My research helps to unravel some of the mysteries of how this volcanic system was created”

“In order to fully understand how any volcanic landscape has evolved it is vital to visualise it three-dimensionally. The 60 million year old volcanic centre on the Isle of Mull still holds many mysteries. My research utilises 3D models created from drone images, geochemistry of lava rock samples and detailed field work (sometimes by horseback) to produce maps and sections across the NW of Mull. My research helps to help unravel some of the mysteries of how this volcanic system was created. The style of volcanism and palaeo-environment of the Mull lava flow make them excellent analogues for processes occurring on Hawaii today. On somewhere like Hawaii, however, it is difficult to appreciate how the volcanic eruptions have evolved over time, as each new lava flows buries and obscures the older flows. On Mull however, the ancient lava flows have been eroded and dissected, with cliff faces essentially showing a cross-section through the layers lava. This allows us to unravel how this landscape and volcanism evolved through time. “

"I combined my research ambitions with my supervisor’s project aspirations and have conducted fieldwork on the Isle of Mull study ancient lava flows"

“Two of my favourite aspects during my undergraduate geology degree were fieldwork and igneous petrology- the formation of volcanic rocks. I was therefore interested in perusing a PhD which involved a significant component of geological fieldwork with an igneous petrology component. Having studied at the University of Aberdeen for my undergraduate degree, I approached one of my lecturers about the viability of doing a PhD. I combined my research ambitions with my supervisor’s project aspirations and have conducted fieldwork on the Isle of Mull study ancient lava flows”

“Being located in Old Aberdeen, you have beautiful old architecture such as Kings College juxtaposed, against modern facilities like the Sir Duncan Rice Library”

“Aberdeen is ideally located if you have an interest in the outdoors, with amazing beaches, hills and Scottish countryside on your doorstep. The University of Aberdeen campus is a big plus, too. Being located in Old Aberdeen, you have beautiful old architecture such as Kings College, juxtaposed against modern facilities like the Sir Duncan Rice Library. The geoscience department at Aberdeen also has fantastic facilities with various labs in which I can process all my data, in addition to many members of staff and other researchers who are always willing to help.”

“What I can be sure of is that I intend to have a successful and challenging career in geology.”

“I absolutely love what I do right now, amalgamating various data sets into a single, coherent project has been a great challenge. For now I’m keeping my options open and will be applying for various things, including post-docs and applied geology roles, as I move into my final year of my PhD. What I can be sure of is that I intend to have a successful and challenging career in geology.”