Dr John MacDonald
- Lecturer in Earth Sciences (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
I am always happy to hear from prospective students who wish to undertake an MSc by research or PhD in my fields of interest (see below).
PhD Projects currently available:
- CO2 capture at heritage industrial sites – a new way to mitigate anthropogenic climate change? - funding available through NERC IAPETUS DTP
- Anthropogenic biodiversity and geodiversity – can legacy industrial waste help offset falling global biodiversity? - funding available through NERC IAPETUS DTP
- Determining processes of CO2 capture with steel slags: implications for mitigating rising CO2 levels - funding available through UoG LKAS scheme
- Tracing iron sources and artefacts in Viking-age Scotland (lead supervisor Dr Stephen Harrison, Archaeology) - funding available through UoG LKAS scheme
- Windows on the depths of the Northern Highlands: the age and plate tectonic significance of Archaean-Proterozoic basement inliers (lead supervisor Dr Iain Neill, GES) - funding available through NERC IAPETUS DTP
Research MSc projects currently available:
- The composition and pollution implications of waste materials from historic paper making
- Cement waste carbonation for carbon capture
- The physical and chemical interaction between legacy steel slag and lake water
- The effect of crystallinity on the distribution and release of ecotoxic metals from steel slag
- A comparison of the isotope systematics in natural and anthropogenic travertines
- A multi-proxy palaeothermometry approach for improved thermal histories in mixed siliciclastic-carbonate basins
Part funding may be available for these 1-year masters by research projects. Please contact me for more details.
My main research interest involve applying novel isotope geochemistry techniques, particularly clumped isotopes, to solve various geological and environmental problems. These include questions relating to:
- hydrocarbon reservoir diagenesis
- geothermal energy systems
- metalliferous mineral deposits
I also have research interests in industrial waste products and their environmental implications, particularly the breakdown of iron and steel slags and cement-making wastes.
Additionally, I retain an interest in Precambrian gneiss complexes which I studied during my PhD, ranging from mineral deposit formation to zircon geochemistry.
2015-present - Lecturer in Earth Sciences, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
2013-2015 - PDRA in the Carbonate Research Group with Dr Cedric John, Dept. Earth & Environmenetal Science, Imperial College London
2008-2013 - PhD student with Professor John Wheeler, Dept. Earth & Ocean Sciences, University of Liverpool
2004-2008 1st class BSc (Hons) in Earth Science,
School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
Twitter: @DrJohnMacUoG (https://twitter.com/DrJohnMacUoG)
Carnegie Research Incentive Grant: ‘Clumped isotopes’ in calcite: a new method for tracking fluid flow in lavas and its implications for geothermal energy generation. Awarded Jan 2016, project runs June 2016 to June 2017, £7030
£2200 from SAGES for clumped isotope analysis of steel slag-derived travertines
£2400 from SAGES+ for µCT analysis of cement waste to investigate atmospheric carbon capture
MSc by research: Chris Holdsworth, "Understanding temperature and mineralogical controls on mobility of metals in high-pH environments: an alkaline steel slag leachate analogue"
- L1 Sediments and Seas
- L2 Sedimentary lectures, practicals and St Monans field class
- L2 Environmental Geoscience lectures
- L3 Environmental Geochemistry field classes
- Residential field classes to Arran, Scarborough and Aliaga (Spain)