Analytical environmental and organic geochemistry. BSc Pure and Applied Chemistry with Environmental Science, MSc Organic Geochemistry, PhD on biodegradation of geochemical markers in crude oil. Post doctoral research on heavy oils and on lipids in recent sediments. Contract research and consultancy for oil companies and oil and environmental service companies.
Analytical facilities manager, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. Academic coordinator of School chemical and biological technical group. Deputy degree progamme director for Environmental Biogeochemistry MSc course, Module leader and teaching on Environmental Biogeochemistry and Petroleum Geochemistry MSc courses. Chemical laboratories safety officer.
BSc (University of Wales, Cardiff), MSc (Organic Geochemistry, Newcastle), PhD (Organic Geochemistry, Newcastle).
Analytical facilities manager, Postgraduate Institute in Fossil Fuels and Environmental Geochemistry, University of Newcastle.
Post doctoral research associate, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.
Post doctoral research associate, Organic Geochemistry Unit, Department of Geology, University of Newcastle.
Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), Chartered chemist (C.Chem.) 1984-2006. Member of the European Association of Organic Geochemists (EAOG).
Organic analytical geochemistry, petroleum geochemistry, hydrocarbon biodegradation and bioremediation, environmental biogeochemistry, analysis of trace organic pollutants in surface sediments and waters and analytical method development (especially chromatographic techniques).
Analysis of naphthenic acids and acid metabolites from oil degradation.
Crude oil biodegradation processes in surface and sub-surface environments.
Increasing understanding of biodegradation processes for improving efficiency of hydrocarbon extraction, utilisation and bioremediation.
PI/CI on 4 projects
Supervisor/cosupervisor of 6 PhD students
Regularly present papers at international conferences, referee grant proposals and papers in international journals.
£600k in industry and research council funding
Much of my research is relevant to industry and this has been reflected by funding.
Co-patent holder on two patents on enhanced energy recovery from oil reservoirs.
MSc Environmental Biogeochemistry: Module leader CEG8603 (Organic Analytical Geochemistry) and CEG8606 (Sources,Fates and control of Pollutants), also teach on CEG8601 (Research Methods), CEG8609 (Microbial Transformations).
MSc Petroleum Geochemistry: Module leader CEG8626 (Petroleum and the Environment), also teach on CEG8601 (Research Methods), CEG8625 (Chemical Analysis of Organic Matter), CEG8621 (Molecular Marker Compounds), CEG8628 (Petroleum Systems of the Wessex Basin 2).
CEG8699 (MSc Dissertation Project) - usually supervise 5-9 projects.