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