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  • 2013 - Professor of Geology, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth.
  • 2007-2017, Head of School, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth.
  • 2003-2013 Reader, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth.
  • 1982-2003 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Principal Lecturer/Reader, Department of Geology, Oxford Polytechnic/Oxford Brookes University.
  • 1978-1982 University of Keele, Staffordshire (graduated PhD; thesis title: “Geology of the Moine rocks of the Loch Eil area, West Inverness-shire”).
  • 1975-1978 University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (graduated BSc Hons in Geology, Upper Second Class).

Research Interests

  • The nature of orogenic processes within the middle to lower continental crust.
  • Mechanisms of granite emplacement in different structural settings.
  • The application of geochronological techniques to date deformational and metamorphic events during orogeny.
  • The evolution and reactivation history of major continental fault zones.
  • The syn- to post-orogenic erosional history of mountain belts.

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 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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