Dr Iain Neill

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

telephone: 01413 305477
email: Iain.Neill@glasgow.ac.uk

Molema Building, University Avenue, G12 8QQ

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4168-3931

Biography

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-

Research interests

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.

Publications

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2021

Meliksetian, K., Neill, I. , Barfod, D. N. , Milne, E. J.M., Waters, E. C., Navasardyan, G., Grigoryan, E., Olive, V., Odling, N. and Karakhanian, A. (2021) Pleistocene - Holocene volcanism at the Karkar geothermal prospect, Armenia. Quaternary Geochronology, 66, 101201. (doi: 10.1016/j.quageo.2021.101201)

Brown, J.R., Cooper, G.F., Nowell, G.M., Macpherson, C.G., Neill, I. and Prytulak, J. (2021) Isotopic compositions of plagioclase from plutonic xenoliths reveal crustal assimilation below Martinique, Lesser Antilles arc. Frontiers in Earth Science, 9, 682583. (doi: 10.3389/feart.2021.682583)

2020

Kheirkhah, M., Neill, I. , Allen, M. B., Emami, M. H. and Shahraki Ghadimi, A. (2020) Distinct sources for high-K and adakitic magmatism in SE Iran. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 196, 104355. (doi: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2020.104355)

Eskandari, A., Deevsalar, R., De Rosa, R., Shinjo, R., Donato, P. and Neill, I. (2020) Geochemical and isotopic constraints on the evolution of magma plumbing system at Damavand Volcano, N Iran. Lithos, 354-55, 105274. (doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2019.105274)

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

Meliksetian, K., Neill, I. , Barfod, D. N. , Milne, E. J.M., Waters, E. C., Navasardyan, G., Grigoryan, E., Olive, V., Odling, N. and Karakhanian, A. (2021) Pleistocene - Holocene volcanism at the Karkar geothermal prospect, Armenia. Quaternary Geochronology, 66, 101201. (doi: 10.1016/j.quageo.2021.101201)

Brown, J.R., Cooper, G.F., Nowell, G.M., Macpherson, C.G., Neill, I. and Prytulak, J. (2021) Isotopic compositions of plagioclase from plutonic xenoliths reveal crustal assimilation below Martinique, Lesser Antilles arc. Frontiers in Earth Science, 9, 682583. (doi: 10.3389/feart.2021.682583)

Kheirkhah, M., Neill, I. , Allen, M. B., Emami, M. H. and Shahraki Ghadimi, A. (2020) Distinct sources for high-K and adakitic magmatism in SE Iran. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 196, 104355. (doi: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2020.104355)

Eskandari, A., Deevsalar, R., De Rosa, R., Shinjo, R., Donato, P. and Neill, I. (2020) Geochemical and isotopic constraints on the evolution of magma plumbing system at Damavand Volcano, N Iran. Lithos, 354-55, 105274. (doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2019.105274)

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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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), " 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).

Available supervision:

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).

Teaching

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

Past

  • 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

Additional information

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.