Professor Michael G Petterson

Professor of Geology

Phone: +64-9-921-9439

Email: Michael.petterson@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

School of Science, St Pauls Street, Auckland

Qualifications:

  • PhD.  Geology, Geochemistry and Structure of the Kohistan Batholith, Gilgit Region, N. Pakistan.  1985.  University of Leicester, UK
  • BSc (1st Class).  Geology (with Astronomy). 1981
  • PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) Geology and Physics.  University of Keele, UK. 1986.
  • Fully Qualified Teacher, UK. DES No 84/76930

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Chartered Engineer Status, Institute of Materials, Mining & Metallurgy, London
  • Fellow of the Geological Society of  London
  • Member, Institute of Materials, Mining and Metallurgy
  • Life Member of the Association of Geoscientists for International Development
  • Honorary Professor, University of Leicester, 2005-2009 and 2013-ongoing
  • Honorary Professor, University of South Pacific, 2013-ongoing
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Fiji, Research Affiliation
  • Chartered Geologist
  • Member, New Zealand, Geological Society

Biography:

Most Recent Position:

Director, Geoscience Division (formerly SOPAC), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) (January 2013 to April 2017)

This position involved the strategic leadership and direction of a c. 120 people, a $24M US annual turnover Division of SPC, with responsibilities for geoscience for development, particularly in the areas of: climate change; geohazards and risk reduction; resilience building; sustainable use of natural resources (e.g. geothermal energy, ocean thermal energy, deep sea minerals, aggregates, water, marine environments;) geo-information; GIS & Remote Sensing; and marine and coastal geoscience.

Under my leadership, I strengthened science capacity, and widened service delivery in areas of geoscience related to natural resource development, geohazard and risk management, environmental good practice, adapting to climate change, strengthening resilience, geothermal energy, infrastructure and engineering, and urbanisation.

The Division is the largest of several Divisions that comprise SPC (a 600-person $100M US annual turnover international organisation). SPC has 26 member countries including 22 Small Island Developing States, some of which are part of the Least Developed Countries category. SPC’s mission is to apply science, policy and technology in the fields of fisheries, agriculture & forestry, health, statistics, maritime, health, environment, etc., to improve the lives of Pacific peopled. SPC has a wide stakeholder base and is largely donor-funded (Australia and the EU are the largest donors, with New Zealand and World Bank being the next largest).

The Geoscience Division was an independent body called SOPAC until 2010, and the theme of managing change (of SOPAC into SPC and of SPC evolving itself) was strong within my work portfolio. The merger of SOPAC with SPC was not handled well and issues relating to this merger persisted for many years.

I was part of the Senior Leadership Team of SPC.

All activities within the Geoscience Division address key Pacific development priorities such as poverty alleviation, limited opportunities for economic development, unemployment, geographic isolationism, urbanisation and rural depopulation, climate, environmental and social change, and so forth. As an example work focused on building the resilience of the most vulnerable (e.g. poor, people with disabilities, gender vulnerabilities etc.) for many areas, e.g. the economic shocks that accompany significant natural disasters.

Key achievements for this position include:

