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 Robert Gooday

Robert Gooday

Research student, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

2.08, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
  • PhD – School of Earth and Ocean Sciences - Cardiff University (2014-present)
    • The Formation and Evolution of the Central Arran Igneous Complex
  • MEarthSci – Geology – University of Edinburgh


  • Igneous petrology
  • geochemistry
  • volcanology
  • Scottish geology

Research interests

I am studying the formation and evolution of the Central Arran Igneous Complex in western Scotland. This is a poorly understood system of igneous intrusions and pyroclastic rocks that were formed around 59 million years ago. The caldera is filled with a succession of ignimbrites and sedimentary rocks that show a complex history of explosive volcanism, tectonic subsidence, and sedimentary processes. Detailed mapping and volcanic-succession logging provide the background for a thorough petrological, geochemical, and geochronological study

The source of the magmas, the relative timing of events, and the relationship to other igneous rocks on Arran and in the rest of the Hebrides are all questions that could inform our knowledge of volcanic systems globally.



  • Earth Materials (1st Year)
  • Igneous Petrology (2nd Year)
  • Metamorphic Petrology (2nd Year)
  • Structural Geology (2nd Year)
  • Volcanic and Magmatic Processes (3rd Year)
  • Structural Geology (3rd Year)


  • Arran (Residential)
  • Pembrokeshire (Residential)
  • Barry Island
  • Caerphilly Mountain
  • Rudry Mountain
  • Ogmore Coast
Andrew Kerr

Dr Andrew Kerr

Reader in Petrology & Director of Postgraduate Research

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