I am Project Officer in the Ar lab in the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and am reposonsible for the day to day operation and activity of the Argon-Argon and Noble Gas Research Laboratory and for managing the external work undertaken by the laboratory.
My research has been largely focused on the Ar dating of basalts, focusing on the Faroe Islands, where Paleocene-Eocene basalts are associated with the North Atlantic Large Igneous Province and the initial opening of the North Atlantic Ocean. I am currently involved in range of research on going in the lab and in the development of the techniques and applications of the laser based Ar dating and noble gas research at the Open University.
I am radiation protection supervisor for work undertaken in the Gass and Wolfson Buildings on campus and for work using the portable XRF equipment and in 2019 completed a Nebosh General Certificate in Occupational Heath and Safety.
PhD Student Supervision
Simone Cogliati: Completed 2019
Eleni Wood: Completed 2019
Structural and metamorphic inheritance controls strain partitioning during orogenic shortening (Kalak Nappe Complex, Norwegian Caledonides) (2020-04-02)
Ceccato, A.; Menegon, L.; Warren, C. J. and Halton, A. M.
Journal of Structural Geology, 136, Article 104057
Simultaneous and extensive removal of the East Asian lithospheric root (2020-03-05)
Sheldrick, Thomas C.; Barry, Tiffany L.; Dash, Batulzii; Gan, Chengshi; Millar, Ian L.; Barford, Dan N. and Halton, Alison
Scientific reports, Article 4128
Evidence for southward subduction of the Mongol-Okhotsk oceanic plate: Implications from Mesozoic adakitic lavas from Mongolia (2020-03)
Sheldrick, Thomas C.; Barry, Tiffany L.; Millar, Ian L.; Barford, Dan N.; Halton, Alison M. and Smith, Dan J.
Gondwana Research, 79 (pp. 140-156)
Oligocene deformation of the Chuandian terrane in the SE margin of the Tibetan Plateau related to the extrusion of Indochina (2020)
Li, Shihu; Su, Tao; Spicer, Robert A; Xu, Congli; Sherlock, Sarah; Halton, Alison; Hoke, Gregory; Yimin, Tian; Zhang, Shitao; Zhou, Zhekun; Deng, Chenglong and Zhu, Rixiang
Tectonics ((In press))
The lawsonite-glaucophane blueschists of Elba Island (Italy) (2019-12-01)
Bianco, Caterina; Godard, Gaston; Halton, Alison; Brogi, Andrea; Liotta, Domenico and Caggianelli, Alfredo
Lithos, 348-349, Article 105198
Volcanic constraints on the unzipping of Africa from South America: Insights from new geochronological controls along the Angola margin (2019-06-05)
Jerram, D.A.; Sharp, I.R.; Torsvik, T.H.; Poulsen, R.; Watton, T.; Freitag, U.; Halton, A.; Sherlock, S.C.; Malley, J.A.S.; Finley, A.; Roberge, J.; Swart, R.; Fabregas, P.; Ferreira, C.H. and Machado, V.
Tectonophysics, 760 (pp. 252-266)
Widespread tephra dispersal and ignimbrite emplacement from a subglacial volcano (Torfajökull, Iceland) (2019-06-01)
Moles, Jonathan D.; McGarvie, Dave; Stevenson, John A.; Sherlock, Sarah C.; Abbott, Peter M.; Jenner, Frances E. and Halton, Alison M.
Geology, 47(6) (pp. 577-580)
New 40Ar/39Ar dating of the Antrim Plateau Volcanics, Australia: clarifying an age for the eruptive phase of the Kalkarindji continental flood basalt province (2018-10)
Marshall, Peter E.; Halton, Alison M.; Kelley, Simon P.; Widdowson, Mike and Sherlock, Sarah C.
Journal of the Geological Society, 175(6) (pp. 974-985)
Argon redistribution during a metamorphic cycle: Consequences for determining cooling rates (2016-12-02)
McDonald, Christopher S.; Warren, Clare J.; Mark, Darren F.; Halton, Alison M.; Kelley, Simon P. and Sherlock, Sarah C.
Chemical Geology, 443 (pp. 182-197)
Argon behaviour in an inverted Barrovian sequence, Sikkim Himalaya: the consequences of temperature and timescale on 40Ar/39Ar mica geochronology (2015-12-01)
Mottram, Catherine M.; Warren, Clare J.; Halton, Alison M.; Kelley, Simon P. and Harris, Nigel B. W.
Lithos, 238 (pp. 37-51)
Eocene volcanism in offshore southern Baffin Bay (2015-11)
Nelson, Catherine E.; Jerram, Dougal A.; Clayburn, John A. P.; Halton, Alison M. and Roberge, Julie
Marine and Petroleum Geology, 67 (pp. 678-691)
Timing and conditions of peak metamorphism and cooling across the Zimithang Thrust, Arunachal Pradesh, India (2014-07)
Warren, Clare J.; Singh, Athokpam K.; Roberts, Nick M.W.; Regis, Daniel; Halton, Alison M. and Singh, Rajkumar B.
Lithos, 200-201 (pp. 94-110)
Observation of centimetre-scale argon diffusion in alkali feldspars: implications for 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology (2014)
Flude, Stephanie; Halton, Alison M.; Kelley, Simon P.; Sherlock, Sarah C.; Schwanethal, James and Wilkinson, Camilla M.
Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 378 (pp. 265-275)
STAMP across the Eastern Himalaya: ages and stages of burial, transformation and early exhumation (2013-10)
Warren, Clare; Singh, A.K.; Roberts, N.M.W; Halton, Alison and Singh, B.K.
In : Geological Society America 125th Anniversary Annual Meeting (27-30 Oct 2013, Denver)
High resolution determination of orogenic cooling rates: an eastern Himalayan example (2013-09)
Warren, C. J.; Singh, A.K.; Roberts, N.M.W; Halton, A. M. and Singh, B.K.
In : Building Strong Continents Conference (2-4 Sep 2013, Portsmouth) (p 48)