The University of Aberdeen
Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology
Meston Building, King’s College
University of Aberdeen
- October 2014 - Present: PhD student, University of Aberdeen
- September 2010 - July 2014: BSc Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
The continued exploration for oil and gas reserves requires a greater understanding of frontier geology. My research focuses on the recent geological history of the eastern Baffin Island and western Greenland, which borders the Labrador Sea, Davis Strait and Baffin Bay, areas of frontier exploration since the 1970s. Recent investigations have produced two possible scenarios to explain the regions low relief, high elevation topography with the suggestion of erosion to near sea level preceding a Neogene uplift regime has been opposed by the proposal of slow continuous erosion over the past 800Myrs.
(U-Th)/He thermochonology been regularly used to establish the geomorphological evolution of continental margins and help in interpreting their effects on basin development. My work aims to resolve this dispute with a new innovative method of (U-Th)/He apatite dating (Brown et al. 2013). This technique makes explicit use of wide dispersion regularly seen from samples from ancient basement samples and provides a greater resolution of the shallow crust. Results from this will lead to the production of a conclusive evolutionary model for the region and a greater understanding of the complete geological history.