B.S. Plymouth Polytechnic, U.K., 1982, Environmental Science
M.S. University of Newcastle, U.K., 1983, Organic Petrology/Organic Geochemistry
Ph.D. University of Newcastle, U.K., 1988, Organic Geochemistry
Diagenetic transformations and organic carbon preservation mechanisms in marine sediments; structural investigations of complex high molecular weight components of dissolved and particulate matter; organic sulfur geochemistry; relationship between contemporary and ancient organic-rich sedimentary rocks (with respect to petroleum generation and paleoenvironment reconstruction); development and application of analytical techniques for the characterization of sedimentary organic matter; application of molecular isotopes to geochemical problems; molecular isotopic (carbon 13 and 14, deuterium/hydrogen, surfur 34) studies of organic matter; paleoceanography.