MISS LAUREN KEDAR
After gaining a MEarthSci from Oxford University in 2017, I moved north to Aberdeen to start my PhD with Clare Bond and David Muirhead, looking into deformation localisation in multi-layered systems and how this can be investigated using Raman spectroscopy.
Specifically, my project involves using a combination of field observations, optical microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy to investigate why carbonate-based rocks deform in the way that they do. My field area is in the Haut Giffre, a region of the French/Swiss Alps just north of Chamonix. Here, km-scale vertical cliffs expose amazing compressional structures through 3km of thrust-stacked carbonates and shales. Since starting my PhD, I've spent 3 field seasons mapping and sampling in the area, building on experience gained during my Masters project in which I spent a month mapping Cenozoic folds in limestones near Muscat, Oman.
As my project is funded by the NERC CDT in Oil & Gas, I have had the opportunity to attend courses covering many aspects of the petroleum industry, from exploration and modelling to decommissioning and environmental management. The CDT also runs field courses which have taken me to Dorset, Co. Clare, Pembrokeshire, Yorkshire, and the French Alps (conveniently close to my field area).
- Raman spectroscopy of carbon
- Structural geology in fold-thrust belts
- Mechanical stratigraphy of carbonates
- Optical microscopy & microstructural fabrics