Our Postgraduate Research Students

Current Students

Through our three research groups; Volcanoes, Tectonics and Mineral Resources, Geophysics, Rock Physics and Borehole and Palaeobiology, Palaeoenvironments and Palaeoclimates, our Postgraduate Research (PGR) students work on a variety of projects from fossil teeth to mountain building processes. Where possible, some continue work from our past PGR students.

Volcanoes, Tectonics and Mineral Resources

Current PGR students conducting research for the Volcanoes, Tectonics and Mineral Resources Research Group.

Student NameProject TitleStart Year
Daryl Blanks Developing a new model for the emplacement of magmatic sulphide megabreccias in the Zambezi Supracrustal Sequence 2017
Vlad-Victor Ene Magmatic evolution of a gold telluride district - Metaliferi Mountains, Romania 2016
Gregor Hahn Ignimbrite tephrostratigraphy to determine the dimensions and magmatic history of exceptionally-exhumed, nested explosive caldera volcanoes, Borrowdale Volcanic Group, UK 2016
Abdulaziz Samkari Development of the Red Sea Rift System: the role of pre-existing structure on the western margin of Saudi Arabia 2016
Tara Stephens
Are sills a record of horizontal compression? 2014
Alodie Bubeck
Unravelling the kinematic evolution of segmented rift systems 2013
Philip Smith
Neotectonics of the UK: linking crustal deformation and surface evolution
2013
Samuel Cox Finite element methods for modelling mantle dynamics backward in time: finding the most likely scenario

2012

Thomas Sheldrick What drove Mongolian Mesozoic Magmatism: was it crustal or mantle processes? 2012
Ghazanfar Khattak Impact of Climate Change on glaciers of the Eastern Hindu-Kush, North Pakistan

2011

Geophysics, Rock Physics and Borehole

Current PGR students conducting research for the Geophysics, Rock Physics and Borehole Research Group.

Student Name

Project Title

Start Year

Bernhard Weise Joint inversion of magnetotelluric, seismic and gravity data 2017
Pariyakorn Petkaew 4D imaging of the fault zone environments in North of Thailand using Ambient Seismic Noise 2016
Usman Yaro Heat Flow and Regional Seismology - Africa and continental margins 2016
Angela Castagna Influence of High Temperatures on the Chemical, Physical and Mechanical Properties of Deforming Volcanic Edifices. Implications for Dyke Emplacement for Volcano Instability 2014
Kieran Blacker Evaluating 3D sedimentary architecture as a fundamental control on geotechnical and physical properties (Dogger Bank Round 3 Windfarm zone)
2013
Clive Sirju Integrating Static and Dynamic Data in Petrophysics

2007

Palaeobiology, Palaeoenvironments and Palaeoclimates

Current PGR students conducting research for the Palaeobiology, Palaeoenvironments and Palaeoclimates Research Group.

Student Name

Project Title

Start Year

Christopher Nedza Pigmented and organically preserved soft-bodied fossils – using taphonomic mode to interpret anatomy 2016
Jordan Bestwick
Resolving pterosaur dietary ecology using tooth microwear and biomechanics 2015
Yujing Li The palaeobiology, ecology and taphonomy of vetulicolians from the Early Cambrian Chengjiang biota, China 2015
Michael Morton Integrated sedimentology and isotope geochemistry of a world-class source rock in the Black Sea 2015
Christopher Stocker
The biogeographical significance of the Silurian trilobite assemblages of Japan 2015
Yasmin Yonan
The marine Anthropocene and the law of the sea 2015
Thomas Hearing
Constraining the marine environment of the Cambrian metazoan adaptive radiation 2014
Joe Emmings
Controls on UK Lower Namurian Gas Shale Prospectivity: Understanding the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Organic Matter in Siliciclastic Mudstones 2014
Thomas Clements
Decay, preservation and environmental controls on non-biomineralized fossil anatomy: the taphonomy of the Carboniferous Mazon Creek, USA 2013
Leah Nolan
Equatorial sea surface temperature seasonality in the Mississippian (Carboniferous) derived from brachiopod shell carbonate 2013
Zardasht Taha
Response of Ostracods to the end Ordovician extinction and early Silurian recovery 2013
James Wilkinson
Taxonomy and biostratigraphy of the Ludlow (Silurian) graptolites 2013
Laura McLennan
Tooth wear and microtextural analysis of diet and feeding in living and fossil condrichthyans

2011

Past Students

Our research groups have boasted excellent projects completed by our past PGR students. These ranged from ostracods in Scotland to volcanism in Pantelleria, Italy.  Research in some projects has been continued by our current PGR students.

