School of Earth and Environment

Graham McLeod Dr Graham McLeod

Lecturer; Geological Sciences

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31098
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Room: 10.17g

Affiliation: Earth Surface Science Institute


Graham obtained his Honours degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Glasgow in 2003, where he also gained his PhD in 2008 with a thesis illustrating the use of chemical zoning in titanite as an indicator of magma-mixing processes. During and after his doctorate, Graham taught undergraduate Geology at Glasgow before joining the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds in September 2009 as a Teaching Fellow.

Learning and teaching in the Earth Sciences is Graham's current focus of interest. He has worked on the following projects since being at Leeds:

  • Evaluating feedback mechanisms in the School of Earth and Environment; a UTF funded project with Dr Rob Mortimer, aimed at improving current assessment feedback practice.
  • Pathways to success: A blended learning approach to a distinctive Geological Sciences (GS) programme; a project designed to create a distinctive new Geological Sciences (GS) programme in which students can follow bespoke 'pathways' which augment the core curriculum and develop distinctive skills appropriate to particular areas of graduate research and/or employment. To facilitate this programme through distinct practical teaching by developing a dynamic research-led specimen collection, with an accompanying e-collection (RockBase) of supporting material relevant to each track. Graham is the primary curator of the RockBase site.

Teaching / administrative responsibilities:

Graham acts as Leader of the Geological Sciences programme and has various teaching duties:

Module leader and Lecturer for Level 1 Geological Materials (SOEE1570 and SOEE1575)

Module leader and Lecturer for Introductory Earth Sciences, International Foundation Year (SOEE 0010)

Lecturer for Geological Map Interpetation, Level 1 (Module SOEE 1580)

Module leader and Lecturer for Level 2 Explosive Volcanism (SOEE 2620)

Fieldwork leader for Pembroke, Level 1

Fieldwork leader for Ingleton, Level 1

Fieldwork leader for Consiton, Mapping for Geophysicists Excurion, L2

Fieldwork Assynt Mapping Training Excursion, Level 2

Independent Mapping Project supervisor, Isle of Raasay, Level 3


BSc(Hons) - Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow (2003)

PhD - "Titanite Zoning and Magma-Mixing" - University of Glasgow (2008)

Research Interests

Graham is currently involved in research in the following areas:

  • using the accessory mineral titanite as a monitor of magma chamber processes
  • pyroclastic eruption processes and deposits
  • gold mineralisation and placer gold deposits

Graham currently acts as second supervisor to Matthew Grimshaw, PhD candidate at Leeds, who is studying the origins of lode gold mineralisation in the Lone Star area of the Klondike, Yukon, Canada

Support duties

Geological Sciences Programme Leader


  • McLeod GW; Dempster TJ; Faithfull JW (2011) Deciphering Magma-Mixing Processes Using Zoned Titanite from the Ross of Mull Granite, Scotland, Journal of Petrology, 52, pp.55-82.
  • Brown DJ; Bell BR; McLeod GW (2006) A re-interpretation of the "Centre 3 screens" of Ardnamurchan, NW Scotland, Scottish Journal of Geology, 42, pp.83-85.