AMANDA OWEN

Amanda’s research is primarily focused on understanding the nature of sedimentary deposits that can be found within sedimentary basins. Her work focuses on a range of scales from understanding primary factors that influence porosity and permeability through to developing predictive models of ancient sedimentary basin fills, in particular fluvial deposits. Amanda’s work also looks to understand how key controlling factors, such as tectonics, climate and sea level change can affect the nature of sedimentary basin fills. Her research is largely based on extensive outcrop work across a wide range of sedimentary basins from modern to ancient, but is also based on subsurface datasets and modern satellite imagery analyses.

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DAVID BROWN

David's research focuses on the complex interaction of volcanology and sedimentology, and their links to magmatic and tectonic processes.  His work uses detailed field mapping and logging, together with petrographic, geochemical and seismic data.  He is particularly interested in the physical volcanology and stratigraphy of pyroclastic eruptions, the architecture of volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks in sedimentary basins, and the geometry and emplacement of sub-volcanic plumbing systems.  His work is applied to the role of volcanic and sub-volcanic rocks in hydrocarbon systems, and to resolving eruption histories and identifying hazards at active volcanoes.  David's work increasingly focuses on ever more imaginative ways of cycling up volcanoes.

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JOHN MACDONALD

John’s research uses geochemical techniques to answer a range of applied geological and environmental questions. In a resources context, he has utilised the novel ‘clumped isotope’ method to understand fluid flow in geothermal and hydrocarbon systems, as well as trace element geochemistry to improve understanding of ore deposits. His work also use geochemical analyses to address issues around pollution from industrial sources such as steel slag.

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IAIN NEILL

Iain uses detailed fieldwork combined with elemental and isotopic geochemistry to better understand a variety of Solid Earth processes. These include: the generation of volcanic hazards, currently focussed on the Caucasus mountains; the tectonic evolution of plates and terranes and the implications of adakite generation for natural resources.

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RODERICK BROWN

Roderick is a thermochronologist with primary research interests in developing and using the analytical methods of Fission Track Analysis and (U-Th)/He Analysis of accessory minerals to reconstruct the thermal evolution of the Earth. Specific areas of interest include applications to understanding long-term landscape evolution, determining erosion rates and sediment yields over geological time scales and understanding the role of tectonics, climate and eustasy in controling rates of long-term landscape change. He has worked extensively in Africa, with a focus on trying to understand the link between deep mantle geodynamic processes and continental topography.

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TOBIAS KELLER

Toby is a computational geoscientist who's main tools of research are custom-built computational models of multi-phase reactive transport to test hypotheses regarding the interpretation of observational and experimental evidence from geophysics, geochemistry, petrology, and volcanology.

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JOSHUA EINSLE

Lord Kelvin Adam / Smith Research Fellow in Data Science

Joshua is a mineral physicist using cutting-edge materials science characterization approaches such as multiscale tomography (x-ray, focused ion beam, scanning transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography) and machine learning algorithms to address fundamental questions about the evolution of the Earth and interactions of life with its environment.  Josh's work has pioneered connecting multiple microscopy data types, and harnessing novel machine learning and data science approaches to gain insights to and inform and contextualise geochemical and paleomagnetic understanding. Currently, I am applying these methods to examine, Archean terrains, meteorites and energy critical element mineral relationships.

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MARK WILDMAN

Analytical Geochemistry and Geochronology Technician

Mark is a geologist specialising in quantitative dating techniques to understand Earth and environmental processes over geological timescales and enhancing the methodology underpinning these techniques. He has developed expertise in undertaking low temperature thermochronology [apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He analysis], geomorphology and structural geology investigations within an academic and industry framework in a variety of geological settings, particularly passive margins and cratonic intracontinental domains.

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EAMON MCKENNA

PhD Candidate

Eamon's research project is entitled Constraining the provenance and thermal history of the Carboniferous Midland Valley of Scotland: Potential for energy resources. His work includes a range of geo and thermochronmeters including apatite fission trak analysis and LA-ICPMS zircon U-Pb geochronology on detital minerals.

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