C14 staff


C14 Staff

Professor Gerry McCormac

Professor of Scientific Archaeology and Pro- Vice Chancellor for Community and Communications

Bsc, 1980; PhD, 1984.

Telephone(UK): 028 90 975141
Telephone (International): +44 2890 975141
Fax: +44 28 90 315779

Room Number: Palaeoecology G 6


Research Interests

Carbon dating, Palaeoclimatic variations, Global carbon cycle, Archaeological chronology, Thermospheric dynamics.



Recent publications

Killeen, T.L., F.G. McCormac, A.G. Burns, J.P. Thayer, R.M. Johnson and R.J. Niciejewski, 1991. On the Dynamics and Composition of the High-Latitude Thermosphere, J. Atmos. Terr. Phys., v. 53, pp. 797-815.

Hernandez, G., F.G. McCormac, and R.W. Smith, 1991. Austral thermospheric wind circulation and IMF orientation, J. Geophys. Res., v. 96, pp. 5777-5783.

McCormac, F.G., 1992. Liquid Scintillation Counter Charactarisation, Optimisation and Benzene Purity Correction, Radiocarbon, v. 34, pp. 37-45.

McCormac, F.G., T.L. Killeen, A.G. Burns, F.A. Marcos and R.G. Roble, 1992. The Effect of Solar Cycle Variations on the Thermosphere, Astrodynamics 1991, Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, edited by Bernard Kaufman, Kyle T. Alfriend, Ronald L. Roehrich and Robert R. Dasenbrock, v. 76. pp. 2507-2530,

McCormac, F.G. and M.G.L. Baillie, 1993 Radiocarbon to Calendar Date Conversion: Calendrical Bandwidths as a Function of Radiocarbon Precision, Radiocarbon, v. 35, No. 2, pp. 311-316.

McCormac, F.G., R.M. Kalin and A. Long, 1992. Radiocarbon Dating Beyond 50ka by Liquid Scintillation Counting, In Liquid Scintillation Spectrometry, eds., Noakes, J, Polach, H and Shonhofer, F, Tucson, Arizona, Radiocarbon, pp. 125-133

Hall, V.A., Pilcher, J.R. and McCormac, F.G., 1993. Tephra-dated lowland landscape history of the north of Ireland, A.D. 750 - 1150, New Phytol., v. 125, pp. 193-202.

Hall, V.A., Pilcher, J.R. and F.G. McCormac, 1994. Icelandic volcanic ash and the mid-Holocene Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) decline in the north of Ireland: no correlation, The Holocene, v. 4, No.1, pp. 79-83.

McCormac, F.G., Baillie, M.G.L., Pilcher, J.R., Brown, D.M., and S.T. 1994. Hoper, d13C Measurements From the Irish Oak Chronology, Radiocarbon, v. 36, No.1, pp. 27-35.

Ogle, N. and F.G. McCormac, 1994. High-resolution d13C measurements of oak show a previously unobserved spring depletion, Geophysical Research Letters, v.21, No. 22, pp. 2373-2375.

McCormac, F.G., Baillie, M.G.L., J.R. Pilcher and R.M. Kalin, 1995. Location dependent differences in the 14C content of wood, Radiocarbon, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp 395-407.

Wilson, J.E., McCormac, F.G. and A. Hogg, 1996. Small sample high-precision 14C dating: charactarisation of vials and counter optimisation, eds G.T. Cook, D.D. Harkness, A.B. McKenzie, B.F. Miller and E.M. Scott, Liquid Scintillation Spectrometry 1994, Radiocarbon. pp.59-65.

Maloney, B.K. and F.G. McCormac, 1995. 14C dating of 30,000 years of vegetation change in south-east Asia, Radiocarbon, v. 37, No. 2, pp.181-190.

Hogg, A., T. Higham, R. Beukens, T. Kankainen, F.G. McCormac, J. Van Der Plicht, M. Stuiver and S. Robertson, 1995. Radiocarbon age assessment of a near background, IAEA 14C quality assurance material, Radiocarbon, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp 797-803.

McCormac, F.G. and R. Housley, 1995. Stonehenge in its landscape, (eds.) Cleal, R.M.J., K.E. Walker and R. Montague, English Heritage Archaeological Report 10, pp 515 - 526.

Van der Plicht, J. and F.G. McCormac, 1995. A note on calibration curves, Radiocarbon, v.35, No.1, pp. 969-970.

Kalin, R.M., F.G. McCormac, P.E. Damon, C.J. Eastoe and A. Long, 1995. Intercomparison of High-Precision 14C Measurements at The University of Arizona and The Queens University of Belfast Radiocarbon Laboratories, Radiocarbon, v. 37, No. 1, pp. 33-38.

