Patrick Sugden

Patrick Sugden


  • KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Research overview

I am the current research technician for the Volcanic Eruptions and Impacts group at St Andrews. The group aims to use ice core records to better understand the frequency and magnitude climatic perturbations derived from volcanic activity. We focus particularly on tephra and sulphur isotopes. As the technician, I work at the "coal face" of this scientific endeavour, dealing with the preparation and analysis of the sulphur isotope composition of ice core samples by multi-collector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). I also work on measuring sulphur concentrations by ion chromatography and identifying volcanic tephra horizons in the ice core record.

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 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Collision Related volcanism in Armenia, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

1 Sept 201531 Aug 2019

Award Date: 15 Nov 2019


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