Past research students

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

Solid Earth

Completed projects conducted by our past research students for the Solid Earth theme.

Name Research title
Joao Afonso  Electrical resistivity measurements in coal: assessment of coal-bed methane content, reserves and coal permeability. (GPB) (2015) 
Hassan Al-Marzouki  The potential uses of waste materials from ornamental stones (granite) quarries in Saudi Arabia. (VTMR) (2011) 
Emmanuel Arhin  Use of regolith geochemistry to delineate potential gold targets in savana regions of Ghana. (VTMR) (2013)
Abdullah Bamousa  Structural development and tectonic significance of the carmel Head Thrust Belt, Anglesey, NW Wales. (VTMR) (2009) 
Adrian Band  Investigating early Palaeozoic mantle processes: a study of Rheic Ocean ophiolites. (VTMR) (2016)
Alodie Bubeck  Unravelling the kinematic evolution of segmented rift systems. (VTMR) (2016)
Mark Button  Arsenic contaminated soils - human exposure and environmental toxicology. (VTMR) (2010) 
Ameena Camps  Effects of sediment characteristics, temperature and pressure on CO2 flux and hydrate formation in near surface ocean sediments. (GPB) (2008) 
Sam Cheyney  3D quantitative interpretation of archaeomagnetic surveys: application of mathematical modelling to determine depths and physical characteristics of buried materials. (GPB) (2012) 
Samuel Cox  Finite element methods for modelling mantle dynamics backward in time: finding the most likely scenario. (VTMR) (2018) 
Ben Ellis  Rhyolitic explosive eruptions of the Central Snake River Plain, Idaho: Investigations of the Lower Cavora Mountains successions and surrounding areas.(VTMR) (2009)
Peter Fitch  Heterogeneity in the petrophysical properties of carbonate reservoir rocks. (GPB) (2011)
Jennifer Graham  Controls on the temporal and spatial distribution of organic matter in siliciclastic mudstones: implications for source rock development in shale gas plays.(GPB) (2012) 
Stephen Grebby  Application of airborne LiDAR to fault mapping, structural analysis, and identification of fracture controlled mineralisation, Slovenia and Cyprus. (VTMR) (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.(GPB) (2009) 
Pablo Davilla Harris  Catastrophic sedimentation and volcanism in southern Tenerife, Canary Islands. (VTMR) (2009) 
David Hartigan  The influence of mineralogy, geochemistry and sedimentology on petrophysical properties in fine-grained successions. (GPB) (2015) 
Nyree Hill  Development of a genetic model for targeting gold mineralisation in the Scottish Dalradian. (VTMR) (2015) 
Nina Jordan  Eruptive history of the peralkaline caldera volcano at Pantelleria, Italy. (VTMR) (2015) 
Simon Jowitt  The geometry and evolution of fluid-flow systems forming volcanic-hosted massive sulphide (VHMS) deposits - the Troodos Ophiolite, Cyprus. (VTMR) (2009) 
Thomas Knott  Ash dispersal from ignimbrite-forming super-eruptions in the central Snake River Plain, Yellowstone hot-spot, USA. (VTMR) (2014) 
Sven Koenitzer  Primary biological controls on UK lower Namurian shale gas prospectivity: understanding a major potential UK unconventional gas resource. (GPB) (2014) 
Alex Lemon  Modelling marine gas hydrate dissociation and sediment stability. (GPB) (2012) 
Nicholas Lloyd  Transport, uptake and behaviour of 'old' depleted uranium in the environment. (VTMR) (2010) 
Walid Ben Mansour  Neogene uplift of Scandinavia: a seismic study of the crust. (GPB) (2017) 
Sam Matthews  Petroacoustic modelling of heterogeneous sandstone reservoirs. (GPB) (2014) 
Emily McCarthy  Seismic structure of the upper mantle beneath the Atlantic Ocean: implications for the lithosphere-asthenosphere system. (GPB) (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. (VTMR) (2015) 
Sarah Owen  Geological origins of sugar loaf peaks in eastern Brazil and their environmental importance as refugia for Atlantic rain forest biodiversity. (VTMR) (2014) 
Steve Rippington  The crustal evolution of Nemegt and Altan Uul, Southern Mongolia. (VTMR) (2008) 
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. (VTMR) (2015) 
Nick Roberts  From crystal to crust - the Proterozoic crustal evolution of southwest Norway. (VTMR) (2010) 
Thomas Sheldrick What drove Mongolian Mesozoic magmatism: was it crustal or mantle processes? (VTMR) (2019)
Andrew Shore  Selenium geochemistry and isotopic composition of sediments from the Cariaco Basin and the Bermuda Rise: A comparison between a restricted basin and the open ocean setting over the last 500ka. (VTMR) (2011) 
Dan Smith  Understanding active and fossil magmatic-hydrothermal mineralising processes within an Emergent Volcano (Savo, Solomon Islands). (VTMR) (2009) 
Jennifer Smith  The nature and origin of PGE mineralisation in the Rooipoort area, northern Bushveld Complex, South Africa. (VTMR) (2015) 
Amy Stephen  Active and ancient geothermal systems in Tethyan ophiolites as examples of novel solutions for natural CO2 sequestration. (VTMR) (2015)
Annika Szameitat  The rise and erosion of the Canadian Rocky Mountains: Its relation to modern topography, North American climate, and North Hemisphere glaciation. (VTMR) (2017)
Simon Tapster  Magmatic, structural and tectonic controls on CU-AU mineralization in the Solomon Islands arc, South West Pacific. (VTMR) (2014)
Rowan Vernon  Mountain building processes in the Tibetan Foreland: The Precambrian-recent Evolution of the Dunhuang Block, NW China. (VTMR) (2016) 
Christopher Willcox  Piecemeal - type explosive calderas: eruption behaviour, periodicity, and volcanic structure in Los Humeros volcano, Central Mexican Volcanic Belt.(VTMR) (2011) 
Rebecca Williams  Catastrophic emplacement of hot volcanic density currents over irregular topography, Pantelleria, Italy. (VTMR) (2011) 

