I am Professor of Geology at the University of St Andrews, specialising in mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry, particularly in alkaline igneous systems. My research focusses on developing genesis models for rare element deposits and I have worked on alkaline rocks from all over the world (Mongolia to Malawi to Greenland). However I have a particular reputation for fieldwork in the Arctic. I was awarded a personal fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2000.
I have a BSc degree from University of Durham and a PhD in mineralogy and petrology from the University of Edinburgh. I am a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geology and a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society. I have consulted to several exploration companies over many decades and my geochemical work is underpinned by access to some of the best analytical facilities available worldwide.
I also talked about my research and my motivation to become a geologist to the GeoBUS outreach team in 2015.
BSc (Hons) Geology, University of Durham (1987)
PhD Edinburgh, Mineralogy and Petrology of Alkaline Rocks (1990)
PGCE in Higher Education, University of Hertfordshire (1997)
Fellow of Mineralogical Society (FMinSoc)
Fellow of the Society for Economic Geology (FSEG)
Honours and service to learned societies
Professor of Geology, University of St Andrews (2017-date)
Royal Society of Edinburgh/BP Personal Research Fellowship (2000-2003)
Former Head of School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews (2014-2016)
Former Vice President and Publications Officer of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1995-2000)
Former Associate Dean, Faculty of Sciences, University of St Andrews (2008-2010)
Former President of the Society for Luminescence Microscopy and Spectroscopy (2000)