Head of Geology PhD program
Alasdair Skelton was appointed as Professor of Geochemistry and Petrology in 2001 and has been Head of Department since 2004. He has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD in Geology from Edinburgh University. His current research interests include calculating water and carbon fluxes during metamorphism, measuring groundwater chemistry to study earthquakes and using eyewitness reports to understand the coastal effects of tsunamis. He is also engaged in research on coupling between petrology, tectonics and landscape evolution. He built the distance learning platform Tellus which caters for over 200 students from Sweden and abroad annually. He is actively engaged in science communication, having designed various activities to convey geology to children. These include the World Jigsaw and the Time Train. The former is a jigsaw puzzle, conveying the discovery of continental drift and the latter is interactive theatre, conveying the enormity of geological time.