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Academic Staff

Professor Chris MacLeod


  • School Deputy Safety Officer
  • Currently seconded (2005-2007) to chair ESSAC, the Science Support & Advisory Committee of the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program)


  • BSc Geology (Durham) 1984
  • PhD "Tectonic Evolution of the Eastern Limassol Forest Complex, Troodos Ophiolite, Cyprus" (Open) 1988


  • American Geophysical Union
  • Fellow Geological Society


John W. Most Award for Field Geology, 1984

Summary of external activities:

  • ESSAC Chair and head of the ESSAC Office, 2005-2007, Chris is currently the Chair of ESSAC, the ECORD Science Support and Advisory Committee ( The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) is the organisation through which 16 European nations (plus Canada) participate in IODP. ESSAC provides science advice to ECORD and coordinates ECORD’s scientific activities in IODP ( ESSAC is responsible for the selection of European scientists for IODP expeditions and for IODP’s Science Advisory Structure panels. The ESSAC Office, based in Cardiff, organises or sponsors outreach activities such as the ECORD Distinguished Lecturer Programme, annual IODP-themed summer schools in Urbino and Bremen, and a scholarship scheme for outstanding young IODP scientists.
  • ECORD representative, IODP Science Planning Committee, 2003-2007 Chris is one of four ECORD scientists serving on the highest level committee of the IODP Science Advisory Structure, which deals with all scientific coordination and planning within IODP, including ranking of proposals and scheduling of IODP cruises. Responsibilities include ensuring that European rights and interests are met within IODP.
  • NERC UKIODP Grants Committee and Strategy Group member, 2003-present Responsible for overseeing the UK’s contribution to IODP (through ECORD), which is supported by the Natural Environment Research Council. Chris is also a member of the committee that reviews IODP-themed NERC grant proposals.
  • InterRidge Deep Earth Sampling Working Group member, 2004-present 

Research Students and Associates:

  • Dr Laurence Coogan (NERC Post-Doctoral Research Associate, 1998-2002) – Magmatic processes at the very-slow-spreading SW Indian Ridge.
  • Dr Khalid Mahmood (Association of Commonwealth Universities Research Fellow, 2001-2002) – Geology of the Muslim Bagh ophiolite, Pakistan.
  • Miss Kerry Howard (Ph.D in progress) – Accretion of the lower crust at fast-spreading ridges: a study of gabbros from Hess Deep, eastern equatorial Pacific.
  • Miss Sarah Dare (Ph.D in progress) - Mantle melting and mineralisation during sea-floor spreading and subduction initiation: evidence from the Semail Ophiolite, United Arab Emirates.
  • Miss Marilyn Rowson (Ph.D in progress) - Magma chamber processes in the British Tertiary Igneous Province: evidence from the basic intrusions of Mull.
  • Dr Richard Lilly (Ph.D awarded 2006) – The magmatic evolution and crustal accretion of the northern Oman–United Arab Emirates ophiolite.
  • Dr Charles Wake (Ph.D awarded 2005) – Geochemical mapping of the extrusive sequence of the Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus: an investigation into the relationship between lava compositions and proximity to a palaeo-subduction zone and a palaeo-transform fault.
  • Dr Graham Banks (Ph.D awarded 2004) – Accretion of the lower oceanic crust in the Troodos ophiolite: textural and geochemical constraints from drill core CY-4, Cyprus.
  • Dr Richard Thomas (Ph.D awarded 2003) – Processes of crustal accretion beneath intermediate- to fast-spreading ocean ridges: constraints from the Wadi Abyad section of the Oman ophiolite.
  • Dr David Hutchinson (Ph.D awarded 2002) — The origin and distribution of platinum-group mineralisation in the oceanic upper mantle: a comparison of samples from the Lizard and Troodos ophiolite complexes, and dredge samples from the Tonga Trench.
  • Dr Tobore Orife (Ph.D awarded 2002) — Palaeostresses from boreholes.
  • Dr Gaëlle Yaouancq (Ph.D awarded 2001) — Structure of the axial magma chamber and magmatic processes at fast-spreading ridges: constraints from the Oman ophiolite.