Volcanoes, Tectonics and Mineral Resources

Completed projects conducted by our past postgraduate students for the Volcanoes, Tectonics and Mineral Resources Research Group.

Student NameProject TitleGraduated
Annika Szameitat The rise and erosion of the Canadian Rocky Mountains: Its relation to modern topography, N American Climate, and N Hemisphere glaciations 2017
Adrian Band Investigating Early Palaeozoic mantle processes: a study of Rheic Ocean ophiolites 2016
Rowan Vernon Mountain Building Processes in the Tibetan Foreland: The Precambrian-Recent Evolution of the Dunhuang Block, NW China   
2016

Nyree Hill

Development of a genetic model for targeting gold mineralisation in the Scottish Dalradian

2015

Nina Jordan
Eruptive history of the peralkaline caldera volcano at Pantelleria, Italy

2015

Rawand Noori Sequence stratigraphy and hydrocarbons prospecting of the Turonian - Maastrichtian successions from outcrop and oil wells in the western Zagros Foreland basin. Kurdistan region, NE Iraq 2015
Joanne Robbins Investigating generic methodologies for combining technical natural hazards models with social infrastructure datasets to generate a multi-hazard risk and impact product for the South West Pacific region of Papua New Guinea using models and data feeds from the Met Office 2015
Jennifer Smith The nature and origin of PGE mineralisation in the Rooipoort area, northern Bushveld Complex, South Africa   
2015
Amy Stephen Active and Ancient geothermal systems in Tethyan ophiolites as examples of novel solutions for natural CO2 sequestration 2015
Thomas Knott Ash dispersal from ignimbrite-forming super-eruptions in the central Snake River Plain, Yellowstone hot-spot, USA

2014

Sarah Owen Geological origins of sugar loaf peaks in eastern Brazil and their environmental importance as refugia for Atlantic rain forest biodiversity 2014
Simon Tapster Magmatic, structural and tectonic controls on CU-AU mineralization in the Solomon Islands arc, South West Pacific

2014

Emmanuel Arhin
Use of regolith geochemistry to delineate potential gold targets in savana regions of Ghana. 2013
Hassan Al-Marzouki

The Potential Uses of Waste Materials from Ornamental Stones (Granite) Quarries in Saudi Arabia.

2011

Stephen Grebby Application of airborne LiDAR to fault mapping, structural analysis, and identification of fracture controlled mineralisation, Slovenia and Cyprus.

2011

Andrew Shore

Selenium geochemistry and isotopic composition of sediments from the Cariaco Basin and the Bermuda Rise: A comparison between a resticted basin and the open ocean setting over the last 500ka.

2011

Christopher Willcox

Piecemeal - type explosive calderas: eruption behaviour, periodicity, and volcanic structure in Los Humeros volcano, Central Mexican Volcanic Belt.

2011

Rebecca Williams

Catastrophic emplacement of hot volcanic density currents over irregular topography, Pantelleria, Italy.

2011

Mark Button

Arsenic contaminated soils - human exposure and environmental toxicology.

2010

Nicholas Lloyd

Transport, uptake and behaviour of 'old' depleted uranium in the environment.

2010

Nick Roberts

From crystal to crust - the Proterozoic crustal evolution of southwest Norway.

2010

Abdullah Bamousa Structural Development and Tectonic Significance  of the Carmel Head Thrust Belt, Anglesey, NW Wales.

2009

Pablo Davilla Harris

Catastrophic sedimentation and volcanism in southern Tenerife, Canary Islands.

2009

Ben Ellis Rhyolitic explosive eruptions of the Central Snake River Plain, Idaho: Invesigations of the Lower Cavora Mountains successions and surrounding areas.

2009

Simon Jowitt

The Geometry and Evolution of Fluid-Flow Systems forming Volcanic-Hosted Massive Sulphide (VHMS) Deposits - the Troodos Ophiolite, Cyprus.

2009

Dan Smith

Understanding Active and Fossil Magmatic-Hydrothermal Mineralising Processes within an Emergent Volcano (Savo, Solomon Islands).

2009

Steve Rippington

The crustal evolution of Nemegt and Altan Uul, Southern Mongolia.

2008

Geophysics, Rock Physics and Borehole

Completed projects conducted by our past postgraduate students for the Geophysics, Rock Physics and Borehole Research Group.

