I obtained my BSc in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 1995. I then began my PhD studies with Prof. James Maxwell (FRS) at the University of Bristol where I carried out research into the origin and significance of a group of biomarker compounds known as steryl chlorin esters (SCEs) which are produced by zooplankton when grazing on phytoplankton.
After completion of my PhD in 1999 I moved to Newcastle University and worked as a post-doctoral research associate with Dr Paul Farrimond on three projects in the area of hopanoid geochemistry developing new analytical techniques and providing new insights into the origins, diversity and complexity of natural distributions of these important biomarkers in modern environments and Recent sediments.
I am now a Reader in Organic Geochemistry and hold a European Research Council (ERC) starting independent researcher award.
PhD Selector for Geosciences
PhD Organic Geochemistry (University of Bristol, 1999)
BSc Environmental Chemistry (University of Edinburgh, 1995)
Member of the European Association of Organic Geochemists (EAOG)
Member of the British Mass Spectrometry Society (BMSS)
Pieter Schenck Award 2009 from the EAOG
(The Award is given every second year to a scientist who has made a major contribution in any specific area of organic geochemistry or a related field.)
Miss Kate Osborne
Miss Charlotte Spencer-Jones
Miss Ida Shafiee Ismail
Miss Jasmine Black
Mr Jonathan Bradley
Mr Mohammad Alalaween
Mr Martin Cooke - project title "The role of bacteriohopanepolyols as biomarkers for soil bacterial communities and soil derived organic matter"
Mr Robert Gibson – Thesis title “The distribution of bacteriohopanepolyols in terrestrial geothermal ecosystems”
Holder of ERC Starting Independent Researcher Award
Associate Editor, Organic Geochemistry
Invited Session Chair. Gordon Research Conference August 2008 and 2010
Invited Session Chair. IMOG 2007, 2009
Invited Keynote Speaker AGU, San Francisco, Dec. 2011
Invited Keynote Speaker EGU, Vienna, April 2011
Invited Speaker Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference, Knoxville, 2010
Convenor 14th and 19th Meeting of the British Organic Geochemical Society (BOGS2008)
Quantifying Aerobic Methane Oxidation in the Ocean: Calibration and palaeo application of a novel proxy (AMOprox) ERC Starting Independent Researcher – 5 year project (2010-2015)
Effects of a warming climate on the key organic carbon cycle processes in the Eurasian Arctic PI. (Newcastle) NERC funded standard research grant (2011-2014). Joint project with P.I. Dr Bart van Dongen (University of Manchester, UK)
Chemosynthetically-driven ecosystems southern oceans – CHESSO Co-I NERC funded consortium grant (2008-2012)
Role of methanobactin in methane oxidation rates in the presence of mineral copper Co-I NERC funded standard research grant (2008-2012)