Dr Annette McGrath
Associate Lecturer: Geology

Profile

Biography

Biography

Dr Annette McGrath is a structural geologist, sedimentologist, geochemist and author. She is the part-time Lead Associate Lecturer for the online postgraduate diploma on The Geology of Yorkshire and Northern England in the Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL). She joined the CLL in July 2015 having previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and Teaching Fellow at the University of Leicester.

Annette is a:

  • Member of the Yorkshire Geological Society.
  • Associate of the Royal School of Mines.
  • Member of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Geology and RIGS sub-committee.
  • Former member of the British Geological Survey Regional Advisory Panel.

She also sat as a member of the Staffordshire RIGS Group, to provide advice on the Staffordshire Geodiversity Action Plan.

In 2013, Annette also provided ad-hoc consultancy for the Charnwood Forest Heritage Lottery Fund partnership bid. “Charnwood Forest - 600 million years in the making” focussed on how the unique and internationally important geology of Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire, directly influenced everything that is known to be special about the landscape, history, archaeology, biodiversity, industrial and cultural heritage of Charnwood.

 

 

 

 

 


Annette also:

  • Runs weekend residential geology classes and fieldtrips at Higham Hall Adult Education College, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria (http://highamhall.com/organiser/annette-mcgrath/), presenting courses on ‘Rocks, Minerals and Fossils’, the Geology of Britain, England, Scotland and her all-time favourite, the Geology of the Lake District.
  • Runs residential geology courses at the Green Park Hotel, Pitlochry, Scotland (https://www.thegreenpark.co.uk/activities/).
  • Is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby, conducting ad-hoc teaching in the fields of mineralogy, metamorphic petrology, petroleum geology and petrophysics.
  • Has been awarded an Honorary Research Fellow title at the University of Leicester, so that she can continue working on research related to her postdoctoral and PhD positions.

Departmental roles

Annette is the Lead Associate Lecturer for the online postgraduate diploma on The Geology of Yorkshire and Northern England. 

Research

Overview

Overview

Annette has current research interests in:

  • The development of metamorphic core complexes and their structural and geochemical evolution, particularly with respect to granitoid and migmatite generation.
  • The role of structural and sedimentological processes in the generation and evolution of sedimentary basins.
  • Fault tip propagation, linkage and growth and up-scaling to basin-scale models
  • The sedimentology of siliciclastic marine shelf sediments.

Annette is currently working in collaboration with the University of Athens to publish a series of papers on the geochemical and isotopic evolution of the metamorphic basement rocks of the Cyclades, Greece. Her most recent publication was:

  • McGrath, A., Stouraiti, C. and Windley, B. (2016). Geochemistry of mylonitic gneisses from the Cycladic Basement Unit (Paros and Serifos, Aegean Sea): implications for protoliths of the high-grade gneisses. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 1-23. DOI: 10.1007/s00531-016-1414-0.

Annette has also been awarded an Honorary Title at the University of Leicester (http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/geology/people/mcgrath-a), in order to continue working on this research in her spare time.

Annette studied for her BSc Honours Degree in Geology at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London. Immediately after qualifying she worked as a petroleum geologist at two oil companies, Sun Oil International and Enterprise Oil UK Ltd, then moved on to study for an MSc in “Basin Evolution and Dynamics” at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Inspired by her MSc research dissertation, Annette went on to study for a PhD at the University of Leicester, where she examined the interaction between crustal-scale fault systems and granite generation in the Greek Cycladic Islands. During her PhD, she also worked as a Research Assistant for the Rock Deformation Research Group at the University of Leeds, where she conducted studies on cores from various North Sea Oil wells.

Since finishing her PhD Annette has worked as the Research Officer at the National Forest Company, a geological consultant for the British Geological Survey (BGS) and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby. During this time she authored several books detailing geological walks around Leicestershire and contributed significantly to publications of the BGS “Exploring the Landscape of…” series (http://www.bgs.ac.uk/discoveringGeology/geologyOfBritain/GeologicalWalks/home.html).

Until 2015 Annette worked at the University of Leicester as a Teaching Fellow and a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). In September 2013 she sailed offshore for two months on the Greatship Manisha as part of IODP Expedition 347, Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment, and then spent a month working on the cores at the Onshore Science Party at the University of Bremen Germany.

Further information on Annette’s research can be found on her ResearchGate page: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Annette_Mcgrath3

Teaching

Postgraduate

Annette is the Lead Associate Lecturer on the Postgraduate Diploma in the Geology of Yorkshire and Northern England (http://www.york.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/geology).

In this course, students will obtain a regional geological understanding of Yorkshire and Northern England with which to interpret larger-scale Earth processes and structures. The programme will provide students with training in advanced palaeoenvironmental analysis and science communication skills and will also develop their research skills. Students will also assess Yorkshire and northern England's importance to current controversies in Earth sciences, from fracking to climate change, examine human interactions with the region’s rocks and landscapes, from the Palaeolithic to the present day, and acquire an understanding of the region's vital role in the history of geology.

Other teaching

Annette runs weekend residential geology classes and fieldtrips at Higham Hall Adult Education College, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria (http://www.highamhall.com/), delivering a variety of courses on the regional geology of the Lake District as well as the geology of England, Scotland and Britain overall, and a generic ‘Rocks, Minerals and Fossils’ course. She also runs residential geology courses at the Green Park Hotel, Pitlochry, Scotland (https://www.thegreenpark.co.uk/activities/).

Annette is also currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby, conducting ad-hoc teaching in the fields of mineralogy, metamorphic petrology, petroleum geology and petrophysics.

She has also been awarded an Honorary Research Fellow title at the University of Leicester, so that she can continue working on research related to her postdoctoral and PhD positions.

She is a former Teaching Fellow from the University of Leicester, where she taught 2nd and 3rd year sedimentology (Depositional Processes and Environments) as well as research skills to 4th year MGeol students.