Dr Malcolm Hole

Dr Malcolm Hole

Senior Lecturer

Dr Malcolm Hole
Dr Malcolm Hole

Contact Details

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Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Research Interests


Alkaline Volcanism


Volcanic Stratigraphy

Geology of Scotland

Current Research

Stratigraphy and volcanology of Large Igneous Provinces.

Faeroe Islands stratigraphy and palaeoenvironments.

Magmatism associated with Gondwana fragmentation

3-D architecture of basaltic lava fields

Subsurface geophysical expressions of lava fields

Mantle Melting and peridotite-pyroxenite sources of magmas

Phase equilibria of peridotite melting

Phase equlibira of pyroxenite melting

Fingerprinting pyroxenite and peridotite-sourced magmas


Teaching Responsibilities

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Undergraduate Programme Coordinator.

Course coordinator

GL1005 Earth Through Geological Time

GL1505 Earth Materials

GL2014 Stratigraphical Principles

GL3025 Stratigraphy

GL3522 Volcanic Hazards

GL4522 Birth, growth and death of Supercontinents

Course Tutor

GL2015 Petrology & Mineralogy

GL3520 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology

GL3526 Tectonics, Climate change and Earth History


Further Info

Admin Responsibilities

Geoscience Representative, Qualityy Assurance Committee

Convenor Staff-Student Liaison Committe

Undergraduate Programme Coordiantor, Geology-Petroleum Geology

Institutional Team - Developing and Supporting the Curriculum




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Contributions to Journals


  • Herodotou, C., Muirhead, DK., Aristeidou, M., Hole, MJ., Kelley, S., Scanlon, E. & Duffy, M. (in press). 'Blended and online learning: A comparative study of virtual microscopy in Higher Education'. Interactive Learning Environments.
  • Healy, D., Rizzo, R., Duffy, M., Farrell, NJC., Hole, MJ. & Muirhead, D. (2018). 'Field evidence for the lateral emplacement of igneous dykes: Implications for 3D mechanical models and the plumbing beneath fissure eruptions'. Volcanica, pp. 85-105.
    [Online] AURA: document_2_.pdf
  • Rossetti, L., Lima, E., Waichel, B., Hole, MJ., Simoes, M. & Scherer, CMS. (2018). 'Lithostratigraphy and volcanology of the Serra Geral Group, Paraná-Etendeka Igneous Province in Southern Brazil: Towards a formal stratigraphical framework'. Journal of volcanology and geothermal research, vol. 355, pp. 98-114.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2017.05.008
  • Hole, MJ. (2018). 'Mineralogical and geochemical evidence for polybaric fractional crystallization of continental flood basalts and implications for identification of peridotite and pyroxenite source lithologies'. Earth Science Reviews, vol. 176, pp. 51-67.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.09.014
  • Millett, JM., Hole, MJ., Jolley, DW. & Passey, SR. (2017). 'Geochemical stratigraphy and correlation within Large Igneous Provinces: the final preserved stages of the Faroe Islands Basalt Group'. Lithos, vol. 286-287, pp. 1-15.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2017.05.011
    [Online] AURA: 1_s2.0_S0024493717301858_main.pdf
  • Schofield, N., Holford, S., Millett, J., Brown, D., Jolley, D., Passey, SR., Muirhead, D., Grove, C., Magee, C., Murray, J., Hole, M., Jackson, CAL. & Stevenson, C. (2017). 'Regional Magma Plumbing and emplacement mechanisms of the Faroe-Shetland Sill Complex: Implications for magma transport and petroleum systems within sedimentary basins'. Basin Research, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 41-63.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/bre.12164
    [Online] AURA: Schofield_et_al_FSSC_accepted_2015.pdf
  • Millett, JM., Wilkins, AD., Campbell, E., Hole, MJ., Taylor, RA., Healy, D., Jerram, DA., Jolley, DW., Planke, S., Archer, SG. & Blischke, A. (2016). 'The geology of offshore drilling through basalt sequences: Understanding operational complications to improve efficiency'. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 77, pp. 1177-1192.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.08.010
  • Millett, JM., Hole, MJ., Jolley, DW., Schofield, N. & Campbell, E. (2016). 'Frontier exploration and the North Atlantic Igneous Province: new insights from a 2.6 km offshore volcanic sequence in the NE Faroe–Shetland Basin'. Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 173, no. 2, pp. 320-336.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2015-069
    [Online] AURA: 7713_1_merged_1441016373.pdf
  • Hole, MJ. & Millett, JM. (2016). 'Controls of mantle potential temperature and lithospheric thickness on magmatism in the North Atlantic Igneous Province'. Journal of Petrology, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 417-436.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/petrology/egw014
    [Online] AURA: Hole_Millett_J_Petrol_Revised_compiled.pdf
  • Hole, MJ., Ellam, RM., MacDonald, DIM. & Kelley, SP. (2016). 'Gondwana break-up related magmatism in the Falkland Islands'. Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 173, no. 1, pp. 108-126.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2015-027
    [Online] AURA: 7533_3_Final_1437483406.pdf
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