Research Group (The ‘A’-Team)

The ‘A-team’ is the informal name that once identified Adrian Finch’s research group but which now represents a collaborative team of like-minded scientists working on applied mineralogy and petrology. Key topics include alkaline igneous petrogenesis, genesis models of critical metal resources and the information encoded in mineral chemistry and luminescence.

Current

IMG_0787
Will looking out over towards the inland ice, Motzfeldt, South Greenland

Dr Will Hutchison, was initially funded by the EU-funded HiTech AlkCarb consortium but is now an independent research fellow funded by a UKRI fellowship.  Will’s research is quantifying the conditions and processes that take place in the roof zones of subvolcanic magma chambers. He is photographed here on top of 1610 m summit in Motzfeldt, South Greenland. Will recently was awarded a UKRI personal fellowship which will fund him to study ash eruptions in ice cores.


IMG-20171108-WA0007
Anouk analysing lujavrite at Poços de Caldas, Brazil

Dr Anouk Borst, was a post-doctoral research fellow funded initially by the NERC SoS RARE consortium, then by the HiTech AlkCarb consortium but now she is a lecturer at the University of St Andrews. Her work is looking at how the isotopes of lanthanide elements encode the geological history. She is also studying the structural state of lanthanide elements in common ore minerals.


IMG_5544
Nicky distracted from analysing carbonate rocks.

Dr Nicky Horsburgh completed a PhD studentship funded jointly by the NERC funded SoS RARE consortium and the University of St Andrews, supervised jointly with Dr Jonathan Cloutier. Following the submission of her thesis, she became a PDRA working for the HiTech AlkCarb consortium but is now a Lecturer at the University of St Andrews.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dr Tim Kinnaird is a University Research Officer and Honorary Research Fellow. He is managing the St Andrews component to the TerraSAgE: Terraces as Sustainable Agricultural Environment consortium and also looks after the University Luminescence Dating Service. He works on the practicalities of OSL dating as well as some of the fundamental science of mineral luminescence.


Kris Photo
Kris in his field area to the West of Igdlerfigsalik, looking at metasomatised sandstone.

Krzysztóf (Kris) Sokól, Iapetus (NERC funded) PhD student, jointly with Dr Jonathan Cloutier and Dr Madeleine Humphreys, University of Durham. CASE student with Greenland Rare Earth Projects Ltd.

Dr Aayush Srivastava is a Quaternary geologist with expertise in luminescence dating and aeolian geomorphology. For his recently completed doctoral degree at the University of Oxford, he applied luminescence dating techniques to reconstruct histories of dune accumulation in the Indian Desert, and further developed the accumulation records as proxies of desert climate change. Prior to his PhD, he obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Geology from the University of Delhi and a MSc degree in Quaternary Science from Royal Holloway, University of London. Aayush is working with Dr Tim Kinnaird as a PDRA on the a luminescence dating project as part of the TerraSAgE: Terraces as Sustainable Agricultural Environment consortium. Aayush

 


Past Members of the A-team

curtis image
Curtis working in the area North of Narsarsuaq on Gardar age diatremes containing lamprophyre and carbonatite

Curtis Rooks (2020) graduated from St Andrews after a dissertation on a Gardar topic, and worked as a research assistant on the HiTech AlkCarb project, particularly focussing on the outreach and legacy. Curtis is now doing a PhD with HiTech AlkCarb colleagues at the University of Tubingen in Germany.


2013-07-01 14.08.01
Josh with supervisor Adrian (in the background) on the Paatusoq Complex, SE Greenland

Joshua Hughes, Iapetus (NERC funded) PhD student was based at University of Durham, jointly with Dr Madeleine Humphreys. He now head geologist with Bluejay mining.


Adam with map in John's office 21 Jun 2018
Dr Adam Zaniewski with the map he produced of the Ross of Mull

Dr Adam Zaniewski (2018) PhD University College Cork on a joint project led by Dr John Reavy on the Ross of Mull granitoid complex.


295215_380337532034710_1617718866_n
Emma during fieldwork in the Kringlerne area, South Greenland 2013

Dr Emma Hunt (2015) NERC funded PhD St Andrews, jointly supervised with Dr Colin Donaldson. Previously postdoctoral research fellow in magma chamber dynamics at University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; now living in Baton Rouge in Louisiana, USA.


1173752_521514397917022_1428169527_n
Rob preparing samples for As and Cr synchrotron studies, 2012

Dr Rob Campbell (2014) PhD St Andrews, jointly supervised with Dr Ed Stephens.


188456_133599296708536_1095215_n
Helen looking down over Motzfeldt So, 2001

Dr Helen Salmon (2013) PhD Birkbeck College, University of London, jointly supervised with Professor Hilary Downes. Now exploration consultant and director of her own exploration company.


1174691_528934373841691_2119545032_n
Richard (far right) at his graduation at St Andrews, 2013

Prof Richard Taylor (2013) (right) STFC PhD St Andrews, jointly supervised with Dr Colin Donaldson and Professor Fred Mosselmans (Diamond Light Source). Now Professor of Gemmology, China University of Geosciences Wuhan, China, and consultant in gemmology.



185828_133955763339556_6732668_n
Georgina doing sampling in Norway, 2009

Prof Georgina King (2011) NERC funded PhD St Andrews, jointly supervised with Dr Ruth Robinson. Now: Associate Professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.


996802_501966013205194_609968558_n
Christine during her visit to St Andrews, 2010

Christine Wendler MSc (2011) MSc by research, Technical University of Freiberg (jointly with Professor Jens Gotze).


263185_157037461031386_7607574_n
Anil and his family at graduation

Dr Anil Chamara Jayasundera (2010) EPSRC funded PhD St Andrews, jointly supervised with Professor Phil Lightfoot. Now Senior Lecturer in materials chemistry, University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka.


188949_133955473339585_7134318_n

Henrik looking for rare minerals, Ilimaussaq, South Greenland

Prof Henrik Friis (2009) PhD St Andrews, jointly supervised with Dr Colin Donaldson and Dr Terry Williams (Natural History Museum, London). Now Associate Professor of Mineralogy, University of Oslo, Norway.


189444_133599246708541_2104611_n
Jamie taking a break on Motzfeldt, South Greenland, 2007

Dr Jamie McCreath (2009) PhD St Andrews, jointly supervised with Dr Colin Donaldson. Previously exploration geologist; now consultant in renewable energy.


190600_133599276708538_6669814_n
Johannes climbing up to the green lujavrite of Motzfeldt, 2007

Dr Johannes Schonenberger (2008) PhD University of Tubingen, German, jointly supervised with Professor Gregor Markl. Now Principal Geologist at Statoil, Trondheim, Norway.


185924_134123373322795_5672695_n

Dr Laura Foster (2007) PhD St Andrews, jointly supervised with Dr Nicola Allison. Now Postdoctoral research fellow in climate change at the University of Bristol.


Dr Suzanne Grogan (2004) Joint supervision with Dr John Reavy, University College Cork, Ireland.


Andrew Hobbs MPhil (1999) MPhil, University of Hertfordshire.


189622_134118579989941_7959785_n
Kathryn at Syenitknold, part of the Younger Giant Dyke Complex, South Greenland in 1995

Dr Kathryn Goodenough (1997) NERC funded PhD Edinburgh University, jointly with Professor Brian Upton and Professor Ian Parsons. Now Principal Researcher at the British Geological Survey, Edinburgh.