Dr Iain Neill

  • Lecturer in Magmatic Processes (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)

Research interests

I study the manner in which Earth's lithosphere is formed, deformed and recycled through geologic time using a mix of geochemical proxies, fieldwork and integration with geodynamic models.

I began my research career at Cardiff University as a NERC-funded PhD student, re-evaluating the origin of the Caribbean Plate. I then worked at the University of Durham as a NERC-funded PDRA using fieldwork and whole-rock geochemistry to understand the origin of Late Cenozoic magmatism across the Turkish-Iranian Plateau. I have also been involved in the hunt for analogues for Earth's earliest continental crust, identifying recycled crystal cargoes in magmatic systems and road-testing new geochemical discrimination diagrams.

Much of my work starts in the field with detailed observations and sampling, backed up by geochronological and geochemical studies (Ar-Ar and U-Pb dating of feldspar, zircon and baddeleyite; whole-rock or mineral-scale elemental, radiogenic and stable isotopes).

After two years as a University Teacher at Glasgow (2014-2016), I have been building up my research interests and looking to broaden into critical areas of economic or societal importance. These include 1) fundamental connections between magma genesis, crustal tectonics and the generation of mineral deposits, and 2) hazards posed by tectonic and volcanic activity in young collision-related settings such as the South Caucasus.


Grants

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.


Supervision

Current students:

Mmapula Phesodi (Glasgow) - kimberlite genesis in Botswana - Eleanor Emory PhD scholarship, supervisor.

Eilidh Milne (Glasgow) - petrogenesis and laser ablation techniques - Angus Mitchell MRes scholarship, supervisor.

Josh Brown (Durham) - geochemistry in the Lesser Antilles Island Arc - NERC IAPETUS PhD scholarship, co-supervisor.

Future supervision:

PhD: several projects will be available for competitive entry in the NERC Iapetus Doctoral Training Partnership for 2019 entry, subject to approval (advertised autumn 2018).

MSc by Research: Self-funded 1 x year Masters by Research projects are available to start at any time by discussion - contact me with your ideas. These are negotiable in terms of topic although I will prioritise work on Armenia and in igneous systems related to geothermal or mineralisation potential. These projects cost 1 x year tuition fee but there will be an additional bench fee of approximately £2500 to cover the bulk of research activities. Please check if there are any scholarship opportunities which may help reduce costs.


Teaching

Level 1 Earth Science & the Environment

  • Lectures on Geological Resources (2017-)

Level 2 Earth Science & the Environment

  • Lectures and labs on Igneous Processes (2016-)

Level 3 Geology BSc

  • Lectures and labs in Igneous Geology: Geochemistry, Geochronology and Volcanology (2018-)
  • Co-leader, residential field course, Tenerife (2018-)
  • Co-leader, residential field course, Oban (2015-)

Level 4 Geology BSc and Earth Science BSc

  • Head of Year (2018-)
  • Leader, Independent Research Projects (2018-2019)
  • Lectures and labs in Stratigraphy and Regional Tectonic Synthesis (2019-)

I also operate as an Advisor of Studies for a variety of students taking the BSc degree in Geology.


Additional information

Potted history

  • BSc (Hons) First Class in Geoscience, St. Andrews 2003-2007
  • PhD in Geology, Cardiff 2007-2011
  • PDRA (NERC: Orogenic Plateau Magmatism), Durham 2011-2014
  • University Teacher, Glasgow 2014-2016
  • Lecturer in Earth Sciences, Glasgow 2016-
  • PgCAP as part of early career progression, Glasgow 2018

Esteem and other information

Nominee for 'Best Thesis Supervisor' at the SRC Teaching Awards, 2017 and for 'Best Feedback', 2018

Fellow of the Geological Society of London

Member of the Editorial Board and frequent reviewer for Lithos

Occasional reviewer for petrological and regional geological journals including Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, Journal of PetrologyGeology, etc.

Short-term consultancy for Tectonic Analysis, Ltd. (2009) and Getech UK (2015). Potentially available for projects involving fieldwork, bulk thin section analysis, regional geological interpretation (Caribbean, Caucasus, Scotland) and the like - please get in touch.

