Anouk’s Isotope paper on Ilímaussaq Published

Anouk Borst's paper on her isotope work comparing the U-Pb, Sm-Nd, Rb-Sr and Ar-Ar age estimates of the Ilímaussaq complex has just been published in Lithos. The paper is available here: Borst et al 2018 Lithos. It identifies how late-magmatic and subsolidus reactions in peralkaline rocks modify the initial isotope ratios in these rocks, providing insights …

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A-Team Activities Third Quarter 2018

It has been another busy and successful time for members of our Research Group which has included two published papers, an award of a major NERC grant, two published abstracts, a visit to the Mountain Pass carbonatite mine in California, two mapping expeditions studying carbonatite complexes in Angola and Greenland, a project into the B-NMR …

Two Post-Doctoral Vacancies available in Biomineralogy

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St. Andrews has 2 vacancies: Post-doctoral research fellow (3 years) on the NERC funded project ‘Trace element and isotope partitioning in carbonates in simulated biological environments’. Post-graduate research assistant (9 months) on the Leverhulme Trust funded project ‘The control of coral biomineralisation’ . For further information, …

NERC Grant on Carbonate Partitioning funded

I am delighted that our recent NERC grant proposal "Trace element and isotope partitioning in carbonates in simulated biological environments" has been funded. The project is being led by Dr Nicola Allison along with colleagues at the Universities of York and Glasgow. We will be recruiting a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the next few months.

Facility for the Luminescence of Minerals Opened in a new Purpose-built Luminescence Suite

Low temperature (20-300 K) thermoluminescence spectrum of Fluorite. The data are shown in a 3D format (left) and as a contour map (right). The sudden discontinuities seen horizontally in the right hand graph are thermoluminescence peaks. Such graphs allow us to probe the defect structure of minerals and understand more about how defect form and …