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Earth Sciences
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Department of Earth Sciences
Undergraduate Studies

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Royal Holloway is widely recognised on the world         As a cosmopolitan community, with students
stage as one of the UK’s leading teaching and            from 130 countries, we focus on the support and
research universities. One of the larger colleges of     development of the individual. Our friendly and safe
the University of London, we are strong across the       campus, west of central London, provides a unique
sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. We       environment for university study. We have been
were ranked 12th in the UK (102nd in the world) by the   voted as one of the 16 most beautiful universities in
Times Higher Education World University Rankings         the world (Daily Telegraph).
2014, which described us as ‘truly world class’.

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Earth Sciences
The Department of Earth Sciences
                                                 Why study Earth Sciences?                                          4
at Royal Holloway is internationally
recognised for its teaching and                  Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway                                   5
research, offering an ideal environment
for students to engage with all areas of         Admissions and entry requirements                                  6
this fascinating subject.                        Degree programmes                                                  7
Staff are leading authorities in their           Degree structure                                                   8
field and, together with state-of-the-
art facilities, we provide students with         Teaching and assessment                                            10
every opportunity to succeed in their
                                                 Other information                                                  12
chosen career.
                                                 Your future career                                                 14

                                                 Our research                                                       16

                                                 Academic staff                                                     17

 Contact details

Head of Department
Professor Peter Burgess
General enquiries
Julie Brown
Admissions enquiries
Department of Earth Sciences
T: +44 (0)1784 443581
F: +44 (0)1784 471780

      more information

This brochure is designed to complement
Royal Holloway’s Undergraduate Prospectus
and information on the department’s website at
It is also available as a PDF at

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Why study Earth Sciences?
The Earth Sciences bring together aspects of physics, chemistry
biology, geography, and mathematics to understand the planet
we live on, how it came into being and how it may change in the
future. Earth Science serves society by providing us with the
understanding necessary to locate and utilise natural resources
responsibly and sustainably. The principles of Earth Sciences are
not only vital to understand our own environment but provide
the starting points from which we can go on to explore the
origin and evolution of other planets. In an ever-evolving Earth,
understanding the history of all earth materials has never been
more important. Knowledge is an integral part of being human,
and to understand all that surrounds us is exciting.

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Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway

Welcome                                                               • I nternational reputation: the Department of Earth Sciences
                                                                         at Royal Holloway is internationally-renowned for the quality
Studying Earth Sciences is a fascinating and effective way to equip      of its teaching and research activities. In the latest Research
yourself for a wide variety of careers, both inside and outside the      Assessment Exercise we were ranked joint 6th in the UK with 70
subject area.                                                            percent of our research rated as world-leading or internationally
Coming to Royal Holloway to study will see you working in an             excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The
intellectually challenging setting, but one that is also extremely       Department provides a stimulating and supportive environment
friendly and supportive. Here, you will work closely every day with      for students and was ranked 2nd in the UK in the most recent
leading experts in geoscience research. You will also be taught at       National Student Survey with an ‘Overall Student Satisfaction’
a number of exciting and stimulating field sites in the UK, Europe       rating of 99 percent.
or beyond. Add to this the atmosphere at Royal Holloway, with         • C
                                                                         ompelling courses: our curriculum is underpinned by our
its well-equipped campus in peaceful surroundings close to the          cutting-edge research, helping students to keep in touch with
global city of London, and you have all the ingredients for success     the very latest developments. Led by a committed team of
studying Earth Sciences.                                                experts, the exciting degree programmes cater for all interests
                                                                        across the spectrum of Earth Sciences.
But don’t take my word for it! A visit to the Department of Earth
Sciences will certainly help convince you of this. We look forward    • F
                                                                         ield teaching: Our courses are complemented by a high quality
to meeting you at one of our Open Days held throughout the year.        fieldwork programme to help bring the syllabus to life.
                                                                      • O
                                                                         utstanding provision for students: students benefit from our
                                                                        extensive range of modern facilities, including a 3D visualisation
                                                                        facility, world-leading laboratories for geochemical analysis,
Professor Peter Burgess                                                 sedimentology and palaeontology, and specialist modelling
Head of Department                                                      laboratories for recreating earth structures as well as IT and
                                                                        computer facilities.
                                                                      • F
                                                                         irst-rate career opportunities: students gain a University
                                                                        of London degree, a qualification recognised the world over.
                                                                        All of our degrees are also accredited by the Geological Society
                                                                        towards Chartered Geologist Status and we are one of the few
                                                                        departments to hold regular networking opportunities with
                                                                        companies recruiting for geological jobs.
                                                                      • F
                                                                         riendly and welcoming: we offer a vibrant and supportive place
                                                                        to study. Students have open-door access to all staff and are
                                                                        allocated a personal adviser to help guide them in their studies.

