The Department of Earth Sciences has research expertise in the following areas:
Dr J Adam
Key Research Topics: Coupled tectonic, climate and erosion/sedimentation processes in thrust belts, accretionary wedges, and sedimentary basins; salt tectonics in intra-continental and passive margin sedimentary basins; physical simulation of rock deformation from basin to fracture scale; fault mechanics in structurally complex basins and fractured reservoirs; neotectonics and geohazards at continental margins.
Dr D H M Alderton
Key Research Topics: Epithermal mineral deposits in the Carpathians and Dinarides - character and genesis; granite-hosted tin-tungsten-beryllium-molybdenum mineralization; hydrocarbon fluids in coal-bearing sedimentary basins; the environmental effects of acid mine drainage.
Professor D Bosence
Key Research Topics: Carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis; basinal settings of carbonate platforms; high-frequency cyclicity in peritidal carbonates, global distribution of carbonate grain types; stratigraphic forward modelling of carbonate platforms; image analysis of pore systems in carbonate rocks.
Dr K Clemitshaw
Key Research Topics: Analysis and interpretation of ground-based observations of primary (NO & NO_2 ) and secondary (NO_2 & O_3 ) pollutants on urban- and regional-scales; formation and loss processes for HONO in urban, rural and remote atmospheres; atmospheric chemistry, transport and impacts of organic nitrates.
Professor M E Collinson
Key Research Topics: Evolution of English Palaeogene land ecosystems; biomolecular palaeobotany: the geochemical characterisation of cuticles and propagules; use of oxygen isotopes from biogenic phosphates in palaeoclimate determination; taphonomy and the fate of plants; tertiary floras, vegetation and climate; palaeogene palynology; fern palaeobiology; plant mesofossils at the K/T boundary; animal/plant interactions in the fossil record; global change across the K/T, palaeocene/eocene and eocene/oligocene boundaries; evolution and functional biology of ancient plants; evolutionary pattern in plant assemblages; biological self assembly.
Dr G Eagles
Key Research Topics: High resolution plate kinematic modelling; large gridded data compilations; dynamic topography; ocean gateway processes; plate tectonics and paleoceanography
Professor C F Elders
Key Research Topics: Tectonic evolution of the North Sea, the Atlantic Margin, the Caledonides and SE Asia.
Professor A Gudmundsson
Key Research Topics: Volcanotectonics, dyke emplacement and caldera formation; Seismotectonics, development of seismogenic faults; Reservoirs of oil, gas, ground water, and geothermal water; Rock fractures in geological processes.
Professor R Hall
Key Research Topics: SE Asia and SW Pacific Cenozoic tectonics, island arc evolution biogeography of SE Asia, tectonics, climate and tropical sedimentation.
Dr Martin King
Key research Topics: Snowpack and sea-ice photo-chemistry, atmospheric aerosol – laboratory and field studies, neutron scattering and laser tweezers, quantum-mechanical simulation of mineral surfaces.
Dr D Lowry
Key Research Topics: Stable isotopic studies of greenhouse gases and their emission sources, and of mantle derived mineralisation; isotopic and geochemical studies of Neoproterozoic rocks from Scotland and Ireland.
Dr D P Mattey
Key Research Topics: Application of stable isotope geochemistry to geological and environmental problems; development of instrumentation and techniques for stable isotope microanalysis; origin and role of fluids and volatiles in the mantle and lower crust; petrogenesis of diamonds.
Professor K R McClay
Key Research Topics: Basin evolution; thrust tectonics; extensional tectonics; strike-slip tectonics; inversion tectonics; sediment-hosted base metal deposits.
Professor M A Menzies
Key Research Topics: Conjugate rifted margins, magmatism & tectonics, craton keel, Red Sea margins, Red River Fault China
Dr W Mueller
Key Research Topics: Isotope geochemistry and applications in environmental and archaeological geoscience (i.e. tracing human origins).
Dr G J Nichols
Key Research Topics: Clastic sedimentology and sedimentary basin analysis; climatic and tectonic controls on sedimentation; fluvial sedimentology.
Professor E G Nisbet
Key Research Topics: Archaean geology, global change.
Professor A C Scott
Key Research Topics: Fire in the environment; fossil fuels; the evolution of vegetation and terrestrial ecosystems; the preservation and fate of plants in the fossil record; history of geology and palaeontology; the entombment and preservation of plants by volcanic eruptions.
Professor M F Thirlwall
Key Research Topics: Isotope geochemistry of Ocean Island, Subduction Zone and Ocean Ridge igneous rocks; mantle evolution; geochronology; evolution of the British Caledonides; analytical geochemistry; sr isotope stratigraphy; depleted uranium in the environment.
Dr D A Waltham
Key Research Topics: All aspects of mathematical and computer modelling in geology and geophysics.
Recent MSc by Research projects in the department include:
- Kinematics and Control Mechanism of Post-Rift Extensional Structures in Passive Margin Salt Basins, Jequitinhonha Basin, Brazil: Insights from Seismic Interpretation and Scaled Analogue Modeling
- A 500k speleothem record from New St Michaels Cave, Gibraltar: Flowstone genesis, geochemistry and glacial terminations
- A study of the Tertiary and Quaternary Geological Hazards in the North of Shetland Region.
- Hengill central volcano: its relationship to the Icelandic Western Rift Zone.