Dynamic Earth & Planetary Evolution
We aim to advance fundamental, quantitative understanding of critical geological phenomena on Earth and across the Solar System to solve scientific, engineering, and societal challenges. Our combination of observational, experimental, and modelling expertise enables us to answer key questions including: a) How do deep Earth and crustal processes interact with surface processes to shape continental-scale topography? b) How does the reactive transport of magma and other fluids through the crust form resources? c) How do geological processes control the crustal-scale distribution and localization of natural hazards? d) How do planets form, differentiate, and evolve, and what determines their habitability? We take a cross-disciplinary approach, using a world-class analytical toolkit, custom-built computational models, and advanced field techniques including remote sensing. Life's Interactions with Dynamic Environments and Global Landscapes & Climate Change themes, as well as, our links with SUERC and the School for Interdisciplinary Studies.
Keywords: thermochronology, tectonics, basin fill, volcanic and magmatic processes, sedimentary deposits, planetary differentiation & evolution, planetary volatiles & habitability, Mars, asteroids, faults, fractures, fluids, microanalysis, computational analysis
Dynamic Earth & Planetary Evolution Research at the 2016 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
Prof Roderick Brown (Theme convenor), Dr Lydia Hallis (Deputy convenor), Prof Martin Lee, Prof Jaime Toney, Dr Luke Daly, Dr John MacDonald, Dr David Brown, Dr Cristina Persano, Dr Iain Neill, Dr Brian Bell, Dr Amanda Owen, Dr Josh Eilsle, Dr Tobias Keller
Post-Doctoral Research Assistants
Aine O’ Brien, Sammy Griffin, Jòse Del Angel Lozano, Faisal Khudhur, Pierre-Etienne Martin, Allan Hollinsworth, Pamela Rattigan, Eamonn McKenna, Awara Amin, Mmapula Phesodi, Gary Mullen, Evangelos Christou, Cameron Floyd, Thomas Sefton, David Currie, Almuhktar Alshanta
Euan McIntosh, Andrew Hattie
Current MSc by Research Opportunities (non-funded)
- Evolution of the western Carboniferous Midland Valley Basin, Scotland
- Delivery of water to early Earth by the carbonaceous chondrite meteorites
- Speleothems in Scottish sea caves: A new tool for determining the chronologies of climate change and isostatic rebound
- Quantifying the mineralogical controls on precious metal enrichment in the Rum layered intrusion, NW Scotland
- Data driven approaches for unmixing meteoritic magnetic mineralogy
- The composition and pollution implications of waste materials from historic paper making
- Geological history of an unknown protoplanet: The Ureilite meteorites
- Antiquity and erosion of a rock shore platform in Scotland
- Community monitoring of Scottish beaches vulnerable to erosion
- Bubbling Over – Computer Simulations of Lava Lake Convection
- Onwards and Upwards – Modelling Gravitational Stability of Magma Mush
- Reconstructing terrestrial Scottish Carboniferous palaeoclimate through clumped isotope analysis of sideritic ironstones
- Denudation on the Himalayas: where, when, how much?
- An impact origin for flood basalt volcanism in the Paleocene?