Research interests:

My research applies high-resolution electron and ion beam techniques to understanding the mechanisms and rates of mineral crystallization and dissolution in a wide range of Earth and extraterrestrial materials. Planetary science research is undertaken in the framework of the Solar System Rocks project.

Other areas of research interest are described on Martin’s personal homepage:

-Water on Mars

-Asteroidal parent bodies of primitive meteorites

-Optics of trilobite eyes

-Feldspar weathering at the nanoscale

-Climate change and building stone decay

-Invertebrate biomineralization

-Sandstone diagenesis

Career history:

Present: Head of School / Professor (Geography), University of Glasgow

Active research projects:

Lee, M. R. 2016-2019. A journey from the solar nebula to planetary bodies: cycling of heat, water and organics. (STFC). Co-investigators: Darren Mark and Adrian Boyce (SUERC), and Damien McGrouther (Physics).

Lee, M. R. 2013-2017. Atmosphere-crust coupling and carbon sequestration on the young Mars. (UK Space Agency). Co-investigators: Patrick Harkness (Engineering), Darren Mark (SUERC) and Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial College).

Lee, M. R. 2013-2016. Reconstructing thermal and fluid alteration histories of planetary materials. (STFC). Co-investigators: Darren Mark and Fin Stuart (SUERC).

Lee, M. R. 2014. Erasmus IP in Planetary Mineralogy. (European Commission).

Lee, M. R. 2012-2014. The effect of increased rainfall on biological crusts and their implications for sandstone decay. (Historic Scotland).

Lee, M. R. 2011-2015. The effect of road salts on masonry structures in Scotland. (Historic Scotland).

Recent publications:

Lee, M. (2016) Carbon sequestration on Mars. Geology, (Accepted for Publication)

Lee, M.R., and Lindgren, P. (2016) Aqueous alteration of chondrules from the Murchison CM carbonaceous chondrite: replacement, pore filling and the genesis of polyhedral serpentine. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, (doi:10.1111/maps.12644) (Early Online Publication)

Lee, M. R., and Lindgren, P. (2015) 4.6 billion year old aragonite and its implications for understanding the geological record of Ca-carbonate. Carbonates and Evaporites, 30(4), pp. 477-481. (doi:10.1007/s13146-015-0257-2)

Lee, M., MacLaren, I., Andersson, S., Kovacs, A., Tomkinson, T., Mark, D., and Smith, C. (2015) Opal-A in the Nakhla meteorite: a tracer of ephemeral liquid water in the Amazonian crust of Mars. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 50(8), pp. 1362-1377. (doi:10.1111/maps.12471)

Blamey, N.J.F., Parnell, J., McMahon, S., Mark, D.F., Tomkinson, T., Lee, M., Shivak, J., Izawa, M.R.M., Banerjee, N.R., and Flemming, R.L. (2015) Evidence for methane in Martian meteorites. Nature Communications, 6, 7399. (doi:10.1038/ncomms8399) (PMID:26079798)