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Brief History

I obtained my Ph.D. in organic geochemistry from the University of Bristol in 1985, having worked in the Organic Geochemistry Unit under the direction of Professor J.R. Maxwell. In January 1986, I moved to the School of Geology & Geophysics, University of Oklahoma to work with Professor R.P. Philp on the petroleum geochemistry of the Anadarko Basin. The southern hemisphere beckoned and, in April 1988, I moved on to the Department of Applied Chemistry, Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. Whilst there, I worked with Professor R. Alexander and Professor R.I. Kagi (Centre for Petroleum and Environmental Organic Geochemistry) on the alkylbiphenyl geochemistry of the Canning Basin and the analysis of halocarbon contamination in the potable water supplies of Perth. In December 1989 I returned to the U.K. and, in February 1990, I was offered a BP EMRA by Professor S.J. Rowland in, as it was then, the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth. We applied a mass balance approach to the early diagenesis of organic matter in offshore Peru sediments and observed the formation of a fraction we called "uncharacterised" on a short time-scale. After completing the EMRA, I stayed in Plymouth and accepted the post of Scientific Officer in the Petroleum and Environmental Geochemistry Group (PEGG). In the summer of 2000 I was offered and accepted a Senior Lectureship in the School of Environmental Sciences, now the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SoGEES). In August 2006, as a result of the implementation of the "National Framework Agreement for the Modernisation of Pay Structures", this was regraded to a Lectureship, although in September 2008 I gained promotion to Senior Lecturer.

I am a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, The Geochemical Society, the British Mass Spectrometry Society and the European Association of Organic Geochemists. Between September 2001 and September 2009 I was on the board of the EAOG as the Membership and Website Officer.


Teaching and Learning

I teach mainly on the Chemical Sciences Scheme within the Centre for Chemical Sciences, which includes a significant proportion of the organic chemistry in Stage 1 and 2 (theory and practical). In addition, I am module leader for and teach much of a Stage 1 information technology module (including amongst other topics, instruction on software packages, molecular modelling, web resources and web page construction) and deliver a portion of the Stage 3 contemporary chemical issues module (currently I discuss chemoinformatics), both for the Chemical Sciences Scheme. I am also the module leader for the Stage 3 chemistry research project module. In January 2004 I became the Manager for the Chemical Sciences Scheme, a post that I held until September 2007, and I am the Stage 3 Tutor for the Chemical Sciences Scheme.

On the Environmental Science Scheme, I teach part of a Stage 2 chemical and biological oceanography module (I discuss the flux of and processes affecting natural organic matter in the marine environment) and run tutorials on the Stage 2 research skills and personal development module. I am the module leader for the Stage 3 environmental science research project module. For the M.Sc. in Applied Marine Sciences I discuss aspects of the flux, budget and fate of anthropogenic persistent organic pollutants (POPs), e.g. polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDDs and PCDFs).


Recent Publications

My refereed publications since 1996 are listed below (reverse chronological) and my 'My Citations' page from Google Scholar provides additional bibliographic metrics:

Published

Publications prior to 1996 are given here.


Studentships

Studentships since 1996:

Dates Student Funding Body Award
and
Date
Present
Employment
Title
2012-2015 M.J. Wilde European Research Council and Plymouth University In progress
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Identification of components within supercomplex organic mixtures
With Professor S.J. Rowland (Director of Studies)
2010-2014 C.H.L. Cree NERC Studentship In progress
-
Climate regulators? An investigation of amine cycling in marine systems
Dr Mark Fitzsimons (Director of Studies), Dr C. Anthony Lewis, Dr Steve Archer (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) and Dr Ruth Airs (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)
2009-2012 D.E.A. Jones University of Plymouth PhD
2013
Pymouth International College, Plymouth, U.K.
Synthesis, fractionation, characterisation and toxicity of naphthenic acids from complex mixtures
With Professor S.J. Rowland (Director of Studies)
2003-2006 C.E. West University of Plymouth Scholarhip/Astrazeneca Brixham Environmental Laboratory Ph.D.
2007
University of Plymouth, U.K.
The photodegradation of diazepam and its human metabolites in water [abstract]
With Professor S.J. Rowland (Director of Studies)
2002-2005 B.E. Smith University of Plymouth Studentship Ph.D.
2006
bp, U.K.
Naphthenic acids: Synthesis, characterisation and factors influencing environmental fate [abstract]
With Professor S.J. Rowland (Director of Studies)
2000-2003 A.M. Booth NERC Studentship Ph.D.
2004
SINTEF Petroleum Research, Norway
Biodegradation, water solubility and characterisation studies of unresolved complex mixtures (UCMs) of aromatic hydrocarbons [abstract]
With Professor S.J. Rowland
1995-1999 P.A. Sutton University of Plymouth Studentship/NERC Ph.D.
2000
University of Plymouth, U.K.
The quantitative isolation of 'insoluble organic matter' (IOM) from sediments and bacteria, and its attempted dissolution using the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride-aluminium (III) chloride [abstract]
With Professor S.J. Rowland (Director of Studies)
1994-1997 H.F. Sturt SERC Case Ph.D.
2000
Woods Hole Ocenaographic Institution, U.S.A.
Molecular characterisation of fluidised catalytic cracker feedstocks using ruthenium tetroxide oxidation: A study of model hydrocarbons [abstract]
With Professor S.J. Rowland (Director of Studies)


Research Income

Income since 1996:

Dates Funding Body and Project Amount
2007-2010 FCO
Analysis of crude oils
(with Professor S.J. Rowland)
£300,000
2007-2009 Weatherford SLS, Knowledge Transfer Partnership
GC Tracer
(with Professor S.J. Rowland)
£193,268
2003 NERC
Hydrocarbon humps
£3,600
2002-2003 NERC
Identification of Aromatic UCM Components of Petroleum Using Semi-Preparative HPLC
£29,874
2000-2003 NERC
Characterisation and toxicity of petroleum-derived unresolved complex mixtures of hydrocarbons in mussels (M. edulis)
£
Total Since 2000 = £526,742


International & National Conference and Meeting Presentations

Conference presentations since 1996:



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