Brian O’Driscoll studied Geology at University College Cork, Ireland, where he graduated with a BSc in 2003. His PhD (awarded by Trinity College Dublin, 2006) was supported by an Irish Research Council scholarship and concerned with the petrogenesis of layered mafic-ultramafic intrusions. Prior to his appointment as Lecturer in Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology at Keele University (UK) in 2008 (and subsequent appointment as Senior Lecturer in Petrology at the University of Manchester in 2014), he held a postdoctoral position at University College Dublin, Ireland, funded by an Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology scholarship.
He has been an ordinary committee member of the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (2007-2010) and a committee member of the UK Metamorphic Studies Group (2011-2014). He has also served as an Ordinary Council Member (2013-2015) and the Vice-President (2016) of the Mineralogical Society (of Great Britain and Ireland). He is currently an Associate Editor for Mineralogical Magazine. He is a member of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
His principal research interests are broad, chiefly concerned with the study of mafic and ultramafic rocks. Recent research activity has focused on the petrology and evolution of layered mafic intrusions, upper mantle processes (as preserved in ophiolites), as well as serpentinization. He is particularly interested in the way in which chromitite seams form and concentrate the platinum-group elements in layered intrusions and mantle peridotites. Other long standing interests include the emplacement of mafic and felsic magmas as cone-sheets, ring dykes and laccoliths in sub-volcanic systems.