East Lothian’s geological journey: from tropical paradise to icy wastes

Zoom talk by Fiona McGibbon, Open University Associate Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Open Learning, Edinburgh University.

East Lothian’s geological journey: from tropical paradise to icy wastes. The Society is pleased to present this talk on Thursday 13 January, 2022, 7.15 PM for 7.30 PM

Fiona will take us on a virtual tour of the significant sites and explain what they tell us about Scotland’s geological past.

Our speaker is a geologist living in East Lothian. She is an Open University Associate Lecturer teaching Earth and planetary science modules. She is also a Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Open Learning, Edinburgh University, where she teaches her own courses on Earth Science. Her specialism is geochemistry used to investigate the origin of igneous rocks (those that crystallised from the molten state) and what they tell us about deep Earth processes. She is an experienced field teacher clocking up over a year at Open University summer schools. Fiona also works with archaeologists looking at stone artefacts to identify rock type to investigate provenance as well as the use of resources in the past.

An international upbringing led to primary, secondary and university education on three different continents. Post graduate research took her to Antarctica in the 1980s to investigate volcanic rocks and their cargo of inclusions in the Ross Sea rift and the Dry Valleys. Fiona returned to Scotland twenty years ago and enjoys exploring the wonderful coastal geology of Berwickshire and East Lothian which is the theme of her lecture. She will take us on a virtual tour of the significant sites and explain what they tell us about Scotland’s geological past.

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