By training, I am a geologist/geophysicist. Currently, my main research focus is “biogeography”. I look principally at the geo-physical processes that control the distribution of life around the planet, a key target being the land animals on the marine islands. I am also interested in Mesozoic–Cenozoic biogeographic patterns across large swathes of the globe, and how they were shaped.
Previously, I worked on the India–Asia tectonic-plate collision system; Emeishan large igneous province of southwest China (its generation mechanism, and the cause-effect link to the mid-Capitanian mass extinction); and the Permian breakup of Gondwana.
Further back in time I was interested in Paleogene stratigraphy and the Paleogene time-scale; tectonic evolution of SE Asia and the West-SW Pacific; and the orientation of churches (Medieval structures in England and Wales, and the "Queen Anne" buildings [early 1700s] in London).
EASC2404 Introduction to atmosphere and hydrosphere
EASC2409 Regional field studies
EASC3404 Structural geology
EASC4407 Regional geology
GEOS7011 Advanced geology of Hong Kong
GEOS7034 Regional geology
GEOS8214 Structural geology