Research Fellow / ESEM Facility Manager
BSc in Geological Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, 1986
PhD “Lower Carboniferous trace fossils from northwest Ireland”, Queens University, Belfast, 1992
Research mainly through scanning electron microscopy (SEM), concentrating on diagenesis and characterisation of shales, sandstone and carbonate rocks, with special interests in techniques such as charge contrast imaging (CCI), digital rock characterisation and automation in SEM. Other areas include biomineralization (brachiopods, testate amoeba, serpulids and crustaceans), x-ray tomography (XRT), and ichnology.