. (forthcoming) Excavation of a possible broch at Burland, Shetland, Proc Soc Antiq Scot 135.

S. Miller, D. H. Caldwell, F. McGibbon & N.A.R. Ruckley (2006).Geological tools to interpret Scottish Medieval sculpture; combined petrological and magnetic susceptibility analysis. In: Maggetti, M. & Messiga, B. (Eds.) Geomaterials in Cultural Heritage; Special publication of the Geological Society of London 257, pp 283-306.

S. Miller, D.H. Caldwell, F.M. McGibbon & N.A. Ruckley (2004). Geological analysis of Scottish medieval carved sculpture. In: M. Pecchio et al (eds.) Applied Mineralogy: Developments in Science and Technology Vol. 1 pp 360 - 366.

McGibbon, F. M. (1991) Geochemistry and petrology of ultramafic xenoliths of the Erebus volcanic province. In: "Geological Evolution of Antarctica", Eds. M. R. A. Thomson, J. A. Crame and J. W. Thomson, Cambridge Univ. Press, pp. 317-321.

Gamble, J. A., McGibbon, F. M., Kyle, P. R., Menzies, M. A. and Kirsch, I. (1988) Metasomatised xenoliths from Foster Crater, Antarctica: implications for lithospheric structure and processes beneath the Transantarctic Mountain Front. In: "Oceanic and Continental Lithosphere: Similarities and Differences". J. Petrology Special Lithosphere Issue, Eds. M. A. Menzies and K. G. Cox, pp. 109-138.