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University of Edinburgh, UK

D.Sc . Earth Sciences

University of Oxford

"Mesozoic/Cenozoic sedimentation and tectonics of the southern Greek Neotethys (Argolis Peninsula)."


University of Oxford


B.A. with First Class Honours in Geology

Awarded Worcester College

Awards, Scholarships and Grants

2023, Lyell Medal, awarded by Geological Society of London

2019-2021, Visiting Research Professor, University of Hong Kong
2019-Present, Visiting faculty, Jackson School of Geoscience, University of Texas at Austin
2018-2021, Visiting professor, Yunnan University, Kunming, China
2017, Best oral presentation. Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS), San Antonio
2016-2018, Hongguo Professorial Fellowship, Nanjing Normal University, China
2013-2014, OceanLeadership (IODP) Distinguished Lecturer
2009-2011, Fellow, Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, Germany
2008, ECORD (IODP) Distinguished Lecturer
2008, Fellow, Geological Society of America
2005, Appointed as visiting professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou
2005, Murchison Fund, Geological Society of London, UK
2005–2007, Humboldt Foundation Fellow, Universität Bremen, Germany
2004, Invited visiting lecturer, University of Tokyo, Japan
2003, Invited visiting lecturer, National Central University and Academica Sinica, Taiwan
2001, Swiney Trust invited visiting lecturer, University of Edinburgh, UK
1987, Worcester College, University of Oxford, Prize for Excellence

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Professional History

  • 2012-Present:  Charles T. McCord Professor of Petroleum Geology; Dr. Henry V. Howe Distinguished Professor; LSU, USA 

  • 2004-2012:  Kilgour Professor of Geology, University of Aberdeen, UK

  • 1998-Present: Research Affiliate, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


  • 2005-Present:  Visiting professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, South China Sea Institute for Oceanology, Guangzhou, China


  • 2004-Present: Visiting Scientist, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA


  • 2005-2007:  Humboldt visiting professor, Universität Bremen, Germany


  • 1999-2004: Associate Scientist, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA


  • 1995-1999: Assistant Scientist, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA


  • 1993-1995: Staff Scientist, Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A&M University, USA


  • 1990-1993:  Royal Society of Edinburgh / BP Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Edinburgh, UK

Selected External Service

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• Deep-time Digital Earth (DDE) Marginal Seas Task Group Steering Committee, 2020-Present 

• Associate Editor, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 2020-Present 

• External Examiner, University of Derby, UK, 2020-2024 

• Panel Member, US Advisory Committee on Scientific Ocean Drilling (USAC), 2019-2021 

• Editor-in-chief, Geological Magazine, 2017-present   

• Editorial Board, Sedimentology Editor, Journal of the Geological Society, London, 2016-2019. 

• Chair of the Geological Society of America, South Central Section, 2015-2016 

• Chair of the Geological Society of America, Penrose Meeting Committee, 2012-2014 

• Editorial Board, International Geological Review, 2013-Present 

• Editorial Board, Lithosphere, 2014-2016 

• Member IODP Proposal Evaluation Panel (SEP), 2012–2015. 

• GSA Penrose Conferences and Field Forums Committee, 2011–2014 (Chair 2013–2014). 

• Scientific Steering Committee for the Deep Carbon Observatory, 2011-Present. 

• Co-leader of IGCP 581 Project “Evolution of Asian River Systems”, 2009-2014. 

• Editorial board, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 2006–Present 

• Associate editor, Geology, 1998–2001, 2004–2006 

• Co-chief editor, Marine Geophysical Researches, 2001-2010 

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