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Dr Stuart Kearns

Dr Stuart Kearns

Dr Stuart Kearns
BSc(Dund), PhD(CNAA)

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Investigation of signals resulting from the electron beam interaction with geological materials

Office IC004
Wills Memorial Building,
Queen's Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 5004

Research summary

My principal research interest is the investigation of signals resulting from the electron beam interaction with geological materials. Specifically this is applied to a diverse range of problems such as the mineralogy of exceptionally preserved fossils, from the Cambrian Burgess Shale to the Cretaceous Jehol Biota of China, and the mineralogy and petrogenesis of carbonatite ash deposits.

I experiment with novel techniques in electron microscopy as applied to a range of materials: Variable Pressure SEM offers the possibility of non-destructive analysis of rare and precious fossil material; cryogenic electronprobe microanalysis is applied to the quantitative analysis of volcanic glass and ...

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Biography

1995- School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol

1988-1995 - Research Fellow EPMA LAbs, Dept of Geology, University of Edinburgh

1984-1988 - Ph D (Metamorphism of calc-silicate and related rocks from the Dalradian of NE Scotland), CNAA, University of Derby 

1979 -  BSc (Geology) University of Dundee

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Recent publications

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