Prof Darren Mark

Prof Darren Mark
Honorary Professor


Research interests:

  • High-precision geochronology
  • Noble gas mass spectrometry and technology development
  • Clumped isotope mass spectrometry and applications
  • Terrestrial volcanism
  • Quaternary climate change and human evolution
  • Geomagnetism and dynamo processes
  • Planetary science
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Recent publications

10  (of 10 published available) for dfm4. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2018 (23/5)
Science Advances
Chronology of martian breccia NWA 7034 and the formation of the martian crustal dichotomy
William S. Cassata, Benjamin E. Cohen, Darren Francis Mark, Reto Trappitsch, Carolyn A. Crow, Joshua Wimpenny, Martin R. Lee, Caroline L. Smith 
2018 (1)
Journal of the Geological Society
vol.175 pp.33-43

Ore Geology Reviews
vol.In press 
2017 (2/8)
Meteoritics & Planetary Science
vol.52 pp.1600-1611
A new high-precision 40Ar/39Ar age for the Rochechouart impact structure
Benjamin E. Cohen, Darren Francis Mark, Martin R. Lee, Sarah L. Simpson 

Nature Communications
Counter-intuitive influence of Himalayan river morphodynamics on Indus Civilisation urban settlements
Ajit Singh, Kristina J. Thomsen, Rajiv Sinha, Jan-Pieter Buylaert, Andrew Carter, Darren Francis Mark, Philippa J. Mason, Alexander L. Densmore, Andrew S. Murray, Mayank Jain, Debajyoti Paul, Sanjeev Gupta 
2017 (4)
Quaternary Geochronology
vol.39 pp.1-23
High-precision 40Ar/39Ar dating of pleistocene tuffs and temporal anchoring of the Matuyama-Brunhes boundary
Darren Francis Mark, Paul R. Renne, Ross Dymock, Victoria C. Smith, Justin I. Simon, Leah E. Morgan, Richard A. Staff, Ben S. Ellis 
Keywords: Matuyama-Brunhes, Geomagnetic, 40Ar/39Ar, Toba, Bishop tuff, Orbital tuning, Australasian tektite
2017 (4)
Quaternary Geochronology
vol.39 pp.79-91
Holocene-Neogene volcanism in northeastern Australia
Benjamin E. Cohen, Darren Francis Mark, Stewart J. Fallon, P. Jon Stephenson 
Keywords: Undara, Toomba, Kinrara, 40Ar/39Ar, K-Ar, Radiocarbon
2017 (10/5)
Chemical Geology
vol.457 pp.15-23
Split-grain 40Ar/39Ar dating
B. S. Ellis, Darren Francis Mark, J. Troch, O. Bachmann, M. Guillong, A. J. R. Kent, A. von Quadt 
Keywords: Ar/Ar geochronology, Split grain, Radiogenic isotopes, Yellowstone, Crystal cargo
2017 (12)
Nature Communications
Taking the pulse of Mars via dating of a plume-fed volcano
Benjamin E. Cohen, Darren Francis Mark, William S. Cassata, Martin R. Lee, Tim Tomkinson, Caroline L. Smith 
Keywords: Chemistry(all), Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all), Physics and Astronomy(all)
2017 (10)
Quaternary Geochronology
vol.42 pp.60-62
‘Radical interpretations’ preclude the use of climatic wiggle matching for resolution of event timings at the highest levels of attainable precision
Darren Francis Mark, Paul R. Renne, Ross C. Dymock, Victoria C. Smith, Justin I. Simon, Leah E. Morgan, Richard A. Staff, Ben S. Ellis 

Contact Details:

Prof Darren Mark
Irvine Building
University of St Andrews
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL



School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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