Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Dr Grahame John Henderson Oliver

Senior Lecturer


Asian School of the Environment
College of Science

Email: GJHOLIVER@NTU.EDU.SG
Phone: (+65)6790 9192
Office: N2-01c-51

Education
  • PhD University of Otago 1976
  • BSc (Hons) Sheffield University 1970
Biography
1.1 Name Grahame John Henderson OLIVER

1.2 Current Post Senior Lecturer, Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore

1.3 Place and Date of Birth London, 20.6.49.

1.4 Degrees BSc Hons Sheffield University, 1970. PhD Otago University, 1976. "The high grade metamorphic rocks of Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand: A study of the Lower Crust."

1.5 Career
1970-71: Exploration Geologist, Layton & Associates, New Zealand.
1971-75: Senior Demonstrator in Science, Otago University.
1973-74: Geology Tutor, Knox College, Otago University.
1976-77: Visiting Post-doc Researcher, Dept of Geodesy & Geophysics, Cambridge, (Rb-Sr dating).
1977-78: Tara Mines Post-doc Research Fellow, Univ College Dublin, (mapping struct + met).
1978-95: Lecturer in Geology, St Andrews University.
1989-90: Visiting Research Fellow, Royal Ontario Museum, (U-Pb age dating). Visiting Lecturer, Dept of Geology, University of London Ontario
1995-00: Senior Lecturer, St Andrews University.
2000- 2008: Reader, St Andrews University
2003: Visiting Research Fellow and Lecturer, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia and Beijing SHRIMP Centres.(U-Pb dating).
2005: Royal Society of Edinburgh-Chinese Academy of Sciences Exchange Visitor to Dept of Geology & Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.
2008: Appointed Honorary Lecturer, University of St Andrews
2008: South East Asian Petroleum Exploration Society Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
2009: South East Asian Petroleum Exploration Society Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
2010-2011: Senior Research Fellow, Dept of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore.
2010-2011: South East Asian Petroleum Exploration Society Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
2012-2015: Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
2015- present: Senior Lecturer, Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore


1.6 Distinctions
1970: Fearnsides Prize in Geology, Sheffield University.
2010: Honorary Life Long Membership of South East Asian Petroleum Exploration Society.
Research Interests
Past Research
After graduating from Sheffield University (1970), I worked in mineral exploration for a year in New Zealand and then undertook PhD research at Otago University on the lower crustal rocks exposed adjacent to the Alpine Fault in Fiordland (1976). There then followed two years of post-doctoral research: Rb-Sr dating Fiordland rocks (Cambridge, UK) and basement geology of the Navan Pb-Zn mine (University College Dublin, Ireland) before taking a Lectureship at St Andrews (1978). During 30 years at St Andrews I researched the sub-greenschist (prehnite-pumpellyite) metamorphism of the British Caledonides, zircon geochronology of the Polish Caledonides (with a sabbatical year of zircon dating in Canada), geodynamics of the Main Central Thrust and Lesser Himalayas; metamorphic core complexes and regional detachments in the Damara Belt, Namibia; the Outer Isles Fault Zone, Outer Hebrides; the Ballantrae Ophiolite, and the geodynamics of Scottish Caledonian granites (including a sabbatical year of zircon dating in Australia with Prof S Wilde). I have been collaborating with Dr J Najman (University of Lancaster) and Dr Ruth Robinson (University of St Andrews) on the type and age of detrital minerals in the Ganges and Irrawaddy river systems and the timing of the Himlayan Orogeny and river capture.

Developing research interests
1. Feasibility of geothermal power in Singapore (in collaboration with Prof A Palmer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NUS)
2. Siting of nuclear power plants in metropolitan areas (collaboration with Prof. A Palmer and A. Prof G.Rethinaraj, NUS).
3. A new integrated coal prospecting tool for SE Asia, an integrated remote sensing and geophysical approach (collaboration with Prof D Higgit (Univ Nottingham), and A Prof S Lieu, A Prof Chen-Chieh Feng, (NUS).
4. Evolution of the Malaysian Tin Belt (collaboration with Prof M Searle (Oxford University) and Prof A Ghani (University of Malaya).
5. Groundwater studies in Singapore (collaboration with A. Prof V Babovik, NUS).
6. Holocene sea levels and large storm events (collsboration with Prof J Terry, Univ Dubai)
Research Grant
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2016-)
Current Projects
  • Evidence for Holocene Sea Level Changes From the Radio-Carbon Dating of Oysters, Corals and Stalactites from Fringing Feeers, Caves and Marine Erosion Notches in Limestone Sea-Cliffs from Thailand

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