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Dr Alison May Halton

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  • Academic Related Staff
  • Project Officer
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Physical Sciences
  • alison.halton

Professional biography

I am Project Officer in the Ar lab in the Department of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems and am lab manager for the Ar-Ar and Noble Gas Research Laboratory.

My research has been largely focused on the Ar dating of basalts from the Faroe Islands, Paleocene-Eocene basalts associated with the North Atlantic Large Igneous Province and the initial opening of the North Atlantic Ocean.

I am 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 work at the Open University.

I have recently taken on the role of Radiation Protection Supervisor for the Department of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems.

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”


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 October 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 September 2013, Portsmouth) (p 48)

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