Google Scholar profile available at https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=uNqMLsoAAAAJ&hl=en


Publications

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2019

Yeganehfar, H., Deevsalar, R., Ahadnejad, V., Shinjo, R. and Neill, I. (2019) Biotite compositional variations – a physicochemical approach to investigate crustal involvement and ore potential in Middle Jurassic plutonic rocks from the Malayer-Boroujerd Plutonic complex, W Iran. Neues Jahrbuch fur Mineralogie, Monatshefte, 196(1), pp. 19-42. (doi:10.1127/njma/2019/0131)

2018

Deevsalar, R., Shinjo, R., Wang, K.-L., Yaganehfar, H. and Neill, I. (2018) Gabbroic-dioritic dykes from the Sanadaj-Sirjan Zone: windows on Jurassic and Eocene geodynamic processes in the Zagros Orogen, western Iran. Journal of the Geological Society, 175(6), pp. 915-933. (doi:10.1144/jgs2017-156)

Deevsalar, R., Shinjo, R., Liégeois, J. P., Valizadeh, M. V., Ahmadian, J., Yeganehfar, H. and Neill, I. (2018) Subduction-related mafic to felsic magmatism in the Malayer-Boroujerd plutonic complex, western Iran. Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 111(1-2), pp. 269-293. (doi:10.1007/s00015-017-0287-y)

2017

Deevsalar, R., Shinjo, R., Ghaderi, M., Murata, M., Hoskin, P.W.O., Oshiro, S., Wang, K.-L., Lee, H. Y. and Neill, I. (2017) Mesozoic-Cenozoic mafic magmatism in Sanandaj-Sirjan Zone, Zagros Orogen (Western Iran): geochemical and isotopic inferences from Middle Jurassic and Late Eocene gabbros. Lithos, 284-85, pp. 588-607. (doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2017.05.009)

2015

Zhange, J., Davidson, J.P., Humphreys, M.C.S., Macpherson, C.G. and Neill, I. (2015) Magmatic enclaves and andesitic lavas from Mt. Lamington, Papua New Guinea: Implications for recycling of earlier-fractionated minerals through magma recharge. Journal of Petrology, 56(11), pp. 2223-2256. (doi:10.1093/petrology/egv071)

Hastie, A.R., Fitton, J.G., Mitchell, S.F., Neill, I. , Nowell, G.M. and Millar, I.L. (2015) Can fractional crystallization, mixing and assimilation processes be responsible for jamaican-type adakites? Implications for generating eoarchaean continental crust. Journal of Petrology, 56(7), pp. 1251-1284. (doi:10.1093/petrology/egv029)

Kheirkhah, M., Neill, I. and Allen, M.B. (2015) Petrogenesis of OIB-like volcanic rocks in a continental collision zone: Late Cenozoic magmatism of eastern Iran. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 106(1), pp. 19-33. (doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2015.02.027)

Neill, I. , Meliksetian, K., Allen, M. B., Navasardyan, G. and Kuiper, K. (2015) Petrogenesis of mafic collision zone magmatism: the Armenian sector of the Turkish-Iranian Plateau. Chemical Geology, 403, pp. 24-41. (doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2015.03.013)

2014

Neill, I. , Kerr, A. C., Chamberlain, K. R., Schmitt, A. K., Urbani, F., Hastie, A. R., Pindell, J. L., Barry, T. L. and Millar, I. L. (2014) Vestiges of the proto-Caribbean seaway: origin of the San Souci Volcanic Group, Trinidad. Tectonophysics, 626, pp. 170-185. (doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2014.04.019)

Kaislaniemi, L., van Hunen, J., Allen, M. B. and Neill, I. (2014) Sublithospheric small-scale convection: a mechanism for collision zone magmatism. Geology, 42(4), pp. 291-294. (doi:10.1130/G35193.1)

2013

Neill, I. , Meliksetian, K., Allen, M.B., Navarsardyan, G. and Karapetyan, S. (2013) Pliocene–Quaternary volcanic rocks of NW Armenia: magmatism and lithospheric dynamics within an active orogenic plateau. Lithos, 180-18, pp. 200-215. (doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2013.05.005)

Kheirkhah, M., Neill, I. , Allen, M.B. and Ajdari, K. (2013) Small-volume melts of lithospheric mantle during continental collision: Late Cenozoic lavas of Mahabad, NW Iran. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 74, pp. 37-49. (doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2013.06.002)

Neill, I. , Kerr, A. C., Hastie, A. R., Pindell, J. L. and Millar, I. L. (2013) The Albian-Turonian Island arc rocks of Tobago, West Indies: geochemistry, petrogenesis, and Caribbean plate tectonics. Journal of Petrology, 54(8), pp. 1607-1639. (doi:10.1093/petrology/egt025)

