Daniel's research focuses on structural geology and tectonics as well as pattern formation in geological systems. He works on a large range of length and time scales and uses field observations, numerical simulations and experiments to explore critical geology and to develop innovative tools.


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.


Tim is a petrologist focussing on crustal processes at micro- to macro-scale. His current research uses innovative techniques and approaches to investigate grain boundary processes, fluid pathways and the kinetic impediments to establishing equilibrium during metamorphism. Grumpy and argumentative are three adjectives used to describe Tim, who is always willing to offer contradictory views based on his numerically-challenged approach to science.


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.


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.


Brian Bell is interested in the relationships between sedimentation and volcanism in rift systems and the formation of hydrocarbon traps in this tectonic environment. His research starts with basic field observations and the preparation of maps, sections and logs, followed up by more detailed laboratory analysis.


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.


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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