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Research overview

Application of high resolution geophysical survey techniques for near surface investigations and the use of geophysics in a multi-disciplinary team approach to environmental problem solving.

Specific focus on the fields of near surface, high resolution terrestrial geophysics (archaeology, palaeo-environmental reconstruction, groundwater investigations, contamination mapping, structural investigations, climate change impact) and marine, high resolution survey (palaeo-landscape reconstruction, ecosystem evaluation, resource mapping, sediment dynamics).  Development of multi-sensor equipment for environmental investigations with an emphasis on climate impact studies such as marine benthic mapping and glacier retreat in the maritime Arctic.  Recent archaeological research investigations include the use of multi-sensor techniques at iconic sites such Stonehenge and the World Heritage sites in Orkney.   Commercialization of applied geophysics for marine investigation of Special Areas of Conservation and offshore marine resource development both internationally and on the UK Continental Shelf.

Industrial relevance

High-resolution geophysics, archaeological site survey, environmental site characterisation, environmental impact assessment, mining geophysics, petroleum exploration, hydrographic survey, marine habitat mapping, marine archaeological survey

Teaching activity

Applied Geophysics at sub-honours and honours level with application to environmental investigation, hydrogeological appraisal, engineering studies and resource development.  Petroleum Geosciences taught as industry style, CPD short courses. Environmental studies including Environmental Impact Assessment, fate of contaminants in the sub-surface, managing the impacts of climate change.  An emphasis is placed throughout on bringing industry best practice to the student learning experience through the use of case-histories, practical classes based on applied problems for industry, government and society and through joint teaching with industry experts. 

Academic/Professional Qualification

BSc (Hons), Geology, University of Edinburgh
PhD, Applied Geophysics, University Wales, Bangor
Chartered Geologist

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


  • QE Geology
  • archaeology
  • applied geophysics
  • marine survey
  • climate change
  • environmental


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