Research Overview

I am a mineralogist, petrologist and geochemist. My research involves three main topics:

  1.  I specialise in rare element deposits in alkaline rocks, how to find them, how they form and how they are modified by late-stage fluids. I consult for a number of Exploration Geology companies interested in the petrology and petrogenesis of alkaline and peralkaline rocks.
  2. How the physical properties of gems can be used as a tool for provenance and geological history, particularly using luminescence. I have links with several gem and gem-testing laboratories, and I run the world-class laboratories in the Facility for the Luminescence of Minerals at St Andrews University.
  3. How the geochemistry of biominerals is used as archives for past climate.

All of these research programmes are funded by a mixture of Research Council grants, consortium funding and industrial sponsorship.

My publications, research grants and honours and awards are listed on separate pages. My research group members past and present (the ‘A’-team) are given here.