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Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences+44 (0) 191 33 42322


3/00- present






Earth Sciences, University of Durham,

Professor, Earth Sciences from October 2013

Reader, from October 2008, Senior Lecturer, from October 2004, Lecturer, from 2000.

Royal Society Industrial Fellow (50% FTE)

Director – Centre for Research in Earth Energy System (CeREES)

7/95 - 2/00


Dept of Geological Sciences Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, UK

Lecturer, Senior Lecturer from 1997)

10/91 – 6/95

Geology Department, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Postdoctoral Fellow, Temporary Lecturer from 1993.



University of Durham - Ph.D. Awarded 1990.

Thesis: ‘The emplacement and deformation of granitic rocks in a transpressional shear zone: The Ox Mountains Igneous Complex'

Higher Education


Queen’s University Belfast

Geology B.Sc. (Honours)

Committee and Society Service

2013 – present — Member of Petroleum Group Committee, Geological Society of London

2000 – 2002 — Member of Science Committee, Geological Society of London

2000 – 2002 — Secretary, Tectonic Studies Group

Conferences and Workshops

2016 -- Fifty years of the Wilson Cycle Concept in Plate Tectonics Geological Society london Co-convenor

2011  — Tectonic Studies Group Annual Meeting

2011  — New constratints on active fault zones. AGU

2011  — Shale and Coal Basins of North East England: Opportunities for Research and Industry Collaboration - NPESMD, India School of Mines

2009  — Lead Convener, Virtual Fieldtrips session, 7th Petroleum Geology Conference

2009  — Tectonic reactivation and Fault Zone weakening. AGU

2006  — Unlocking 3D Earth Systems – Harnessing New Digital Technologies to Revolutionize Multi-Scale Geologic Models. GSA Penrose Meeting – University of Durham

2004  — Tectonic Studies Group Annual Meeting – University of Durham

2002  — Transport and Flow processes within Shear Zones - Geological Society, London

2001  — Hydrocarbons in Crystalline rocks - Geological Society, London

2001  — Deformation at Convergent Margins – European Union Geosciences XI Strasbourg

2001  — Vertical and horizontal coupling and decoupling processes in Orogenic Belts – American Geophysical Union, San Francisco

Editorial Roles

2006 – 2012 '— Specials' editor for the Geological Society of London

Editor Visual Geosciences

Invited Keynotes

Invited International Lectures

2012 — Natural Fractures in Shale gas basins of NE England, Geoshale Conference, Warsaw.

2011 — ‘Shale basins of NE England: Opportunities for research and Industry collaboration’, Industry/Academia collaboration session, Indian Geological Congress, Indian School of Mines Dhanbad.

2011 — ‘Virtual fieldwork using terrestrial laser scanning and Google Earth’– Google Earth: Visualizing the Possibilities for Geoscience Education and Research, GSA Penrose at Google HQ, San Francisco

2010 — From Depositional Systems to Sedimentary Successions on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, Norwegian Petroleum systems, Stavanger

2010Digital Geospatial methods in Earth Sciences’ Italian National Geophysical & Volcanology – Pisa, Italy

2007 — Capturing Detailed Outcrop Geology using Terrestrial Laser Scanning (Lidar) and other digital technologies: Current status and Future directions’(Jones R.R. & McCaffrey, K.J.W) AGU San Francisco

2006 Magma Chamber Processes and Geometries 'What is a magma chamber? The role of sheet in the assembly of intrusions' session GSA Salt Lake City.

2002 — ‘Dimensional Data and Growth Models for Tabular Intrusions’ Laccolith and sill intrusion meeting, Freiberg, Germany

1998 — ‘Magmatic versus tectonic influences on granite emplacement’ AGU Annual Spring meeting – Boston

1997 — ‘Tabular plutonic sheets: Geometry and emplacement’ GAC/MAC annual meeting – Ottawa

1996 — ‘Scale invariant geometry of tabular sheet intrusions?’ Syntectonic crystallisation of igneous rocks – Vaxenburg, Austria

Prizes & Awards

2005 — Murchsion Fund - Geological Society

2001 — Durham University Excellence in teaching Award

1993 — Ramsay medal

Research interests

  • Geoinformatics methods and applications
  • high resolution 3D/4D modelling of continental margins
  • magmatic and mineralised systems
  • reservoir models of fractured reservoir analogues including shale basins
  • structural characterisation of fault and shear zones
  • tectonic and magmatic interactions
  • tectonic and mechanical processes of active normal faults and earthquake activity
  • the geometrical and kinematic evolution of deformation zones
  • visualisation and analysis of geological architecture

Esteem Indicators

  • 2021: Dewey Medal 2021: Awarded by the Geological Society of London for fieldwork and mentoring contributions


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