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Admissions and entry requirements
We welcome applications from prospective students who want to          Deferred entry
study the Earth Sciences in one of the UK’s top departments.           Applications from candidates who wish to take a year off between
Applicants to the College come from a diverse range of                 leaving school and entering university are accepted. If we offer you
backgrounds and students are admitted on the basis of                  a place, and you meet the conditions of the offer, your entry into
attainment at A-level or equivalent qualifications.                    the Department the following year is guaranteed.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the Department,           Applications are considered on an individual basis. Please
talk to members of staff and students and find out more about          contact the Admissions Tutor (
studying at Royal Holloway at one of our Open Days (see page 13).      for further details.

Typical offers
• N
   o previous qualifications in Geology are required, although a
  science background is encouraged
• A
   2 Level: normally three subjects, including at least one science
  from the following list: geology, physics, chemistry, biology,
  and maths
• U
   sual minimum scores offered – ABB (320 points) for BSc;
  ABB (320 points) for MSci courses except AAA (360 points)
  for International MSci

Mature applicants and alternative qualifications
Applicants only taking two subjects at A2 Level or who are taking
other qualifications (i.e., GNVQ Science, BTEC, International or
European Baccalaureat) are welcome. Mature applicants are also
encouraged to apply.

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Degree programmes
The teaching programme emphasises the interconnectedness of
the Earth System, while allowing students to focus in greater detail
in a range of key areas that interest them.
First and second year core courses consider the Earth as a
dynamic system, the interaction between physical and chemical
processes acting at and below the surface, the environment and
the evolution of life. In the final year(s), students go on to broaden
and deepen their knowledge by choosing from a wide range of
advanced options that reflect the research strengths and interests
of the Department. Independent project work and fieldwork form
a prominent part of all the degree courses.

F600 BSc Geology
A three year degree that gives a thorough grounding in all aspects
of modern Earth Sciences, bringing graduates to the limits of
current textbook knowledge and beyond, and preparing them
for a wide range of employment both inside and outside the
subject area.

F601 MSci Geoscience
A four year degree that equips students with a deep knowledge
based on current research, and provides them with advanced skills
suitable for continuation into the worlds of academic or applied

F602 MSci Geoscience with an International Year or
FP42 MSci Environmental Geoscience with an International Year
A four year degree like F601/F631, but with the third year
spent abroad in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand;
placing students in new and challenging learning environments
and cultures.

F620 BSc Petroleum Geology
This three year degree is designed to provide a clear and
distinctive pathway leading to a set of skills and knowledge
appropriate to the petroleum industry.

F630 BSc Environmental Geology
A three year degree that prepares students with the knowledge
and skills required to help shape society’s response to the impacts
of natural hazards and of its exploitation of natural resources on
the environment.

F631 MSci Environmental Geoscience
This four year degree extends environmental geology students
with the provision of intensive practical and fieldwork during
the fourth year, equipping them for the worlds of applied and
academic research or employment in environmental geosciences.

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Degree structure
F600 BSc Geology and F601 MSci Geoscience (F602 with a year of International Study)

    Year 1                                      Year 2                                  Year 3                              Year 4 (F601 and F602 only)
    Global Tectonics                            Stratigraphy and the History of Life    Advanced Concepts and               Independent Geoscience Project
                                                                                        Techniques in Geology
    Sedimentology                               Regional Geology                                                            Plus three options (see below)
                                                                                        Independent Geological Field
    Environmental Issues OR                     Igneous and Metamorphic Geology         Mapping
    Introduction to Petroleum Geology
                                                Geochemistry                            Applied Geology (optional 9–12
    Igneous and Metamorphic Geology                                                     month industrial placement)
                                                Applied Geophysics
    Mathematics for Geology                                                             Plus four options (see below)
                                                Structural Analysis and Remote
    Earth Structures                            Sensing                                 (For F602 students, only the
                                                                                        Independent Field Mapping is
    Physics and Chemistry of the Earth          Applied Geology (optional 9–12
                                                                                        compulsory. Other options are
                                                month industrial placement)
    Palaeontology                                                                       chosen at the university abroad)
                                                Field Methods in Geology

