Nick is a lecturer in Applied Earth Resources. Having gained his BA in Geology from Oxford, and an MSc in Geochemistry from Leeds, he returned to Oxford for a DPhil in metamorphic and stable isotope geochemistry. After working in commodities trading for nearly a decade, in 2013 Nick returned to academia initially with a 2-year postdoc at Oxford, followed by research positions at Curtin (Perth) and Monash (Melbourne), before joining St Andrews as a lecturer in 2019.
Nick’s speciality is as a petrologist and geochemist, and he applies radiogenic, stable isotopes, and trace element geochemistry, to magmatic processes including problems of Archaean crustal growth and evolution, with work in Western Australia, South Africa and Greenland. Nick also has an active interest in the processes leading to the development of magmatic-hydrothermal deposits, principally tin-tungsten-tantalum-lithium, in developing nations such as Myanmar and Rwanda.
At St Andrews Nick is currently the director of the new MSc in Strategic Earth Resources, launched this year.