Dr David Muirhead
Dr David Muirhead

Dr David Muirhead

BSc (Hons), PhD, FGS, PGCert, FHEA

Head of School of Geosciences, Senior Lecturer


Dr David K. Muirhead, Rm 106, Dept. Geology & Geophysics, Meston Building, Kings College, Aberdeen AB24 3UE


Dave is a geologist, with further interests in mineralogy, astrobiology and planetary science. He has previously held positions within Halliburton as a logging geologist and subsequently a geochemist, with a strong focus on global research & development within the company.

Since arriving back at the University Dave has continued to take his research in new directions in the study of geofluids, rifted margins and fold and thrust belts, with exciting new collaborations in archaeology and medicine.

In January 2020 Dave took over the role as Head of School of Geosciences.

David obtained his BSc in Earth Science from the University of Glasgow and then his PhD from the University of Aberdeen.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Director of PGT Programmes, School of Geosciences (2016-2019)

College of Physical Sciences College Council (2013 - 2016)

College of Physical Sciences Teaching and Learning Committee (2013 - 2016)

Personal Tutor

External Memberships

Education Committee, Geological Society of London. (2013 - 2016)


Research Overview

Raman spectroscopy of carbon


Contact Metamorphism

Intrusion and petroleum system interactions


Geology of Scotland

Geothermometry applied to fold-thrust belts

Current Research

  • Thermal alteration of sedimentary rocks in fold and thrust belts.
  • Application of Raman Spectroscopy to sedimentary organic matter to assess thermal maturity.
  • The effects of igneous intrusions on petroleum systems with respect to thermal maturity and extractable organic matter potential.
  • Raman spectroscopy of charcoal from wildfires through time.
  • Application of Raman to archaeological and biological materials.

Teaching Responsibilities

Course Tutor

GL1005 Earth Through Geological Time

GL1505 Earth's Materials

GL2015 Petrology and Mineralogy

GL2510 Introduction to Field Geology 

GL3026 Field and Mapping Techniques

GL4028 Petroleum Geology: Geochemistry and Geofluids


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  • Timing and causes of forest fire at the K-Pg boundary

    Muirhead, D.
    Scientific Reports
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • New Insights into the Structure, Geology and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity along the Central-Northern Corona Ridge, Faroe-Shetland Basin

    Layfield, L. K., Schofield, N., Jolley, D., Holford, S. P., Volintir, T., Kilhams, B., Muirhead, D., Cromie, H.
    Petroleum Geoscience
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Assessing Modern Calluna Heathland Fire Temperatures using Raman Spectroscopy: Implications for Past Regimes and Geothermometry

    Theurer, T., Naszarkowski, N., Muirhead, D., Jolley, D., Mauquoy, D.
    Frontiers in Earth Science, vol. 10, 827933
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Carbonaceous residues in the Southern Uplands accretionary prism of Ireland and Scotland

    Schito, A., Muirhead, D., Parnell, J.
    Scottish Journal of Geology
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Hydrothermal generation of hydrocarbons in basement rocks, Southern Tuscany

    Schito, A., Muirhead, D., Bowden, S., Parnell, J.
    Italian Journal of Geosciences, vol. 141, no. 2, pp. 231-244
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Raman spectroscopy in thrust-stacked carbonates: an investigation of spectral parameters with implications for temperature calculations in strained samples

    Kedar, L. E., Bond, C., Muirhead, D.
    Solid earth
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • An insight on the polyphase thermal history of the Internal Rif (Northern Morocco) through Raman micro-spectroscopy investigation

    Schito, A., Atouabat, A., Muirhead, D., Calcagni, R., Galimberti, R., Romano, C., Spina, A., Corrado, S.
    Italian Journal of Geosciences, vol. 141, no. 1, pp. 104-119
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Raman spectroscopy: current applications in breast cancer diagnosis, challenges and future prospects

    Hanna, K., Krzoska, E., Shaaban, A. M., Muirhead, D., Abu-Eid, R., Speirs, V.
    British Journal of Cancer
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Geology and Petroleum Prospectivity of the Sea of Hebrides Basin and Minch Basin, Offshore Northwest Scotland

    Fyfe, L. C., Schofield, N., Holford, S. P., Hartley, A., Heafford, A., Muirhead, D., Howell, J.
    Petroleum Geoscience, vol. 27, no. 4, petgeo2021-003
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Raman spectral shifts in naturally faulted rocks

    Muirhead, D. K., Kedar, L., Schito, A., Corrado, S., Bond, C. E., Romano, C.
    Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems , vol. 22, no. 10, e2021GC009923
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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