Research Presentation

Research Presentation
Position: Post doctoral research associate
Office: RSM 440/13
Telephone: 47326


Peer-Reviewed Papers

MacDonald et al. (2013) Lattice Distortion in a Zircon Population and its Effects on Trace Element Mobility and U-Th-Pb Isotope Systematics: Examples from the Lewisian Gneiss Complex, Northwest Scotland, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 166 (1), 21-41. DOI: 10.1007/s00410-013-0863-8

MacDonald and Goodenough (2013) The South Barra Shear Zone: A Composite Inverian-Laxfordian Shear Zone and Possible Terrane Boundary in the Lewisian Gneiss Complex of the Isle of Barra, Northwest Scotland, Scottish Journal of Geology, 49 (2), 93-103. DOI: 10.1144/sjg2011-463

Published Conference Abstracts 

MacDonald et al. (2013) Application of clumped isotope thermometry to subsurface dolostone samples, Mineralogical Magazine, vol 77, no. 5, p1662: abstract from Goldschmidt 2013 international conference. DOI: 10.1180/minmag.2013.0

MacDonald et al. (2011) Combined SIMS U-Pb ages and Ti-in-zircon geothermometry fingerprints long deep crustal residence in the Archaean, Mineralogical Magazine, vol 75, no. 3, p1377: abstract from Goldschmidt 2011 international conference

Invited Papers

MacDonald (2013) Zircon: Earth’s Timekeeper, Geology Today 29 (3), p113-117

Conference Presentations


Aug 2013 Goldschmidt, Florence

Aug 2011                   Goldschmidt, Prague

March 2011               Metamorphic Studies Group annual conference         

 April 2010                  Highland Workshop annual conference

March 2010              Metamorphic Studies Group annual conference


Jun 2014       Goldschmidt, Sacramento

Dec 2013                    AGU 

Jan 2012                    Tectonic Studies Group annual conference

Sept 2009                  Mineralogical Society annual conference

Jun 2009                    BGS BUFI conference, including piece to camera

Knowledge Exchange

Field                 May 2011             Prepared and led a day excursion to some of my field locations for amateur geologists from the Highland Geological Society

Lectures         Jan 2013                Invited lecture to the Inverness Field Club on my PhD investigations

                         Feb 2011                Lecture to Highland Geological Society on my PhD investigations

Written          May 2011               Wrote accompanying notes on points of geological interest for an Inverness Field Club excursion (a non-geological audience)

April 2011              Wrote a feature article for Kiltearn News (a local magazine in my home town) on gorge formation

July 2010                A news article on my PhD investigations was printed in the Northern Times regional newspaper for which I wrote the press release

July 2010               Wrote a feature article on my PhD investigations for Am Bratach, a local area magazine based near my field areas

June 2010              Wrote an article and excursion guide on local geology for the Isle of Berneray heritage centre exhibition