Pilcher, J.R., Baillie, M.G.L., Brown, D.M., McCormac, F.G., McSweeney, B.and A. McLaurence, 1995. Dendrochronology of sub-fossil pine in the north of Ireland, J. Ecology, v.80, pp. 665-671.

Pilcher, J.R., Hall, V.A. and McCormac, F.G., 1995. Dates of Holocene Icelandic volcanic eruptions from tephra layers in Irish peats, The Holocene, v.5, No. 1, pp. 103-110.

Ogle, N. and F.G. McCormac, 1996. Further high-resolution d13C measurements of oak reveal a spring depletion, Tree Rings, Environment and Humanity, edited by J.S. Dean, D.M. Meko and T.W. Swetnam, Radiocarbon, pp. 611-615.

Wilson, J.E., McCormac, F.G. and A. Hogg, 1996. Small sample high-precision 14C dating: Characterization of vials and counter optimization, Liquid Scintillation Spectrometry edited by G.T. Cook, D.D. Harkness, A.B. McKenzie, B.F. Miller and E.M. Scott, Radiocarbon, pp. 59-65.

Maloney, B.K. and F.G. McCormac 1996. Palaeoenvironments of North Sumatra: A 30,000 year old pollen record from Pea Bullok, Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Bulletin 14 (Chiang Mai Papers), V. 1, pp 73-82

Bayliss, A., C.R. Bronk-Ramsey and F.G. McCormac 1997. Dating Stonehenge in Science and Stonehenge, Proceedings of the British Academy, 92, eds. B. Cunliffe and C. Renfrew, pp. 39-59, 1997

Kromer, B., Ambers J., Baillie, M.G.L., Damon, P.E., Hesshaimer, V., Hofmann, J., Joris, O., Levin, I., Manning, S.W., McCormac, F.G., Van Der Plicht, J., Spurk, M., Stuiver, M. and B. Weninger 1996. Report: Summary of the Workshop " Aspects of high-precision radiocarbon calibration, Radiocarbon, v.38, No. 3, pp.607-610.

Pilcher, J.R., V.A. Hall and F.G. McCormac, 1996. An outline tephrochronology for the Holocene of the north of Ireland, J. Quaternary Science, v.11, No.6, pp.485-494, 1996

McCormick, F., Gibbons, M., McCormac, F.G. and Moore. J 1996. Bronze Age to Medieval Coastal Shell Middens near Ballyconneely, Co. Galway, The Journal of Irish Archaeology, V. VII, pp.77-84, 1996

Hall, V.A., Pilcher J.R. and McCormac, F.G., 1996. Hekla 4 ash, the pine decline in Northern Ireland and the effective use of tephra isochrones: a reply to Edwards, Dugmore, Buckland, Blackford and Cook, The Holocene, v.7, No. 4, p.496.

Bayliss A., McCormac, F.G., Petit, P. 1997. Excavations on the lower terrace, site C, Tintagel Island 1990-94, eds. Harry R and C.D. Morris, The Antiquaries Journal, v.77, pp. 108-115.

Hoper, S.T., McCormac, F.G., Hogg, A.G., Higham, T.F.G. and Head M.J., 1998. Evaluation of wood pre-treatments on oak and cedar, Radiocarbon, v.40, No.1, pp. 45-50,

Oldfield, F., Thompson, R., Crooks, P.R.J., Gedye, S.J., Hall, V.A., Harkness, D.D., Housley, R.A., McCormac, F.G., Newton, A.J., Pilcher, J.J., Renberg, I. and Richardson, N., 1997. Radiocarbon dating of a recent high-latitude peat profile: Stor Amyran, northern Sweden, The Holocene, v.7, pp. 283-290.

McCormac, F.G., A.G. Hogg, T.F.G. Higham, J. Lynch-Stieglitz, W. Broecker, M.G.L. Baillie, J. Palmer, L. Xiong, J.R. Pilcher, D. Brown and S.T. Hoper, 1998. Interhemispheric difference in 14C: An anthropogenic CO2 effect, Geophys. Res. Lett., v.25, No. 9, pp. 1321-1324.

McCormac, F.G., A.G. Hogg, T.F.G. Higham, M.G.L. Baillie, J. Palmer, L. Xiong, J.R. Pilcher, D. Brown and S.T. Hoper, 1998. Variations of radiocarbon in tree rings: Southern hemisphere offset preliminary results, Radiocarbon, v.40, No. 3, pp. 1153-1159.

Stuiver, M., P.J. Reimer, E. Bard, G.S. Burr, K.A. Hughen, B. Kromer, G. McCormac, J. Van der Plicht and M. Spurk, 1998. Intcal98 Radiocarbon Age Calibration, Radiocarbon, v.40, No. 3, pp. 1041-1083.


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