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Dr Rory Flood

I graduated from University College Dublin with a first class honours in Geography in 2009, and received the Stage Three Scholarship Award and the Patrick Semple Medal for Geography. Following my undergraduate studies I went on to work as a summer student research intern with the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at the National University of Ireland – Maynooth, where I conducted a desk study on social housing provision in the private rented sector under the supervision of Brendan Bartley. Following this position I went on to complete the MSc in Environmental Sciences at Trinity College Dublin in 2010 with a dissertation under the supervision of Dr Robin Edwards entitled: “Stable isotope and microfossil analysis of the Fergus Estuary, Co. Clare, Ireland: an assessment of methodologies for relative sea-level reconstruction studies”. From Trinity I moved to Queen’s University Belfast to carry out my PhD research on the lower Ganges-Brahmaputra delta in India under the supervision of Prof Julian Orford and Prof Keith Bennett with my PhD thesis entitled: “Post Mid-Holocene Sedimentation of the West Bengal Sundarbans”.

I am a Geoscientist with over five years’ experience in clastic sedimentology, geochemistry, geostatistics & mathematical geoscience. My research background is in marine and coastal environmental change over the Quaternary period and I am also interested in landscape evolution and soil erosion studies. Presently my research focuses on the development robust statistical methodologies for chemometrics (calibration of chemical data), geochemistry, and textural (grain-size) analysis through compositional data analysis (CoDa) approaches and multivariate statistical modelling. Through my research I have developed active collaboration links with the British Geological Survey (UK), University College Dublin, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (Republic of Ireland), University of Leuven (Belgium), Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), University of Malta (Malta), National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (India), and Vanderbilt University (USA). I am currently employed on the ERC funded FRAGSUS Project as a postdoctoral research assistant where I am charged with carrying out research on the geochemistry and sedimentology of the Holocene stratigraphy of the Maltese islands for the reconstruction of past environmental conditions.


Flood, R.P., Orford, J.D., McKinley, J.M., Roberson, S., 2015. Effective grain size distribution analysis for interpretation of tidal-deltaic facies: West Bengal Sundarbans. Sedimentary Geology 318, pp. 58–74. doi:
Flood, R.P., Bloemsma, M.R., Weltje, G.J., O’Rourke, S.M., Barr, I.D., Orford, J.D., Turner, J.N. (in review). Developing constrained geochemical data to analyse environmental change from deposited sediments: an example from the West Bengal Sundarbans, India. Applied Geochemistry.
Blake, S., Henry, T., Murray, J., Flood, R., Muller, M.R., Jones, A.G., Rath, V. (in review). Investigating the provenance of thermal groundwater using compositional multivariate statistical analysis: a hydrogeochemical case study from Ireland. Applied Geochemistry.

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS)
Member of the International Association of Mathematical Geoscientists (IAMG)
Member of the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
Member of the Quaternary Research Association (QRA)
Member of the Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA)