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Dr Matthew Horstwood

 Name: Dr Matthew Horstwood


Age range: 36-40

Research institution: NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory (NIGL), British Geological Survey, Nottingham

Research career length: 18 years

Research Council: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Location: Nottingham, England

Salary: 40-49k

Brief summary of research: Determination of mineral ages and composition using laser analysis

School qualifications:
A-levels: Geology, Biology, Chemistry

Qualifications post-school:
BSc Hons in Geology, Aberystwyth University
PhD Southampton University

Career path:
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, NIGL
Plasma Mass Spectrometry Facility Manager, NIGL

Studying differences in the composition of materials and how this changes over time can reveal valuable information like age or origin. Matt Horstwood discusses how his research analysing rocks, fossils and other materials can increase our understanding in areas such as climate change or finding sources of pollution.

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