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Dr. Quentin G Crowley

Associate Professor (Geology)

  CALEDONIDES   Earth Science   Earth Sciences for Climate Research   Environmental Chemistry   Geochemistry   Geochronology   Geology   GRANITIC MAGMAS   Igenous and metamorphic petrology   IONIZATION MASS-SPECTROMETRY   IRISH VARISCIDES   IRISH WATERS   ISLAND ARCS   Isotope Geochemistry   ISOTOPES   MIGRATION   Mineral Resources   MINERALIZATION   OPHIOLITE   OROGENY   OXYGEN ISOTOPES   OXYGEN-ISOTOPE ANALYSES   OXYGEN-ISOTOPE RECORDS   Petrology   PROVENANCE   Radioactivity   Stratigraphy   Structural Geology   Tectonics   Volcanology   ZIRCONS
 Radon Monitoring and Hazard Prediction in Ireland
 Developing a Cross-Border Radon Research Network in Ireland
 Sr Isotopes and the Irish Biosphere
 Refinement of high spatial resolution U-Pb geochronologic methodologies
 Assessment of the Skeleton of the Cold-Water Coral Lophelia pertusa as a Tool for Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction

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Details Date
The Geological Society of London Awards Committee 2011-Present
Editorial Board, Irish Journal of Earth Sciences 2011-2017
Chief Editor for the Journal of the Geological Society 2011-2016
Associate Editor for the Geological Society of America Bulletin 2010-Present
Irish National Committee Member for European Plate Observing Systems (EPOS) 2009-2010
Subject Editor for the Journal of the Geological Society, London 2008-2011
Details Date From Date To
Geochemical Society 2015 Present
Geological Society, London 2006 Present
Mineralogical Society of America 2005 Present
European Union of Geosciences 1996 Present
Irish Geological Association 1993 Present
Tray E., Brophy D., Maoileidigh N.O., Finlay R., de Eyto E., Poole R., Crowley Q.G., Investigating post-depositional alteration of trace elements in fish scales using tagged and recaptured wild salmon, Fisheries Research, 248, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hughes, M.B., Elio, J., Crowley, Q.G., A users guide to radon priority areas: examples from Ireland. , Journal of the European Radon Association, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Mousavi Aghdam, M.; Crowley, Q.; Rocha, C.; Dentoni, V.; Da Pelo, S.; Long, S.; Savatier, M. A. , Study of Natural Radioactivity Levels and Radon/Thoron Release Potential of Bedrock and Soil in Southeastern Ireland, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Mukhopadhyay, J., Crowley, Q., Ghosh, B., Ghosh, G., Heron, K. , Detrital Zircon U-Pb LA-ICPMS ages from the Kolhan Group, Singhbhum Craton, eastern India: implications for terminal Mesoproterozoic Paleogeography between Columbia and Rodinia along the Central Indian Tectonic Zone, Geological Journal, 56, (1), 2021, p60-78 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Aghdam M.M., Crowley Q., Rocha C., Dentoni V., Pelo S.D., Long S., Savatier M., A study of natural radioactivity levels and radon/thoron release potential of bedrock and soil in southeastern ireland, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, (5), 2021, p1 - 18, p1-18 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Luka Vucinic, David O'Connell, Donata Dubber, Patrice Behan, Quentin Crowley, Catherine Coxon, Laurence Gill, The impact of on-site wastewater effluent on rural karstified aquifers, EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, (5113), EGU, 2020, Notes: [], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Mousavi, M., Crowley, Q., Geogenic radon potential mapping using geospatial analysis of multiple radon-related variables: a case study from Southeastern Ireland, EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, EGU, 2020, pp4884 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Hughes, M., Crowley, Q., Using geogenic radon potential to assess designation of radon priority areas in Ireland, EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, EGU, 2020, pp4672 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Elío J., Crowley Q., Scanlon R., Hodgson J., Long S., Cooper M., Gallagher V., Application of airborne radiometric surveys for large-scale geogenic radon potential classification, Journal of the European Radon Association, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Kaile, N., Lindivat, M., Elio, J., Thuestad, G., Crowley, Q.G., Hoell, I.A., Preliminary results from detection of microplastics in liquid samples using flow cytometry , Frontiers in Marine Science, section Marine Pollution, 2020, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  DOI

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Crowley, Q., Climate Innovation for SDG 13: Climate Action, 27/01/21, 2021, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Burke, S.M., Wheeler, A.J., Crowley, Q.G., Reavy, R.J., Formation of Littoral and Offshore Irish Placer Resources (FLIPeR), Irish Geological Research Meeting, TCD, March 5-6 2017, 2017, pp57 , Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Elizabeth Tray, Quentin G. Crowley, Niall McEvoy, Vincent Mouchi, Xavier Monteys, Geochemical and Temporal Characterization of Holocene Cold-water Corals, Irish Geological Research Meeting, TCD, 4-5 March 2017, 2017, pp69 , Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Wheeler, A.J., Kevin Power, K., Crowley, Q., Georgopoulou, A., Bean, B., Croot, P., McCarthy, T., Calahane, C., Nicholas, S., Toth, Z., Walsh, D., Generating long-term records of seabed environmental conditions in support of drill-operation EIAs and other iCRAG Marine Spoke projects, Atlantic Ireland 2016, 2016, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Tray, E., Crowley, Q., Mouchi, V., Monteys, X., Geochemical and temporal characterisation of Holocene cold-water corals from offshore Ireland, Challenger Society 2016 Conference - Oceans and Climate, Liverpool, 5-8 September 2016, 2016, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Mouchi, V., Crowley, Q.G., Monteys, X., McDermott, F.D., McCarron, S., L'apport du corail d'eaux froides Lophelia pertusa aux reconstitutions climatiques et paléocéanographiques de l'Holocène du NE Atlantique. , 25ème Réunion des Sciences de la Terre, 24-28th of October 2016, Caen, France., 2016, pp231 , Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Mouchi, V., Crowley, Q.G., Monteys, X., McDermott, F., McCarron, S., NE Atlantic climatic and oceanographic variations in the Holocene using the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa, 35th International Geological Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, 2016, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Anderson, P., Stevenson, C., Cooper, M., Ellam, R., Meighan, I., Hurley, C., Reavey, J., Inman, J., Condon, D., Crowley, Q., Magnetic Fabrics and petrology of the Newry Igneous Complex, Northern Ireland reveals a new emplacement model, Geophysical Research Abstracts, EGU General Assembly, 15, ((EGU2013-11600)), 2013, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Goodenough, K.M., Krabbendam, M., Crowley, Q., Overview of the Proterozoic evolution of the Lewisian Gneiss Complex, Scotland - constraints from a corner of Laurentia , Geophysical Research Abstracts, EGU General Assembly, 15, (EGU2013-11600), 2013, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Anderson, P., Stevenson, C., Cooper, M., Ellam, R., Meighan, I., Hurley, C., Reavey, J., Inman, J., Condon, D., Crowley, Q., A new model of granitic emplacement: the Newry Igneous Comples, Northern Ireland, Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group, University of Bristol, 7-9 January, 2013, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Elected Fellow of the Geological Society of London 2006
EU Training and Mobility of Researchers Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award 1998
Irish Geological Research Meeting (IGRM) prize for best student paper, Belfast, N. Ireland 1997
National University of Ireland PhD Fellowship 1994
National University Prize for highest grade in Geology at the B.Sc. (Honours) level 1993
Forbairt Petroleum Technology Scholarship 1993
I am interested in geochemically and temporally characterising significant processes and events in Earth history. My current research encompasses both the contemporary environment and the geological past. The following are examples of my current research areas: (1) Radon and geochemistry of the contemporary environment: Radon exposure is the second highest cause of lung cancer globally, yet there are no internationally accepted protocols for its detection and prediction. Ireland has some of the highest known indoor radon levels in Europe and the eighth highest average indoor concentration in the world. My research has developed novel methodological advancements to better understand factors controlling sources and distribution of radon in both natural and built environments. My research group has conducted the first systematic soil radon mapping research for representative areas in Ireland and has constructed a high-resolution indoor radon risk map using both indoor radon and geogenic information. In terms of geochemistry of the contemporary environment, elemental / isotopic analyses of rock, soil, plants and biominerals (e.g. teeth and bones) have the potential to inform us about natural processes such as rock weathering and soil formation, interaction between terrestrial and marine reservoirs, animal and human migration and environmental effects of anthropogenic activities. This aspect of my research is making a contribution to development of a SOIL research strand as part of TCD's NATURE+ Research Centre and is focused on metal deficiencies and toxicity in agricultural soils. (2) Cold-water corals as environmental archives of the deep oceans: Biominerals have the potential to act as high-resolution proxies for environmental change. Cold-water corals (e.g. Lophelia pertusa) form a significant biomass is the North Atlantic offshore Ireland and represent an under-explored potential as a high-resolution proxy for environmental and climate change spanning the present day to Miocene. My research on Lophelia pertusa has lead to a better understanding of biomineralisation processes at the micro-scale determine physical properties (e.g. structural strength) in Cold Water Corals and how geochemical information (e.g. Li/Mg) in coral skeletons may be used to gain a better understanding of climate change. (3) Evolution of the early Earth: I am currently working on geochemistry and geochronology of Archean rocks from Mauritania (West African Craton), NE Scotland (Atlantic Craton) and India (Singhbhum Craton) as well as Neoproterozoic rocks from Russia. This research has the overarching goal of gaining a better understanding of processes operating in the early Earth and include evolution of distinct tectonic processes, oxygenation of the early Earth's atmosphere and links between deep time glaciations and atmospheric evolution. (4) The nature and timing of mineralisation in relation to magmatic and tectonic processes: I am interested in providing absolute age constraints on economically significant mineralisation events. Current projects include Archean Au mineralisation in Mauritania, Palaeoproterozoic Cu-Mo porphyry deposits in Namibia and Ordovician Au-Cu-Zn-Pb mineralisation in SE Ireland.