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Personal profile

I am an early career geochemist, having recently completed my PhD on the melt-phase geochemistry (trace elements and radiogenic isotopes) and magmatic timescales (diffusion modelling in mineral phases and melt inclusions) of Ōkataina Volcano, an active rhyolite caldera system in the Taupō Volcanic Zone of Aotearoa New Zealand. My PhD research was carried out as part of a wider, multi-disciplinary project aiming to reduce the risks posed to society by the TVZ's two active rhyolite caldera centres.

My current research at Royal Holloway focusses of using stable trace metal isotopes (specifically MC-ICP-MS analyses of cadmium) to better constrain the Earth's ancient marine organic carbon cycle, both in a steady state (from the Late Precambrian through to the Cenozoic), and during periods of rapid environmental change (at a higher temporal resolution). This project is part of the DISTILL research programme headed by Dr. Alex Dickson.

My research interests span all aspects of analytical geochemistry, especially isotopic geochemistry, that can be applied to addressing challenges facing current society such as natural hazards and climate change. I have a broad experience of clean laboratory techniques and analytical instrumentation including SEM, ICP-MS, EPMA, FT-IR, and TIMS, as well as working as part of an international, multi-disciplinary research team.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Volcanology, Petrology and Geochemistry, PhD, Victoria University of Wellington

Jan 2018Feb 2022

Geological Sciences, BSc., MGeol, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

Sept 2013Jul 2017

External positions

Geochemistry Research Assistant, Victoria University of Wellington

Apr 2022Jan 2023


  • Geochemistry
  • Trace Elements
  • Isotopes
  • Volcanology
  • Carbon Cycle