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Personal Statement

I am a professional geologist, geochemist, and contaminated land practitioner with a thirty-year career in industry, most recently working as a Principal Consultant for ERM. Prior to re-joining the University of Strathclyde, I worked on contaminated land projects in Alaska, primarily in Arctic communities. I also worked on a large copper mine project, collecting hydrological data at the proposed mine site and interpreting geochemical data from surface and groundwater samples.

My research interests are centered on the characterization of canal sediments with a view to evaluating the beneficial reuse of dredged canal sediments. I am a part of the Interreg SURICATES project which aims to increase sediment reuse for erosion and flood protection through large-scale solutions for sediment reuse in NW Europe.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate certificate in environmental permitting, University of Alaska Anchorage

25 Aug 20143 May 2016

Award Date: 1 May 2016

Doctor of Philosophy, “Patterns of arsenic speciation and associated potentially toxic elements at sites in Alaska impacted by mining and mine waste.”, University Of Strathclyde

1 Oct 20091 Dec 2012

Award Date: 1 Dec 2012

Master of Engineering, MRes Geoenvironmental Engineering, University Of Strathclyde

1 Oct 20081 Oct 2009

Award Date: 1 Oct 2009

Bachelor of Science, Geology, University of Glasgow

1 Oct 19781 Jul 1982

Award Date: 1 Jul 1982

External positions

Principal Consultant, ERM Alaska Inc

31 Dec 20171 May 2019

Associate Environmental Geologist, UMIAQ Environmental, LLC

1 Nov 201430 Oct 2017

Senior Environmental Geologist, APC Services LLC

3 Jan 20131 Nov 2014

Senior Scientist, Terrasat Inc.

1 Apr 201230 Dec 2012

Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Professor

25 Aug 20111 May 2015

Business Manager - North America, Struers Inc

30 Jan 19891 Oct 2008

Product Specialist, Logitech Ltd

5 Nov 198429 Jan 1989

Research Assistant, Univ. of Aston/ British Gas

30 Sept 19821 Oct 1984


  • Contaminated Land
  • arsenic
  • contaminated sediments
  • beneficial reuse
  • Circular Economy
  • Mining Waste
  • Geochemistry
  • canal sediments
  • mercury
  • chromate
  • dredging
  • Arctic


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