Monday, 14 May 2012

Prestigious US award for St Andrews Geologist

Dr Tony Prave, Department of Earth Sciences, has been elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.  This prestigious award is in recognition of Tony’s leading role in piecing together the history of the Earth during the Neoproterozoic, some 750 to 550 million years ago, and in mentoring outstanding young scientists. Tony’s work is based on detailed field investigations over many decades in Scotland, western North America and southern Africa that highlighted an environment that ranged from glaciations enveloping the whole globe to equally extensive, abnormally tropical conditions. Through careful geochemical and isotopic analysis of the rock record, Tony and co-workers have helped to unravel the surficial and deep Earth processes driving this period of extreme environmental perturbations.