Evolution and Past Environments

Completed projects conducted by our past research students for the Evolution and Past Environments theme.

Name Research title
Jawad Afzal  Paleocene/Ecoene foraminifers of the Indus Basin, Pakistan. (2011) 
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) 
David Baines  Tooth Microwear: Its use and application in assessing ecological and evolutionary processes within the sub-phylum Vertebrata. (2011) 
Carys Bennett  Lower Carboniferous ostracods and isotopes of the Midland Valley, Scotland: testing for the ecological shift into non-marine environments. (2010) 
Nicola Clark  A molluscan record of Late Cenozoic climate change and palaeoseasonality from South America. (2015) 
Thomas Clements  Decay, preservation and environmental controls on non-biomineralized fossil anatomy: the taphonomy of the Carboniferous Mazon Creek, USA (2019) 
Laurent Darras  The evolution and macroecological consequences of grazing and shellcrushing in fishes. (2012) 
Benjamin Davies  Hydrodynamics and locomotion in early vertebrates. (2009) 
Jospeh Emmings Controls on UK lower Namurian gas shale prospectivity: Understanding the spatial and temporal distribution of organic matter in siliciclastic mudstones. (2019) 
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) 
Thomas Wong Hearing
Constraining the marine environment of the Cambrian metazoan adaptive radiation. (2019)
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) 
Oliver Knevitt  Exceptional preservation of a Silurian Biota - taphonomy and palaeobiology of the Eramosa Largerstatte. (2016) 
Xioya Ma  The lower Cambrian Chengjiang Biota, Yunnan, China. (2009) 
Laura McLennan Tooth wear and microtextural analysis of diet and feeding in living and fossil condrichthyans. (2018) 
Mohibullah Mohibullah  Ostracod faunal response to global climate change during the Late Ordovician and Early Silurian. (2012) 
Leah Nolan  Equatorial sea surface temperature seasonality in the Mississippian (Carboniferous) derived from brachiopod shell carbonate. (2018) 
Alex Page  Taphonomy and diagenesis of graptolites. (2008) 
David Riley  Preservation and taphonomy of the fossils of the Herefordshire (Silurian) Konservat-Lagerstatte. (2012) 
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) 
Andrea Snelling  Characterization of stratigraphy and palaeoceanography using graptolites: exploring new concepts in the Aeronian (Silurian) of Walesm Scotland and Northern Ireland. (2009) 
Zardasht Taha  Response of Ostracods to the end Ordovician extinction and early Silurian recovery. (2018) 
Alison Tasker  The micropalaeontology and geological provenance of Roman mosaics. (2016) 
Rowan Whittle  Enigmatic fossils from the Upper Ordovician Soom Shale Lagerstatte, South Africa. (2008) 
Vince Williams  Aspects of dinosaur palaeobiology. (2011)