Personal statement

I am an Earth scientist with expertise in Earth surface processes, sedimentology and structural geology. My research focuses on combining novel and innovative techniques in luminescence dating, sedimentology and geomorphology to answer timely research questions in both pure and applied aspects of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

An underlying theme to my research is the link between the geodynamic processes which shape our continents, and the geomorphic processes which modify these. Quantifying, modelling and monitoring earth system processes, from the local to global scale, and operating at timescales from millennia to minutes, is fundamental to predicting the impacts of global and environmental change.

Tasiilaq, E. Greenland


Tim directs the luminescence laboratories within CERSA (Centre of Earth Resources at St Andrews). He is an honorary Research Fellow at both the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling. He uses established and developmental techniques in luminescence dating to assess past and present Earth system processes within a variety of geo-environmental and archaeological projects. Examples of active research projects include:- Europe’s lost frontiers (with Richard Bates, University of St Andrews); Historic Landscape Characterisation in the Mediterranean: new approaches to sustainable landscape management (with Newcastle University); and the Natal Landscape of Buddha: geo-archaeological research on the birth of a world religion (with the University of Stirling).

Formerly he was a Research Associate at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC, University of Glasgow) in Environmental Physics, with the remit of managing the commercial and research interests of the Luminescence Laboratories. In this position, he had a lead role in developing applied luminescence projects in environmental and archaeological sciences.

Prior to joining SUERC, Tim worked at CASP (University of Cambridge), as part of the East Greenland Team, in which the focus of his research was the Cenozoic evolution of the East Greenland margin.

Tim completed a PhD in Geology at the University of Edinburgh in 2007, and is a BSc (Hons) graduate of the University of St Andrews. His doctoral work focused on the tectonic and sedimentary responses to incipient continental collision in the easternmost Mediterranean (Cyprus) as archived in the Mesozoic to Recent cover sediments of the island.