F620 BSc Petroleum Geology

    Year 1                                      Year 2                                  Year 3
    Global Tectonics                            Stratigraphy and the History of Life    Advanced Concepts and
                                                                                        Techniques in Geology
    Sedimentology                               Regional Geology
                                                                                        Mapping Sedimentary Basins
    Introduction to Petroleum Geology           Igneous and Metamorphic Geology
                                                                                        Advanced Topics in Sedimentology
    Igneous and Metamorphic Geology             Geochemistry
                                                                                        Sedimentary Basin Analysis
    Mathematics for Geology                     Applied Geophysics
                                                                                        Advanced Techniques in Tectonic
    Earth structures                            Structural Analysis and Remote          and Structural Interpretation
    Physics and Chemistry of the Earth                                                  The Geology of Petroleum
                                                Field Methods in Geology

F630 BSc Environmental Geology and F631 MSci Environmental Geoscience

    Year 1                                      Year 2                                  Year 3                              Year 4 (F631 only)
    Global Tectonics                            Stratigraphy and the History of Life    Advanced Concepts and               Independent Environmental
                                                                                        Techniques in Geology               Geoscience Project
    Sedimentology                               Regional Geology
                                                                                        GIS and Remote Sensing              Environmental Field Investigations
    Environmental Issues                        Geohazards
                                                                                        Environmental Geoscience Report     Plus five options (see below)
    Igneous and Metamorphic Geology             Geochemistry                            (F631 only)
    Mathematics for Geology                     Field Methods in Geology                Methods of Environmental
    Earth Structures                            Other Geology or Geography
                                                options                                 Environmental Geology Project
    Physics and Chemistry of the Earth
                                                                                        (F630 only)
                                                Applied Geology (optional 9–12
    Palaeontology                               month industrial placement)             Applied Geology (optional 9–12
                                                                                        month industrial placement)

                                                                                        Plus three options (see below)

Year 3 options                                                                         Year 4 options

Course name                              Degree programme
                                                                                       •	Seismic Processing and           • Contaminated Land
                                                                                          Interpretation                   • Petroleum Geology
Advanced Topics in Sedimentology         F600        F601       F630        F631
                                                                                       • Modern Climates                   •	Environmental Inorganic
GIS and Remote Sensing                   F630        F631
                                                                                       •	Geodynamics and Plate               Analysis
Volcanology                              F600        F601       F630        F631          Tectonics                        • Reservoir Characterisation
Advanced Techniques in Tectonic          F600        F601                              • Water Quality                     • Air Pollution
and Structural Interpretation
                                                                                       •	Interpretation of Structural     • Terrestrial Palaeoecology
Mineral Resources                        F600        F601       F630
                                                                                                                           •	Advanced Igneous
Advanced Palaeontology                   F600        F601                              • Oceans and Atmospheres               Petrogenesis
Aqueous Geology                          F600        F601                              • Earth Surface processes           • Palaeoclimates
Planetary Geology and Geophysics         F600        F601

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Jacob Longridge, 2nd Year BSc Geology
“I have found my time at Royal Holloway enjoyable and rewarding. The Department has a positive, open-door attitude
that encourages personal growth and understanding. The level of feedback and support allows you to excel academically. The
Lyell Society, for earth science students, provides numerous social events which make you feel a part of the Department
from the first pizza night!”

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Teaching and assessment
As in any science degree programme, lectures primarily define
the learning agenda, and knowledge and understanding are
supplemented through private reading and research. Learning
materials such as lecture notes, presentations, quizzes and
interactive exercises are all made available to students online
through a ‘Virtual Learning Environment’. However, in the study
of Earth Sciences there is also a strong practical element and the
acquisition of key practical skills is developed through exercises in
the classroom, laboratory and field.
All of the courses are assessed and the marks from the
assessments after the first year will count towards the final degree
classification. Styles of assessment vary according to the nature of
the course and include:
• w
   ritten exam papers held during the Summer Term
  (for a typical lecture-based course the exams may count
  for 60 percent of the total assessment)
• practical classes carried out in the classroom, laboratory or field
• written reports on selected topics
• individual, independent projects which may be laboratory
   or field based (for example field mapping)
• presentations based on team or individual exercises

