University of Aberdeen
Current Position Senior Lecturer
Previous Position Lecturer
Telephone +44 (0)1224 274209
Departments School of Geosciences
Quadrat Core Themes Earth Systems
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical


Key Research Interests

  • Thermal alteration of organic matter
  • Carbon as a tool for: thermal maturity, stratigraphy, provenance
  • Raman spectroscopy of carbon
  • Fluid Inclusion Microthermometry

Recent Key Papers

  • Muirhead, DK., Duffy, M., Schofield, N., Mark, N. & Rowe, MD. (2018). ‘Making Oil From Magma’. Geological Society Special Publications , vol. 484.
  • Parnell, J., Baba, M., Bowden, S. & Muirhead, D. (2017). ‘Subsurface biodegradation of crude oil in a fractured basement reservoir, Shropshire, UK’. Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 174, no. 4, pp. 655-666.
  • Muirhead, DK., Parnell, J., Spinks, S. & Bowden, SA. (2017). ‘Characterization of organic matter in the Torridonian using Raman spectroscopy’. Geological Society Special Publications , vol. 448, pp. 71-80

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Deformation localisation in thrust-stacked carbonates – an investigation of mechanical stratigraphy and thermal maturity.
  • The effect of igneous intrusions on petroleum system lithologies.
  • Calibrating geothermometers.