Senior Lecturer in Geology, University of Aberdeen, 2018 -
Lecturer in Geology, University of Aberdeen, 2014 - 2018
Tenure track postdoc, VU University Amsterdam, 2012 - 2014
Postdoc, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre / Glasgow University, 2009 - 2012
Stratigrapher, Neftex, 2007 - 2009
PhD, University of East Anglia School of Environmental Sciences, 2003 - 2007
International Exchange student, Queens University Ontario, Canada, 2001 - 2002
BSc Geology, University of Edinburgh, 1999 - 2003
Stable isotope and elemental geochemistry of carbonates for palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, exploring connections between climate, biosphere and tectonics from the Quaternary to the Archaean.
Astrobiology and geobiology, including processes of microbe fossilisation and identification of ancient microbial fossils (see for example http://theconversation.com/the-hunt-for-life-on-mars-new-findings-on-rock-chimneys-could-hold-key-to-success-97998 and https://www.newscientist.com/article/2172262-these-eerie-rock-towers-may-have-been-built-by-microorganisms).
Diagenesis, particularly of carbonates, and distinguishing primary from secondary (alteration) features.
FAR-DEEP (Fennoscandia Arctic Russia – Drilling Early Earth Project) team member, examining the oxygen and carbon stable isotope record of Palaeproterozoic shallow marine and lacustrine carbonates from cores drilled by the ICDP, including regional vs global controls on the Lomagundi-Jatuli δ13C excursion.
Examining deposition and diagenesis of non-marine carbonates (microbial tufas, hot-spring travertines, soil calcretes and cave speleothems), including the impact of the arrival and diversification of vascular plants on non-marine carbonates. I do this using a combination of field techniques, petrography and (isotope and elemental) geochemistry. This work has both applied and academic relevance.
Numerous collaborators, including (but certainly not limited to):
John Reijmer and Hubert Vonhof (VU University, Amsterdam / KFUPM / MPI Mainz)
Enrico Capezzuoli (University of Perugia)
Mike Rogerson (Hull University)
Tony Fallick (SUERC), Tony Prave (St Andrews), Victor Melezhik (NGU), Dan Condon (BGS)
Anneleen Foubert and Eva de Boever (Universite de Fribourg, Switzerland)
David Wacey (University of Western Australia)
Undergraduate Teaching 2017 - 2018:
GL1005 The Earth through Geological Time (Palaeontology and Stratigraphy)
GL1505 Earth's Materials (Sedimentology)
GL2014 Stratigraphical Principles (Course Coordinator; Palaeontology and Geochronology)
GL2510 Introduction to Field Geology (Arran fieldtrip)
GL4028 Geochemistry and Geofluids (Thurso fieldtrip)
GL4530 Geological Synthesis
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Associate Editor, Sedimentology (2017 onwards)
External examiner for PhD theses, including Hannes Claes (KU Leuven, 2015), Matthew Warke (University of Manchester, 2017) and Ying Shields-Zhou (UCL, 2017).
Examinations Officer for Geology
Academic Lead for Aberdeen Centre for Electron Microscopy, Analysis and Characterisation (ACEMAC): https://www.abdn.ac.uk/business-info/facilities-and-expertise/acemac-nano-scale-electron-microscopy-and-analysis-facility-846.php
Member of the Core Facilities Working Group (2017)
Member of the Space Enhanced Teaching Working Group (2018)