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Fieldwork and Study Abroad
Fieldwork is regarded as an important part of a geologist’s training      student and Department, and preliminary course selections made
and the modern geologist must have knowledge and skills that can          in consultation with Department staff who are familiar with USA,
be used internationally. The Department organises a variety of trips,     Canadian, New Zealand and Australian universities. The choices,
both in the UK and abroad, lasting from one day to several weeks.         however, depend solely on the student and the area of study they
                                                                          wish to pursue in their degree.
The fieldwork programme emphasises techniques and provides
training in the field interpretation of stratigraphy, sedimentology,      Some of our exchange universities:
tectonics and igneous processes. Mapping courses include a                • Duke University, North Carolina
number of small projects and a major field mapping exercise is
conducted in the third term of the second year.                           • Mcgill University, Montreal
                                                                          • University of Alberta
Local trips have included:
                                                                          • University of California
• Southwest England   •   Hartland   •   Pembrokeshire   •   Mull         • University of Canterbury, Christchurch
•   Skye   •   North Somerset   •   Lake District   •   South Devon
                                                                          • Victoria University, Wellington
International trips have included:
                                                                          • University of Arizona, Tucson
•   Almeria, Spain   •   Cyprus   •   Digne, France,   •   Florida, USA   • University of Sydney, Australia
•   Pyrenees, Spain   •   Tenerife, Canary Islands   •   Iceland
                                                                          • University of Western Australia
Study Abroad                                                              The student is normally resident at the overseas institution for
                                                                          two semesters. In addition to academic and pastoral support at
MSci Geoscience/Environmental Geoscience with a year of                   the overseas institution, a Royal Holloway Earth Sciences tutor
International Study                                                       will maintain regular contact with students while they are abroad.
During the second year, preparations are made for a year of study         To ensure eligibility, students must maintain high standards of
overseas: contact is made with partner institutions selected by the       performance during the first two years of their degree.


Lorna Greig, MSci in Geoscience
“Royal Holloway has a friendly feel and you are always made to feel welcome and part of the Department. I was always
interested in a career in the oil and gas industry and to broaden my experience I opted to study for a year at the University
of Adelaide in Australia. I am now employed as a geologist with a leading oil and gas exploration company, Tullow Oil.”

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Other information
One of the many benefits of the Department of Earth Sciences
at Royal Holloway is the vast array of in-house research
equipment supporting teaching and research into atmospheric
sciences, geochemistry, geophysics, mineralisation, magmatism,
sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, palaeobiology, and
All students undertake lectures and practicals in well-equipped
lecture theatres and teaching laboratories within the Department.
In the third and fourth years students undertake research
projects in many of the research laboratories. These include
laboratories for measuring stable and radiogenic isotopes, mineral
identification and trace elemental analyses.
In addition there are fully equipped sedimentological and
palaeontological laboratories as well as two analogue modelling
laboratories for scaled structural modelling projects. The
Department has a large 2D and 3D seismic database generously
donated by our industrial sponsors and this is used for both
undergraduate and postgraduate training and research.                     The Lyell Geoscience Society
Major computing and workstation facilities underpin many                  Sir Charles Lyell (1797–1875), was one of the founders of modern
aspects of our research and provide the basis for international           geology and the first Professor of geology at King’s College
communications. The Department is fully networked with                    London, one of our founding constituent departments. The Lyell
teaching and research computer laboratories, as well as a large           Society is organised by undergraduate students under guidance
seismic interpretation workstation laboratory. We have Mac                of postgraduate students and a member of staff. It coordinates a
and PC workstations for student and staff use. Undergraduate              number of events throughout the academic year.
students are offered training opportunities in all of these facilities.   Bi-weekly guest lectures are held in the department during term
Students have access to many library resources from the                   time on a wide range of cutting edge topics; these culminate
Department including electronic journals. Students can also use           in the annual Lyell Symposium during which talks are given by
the libraries on campus as well as in central London, including the       internationally-recognised specialists from industry as well as
British Library and Senate House Library.                                 visiting academics. The student–organised field trip is a particular
                                                                          highlight of the year and has visited locations such as Snowdonia
As well as the libraries, we encourage students to utilise IT             and the Isle of Wight. In addition a range of social events takes
facilities in support of their learning and research. The Computer        place throughout the academic year ensuring a friendly social
Centre has a wide range of computing facilities, and is open              atmosphere between students of all years and members of staff.
24-hours a day. There are numerous computer rooms across
the campus and the growing wireless network enables access                Here are just some examples of activities held:
throughout many parts of the College, such as in lecture theatres.        • Bi-weekly guest lectures
The Computer Centre also runs a number of useful IT courses.              • Courtyard barbecues
                                                                          • Halloween party
Student welfare and support
                                                                          • Pizza quiz nights
When you join us, you are immediately assigned to a member
of staff who is your Personal Adviser. They help you choose               Famous annual events:
your courses and offer personal support during your degree,               • Annual Lyell Symposium and black tie dinner
referring you to the wider range of College welfare services where
                                                                          • Ceilidh and whisky tasting
necessary. Department staff are renowned for being friendly
and approachable.                                                         • The Student Fieldtrip