Student NameProject TitleGraduated
Walid Ben Mansour Neogene uplift of Scandinavia: a seismic study of the crust 2017
Emily McCarthy Seismic structure of the upper mantle beneath the Atlantic Ocean: implications for the lithosphere-asthenosphere system 2015
Joao Afonso Electrical resistivity measurements in coal: assessment of coal-bed methane content, reserves and coal permeability

2015

David Hartigan The influence of mineralogy, geochemistry and sedimentology on petrophysical properties in fine-grained successions 2015
Sven Koenitzer Primary Biological Controls on UK lower Namurian shale gas prospectivity: understanding a major potential UK unconventional gas resource 2014
Sam Matthews Petroacoustic Modelling of Heterogeneous Sandstone Reservoirs

2014

Sam Cheyney 3D quantitative interpretation of archaeomagnetic surveys: application of mathematical modelling to determine depths and physical characteristics of buried materials 2012
Jennifer Graham 
Controls on the temporal and spatial distribution of organic matter in siliciclastic mudstones: implications for source rock development in shale gas plays 2012
Alex Lemon Modelling Marine Gas Hydrate Dissociation and Sediment Stability.

2012

Peter Fitch

Heterogeneity in the petrophysical properties of carbonate reservoir rocks.

2011

Jo Tudge

Petrophysical Properties of The Berkine Basin, Algeria.

2011

Anthony Hardwick New insights into the crustal structure of the England, Wales and Irish Sea area from local earthquake tomography and associated seismological studies.

2009

Ameena Camps Effects of Sediment Characteristics, Temperature and Pressure on CO2 Flux and Hydrate Formation in Near Surface Ocean Sediments

2008

Palaeobiology, Palaeoenvironments and Palaeoclimates

Completed projects conducted by our past postgraduate students for the Palaeobiology, Palaeoenvironments and Palaeoclimates Research Group.

Student NameProject TitleGraduated
Robert Goodall Tooth wear in fishes and killer whales - developing 3D microtextural analysis as a robust tool for dietary and trophic analysis in living and fossil aquatic vertebrates 2017
Oliver Knevitt Exceptional preservation of a Silurian Biota - taphonomy and palaeobiology of the Eramosa Largerstatte 2016
Alison Tasker The micropalaeontology and geological provenance of Roman mosaics 2016
Adeyinka Aturamu Glacial-interglacial changes in deep water ventilation and oxygenation in the Bering Sea, subarctic North Pacific: insights from fossilised deep sea biota 2015
Nicola Clark A molluscan record of Late Cenozoic climate change and palaeoseasonality from South America 2015
Claudia Sahy Isotopic ages for the late Eocene - early Oligocene: insights into the greenhouse-icehouse transition

2014

Dinah Smith The Holocene Palaeoenvironmental Change in the Fenland of Eastern England

2014

Laurent Darras The evolution and macroecological consequences of grazing and shellcrushing in fishes 2012
Mohibullah Mohibullah Ostracod faunal response to global climate change during the Late Ordovician and Early Silurian. 2012
David Riley Preservation and taphonomy of the fossils of the Herefordshire (Silurian) Konservat-Lagerstatte. 2012
Jawad Afzal Paleocene/Ecoene foraminifers of the Indus Basin, Pakistan. 2011
David Baines Tooth Microwear: Its use and application in assessing ecological and evolutionary processes within the sub-phylum Vertebrata.

2011

Irfan Jan The Palaeocene-Ecocene thermal maximum (PETM) in the clastic sequences of the Kohat Basin, northern Pakistan: a low latitude, Tethyan view of the fastest global warming in recent Earth history.

2011

Vince Williams Aspects of Dinosaur Palaeobiology
2011
Carys Bennett
Lower Carboniferous ostracods and isotopes of the Midland Valley, Scotland: testing for the ecological shift into non-marine environments 2010
Benjamin Davies Hydrodynamics and locomotion in early vertebrates 2009
Xioya Ma The Lower Cambrian Chengjiang Biota, Yunnan, China

2009

Andrea Snelling
Characterization of stratigraphy and palaeoceanography using graptolites: exploring new concepts in the Aeronian (Silurian) of Walesm Scotland and Northern Ireland 2009
Alex Page Taphonomy and diagenesis of graptolites
2008
Rowan Whittle Enigmatic fossils from the Upper Ordovician Soom Shale Lagerstatte, South Africa
2008

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