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Dr Alison May Halton

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  • Academic Related Staff
  • Project Officer
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Deanery
  • Laboratory Support
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Professional biography

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. 

Research interests

Previous Research

  • 2011 – 2013: Project Officer The Open University, Timing of volcanism and intrusive activity in and around the Faroe Islands
  • PhD 2011, The Open University “PhD: Paleocene-Eocene Time-Stratigraphic Calibration in the North Atlantic Igneous Province with Focus on the Faroes-Shetland Basin Area”


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)
Evidence for southward subduction of the Mongol-Okhotsk oceanic plate: implications from Mesozoic adakitic lavas from Mongolia (2019)
Sheldrick, T.C.; Barry, T.L.; Millar, I.L.; Barford, D.N.; Halton, Alison and Smith, D.
Gondwana Research ((In press))
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)

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