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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Towards a kerogen-to-graphite kinetic model by means of Raman spectroscopyEarth Science Reviews, vol. 237, 104292Contributions to Journals: Articles
Raman spectroscopy in thrust-stacked carbonates: an investigation of spectral parameters with implications for temperature calculations in strained samplesSolid earth, vol. 13, no. 9, pp. 1495–1511Contributions to Journals: Articles
New Insights into the Structure, Geology and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity along the Central-Northern Corona Ridge, Faroe-Shetland BasinPetroleum Geoscience, vol. 28Contributions to Journals: Articles
Timing and causes of forest fire at the K-Pg boundaryScientific ReportsContributions to Journals: Articles
Assessing Modern Calluna Heathland Fire Temperatures using Raman Spectroscopy: Implications for Past Regimes and GeothermometryFrontiers in Earth Science, vol. 10, 827933Contributions to Journals: Articles
Carbonaceous residues in the Southern Uplands accretionary prism of Ireland and ScotlandScottish Journal of GeologyContributions to Journals: Articles
Raman spectroscopy: current applications in breast cancer diagnosis, challenges and future prospectsBritish Journal of Cancer, vol. 126, no. 8, pp. 1125-1139Contributions to Journals: Articles
Hydrothermal generation of hydrocarbons in basement rocks, Southern TuscanyItalian Journal of Geosciences, vol. 141, no. 2, pp. 231-244Contributions to Journals: Articles
An insight on the polyphase thermal history of the Internal Rif (Northern Morocco) through Raman micro-spectroscopy investigationItalian Journal of Geosciences, vol. 141, no. 1, pp. 104-119Contributions 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