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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


Current Research

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)


Teaching Responsibilities

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

Further Info

External Responsibilities

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).

Admin Responsibilities

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)



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Contributions to Journals


  • Brasier, A., Wacey, D., Rogerson, M., Guagliardo, P., Saunders, M., Kellner, S., Mercedes-Martín, R., Prior, T., Taylor, C., Matthews, A. & Reijmer, J. (2018). 'A microbial role in the construction of Mono Lake carbonate chimneys?'. Geobiology, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 540-555.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/gbi.12292
  • Barili, R., Neilson, J., Brasier, AT., Goldberg, K., Bardola, TP., De Ros, LF. & Leng, M. 'Carbon isotopes, stratigraphy and environmental change: the Middle/Upper Cambrian Positive Excursion (SPICE) in Port-au-Port Group, Western Newfoundland, Canada'. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1139/cjes-2018-0025
    [Online] AURA: Manuscript_June_Version.pdf
  • De Boever, E., Brasier, AT., Foubert, A. & Kele, S. (2017). 'What do we really know about early diagenesis of non-marine carbonates?'. Sedimentary Geology, vol. 361, pp. 25-51.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sedgeo.2017.09.011
  • Mercedes-Martín, R., Brasier, AT., Rogerson, M., Reijmer, JJG., Vonhof, H. & Pedley, M. (2017). 'A depositional model for spherulitic carbonates associated with alkaline, volcanic lakes'. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 86, pp. 168-191.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.05.032
    [Online] AURA: JMPG_D_17_00060R1.pdf
  • Rogerson, M., Mercedes-Martín, R., Brasier, AT., McGill, RAR., Prior, TJ., Vonhof, H., Fellows, SM., Reijmer, JJG., McClymont, EL., Billing, I., Matthews, A. & Pedley, M. (2017). 'Are spherulitic lacustrine carbonates an expression of large-scale mineral carbonation? A case study from the East Kirkton Limestone, Scotland'. Gondwana Research, vol. 48, pp. 101-109.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2017.04.007
    [Online] AURA: Rogerson_et_al_for_archive.pdf
  • Bastianini, L., Caline, B., Hoareau, G., Bonnel, C., Martinez, M., Lézin, C., Baudin, F., Brasier, A. & Guy, L. (2017). 'Caractérisation sédimentaire de la formation roche mère carbonatée Parnac du Kimméridgien supérieur du Bassin d'Aquitaine (Quercy)'. Bulletin de la Socie´te´ Ge´ologique de France, vol. 188, no. 5, 32, pp. 1-16.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1051/bsgf/2017197
    [Online] AURA: Sedimentary_characterization_of_the_carbonate_source_rock_of...
  • Neilson, JE., Brasier, AT. & North, CP. (2016). 'Primary aragonite and high-Mg calcite in the late Cambrian (Furongian): Potential evidence from marine carbonates in Oman'. Terra Nova, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 306-315.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ter.12222
    [Online] AURA: Neilson_et_al_accepted.pdf
  • Fallick, AE., Melezhik, VA., Brasier, AT. & Prave, AR. (2016). 'Unusual, basin-scale, fluid–rock interaction in the Palaeoproterozoic Onega basin from Fennoscandia: Preservation in calcite δ18O of an ancient high geothermal gradient'. Precambrian Research, vol. 281, pp. 224-235.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2016.06.001
    [Online] AURA: 1_s2.0_S0301926816300912_main.pdf
  • Wacey, D., Saunders, M., Kong, C., Brasier, A. & Brasier, M. (2016). '3.46 Ga Apex chert 'microfossils' reinterpreted as mineral artefacts produced during phyllosilicate exfoliation'. Gondwana Research, vol. 36, pp. 296-313.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2015.07.010
    [Online] AURA: Wacey_etal_2015.pdf
  • Mercedes-Martin, R., Rogerson, MR., Brasier, AT., Vonhof, HB., Prior, TJ., Fellows, SM., Reijmer, JJG., Billing, I. & Pedley, HM. (2016). 'Growing spherulitic calcite grains in saline, hyperalkaline lakes: Experimental evaluation of the effects of Mg-clays and organic acids'. Sedimentary Geology, vol. 335, pp. 93-102.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sedgeo.2016.02.008
    [Online] AURA: 1_s2.0_S003707381600052X_main.pdf
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