Dr David Muirhead
BSc (Hons), PhD, FGS, PGCert, FHEA
Head of School of Geosciences, Senior Lecturer
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)
- External Memberships
Education Committee, Geological Society of London. (2013 - 2016)
Raman spectroscopy of carbon
Intrusion and petroleum system interactions
Geology of Scotland
Geothermometry applied to fold-thrust belts
- 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.
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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An insight on the polyphase thermal history of the Internal Rif (Northern Morocco) through Raman micro-spectroscopy investigationItalian Journal of GeosciencesContributions to Journals: Articles
Raman spectral shifts in naturally faulted rocksGeochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems , e2021GC009923Contributions to Journals: Articles
Dubiofossils from a Mars-analogue subsurface palaeoenvironment: the limits of biogenicity criteriaGeobiology, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 473-488Contributions to Journals: Articles
Observations of reservoir quality alteration in proximity to igneous intrusions for two distinct sandstones units in ScotlandMarine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 129, 105071Contributions to Journals: Articles
Geology and Petroleum Prospectivity of the Sea of Hebrides Basin and Minch Basin, Offshore Northwest ScotlandPetroleum Geoscience, vol. 27, no. 4, petgeo2021-003Contributions to Journals: Articles
The applicability of Raman spectroscopy in the assessment of palaeowildfire intensityPalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, vol. 570, 110363Contributions to Journals: Articles
Carbon ordering in an aseismic shear zone: implications for Raman geothermometry and strain trackingEarth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 549, 116536Contributions to Journals: Articles
Falkland Island peatland development processes and the pervasive presence of fireQuaternary Science Reviews, vol. 240, 106391Contributions to Journals: Articles
Hot fluids, burial metamorphism and thermal histories in the underthrust sediments at IODP 370 site C0023, Nankai Accretionary ComplexMarine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 112, 104080Contributions to Journals: Articles
Structural and lithological controls on the architecture of igneous intrusions: examples from the NW Australian ShelfPetroleum Geoscience, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 50-69Contributions to Journals: Articles