Allen, M. B., Kheirkhah, M., Neill, I. , Emami, M. H. and Mcleod, C. L. (2013) Generation of arc and within-plate chemical signatures in collision zone magmatism: quaternary lavas from Kurdistan Province, Iran. Journal of Petrology, 54(5), pp. 887-911. (doi:10.1093/petrology/egs090)

Hastie, A. R., Mitchell, S. F., Treloar, P. J., Kerr, A. C., Neill, I. and Barfod, D. N. (2013) Geochemical components in a Cretaceous island arc: The Th/La–(Ce/Ce*)Nd diagram and implications for subduction initiation in the inter-American region. Lithos, 162-63, pp. 57-69. (doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2012.12.001)

2012

Neill, I. , Kerr, A. C., Hastie, A. R., Pindell, J. L., Millar, I. L. and Atkinson, N. (2012) Age and petrogenesis of the Lower Cretaceous North Coast Schist of Tobago, a fragment of the Proto–Greater Antilles Inter-American arc system. Journal of Geology, 120(4), pp. 367-384. (doi:10.1086/665798)

2011

Neill, I. , Kerr, A. C., Hastie, A. R., Stanek, K.-P. and Millar, I. L. (2011) Origin of the Aves Ridge and Dutch-Venezuelan Antilles: interaction of the Cretaceous 'Great Arc' and Caribbean-Colombian Oceanic Plateau? Journal of the Geological Society, 168(2), pp. 333-348. (doi:10.1144/0016-76492010-067)

2010

Neill, I. , Gibbs, J. A., Hastie, A. R. and Kerr, A. C. (2010) Origin of the volcanic complexes of La Désirade, Lesser Antilles: implications for tectonic reconstruction of the Late Jurassic to Cretaceous Pacific-proto Caribbean margin. Lithos, 120(3-4), pp. 407-420. (doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2010.08.026)

2009

Neill, I. and Stephens, W. E. (2009) The Cluanie granodiorite, NW Highlands of Scotland: a late Caledonian pluton of trondhjemitic affinity. Scottish Journal of Geology, 45(2), pp. 117-130. (doi:10.1144/0036-9276/01-373)

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Articles

Yeganehfar, H., Deevsalar, R., Ahadnejad, V., Shinjo, R. and Neill, I. (2019) Biotite compositional variations – a physicochemical approach to investigate crustal involvement and ore potential in Middle Jurassic plutonic rocks from the Malayer-Boroujerd Plutonic complex, W Iran. Neues Jahrbuch fur Mineralogie, Monatshefte, 196(1), pp. 19-42. (doi:10.1127/njma/2019/0131)

Deevsalar, R., Shinjo, R., Wang, K.-L., Yaganehfar, H. and Neill, I. (2018) Gabbroic-dioritic dykes from the Sanadaj-Sirjan Zone: windows on Jurassic and Eocene geodynamic processes in the Zagros Orogen, western Iran. Journal of the Geological Society, 175(6), pp. 915-933. (doi:10.1144/jgs2017-156)

Deevsalar, R., Shinjo, R., Liégeois, J. P., Valizadeh, M. V., Ahmadian, J., Yeganehfar, H. and Neill, I. (2018) Subduction-related mafic to felsic magmatism in the Malayer-Boroujerd plutonic complex, western Iran. Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 111(1-2), pp. 269-293. (doi:10.1007/s00015-017-0287-y)

Deevsalar, R., Shinjo, R., Ghaderi, M., Murata, M., Hoskin, P.W.O., Oshiro, S., Wang, K.-L., Lee, H. Y. and Neill, I. (2017) Mesozoic-Cenozoic mafic magmatism in Sanandaj-Sirjan Zone, Zagros Orogen (Western Iran): geochemical and isotopic inferences from Middle Jurassic and Late Eocene gabbros. Lithos, 284-85, pp. 588-607. (doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2017.05.009)

Zhange, J., Davidson, J.P., Humphreys, M.C.S., Macpherson, C.G. and Neill, I. (2015) Magmatic enclaves and andesitic lavas from Mt. Lamington, Papua New Guinea: Implications for recycling of earlier-fractionated minerals through magma recharge. Journal of Petrology, 56(11), pp. 2223-2256. (doi:10.1093/petrology/egv071)

Hastie, A.R., Fitton, J.G., Mitchell, S.F., Neill, I. , Nowell, G.M. and Millar, I.L. (2015) Can fractional crystallization, mixing and assimilation processes be responsible for jamaican-type adakites? Implications for generating eoarchaean continental crust. Journal of Petrology, 56(7), pp. 1251-1284. (doi:10.1093/petrology/egv029)

