Dr Iain Neill
- Lecturer in Magmatic Processes (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
BSc, Geoscience, University of St Andrews 2003-2007
PhD, "Tectono-magmatic evolution of the SE Caribbean Plate", Cardiff University 2007-2011
PDRA, "Orogenic Plateau Magmatism", Durham University 2011-2014
University Teacher, University of Glasgow 2014-2016
Lecturer, University of Glasgow 2016-2018
PgCAP, University of Glasgow 2018
Lecturer in Magmatic Processes, University of Glasgow 2018-
I study the manner in which Earth's lithosphere is formed, deformed and recycled through geologic time, with a view to connecting basic solid Earth geology to applications such as geothermal energy, volcanic hazards and critical metals. As the 'jack of all trades' I use a mix of geochemical proxies, fieldwork and geochronology in collaboration with geodynamic modellers, regional and resource experts, mantle tomographers and more.
I began my research career at Cardiff University as a NERC-funded PhD student, re-evaluating the origin and tectonic evolution of the Caribbean Plate. At the University of Durham, as a NERC-funded PDRA, I used fieldwork and whole-rock geochemistry to refine our models of how mantle-derived magmatism operates during continental collision, which introduced me to the geology of Iran and Armenia and to the integration of analogue data with geodynamic models.
After two years as a University Teacher at Glasgow (2014-2016), I have been building up my research interests and looking to broaden the application of my research topics into critical areas of economic or societal importance. These include 1) fundamental connections between magma genesis, plate tectonics and the generation of geological resources, 2) hazards posed by tectonic and volcanic activity in young collision-related settings such as the South Caucasus, 3) low and high temperature geothermal energy sources, 4) the impact of the basement of the Caribbean Plate on modern subduction processes and 5) new insights into Scotland's terranes in deep time and their economic application.
I am particularly keen to work with non-geologists, including those interested in economics, politics, rural affairs and land reform, on the impact that geology may have in Scotland's future, post-Brexit and potentially post-Independence. I am interested in using my geological skills and collaborations to identify locations where resources may be extracted sustainably and where they may, or may not, provide lasting benefits for communities in terms of jobs, infrastructure and envrionmental management. The question of the carbon cost of where we get our raw materials from, and their supply chain, is a major one to be addressed by this generation amidst climate change and pressures of global development.
Co-I: Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, with Getech 2018: Predicting the presence of weathered fractured granite basement reservoirs. £71,000.
Co-I: National Academy of Sciences of Armenia (foreign collaborator) for fieldwork in 2016 and 2017: Archaeovolcanological and achaeoseismological studies in Armenia applying 14C, Ar-Ar and 3He isotope age estimates. €2500.
PI: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Incentive Grant 2016: Fire and shaking in the South Caucasus: connecting geo-archaeology and hazards in Armenia. £7459.
PI: Geological Society of London Elspeth Matthews Fund 2016: Fire and Shaking in the South Caucasus: carbon dating Armenia's recent geological past. £1930.
Mmapula Phesodi (Glasgow), " The cratonic mantle beneath Botswana using kimberlite xenocrystic records as lithospheric probes: a comparative study", submitted, Eleanor Emory PhD scholarship.
Co-I, PhD: Tong Chai (Glasgow, China Scholarship Council), Josh Brown (Durham, IAPETUS), Jose del Angel Lozano (Glasgow), Savanna van Mesdag (Glasgow, IAPETUS), Amanda Stubbs (Glasgow, IAPETUS)
Co-I, MSc by Research: Ryan Mooney (Glasgow), Andrew Hattie (Glasgow).
PhD: I participate each year in the NERC IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership, projects to be advertised in late autumn of each year on the IAPETUS website. Opportunity for 2022 entry: "Critical Metals and Deep Time". Self- or state-funded PhD projects are also available to start at any time by discussion - contact me directly with your interests or ideas. Please note that any prospective student must arrange to have funds in place from a sponsor to cover analytical and other project expenses beyond tuition fees, typically £10,000 for a PhD project.
MSc by Research: Self-funded MSc by Research projects are available to start at any time by discussion - contact me directly with your interests or ideas. These are negotiable in terms of topic although they should focus largely on geochemistry, laser ablation and igneous systems. These projects cost 1 x year tuition fee but there will be an additional bench fee (~£1000-£2000) to cover research activities. Please check if there are any scholarship opportunities which may help reduce these costs.
- Del Angel Lozano, Jose Porfirio
A Comparison of Passive Atmospheric CO2 Capture with Steel Slags in Mexico and the UK
- Phesodi, Mmapula
The cratonic mantle beneath Botswana using kimberlite xenocrystic records as lithospheric probes: A comparative study
PI, MSc by Research: Euan McIntosh (Glasgow) "Economic mineralisation of the Loch Maree Group and Tectonic Correlation of the Lewisianoid inliers of Scardroy and Orrin", 2021.
PI, MSc by Research: Eilidh Milne (Glasgow), "The Great Glen Caledonian Igneous Suite", 2020.
Co-I, MSc by Research: Christopher Holdsworth (Glasgow).
Level 3 Geology BSc
- Igneous Geology: Geochemistry, Geochronology and Volcanology (2018-)
- Metamorphic and Structural Geology (2020-)
- Geological Synthesis and Application (2020-)
- Co-leader, residential field course, Oban (since 2015)
- Co-leader, residential field course, Mull (since 2020)
Level 4 Geology BSc
- Independent Research Dissertation supervision (2020-)
MSc Earth Futures
- Critical Metals for a Sustainable Future
- Level 1 Earth Science laboratories, minerals and resource geology
- Level 2 Earth Science materials and igneous geology
- Level 2 Arran residential field trip
- Level 3 Tenerife residential field trip
- Level 4 Earth Science Independent Laboratory Research Projects
- Level 4 Stratigraphy and Regional Tectonic Synthesis
- MSc (water and geomatics programmes) Academic and Professional Skills
I am potentially available for consultancy work, particularly related to Scottish geology. Please contact by e-mail in the first instance.
Learning and Teaching Enhancement Officer for Geographical and Earth Sciences (2019-).
Co-ordinator for the Earth Systems Research Group MSc by Research degree in GES (2020-).
Co-ordinator for 5th year MSci in Geology or Environmental Geoscience (2020-).
Careers and Further Education co-ordinator for Level 4-5 Geology and Earth Science (2019-).
I also operate as an Advisor of Studies for a variety of students taking degrees in Geology or Environmental Geoscience (2016-).
Mental health first aid-trained (2016-).
Nominee for 'Best Thesis Supervisor' at the SRC Teaching Awards, 2017 and for 'Best Feedback', 2018.
Member of the Editorial Board and frequent reviewer for Lithos.
Google Scholar profile available at https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=uNqMLsoAAAAJ&hl=en.