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Dr Jennifer McKinley

<p>Dr Jennifer Mary McKinley</p>

Dr Jennifer Mary McKinley


BSc (Hons) 1984, Queen’s University Belfast
PhD 2001, Queen’s University Belfast

Senior Lecturer (GIS)



School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology,
Queen’s University Belfast


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Current Teaching:

GAP1007 Dynamic Earth
 Techniques in Earth Science
GAP3060 Advanced Geographical Information Systems

GAP7104 and GAP4104 Heritage Science Masters programme GIS and 3D visualisation module

Current Administrative Roles:

Level 1 Coordinator

Current Research:

Environmental Change

My academic record demonstrates a well-balanced profile with evidence of sustained significant contribution to the research, teaching and management of the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology and to Queen’s University Belfast. Particular strengths include interdisciplinary collaboration in innovative research within Queen's, nationally and internationally to maximise funding opportunities. This has resulted in several significant successfully funded projects (EPSRC, NERC funded British Geological Survey University Funding Initiative (BUFI). Actively pursuing sponsorship and working partnerships with external agencies is an important aspect of my research. Collaborative research includes the EU funded Tellus Border project (INTERREG IVA) with Geological Survey Northern Ireland (GSNI), Geological Survey Ireland and Dundalk Institute.

My research and teaching expertise comprises a range of innovative fields (ground and remote sensed earth processes, criminal and environmental forensics and weathering) but the recurrent theme is the development and application of spatial analysis techniques (Geographical Information Science and geostatistics) within these fields.

As a Chartered Fellow of the Geological Society of London I am a member of the Geological Society Forensic Geoscience Group and Communications Officer for the IUGS-IFG (Initiative on Forensic Geology). I am a member of the Royal Irish Academy Geosciences committee and a participant in the Politics Plus MLA scientist pairing scheme.

I was elected Executive Vice President (2012-2016) of the International Association of Mathematical Geoscientists (IAMG).


Ruffell, A & McKinley, J 2014, 'Forensic geomorphology' Geomorphology, vol 205, pp. 164-174. McKinley, J, Ofterdinger, U, Young, M, Barsby, A & Gavin, A 2013, 'Investigating local relationships between trace elements in soils and cancer data' Spatial Statistics, vol 5, pp. 25-41.,

McKinley, J, Ofterdinger, U, Young, M, Barsby, A & Gavin, A 2013, 'Investigating local relationships between trace elements in soils and cancer data' Spatial Statistics, vol 5, pp. 25-41.,

McKinley, J 2013, 'How useful are databases in environmental and criminal forensics?' Geological Society of London Special Publication, vol 384, pp. 109-119.,

Keaney, A, McKinley, J, Graham, C, Robinson, M & Ruffell, A 2013, 'Spatial statistics to estimate peat thickness using airborne radiometric data' Spatial Statistics, vol 5, pp. 3-24.,

Palmer, S, Ofterdinger, U, McKinley, J, Cox, S & Barsby, A 2013, 'Spatial Analysis Approaches to Investigate the Bioaccessibility of Nickel, Vanadium and Zinc in Northern Ireland, UK Soils' Environmental Geochemistry and Health, vol 35, no. 5, pp. 569-584.,

Cox, S, Chelliah, M, McKinley, J, Palmer, S, Ofterdinger, U, Young, M, Cave, MR & Wragg, J 2013, 'The importance of solid-phase distribution on the oral bioaccessibility of Ni and Cr in soils overlying Palaeogene basalt lavas, Northern Ireland' Environmental Geochemistry and Health, vol 35, no. 5, pp. 553-567.,

Gallay, M, Lloyd, CD, McKinley, J & Barry, L 2013, 'Assessing modern ground survey methods and airborne laser scanning for digital terrain modelling: A case study from the Lake District, England' Computers and Geosciences, vol 51, pp. 216-227.,

Barsby, A, McKinley, JM, Ofterdinger, U, Young, M, Cave, MR & Wragg, J 2012, 'Bioaccessibility of trace elements in soils in Northern Ireland' Science of The Total Environment, vol 433, no. null, pp. 398-417.,

Robinson, DP, Lloyd, C & McKinley, J 2012, 'Increasing the accuracy of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) pollution mapping using geographically weighted regression (GWR) and geostatistics.' International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, vol 21 pp 374-383.

McKinley, JM, Atkinson, PM, Lloyd, CD, Ruffell, AH & Worden, RH 2011, 'How Porosity and Permeability Vary Spatially With Grain Size, Sorting, Cement Volume, and Mineral Dissolution In Fluvial Triassic Sandstones: The Value of Geostatistics and Local Regression' Journal of Sedimentary Research, vol 81, no. 12, pp. 844-858.,

McCabe, S, McKinley, JM, Gomez-Heras, M & Smith, BJ 2011, 'Dynamical instability in surface permeability characteristics of building sandstones in response to salt accumulation over time' Geomorphology, vol 130, no. 1-2, pp. 65-75.,

Warke, P & McKinley, J 2011, 'Scale issues in geomorphology' Geomorphology, vol 130, no. 1-2, pp. 1-4.,

Buj, O, Gisbert, J, McKinley, J & Smith, B 2010, 'Spatial characterization of salt accumulation in early stage limestone weathering using probe permeametry' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol 21 Jul 2010 online, no. 3, pp. 383-394.,

McKinley, JM & McCabe, S 2010, 'A Geostatistical Investigation into Changing Permeability of Sandstones During Weathering Simulations' Geographical Analysis, vol 42, no. 2, pp. 180-203.,

External Grant Funding:

Recent Research Funding

An Integrated Spatial Approach Using GIS for Slope Risk Assessment
01/08/2012 → 31/12/2013 ADEPT VIA ROADS SER, £10,000, Wiltshire Council

EU INTERREG IVA-funded TELLUS Border Project 10761 DETI/GSNI Scientific Research Services for the Tellus Border Project 01/08/2013 → 31/12/2013 Project 10761, £38,935, Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment

EU INTERREG IVA-funded TELLUS Border Soil carbon and peat depth assessment using Airborne Geophysical Data 01/10/2011 → 30/09/2013 NO 003603, £132,815.

Trace Element Abundance and Human Epidemiology - The Tellus Case Study
01/10/2007 → 30/09/2011 NE/E009115/1, £35,032, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland

Prix Du Quebec 2010 (Association of Canadian Studies in Ireland)

01/10/2010 → 30/11/2010 £858, Quebec Government EPSRC Thin Sectioning Equipment for Multi-Disciplinary Research in Engineering and the Geosciences
07/08/2008 → 06/08/2011 EP/F027117/1, £186,947, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC The application of geostatistical analysis to decay dynamics of masonry material
01/10/2007 → 31/12/2009 EP/E049648/1, £198,464, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

The application of geostatistical analysis to the prediction and modelling of the decay dynamics of masonry materials