Name: Tim Armitage29356744_10213974496091850_7700194801957732352_n

Project Title: “The Geological relationship between thrusting and strike-slip faulting in the Shetland Isle.”

Cohort: 2017/18

Institution: Durham University



A graduate of Cardiff University (UK), I have a first class honours integrated masters (MESci Int.) in geology with a year on exchange to the University of British Columbia (UBC).

I completed my degree in July 2016, specialising in structural, igneous and metamorphic geology with experience in fieldwork, petrology and geochemistry research methods. I conducted 30 days geological mapping on the L’Agly Gneiss Complex of the Pyrenees as part of my mapping dissertation. I subsequently studied at UBC as part of a yearlong exchange program. In addition to my studies at UBC, I assisted in testing geochemistry exploration methods in covered glacial terrains, such as the Coronation VMS deposit (Vancouver Island, British Columbia) and Horsefly Porphyry deposit (Central Interior, British Columbia).Upon returning to the UK, I completed my research masters on the mechanisms of deformation and formation of Archaean lode gold deposits, by conducting petrology, geothermometry and microstructural analysis of thin sections, producing a paragenetic history of the Matandani gold deposit.

My academic achievements have been recognised by my peers in the Eliahou Dangoor Scholarship, the PESGB YP Scholarship for mapping and representation of Cardiff University on exchange while studying at UBC for my third year of my undergraduate.


Shetland occupies a unique central location within the North Atlantic Caledonides owing to its pre-Mesozoic proximity to the east Greenland, Scottish and Norwegian sectors of the Caledonian belt. Despite this location Shetland remains poorly understood, as relatively few modern, systematic geochronological studies have been carried out in conjunction with detailed structural and metamorphic mapping. I aim to constrain the relative movement and absolute timings on two faults in Shetland and determine whether the regional deformation events observed in Shetland are comparable to those seen in Scotland, Norway and Greenland. The findings of this research will lead to an improved understanding of Neoproterozoic-Palaeozoic plate interactions of Laurentia and Baltica in the North Atlantic region and the influence of these events on fault patterns in Shetland.


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