I have been a Senior Lecturer in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences (formerly Department of Earth Sciences) since 2011, and a Lecturer from 2000-2011. Prior to that, I held a NERC Research Fellowship at the Open University (1997-2000), working on highly deformed and metamorphosed rocks at the western end of the Himalaya, in northern Pakistan. Since then, my research has focused mainly on orogenic processes in the Himalaya and Tibet, with brief excursions to the Alps, Australia, southern Spain and India. In the meantime, my Himalayan research has migrated gradually eastwards, through north-west India and southern Tibet to Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh. I've co-supervised a number of PhD students in that time, working on deep subduction and element cycling in the Alps, isotopic fingerprinting of tectonic units in the Himalaya, the causes and consequences of crustal melting under southern Tibet, and the validity of channel flow as a paradigm in the Himalaya.
I maintain an active fieldwork programme connected with this research, and have previously co-managed the Mineral Separation Laboratory and another chemical laboratory in the department. More recently, I have supervised research students working on kimberlites and lamproites of southern India, orogenesis in the Eastern Himalaya (Bhutan and Sikkim), and using GIS and virtual worlds in distance education.
From Jan 2008 to Dec 2009 I held a COLMSCT Teaching Fellowship entitled: yOU-Map: Delivering spatial geological data digitally to a distance-learning community. This project aimed to deliver innovative teaching of spatial geological data in a digital context to a distance-learning community of students, primarily focusing on the rewrite of the second-level Geology course (S260, being replaced by S276). You can read about that project here.
In 2011, I started a project hosted by eSTEeM at the OU entitled "Geospatial technologies in distance modules in Science", with Sarah Davies. This project is evaluating the impact of geospatial distance materials created during yOU-Map on OU students and tutors. Read a description of the project here. I was also involved in a project creating an immersive, 3-D learning environment for a virtual field trip (VFT), funded by the Wolfson Foundation, as part of the Openscience Laboratory, which was launched in July 2013. I am now pursuing 2 separate projects evaluating this VFT (Virtual Skiddaw) with OU students and schools, and scoping the potential for expanding the virtual field trip platform as a national 'library' of VFTs.
I have a keen interest in the department's outreach activities, in particular designing and running small-scale visits to local primary schools to enable children from Year 3 and Year 6 to have hands-on experience of rocks, and to communicate what we do at the OU.
I have also worked on BBC projects, including 'Nature of Britain', pursuing an interest in wildlife that occupies much of my leisure time.
Metamorphic Petrology, Structural Geology, Isotope Geochemistry, GIS/digital mapping, Resources.
OU modules I have worked on:
Chair of Higher Education Network of the Geological Society 2013- (Treasurer 2011-2014)
President of the Open University Geological Society (2014-2016)
Member of the Geological Society Education Committee 2013-
Higher Education Coordinator of the Earth Science Teachers' Association 2013-
NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratories (Randall Parrish, Matt Horstwood, Nick Roberts)
Daden Ltd (developers in Birmingham with expertise in virtual worlds)
|Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)||Centre||Faculty of Science|
|Isotope Geochemistry & Earth Systems Group||Group||Faculty of Science|
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|Co-investigator||01/Oct/2015||31/Mar/2019||NERC - British Geological Survey (BGS)|
Crust-mantle exchange in orogenic lower crust: the record in high temperature eclogites project. PhD studentship was awarded to Eleni Wood.
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