Save Lochaber Geopark

My old PhD supervisor, Ian Parsons, asked me to draw attention to the Lochaber Geopark project: Lochaber Geopark, based in Fort William, is a not-for-profit organization, run mainly by volunteers. Lochaber District covers 4648 km2, includes Britain’s highest mountain and has a wild western coastline of exceptional beauty. Our objective is to tell the story …

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A-Team Quarterly Update – First Quarter of 2019

It has been another busy and successful time for members of our Research Group which has included two published papers, two grant awards, published abstracts and preparing for the next round of world conferences which will include 9 presentations, a short course on alkaline rocks, a keynote talk and organising a session at Goldschmidt 2019. …

Resources in Carbonatite and peralkaline rocks: Everything you wanted to know but were too shy to ask

Adrian Finch and Frances Wall (partners in the SoS RARE and HiTech AlkCarb consortia) are presenting a short course to this years SGA 2019 conference in Glasgow. Many critical resources, including Nb, Rare Earths, Hf, are hosted in carbonatite and other alkaline and peralkaline rocks. This one and a half-day course provides a background in …

A-team Activities Final Quarter of 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 facilities grant, two published abstracts and, of course, the Research Group Christmas Dinner. Publications Borst AM, Waight TE, Finch AA, Storey M, le Roux PJ (2018) Dating agpaitic rocks: A multi-system(U/Pb, Sm/Nd, …

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 …

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, …