Dr Aoife Blowick




I am a post-doctoral researcher here in Earth and Ocean Sciences. My research involves the use of novel techniques to track the sources and pathways of sands in basins around the world, with a particular emphasis on big river systems and their offshore extensions. Previous research areas include the modern and ancient Mississippi and Nile rivers in order to better understand what processes control sand dispersal from source to sink through time. In doing so, provenance analysis provides important insights at a range of scales from palaeoclimate and palaeogeography of continents, to the evolution of basins and individual drainage systems, to the reservoir quality of sandstone bodies down-dip. Current research interests include the development and refinement of techniques using framework grains of sandstones (quartz, feldspars, lithics) in order to establish reliable markers for source contributions, particularly mafic source rocks.