The College has excellent provision for helping students with
queries and problems through the Student Advisory Services,
which include the Student Administration Centre, the Student
Counselling Service, the Students’ Union welfare officers, the
Chaplains and the Residential Support Assistants in the halls
of residence.
Royal Holloway is committed to supporting students with
disabilities or special educational needs. This support is offered
primarily through the Educational Support Office (ESO).

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Visit us
College and Departmental Open Days
Our College and Departmental Open Days offer you a unique
opportunity to come and find out more about us and get a taste
of what university life is really like. Parents and friends are very
welcome to come with you.
For dates of College and Departmental Open Days and to book
please visit our website:

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Your future career
A degree in Earth Sciences leads to a diversity of career               Internships and Industry Links
opportunities – mostly in industry and the private sector, but also     Many of the Department’s students undertake internships which
in universities and the public sector. Geologists have a role to play   helps prepare them to move into the career of their choice upon
in global exploration for whate ver raw materials we need – water,      graduation. Recent internships have included:
minerals, oil and gas.
                                                                        • Research experiences at the University of Kiel in Germany
Geologists understand the environment and can provide answers
                                                                        • W
                                                                           ork experience at a gold and silver mining company in Eastern
to global problems like climate change and waste disposal and
the Department’s graduates have gone on to work in a wide
variety of areas, such as oil and gas industries, water authorities,    • A field project in Shetland Isles
environmental agencies, media organisations and news agencies,          • A placement at Caledonia Mining in Zambia and Zimbabwe
banking, insurance and consultancy.                                     • A
                                                                           research project at the University of New South Wales,
Graduate Destinations
                                                                        • A
                                                                           n internship at EGI Utah Universities institute in Bratislava,
The Department’s graduates work for well known employers,                 Slovakia
such as:
                                                                        The Department prides itself on its excellent links with
• BG Group                                                              industry. Many organisations the Department has a relationship
• BHP Billiton                                                          with – such as BP, Centrica, Conoco Phillips, Environment
• Environment Agency                                                    Agency,ExxonMobil, HESS, Nexen and local Government
                                                                        authorities – embark on recruitment visits to the Department,
• Oxford University Press
                                                                        providing opportunities for current students in the job market.
• Thames Water
                                                                        For further information, please visit
• Shell
Graduates undertake a wide variety of roles, as illustrated in the
graphic below.
The highly varied degree structure and specialities of the
academic staff in the Department of Earth Sciences also
encourages many students to continue with further study of the
earth and pursue an MSc and/or PhD programme.

 Further geology training – 32%                                                                                 Non-geology – 43%
             MSc Petroleum Geology
                                                                                                                 Communications Officer
      MSc Environmental Geology
                                                                                                                  Financial Consultant
          MSc Engineering Geology                                                                                  Software Developer
              MSc Mining Geology                                                                                   Credit Risk Analyst
      PhD Research Programmes                                                                                       Royal Air Force
                                                                                                                    Web Designer
     Oil, gas & mining – 11%
                                                                                                                   Fund Raiser
              Exploration Geologist
                                                                                                                  Town Planner
                 Seismic Interpreter
                  Reservoir Geologist
                       Mining Geologist
                                                                                                     Teacher training – 5%

                                            Environmental – 8%               Other geology careers – 1%
                                               Environmental Officer         Geographic Analyst
                                 Environmental Engineer & Consultant         Map Editor