Kheirkhah, M., Neill, I. and Allen, M.B. (2015) Petrogenesis of OIB-like volcanic rocks in a continental collision zone: Late Cenozoic magmatism of eastern Iran. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 106(1), pp. 19-33. (doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2015.02.027)

Neill, I. , Meliksetian, K., Allen, M. B., Navasardyan, G. and Kuiper, K. (2015) Petrogenesis of mafic collision zone magmatism: the Armenian sector of the Turkish-Iranian Plateau. Chemical Geology, 403, pp. 24-41. (doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2015.03.013)

Neill, I. , Kerr, A. C., Chamberlain, K. R., Schmitt, A. K., Urbani, F., Hastie, A. R., Pindell, J. L., Barry, T. L. and Millar, I. L. (2014) Vestiges of the proto-Caribbean seaway: origin of the San Souci Volcanic Group, Trinidad. Tectonophysics, 626, pp. 170-185. (doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2014.04.019)

Kaislaniemi, L., van Hunen, J., Allen, M. B. and Neill, I. (2014) Sublithospheric small-scale convection: a mechanism for collision zone magmatism. Geology, 42(4), pp. 291-294. (doi:10.1130/G35193.1)

Neill, I. , Meliksetian, K., Allen, M.B., Navarsardyan, G. and Karapetyan, S. (2013) Pliocene–Quaternary volcanic rocks of NW Armenia: magmatism and lithospheric dynamics within an active orogenic plateau. Lithos, 180-18, pp. 200-215. (doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2013.05.005)

Kheirkhah, M., Neill, I. , Allen, M.B. and Ajdari, K. (2013) Small-volume melts of lithospheric mantle during continental collision: Late Cenozoic lavas of Mahabad, NW Iran. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 74, pp. 37-49. (doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2013.06.002)

Neill, I. , Kerr, A. C., Hastie, A. R., Pindell, J. L. and Millar, I. L. (2013) The Albian-Turonian Island arc rocks of Tobago, West Indies: geochemistry, petrogenesis, and Caribbean plate tectonics. Journal of Petrology, 54(8), pp. 1607-1639. (doi:10.1093/petrology/egt025)

Allen, M. B., Kheirkhah, M., Neill, I. , Emami, M. H. and Mcleod, C. L. (2013) Generation of arc and within-plate chemical signatures in collision zone magmatism: quaternary lavas from Kurdistan Province, Iran. Journal of Petrology, 54(5), pp. 887-911. (doi:10.1093/petrology/egs090)

Hastie, A. R., Mitchell, S. F., Treloar, P. J., Kerr, A. C., Neill, I. and Barfod, D. N. (2013) Geochemical components in a Cretaceous island arc: The Th/La–(Ce/Ce*)Nd diagram and implications for subduction initiation in the inter-American region. Lithos, 162-63, pp. 57-69. (doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2012.12.001)

Neill, I. , Kerr, A. C., Hastie, A. R., Pindell, J. L., Millar, I. L. and Atkinson, N. (2012) Age and petrogenesis of the Lower Cretaceous North Coast Schist of Tobago, a fragment of the Proto–Greater Antilles Inter-American arc system. Journal of Geology, 120(4), pp. 367-384. (doi:10.1086/665798)

Neill, I. , Kerr, A. C., Hastie, A. R., Stanek, K.-P. and Millar, I. L. (2011) Origin of the Aves Ridge and Dutch-Venezuelan Antilles: interaction of the Cretaceous 'Great Arc' and Caribbean-Colombian Oceanic Plateau? Journal of the Geological Society, 168(2), pp. 333-348. (doi:10.1144/0016-76492010-067)

Neill, I. , Gibbs, J. A., Hastie, A. R. and Kerr, A. C. (2010) Origin of the volcanic complexes of La Désirade, Lesser Antilles: implications for tectonic reconstruction of the Late Jurassic to Cretaceous Pacific-proto Caribbean margin. Lithos, 120(3-4), pp. 407-420. (doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2010.08.026)

Neill, I. and Stephens, W. E. (2009) The Cluanie granodiorite, NW Highlands of Scotland: a late Caledonian pluton of trondhjemitic affinity. Scottish Journal of Geology, 45(2), pp. 117-130. (doi:10.1144/0036-9276/01-373)

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