Dr Iain Neill
- Lecturer in Magmatic Processes (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
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.
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) - 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.
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.
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.
- 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 Petrology, Geology, 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