MSc and PhD Opportunities in Applied Mineralogy and Petrology

Myself and colleagues in the Applied Mineral and Petrological Sciences are advertising PhD topics to be filled in 2021. We are also looking for candidates for the two taught MSc programmes in Strategic Earth Resources and Geochemistry. A full list of PhD topics offered by the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St …

Research Presentation on the Younger Giant Dykes of Greenland

The student group from St Andrews who were in Southern Greenland in 2019 have given an presentation on their work and the implications for magmatism in the Gardar province of South Greenland. The talk was given to the Edinburgh Geological Society by Alasdair Murphy, Lot Koopmans, Lucy Mathieson, Rob Webster and Rory Changleng on 12 …

A-Team Quarterly Update – Third Quarter 2020

It has been an important quarter with several important manuscripts moving forwards into the public domain. It has seen the publication of major papers by Anouk Borst and Will Hutchison as well as EPSRC grant success for Nicky Horsburgh. This has been a particularly productive time for Tim Kinnaird, whose research group focussing on landscape …

Will’s Modelling of Sulfur Isotopes Paper published

Will Hutchison's paper with his co-authors, which looks comprehensively at the modelling of sulfur isotopes, has just been published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. This work builds upon his successful publication in Nature Communications which put forwards a hypothesis that sulfur was cycled through the Earth's mantle. Left - Will and Adrian in Motzfeldt with …

New Sources for Rare Metals Vital to Modern Technology – New Paper on Rare-Earth bearing Clay Deposits published by Anouk

Modern technologies, such as those producing green energy from renewable resources like wind and water, require many tonnes of rare, so-called e-tech metals. Mining of e-tech metals can be costly, environmentally challenging and energy intensive. Most of the world's high-value 'heavy' rare earths are found in 'Ion Adsorption Deposits' in Southern China, but so far …

REE induced defects in minerals: A Spectroscopic Study – PhD Thesis by Nicky Horsburgh

Nicky Horsburgh's PhD thesis has recently been accepted by the University of St Andrews following her successful defence, so congratulations to Dr Horsburgh. The purpose of the work was to explore the luminescence of rare earth-bearing minerals as a tool for smart sorting. She was able to show that most rare-earth ore minerals can be …