My research looks at the record of environmental change during Earth's greatest mass extinctions. Over the past few years my NERC-funded research has examined three crises that occurred between the Middle Permian and end Triassic - an interval of extremes of climate, extinction and evolution - in the Boreal Realm of northern high latitudes.
I am interested in the role of major (large igneous province) volcanism in extinction scenarios, and the effects of warming, oceanic oxygen depletion and acidification on marine ecosystems. I am a field geologist and love to travel - I've worked in >30 countries and my many tonnes of rock samples have led me to write about extinctions from 445 million years ago to the present.
Prior to moving to Hull I worked at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, and before that, down the M62 in Leeds. As well as collecting rocks from interesting places, like many a geologist I like cricket and beer. I have qualifications in both!
Mass extinctions through Earth history, with particular focus on the role of volcanism, global warming, marine anoxia, and acidification in Earth's greatest catastrophes.
Teaching and Learning
I teach on the BSc Geology and the BSc Geology with Physical Geography degree programmes.
I am the module leader for:
- Understanding the Earth
- Earth Resources
I also teach on:
- Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils
- Geological Mapping Dissertation