- Research Assistant
Robert Doyle is a researcher in the iCRAG Earth Resources research challenge. Robert graduated with a BSc in Geology in 2015 from University College Dublin. He worked as a Junior Exploration Geologist for Vedanta Exploration Ireland Limited for 6 months before joining iCRAG as a Research Assistant in January 2016. Since then he has worked mainly on the Irish Carboniferous of Ireland, with a specific interest in Zn-Pb mineralisation. Rob was initially responsible for the population and maintenance of the onshore drillhole database before playing a larger role in iCRAG's "4D" tectonostratigraphic research. Since mid-2019, Rob has been managing the "Blue Book 2" project which aims to update and expand on Dr. Michael Philcox' 1984 publication entitled "Lower Carboniferous Lithostratigraphy of the Irish Midlands". In May 2020, Rob started an MRes focusing on the regional variations in Carboniferous lithofacies and their links to basin and structural evolution within the Irish Zn-Pb Orefield.
As a Geologist with experience in the zinc & lead industry, Robert's research ultimately aims to de-risk mineral exploration in Ireland. By studying the rocks beneath us, we can better understand their complexity. 50 years of exploration has taught us a lot about where, when, and how mineralisation occurred in Ireland. Using this knowledge, I aim to create a series of maps that show what rocks would have been directly beneath our feet in Ireland over 300 million years ago when our mineral deposits formed. By knowing what rocks favoured mineralisation, it allows us to target similar under-explored rocks elsewhere in the country with greater confidence.
- Specialist Staff
- Earth Resources
- Mineral Exploration