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Research overview

I am a petrologist whose research focuses on the magmatic and metamorphic processes that have shaped the evolution of Earth’s lithosphere, and the development of its metal resources, from the Archaean to the present day. My current research focus broadly divides into two areas: 

  • Archaean geodynamics and magmatism. With colleagues, I apply geochemical and isotopic techniques to mafic and evolved rocks to understand (a) settings of crust production on the early Earth; and (b) the nature and timescales of craton assembly and stabilization. I have worked in Western Australia, West Greenland and South Africa. I have also investigated linking isotopic and trace element modelling to phase equilibria modelling, to understand the nature of isotopic evolution during partial melting processes.
  • Processes leading to the development of magmatic-hydrothermal mineralization, with an emphasis on lithophile deposits. I am particularly interested in the use of accessory mineral chemistry to understand the evolution of magmatic systems before and during vapour saturation, and to trace the mobility of metals of interest.

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I an a PI of the St Andrews Geochronology laboratory (StAGE), principally focusing on laser ablation MC-ICP-MS and QQQ-ICP-MS (U-Pb, Hf in zircon; trace elements in accessory minerals) for broad crustal evolution research, with 10+ years experience in stable and radiogenic laser ablation mass spectrometry.

Member of St Andrews Planetary Geodynamics Research Group

I worked for nearly a decade in the global commodities markets, and retain an interest in how developing nations can sustainably exploit their natural mineral resources, with recent work in Myanmar and Rwanda.

I am the Theme Leader for the Geological Society's "Energy Transition" theme.


Academic/Professional Qualification

DPhil Isotope geochemistry & metamorphic petrology, University of Oxford

MSc Geochemistry, University of Leeds

MA University of Oxford

BA (Hons) Geology, University of Oxford


2019: Senior Lecturer, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews

2018-19: Research Fellow, School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University, Melbourne

2015-18: Research Fellow, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Curtin University, Perth

2013-15: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

2011-13: Vice President, JP Morgan Commodities, London

2010-11: Vice President, Deutsche Bank Commodities, London

2005-09: Vice President, Merrill Lynch Commodities, London


DPhil Isotope Geochemistry & Metamorphic Petrology, University of Oxford

MSc Geochemistry, University of Leeds

BA (Hons) Geology, MA, University of Oxford

Teaching activity

Director, MSc in Strategic Earth Resources 

Director of Postgraduate Teaching (DoPGT)

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Geochemistry, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

Bachelor of Arts, Geology, University of Oxford

Master of Arts, Geology, University of Oxford

Doctor of Philosophy, Geochemistry, University of Oxford

External positions

Research Fellow, Monash University


Research Fellow, Curtin University


PDRA, University of Oxford


Vice President, JP Morgan Commodities


Vice President, Merrill Lynch Commodities Inc.



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