Mr Peter Mc Ardle

Teaching Assistant (PGR TA)

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Overview

I am a first year Planetary Sciences PhD student in the Isotope Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry Group at The University of Manchester. My PhD project title is "The Age and Halogen Budget of Enigmatic Enstatite Chondrites". The project aims to date and quantify the volatile content of a rare class of primitive meteorite, the enstatite chondrites. These meteorites are believed to be some of the major building blocks of the Earth.

I have a broad interest in geology & planetary science. I am particularly interested in the formation of early Solar System material and the amalgamation and differentiation of planetary bodies. I hope to pursue these topics throughout my research career.

Prior to beginning my PhD I worked in the Oil & Gas industry for nine years. During this part of my career, I held a variety of roles including; exploration geology, development geology, operations geology, in addition to holding team leader roles for a variety of subsurface teams. I developed skills in; sedimentology, diagenesis & reservoir quality, well logging/petrophysics, geochemistry & basin modelling.

Areas of expertise

  • QE Geology - Sedimentology, Petroleum Geoscience, Petrology, Geochemistry, Cosmochemistry, Geochronology

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - OUCert., Astronomy & Planetary Science, The Open University (2014 - 2016)
  • 2012 - Master of Science, Integrated Petroleum Geoscience, University of Aberdeen (2011 - 2012)
  • 2011 - Bachelor of Science, Geology, University College Dublin (2007 - 2011)

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