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Careers Support                                                       Graduate profile
Employers are interested in the skills students develop through
student life as well as the academic knowledge gained through
studies. The Department of Earth Sciences, in partnership with         Alumna:        Katherine Joy
the Careers Service, provides opportunities for its students to
develop transferrable skills and market themselves effectively         Subject:       BSc in Geology
for graduate jobs. The Careers Service is part of The Careers          Graduated:     2003
Group, University of London, the largest university careers service
in Europe.                                                             Place of Work:	School of Earth, Atmospheric
                                                                                       and Environmental Sciences.
Students can benefit from one-to-one advice from a Careers                             University of Manchester
Consultant with appointments available in each term. Students
also access a wide range of facilities from the Careers Service.       Position:	Postdoctoral Fellow

In the first weeks of term the Careers Service runs part-time jobs     “I chose to do Geology at Royal Holloway because you can
fair, providing students with access to local employers, and a wide    study a wide variety of topics ranging from volcanology
variety of skills workshops throughout the academic year.              to paleontology to planetary science all within one
The Department endeavours to help students to recognise their          degree programme. I especially liked the friendly working
own strengths, skills and abilities so that they can make strong       environment, the social events and the opportunity to visit
applications for their chosen job or training course. Advice on        other countries on field classes.
careers – including CV writing, completing application forms           After graduating I went on to study for a PhD in lunar
and preparing for an interview – is provided by the Department’s       geology at University College London. Since then I have
teaching staff, as well as by the College Careers Service.             continued academic research working on the geology
The Department also maintains strong link with its alumni,             of lunar meteorite samples and analysing satellite data
who are often able to provide advice, contacts and networking          from the European Space Agency’s SMART-1 and India’s
opportunities to students.                                             Chandrayaan-1 missions.”

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Our research
All of our teaching staff are actively involved in research and have
published many books and articles in specialist or popular science
journals. Undergraduate students experience the importance of
being in a very strong research environment in two ways:
• T
   he material taught in lectures and practical work is not
  recycled from text books but is presented by experts in the field
  who can teach students about the very latest advances in the
  subject, sometimes before it is widely published.
• T
   he independent project work that students carry out in their
  third and fourth years can involve participation in research
  programmes which are at the cutting-edge of the science,
  providing excellent first-hand training for those who wish to
  pursue a career in the geosciences.

                                                                       Research topics currently underway in the Department include:
                                                                       •  active faults and earthquake hazards in Myanmar and Indonesia
                                                                       •  ancient glaciers: hunting for the global record of snowball earth
                                                                       •  mapping the geology of remote tropical regions in Southeast
                                                                       •  creating 3D models of subduction zones
                                                                       •  the role of methane in climate change and greenhouse events
                                                                       •  use of lead isotopes to understand formation of oceanic crust
                                                                       •  tectonic evolution of delta systems using 3-D seismic data
                                                                       •  the impact of glacial unloading on Icelandic volcanism
                                                                       •  climatic variation as a fundamental control on sediment supply
                                                                           to basins
                                                                       •  ancient wildfires and the shaping of ecosystems and
                                                                           evolutionary changes
                                                                       •  analysis of mantle-derived rocks
                                                                       •  the origin of gold deposits in Europe
                                                                       •  Cenozoic biogeography of the West Pacific
                                                                       •  numerical modelling of stratigraphic successions

