Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Dr Mark Wildman

Research interests:

Applying quantitative dating techniques to understand Earth and environmental processes over geological timescales and enhancing the methodology underpinning these techniques. I have developed expertise in undertaking low temperature thermochronology, geomorphology and structural geology investigations within an academic and industry framework in a variety of geological settings, particularly passive margins and cratonic intracontinental domains.

Geochemical analysis: Noble gas vacuum-extraction, Mass Spectrometry (Quadrupole MS, isotope dilution ICP-MS, laser ablation ICP-MS).
Geochronology analysis: Fission Track analysis, (U-Th-Sm)/He analysis, U-Pb dating

Career history:

2011 – 2015: PhD student – University of Glasgow
2015 – 2016: Research Assistant – University of Glasgow
2016 – 2018: Marie Curie Individual European Fellowship – Université de Rennes 1
2019 – present: Research Technician Analytical Geochemistry and Geochronology – University of Glasgow

Active research projects:

Developing low temperature thermochronology analytical and modelling techniques.

Resolving the long-term landscape evolution of southern Africa.

Constraining source to sink relationships across the West African transform margin.

Investigating the geology, geochronology and geoenergy of the Midland Valley Sedimentary Basin, UK.

Recent publications:

Wildman, M. , Gallagher, K., Chew, D. and Carter, A. (2021) From sink to source: using offshore thermochronometric data to extract onshore erosion signals in Namibia. Basin Research, 33(2), pp. 1580-1602. (doi: 10.1111/bre.12527)

Stanley, J. R., Braun, J., Baby, G., Guillocheau, F., Robin, C., Flowers, R. M., Brown, R., Wildman, M., & Beucher, R. (2021). Constraining plateau uplift in southern Africa by combining thermochronology, sediment flux, topography, and landscape evolution modeling. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 126(7), e2020JB021243.

Wildman, M., Cogné, N., & Beucher, R. (2019). Fission-track thermochronology applied to the evolution of passive continental margins. In Fission-track thermochronology and its application to geology (pp. 351-371). Springer, Cham.

Wildman, M., Webster, D., Brown, R., Chardon, D., Rouby, D., Ye, J., Huyghe, D., & Dall’Asta, M. (2019). Long-term evolution of the West African transform margin: estimates of denudation from Benin using apatite thermochronology. Journal of the Geological Society, 176(1), 97-114.

Wildman, M. , Brown, R. , Persano, C. , Beucher, R., Stuart, F. M. , Mackintosh, V., Gallagher, K., Schwanethal, J. and Carter, A. (2017) Contrasting Mesozoic evolution across the boundary between on and off craton regions of the South African plateau inferred from apatite fission track and (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronology. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 122(2), pp. 1517-1547. (doi: 10.1002/2016JB013478)

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