Mr Richard Batchelor
Honorary Research Fellow
Born and educated in Manchester, I studied Chemistry at UCW Aberystwyth, before embarking on my career at St Andrews University. I began as geochemical analyst in Geology, then morphed into Computing officer and then Research Administrator for the School of Geography & Geosciences. During this time I embarked on a part-time M.Sc. degree and also carried out research part-time on the geochemistry of fossil volcanic ashes (bentonites) in northern Europe. The discovery of tuffs in Proterozoic sequences led to a Research Fellowship under Tony Prave and funded by The Leverhulme Trust, which uncovered further evidence of volcanism in the Torridonian.
After early retirement I was awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship to study the chemistry of Moine calc-silicate rocks in Scotland. As Honorary Research Fellow I still carry out research on bentonites and the occasional foray into trace fossils. I also spent 3 years as creator and module co-ordinator for the University’s evening degree module “Understanding Geology”. I am editor of the DEES Newsletter and Chairman of a local geodiversity charity geoHeritage Fife.
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