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Academic staff
Dr Jürgen Adam                                                         Professor Ken McClay
Senior Lecturer in Structural Geology                                  Director of Fault Dynamics Research Group
Coupled tectonic, climate and surface processes.                       Analogue modelling; extensional, strike-slip and thrust tectonics.
                                                                       Deformation of sulphides and clastic-hosted stratiform Pb–Zn
Dr David Alderton
Senior Lecturer in Mineral Deposits
Environmental effects of mining; ore deposits associated               Professor Jason Morgan
with igneous rocks.                                                    Professor of Geophysics
                                                                       Geodynamics, computational geodynamics; marine geophysics;
Professor Pete Burgess
                                                                       deep earth carbon and water cycles.
Professor of Petroleum Geology
Carbonate sedimentology and petroleum systems.                         Dr Wolfgang Müller
                                                                       Reader in Isotope Geochemistry
Dr Kevin Clemitshaw
                                                                       Isotope geochemistry in Earth Sciences, archaeology and
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geosciences
                                                                       anthropology (including “Ötzi”); In-situ analysis by laser-ablation-
Outdoor and indoor air pollution in urban, rural and remote
                                                                       Professor Euan Nisbet
Professor Margaret Collinson
                                                                       Professor of Geology
Professor of Palaeobotany
                                                                       Komatiites and mantle evolution; the global carbon cycle both
Tertiary and Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary floras, vegetation and
                                                                       past and present; global environmental change, greenhouse gases.
climate, wetlands, mammal/plant interactions, heterosporous
plant evolution and palynofacies; Kerogen formation.                   Dr Marta Pérez-Gussinyé
                                                                       Senior Lecturer in Geosciences
Dr Howard Falcon-Lang
                                                                       Continental margins, deep structure of ocean-continent
Reader in Palaeobotany
                                                                       transition, modelling of continental extension, seismic processing.
Diversity, ecology and climatic significance of terrestrial
ecosystems through time.                                               Dr Steve Smith
                                                                       Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geosciences
Professor Agust Gudmundsson
                                                                       Chemical characteristics of airborne particles; organic
Professor of Structural Geology
                                                                       contaminants in soil.
Volcanotectonics, seismotectonics, fluid reservoirs, rock fractures.
                                                                       Professor Matthew Thirlwall
Professor Robert Hall
                                                                       Professor of Isotope Geochemistry
Director of the SE Asia Research Group
                                                                       Sr-Nd-Pb isotope studies of subduction related magmas, ocean
Alpine-Himalayan geology; island arcs and marginal basins,
                                                                       island magmatism. Caledonian geochronology and magmatism.
ophiolites; SE Asian and W Pacific plate tectonics, paleoclimate
                                                                       High precision analytical techniques.
and paleobiogeography.
                                                                       Dr Paola Vannucchi
Dr Javier Hernández-Molina
                                                                       Senior Lecturer
Reader in Sedimentology
                                                                       Marine geology; field study of subduction zone tectonics;
Basin analysis; continental margins; deep water sedimentary
                                                                       earthquake geology.
                                                                       Dr David Waltham
Professor Martin King
                                                                       Reader in Geophysics
Professor of Environmental Geoscience
                                                                       Numerical modelling of seismic data, hanging wall and footwall
Snow and atmospheric chemistry and physics; radiation transfer;
                                                                       deformation; carbonate platforms; evaporites; simple clastic
organic atmospheric aerosols; computational studies of silica-
organic molecule complexes.
                                                                       Dr Ian Watkinson
Dr Dan Le Heron
                                                                       Lecturer in Regional Tectonic Analysis
Reader in Sedimentary Geology
                                                                       Major faults of SE Asia, neotectonics and palaeoseismology,
Evolution of Palaeozoic Saharan basins; soft sediment
                                                                       strike-slip tectonics, ductile shear zones, thermochronology.
deformation; glacial geology; petroleum systems and petroleum
geology; north African geology.
Professor David Mattey
Professor of Geochemistry
Stable isotopes, instrumentation, and techniques; climate
reconstruction; cave processes; planetary sciences.

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Laboratory staff                                                   Technical and administrative staff
Dr Nathalie Grassineau                                             Ms Julie Brown
Geochemistry Lab Manager                                           Senior Faculty Administrator
Stable isotopes and geochemical analysis.
                                                                   Mr Kevin D’Souza
Dr David Lowry                                                     Deputy Technical Operations Manager, photographer
Stable Isotope and Atmospheric Lab Manager
                                                                   Ms Sharon Gibbons
Stable isotopes applied to studies of atmospheric greenhouse
gases, mineral deposits, the Scottish Neoproterozoic; Greenhouse
gas measurement instrumentation.                                   Mrs Susan Woods
Dr Christina Manning
Radiogenic Isotope Research Officer                                Ms Lynne White
Geochemistry; petrogenesis of Icelandic lavas; combined            Postgraduate Programmes Co-ordinator
radiogenic and oxygen isotopic studies to distinguish between
                                                                   Mr Neil Holloway
mantle and crustal processes.
                                                                   Thin sections
                                                                   Mr Frank Lehane
                                                                   Computing, electronics
                                                                   Mr Mark Longbottom
                                                                   IT Manager
                                                                   Mr Jerry Morris
                                                                   Mechanical Engineer
                                                                   Ms Diane Serpant
                                                                   Financial Administrator
                                                                   Mr Dan Parsonage
                                                                   Technical Operations Manager

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                                                                   makes offers of admission to its programmes of study, including those covered
                                                                   in this booklet, may be found in the Undergraduate Prospectus or Postgraduate
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                                                                   The information contained in this brochure is correct at the time of publication but
                                                                   is subject to change as part of the department’s policy of continuous improvement
                                                                   and development.
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