Dr Brian Bell
- Lecturer (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
The natural laboratory for the Earth Sciences is in the field, where you find rocks. This is where most of my research starts. Much of my research has involved the Palaeogene lava fields on the North Atlantic Igneous Province, for example, in NW Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Here, I am attempting to understand the complex interplay between volcanism, sedimentation and tectonism. At present, more money is spent exploring the volcanic prone NE Atlantic Margin for oil and gas than anywhere else in the UK.
My main research interests are: 1.The evolution of continental flood lava sequences and their temporal and spatial relationships with rift basins; 2. Mechanisms of emplacement of minor intrusions and subvolcanic central complexes; 3. The thermal influence of minor intrusions on host strata.
- Tephra provenance in the North Atlantic Igneous province;
- Thermal influence of sills on oil reservoir sandstones;
- The early evolution of the Mull Lava Field, NW Scotland;
- Volcaniclastic sedimentation in continental flood lava fields;
- Emplacement mechanisms of minor intrusions;
- The interplay of lavas, hyaloclastites and basin dynamics.
James Westland (PhD candidate)
- Level 1: Igneous geology, economic geology, Earth history;
- Level 2: Igneous geology, geochemistry;
- Junior Honours: Igneous geology, map interpretation, field skills, economic geology;
- Senior Honours: Map interpretation, economic geology.