University of St Andrews

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Research and Teaching Fellow in Economic Geology - MR1596

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REF 2014 Results

Geography and Geosciences at St Andrews is:
  • Overall: 1st in Scotland (5th in UK)
  • Outputs: 2nd in Scotland (23rd in UK)
  • Impact: 1st in Scotland (1st in UK)
  • Environment: 1st in Scotland (3rd in UK)

Earth & Environmental Sciences at St Andrews

Teaching Earth sciences at St Andrews dates to the 17th Century, a rich tradition and experience that gives us a clear educational vision: to equip and enable graduates to be competitive with the best natural scientists worldwide and to conduct exciting research at the forefront of science.

The Department is ranked consistently as one of the top UK undergraduate programmes, providing some of the highest student satisfaction surveys and with an outstanding employability record (e.g. 2nd in the UK in The Independent Complete University Guide for 2015, and 4th overall in the Times and Guardian, 2014).

Our research is both curiosity driven, addressing the profound questions about the co-evolution of Earth and life, as well as applied, with emphasis on delivering societal and economic impact. It spans the study of recent environmental change to Earth System evolution in Deep Time, all underpinned by a suite of state-of-the-art analytical and field facilities.

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Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
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University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Fife
KY16 9AL
United Kingdom

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Some Recent Publications

Slater, LJE , Singer, MB & Kirchner, J 2015, ' Hydrologic versus geomorphic drivers of trends in flood hazard ' Geophysical Research Letters .
Hu, L , Cawood, PA , Du, Y, Xu, Y, Xu, W & Huang, H 2015, ' Detrital records for Upper Permian-Lower Triassic succession in the Shiwandashan Basin, South China and implication for Permo-Triassic (Indosinian) orogeny ' Journal of Asian Earth Sciences , vol 98, pp. 152-166.
Kirschvink, JL, Isozaki, Y, Shibuya, H, Otofuji, Y-I , Raub, TD , Hilburn, IA, Kasuya, T, Yokoyama, M & Bonifacie, M 2015, ' Challenging the sensitivity limits of Paleomagnetism: Magnetostratigraphy of weakly magnetized Guadalupian-Lopingian (Permian) Limestone from Kyushu, Japan ' Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology , vol 418, pp. 75-89.
Campbell, RCJ, Stephens, W & Meharg, A 2014, ' Consistency of arsenic speciation in global tobacco products with implications for health and regulation ' Tobacco Induced Diseases , vol 12, 24.
Xu, Y , Cawood, PA , Du, Y, Huang, H & Wang, X 2014, ' Early Paleozoic orogenesis along Gondwana's northern margin constrained by provenance data from South China ' Tectonophysics , vol 636, pp. 40-51.
Ohnemueller, F , Prave, AR , Fallick, AE & Kasemann, SA 2014, ' Ocean acidification in the aftermath of the Marinoan glaciation ' Geology , vol 42, no. 12, pp. 1103-1106.
Singer, MB & Michaelides, K 2014, ' How is topographic simplicity maintained in ephemeral dryland channels? ' Geology , vol 42, no. 12, pp. 1091-1094.
Wilson, R , Rao, R, Rydval, M, Wood, C, Larsson, L-Å & Luckman, BH 2014, ' Blue Intensity for dendroclimatology: The BC blues: A case study from British Columbia, Canada ' The Holocene , vol 24, no. 11, pp. 1428-1438.
Oliveras, I, Girardin, C, Doughty, CE, Cahuana, N, Arenas, CE, Oliver, V, Huasco, WH & Malhi, Y 2014, ' Andean grasslands are as productive as tropical cloud forests ' Environmental Research Letters , vol 9, no. 11, 115011.
Hampson, GJ, Duller, RA, Petter, AL , Robinson, RAJ & Allen, PA 2014, ' Mass-balance constraints on stratigraphic interpretation of linked alluvial-coastal-shelfal deposits from source to sink: example from Cretaceous Western Interior Basin, Utah and Colorado, U.S.A. ' Journal of Sedimentary Research , vol 84, no. 11, pp. 935-960.
Tong, L, Xu, Y-G , Cawood, PA , Zhou, X, Chen, Y & Liu, Z 2014, ' Anticlockwise P-T evolution at ∼280 Ma recorded from ultrahigh-temperature metapelitic granulite in the Chinese Altai orogenic belt, a possible link with the Tarim mantle plume? ' Journal of Asian Earth Sciences , vol 94, pp. 1-11.
Shi, F, Li, J & Wilson, RJS 2014, ' A tree-ring reconstruction of the South Asian summer monsoon index over the past millennium ' Scientific Reports , vol 4, 6739.
Liu, C, Wang, Z , Raub, TD , Macdonald, FA & Evans, DAD 2014, ' Neoproterozoic cap-dolostone deposition in stratified glacial meltwater plume ' Earth and Planetary Science Letters , vol 404, pp. 22-32.
Yang, J , Cawood, PA , Du, Y, Feng, B & Yan, J 2014, ' Global continental weathering trends across the Early Permian glacial to postglacial transition: correlating high- and low-paleolatitude sedimentary records ' Geology , vol 42, no. 10, pp. 835-838.
Wang, Y, Zhang, L , Cawood, PA , Ma, L, Fan, W, Zhang, A, Zhang, Y & Bi, X 2014, ' Eocene supra-subduction zone mafic magmatism in the Sibumasu Block of SW Yunnan: Implications for Neotethyan subduction and India-Asia collision ' Lithos , vol 206, pp. 384-399.
Spencer, CJ, Roberts, NMW , Cawood, PA , Hawkesworth, CJ , Prave, AR , Antonini, ASM & Horstwood, MSA 2014, ' Intermontane basins and bimodal volcanism at the onset of the Sveconorwegian Orogeny, southern Norway ' Precambrian Research , vol 252, pp. 107-118.
Claire, M , Kasting, J, Domagal-Goldman, S, Stueken, E, Buick, R & Meadows, V 2014, ' Modeling the Signature of Sulfur Mass-Independent Fractionation produced in the Archean Atmosphere ' Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta , vol 141, pp. 365-380.
Jomelli, V, Favier, V, Braucher, R, Martin, L, Blard, P-H, Colose, C, Brunstein, D, He, F, Khodri, M, Bourlès, D, Leanni, L , Rinterknecht, V , Grancher, D, Francou, B, Ceballos, JL, Fonseca, H, Liu, Z & Otto-Bliesner, BL 2014, ' A major advance of tropical Andean glaciers during the Antarctic cold reversal ' Nature , vol 513, pp. 224-228.
Domagal-Goldman, SD, Segura, A , Claire, MW , Robinson, TD & Meadows, VS 2014, ' Abiotic ozone and oxygen in atmospheres similar to prebiotic earth ' Astrophysical Journal , vol 792, no. 2, 90.
Rinterknecht, V , Jomelli, V, Brunstein, D, Favier, V, Masson-Delmotte, V, Bourlès, D, Leanni, L & Schläppy, R 2014, ' Unstable ice stream in Greenland during the Younger Dryas cold event ' Geology , vol 42, no. 9, pp. 759-762.