Professor David Muirhead

Professor David Muirhead
Professor David Muirhead
Professor David Muirhead

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

Head of School of Geosciences, Personal Chair

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+44 (0)1224 274209
Office Address

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

School of Geosciences


Dave is a geologist, with further interests in mineralogy and geochemistry. He has a focus on interdisciplinary science, applying techniques such as Raman spectroscopy to not only geological processes, but further into environmental sciences (wildfires), archaeology (cremations) and more recently in collaboration with medical colleagues studying cancers.

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

Dave 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

Head of School, Geosciences, (Jan 2020 - present)

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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