  • Managing and moving forwards a complacent culture, antagonistic to the merger with the larger organisation. Change resulted in strengthening the organisational science base, exploring new emerging development themes (such as geothermal energy, geoparks, and joined up geo-information), changing managerial, leadership and staff culture (towards a more open, sharing, enabling environment), and opening up the potential of the larger 600 person organisation for joined up working.
  • Providing leadership for the application and importance of geoscience, geoscience knowledge and methodologies to development: not only within the organisation but amongst the whole Pacific region and internationally, e.g. representing the region at international platforms for disaster and risk/climate change resilience; science and development; geothermal energy and so forth.
  • Leading a whole-organisation review focusing on addressing climate change resilience and disaster and risk reduction. This resulted in informed strategic outputs which guide SPC direction. This work also develops new joined up whole-organisation integrated working methodologies.
  • Increasing the size of the Division from c. 75 people on arrival to currently 117 staff members and shortly to rise to c. 125 staff members with a concomitant rise in funding. Additionally at least 20 staff from other parts of SPC support GSD in terms of HR, finance, administration etc.
  • Developing strong relationship links with new donors and widening the existing donor base, such as USAID, the World Bank, Korean Government and strengthening/focusing stronger links with the World Bank, and strengthening relationships with long serving donors such as the EU, Australia, New Zealand.
  • Directing programmes addressing aquifer resource modelling including recharge, abstraction rates, vulnerability from pollution and rising sea levels/drought, as well as whole-water management strategies (e.g. rainwater catchment and storage, water efficiency awareness, and reducing water leakage through transport).
  • Developing a state owned aggregate business in Kiribati that employed thirty people.
  • Empowering younger people and women within the Division (increasing numbers of young people, women and ethnic minorities elevated to higher levels and managerial positions through merit)
  • Developing stronger links with all 22 member countries and their leaders and technocrats.
  • Development of leadership throughout the Division, especially the layer beneath the Director.
  • Promoting and nurturing active staff development at all levels.
  • Undertaking whole-Divisional active strategic planning including all staff and stakeholders, an external critical survey and whole-SPC management.
  • Leading thinking on geoscience and development for the smallest island countries and atolls. For example, rising sea levels, increasing droughts, and their impacts became an increasing focus for the application of geoscience in coastal adaptation and whole-island adaptation. Similarly, the redevelopment of the centre of Nauru islands (an area despoiled through phosphate mining) presents opportunities for whole population climate change adaptation and the development of a GeoPark.
  • Working with the South Korea Government for the application of ocean thermal technology to islands such as Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Marshall islands.
  • Attracting the strongest financial base the Division has had for some time (including Euros19M from the EU and $43M US from the World Bank for Disaster and Risk & Climate Change Resilience, Euros 10M for Water and Sanitation from the EU and NZ, the groundwork for new initiatives regional mineral development, atolls and climate change adaptation and geothermal and ocean thermal energy for imminent and future funding.
  • Initiating the subject of the development of GeoParks with Nauru and Samoa.
  • Successful advocacy across the region for the importance of geoscience to international development, through regular meetings with members and the Ambassador and Leadership community and the creation of bodies such as the Geoscience Steering Committee.
  • Invitations from the region and globally to address a wide range of development related audiences on issues such as science and development, climate change, hazard and risk, strengthening resilience, natural resources, humanitarian assistance, etc.
  • The delivery of a favourable independent external review of the Division in July 2015 which praised the leadership of the Division: this review met a range of external and internal stakeholders, including funders, members, staff, clients, etc., undertook over 90 personal interviews, received inputs from written questionnaires and surveys, as well as reviewing many strategic outputs.

April 2009 – January 2013:

Professor, Applied & Environmental Geoscience, University of Leicester, UK

The position focused on: international development; economic and social development; minerals and sustainable development; institutional strengthening; leadership, management and skills development in science; Economic minerals and their relationship with igneous rocks and tectonics; ‘fertility’ of magmas in terms of Cu and Au; evolution of island arcs and arc crust; geochemistry and petrogenesis; physical volcanology and natural hazards & resilience; Applications of geosciences including nuclear waste disposal; active projects in UK, Solomon Islands, Montserrat, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea.

Teaching modules: environmental and contaminant geosciences (4th year); hot topics (4th Year); M.Geol thesis supervision (4th year), Dynamic Earth (1st year), Geology & Society (1st year), field courses (Arran and Ingleton – 1st years).

Director of ACE (Adapting to Changing Environments – a Centre within the Science College).

Headed a British Council funded project for strengthening Higher Education at the universities of Kabul, Peshawar, Charles University, Prague and Leicester.

I supervised five PhD students.

April 2008 –April 2009:

Director, Science Resources, British Geological Survey

Member of Senior Leadership Team co-responsible for running a c. £55M annual turnover, 800-person organization. Key role is directing all staff and physical resources and an annual budget of c. £10M. I was responsible for university collaboration. Similar position to Director, GSFD as stated below.

July 2007-April 2008:

Director of Change Management, British Geological Survey,

Designing and implementing a series of organisational and structural changes at BGS including development of implementation, inclusion, consultation and communication strategies. I was part of the highest level Executive Leadership team at BGS, responsible for c. £50M spend per year and 800staff.

June 2005-July 2007:

Director of Geoscience Skills, Facilities and University Collaboration

I was responsible for ensuring that BGS was equipped with an appropriate level of scientific and technological resources to fulfill its mission as one of the premier Geological Survey Organisations in the world.

I was a member of the 7-person Executive Committee of BGS and the BGS Board. Together these committees I managed BGS (which is an 800 person c. £55M annual turnover organization). My key roles involved being part of the highest level collective strategic management of BGS, being the Director responsible for the strategic management of 800 staff, staff training, and all laboratory, IT and publishing infrastructure and BGS-University collaboration.

I was personally responsible for c. £15M annual spend within the BGS.

The role required the demonstration of high-level scientific, managerial leadership and an ability to be aware of key issues across a broad range of geoscience and science. Constant ‘horizon scanning’ was required to assist the BGS in its forward planning of recruitment, staff training and reskilling and scientific infrastructure investment. University collaboration was an essential component of the job with the aim of optimizing scientific synergy between BGS and universities and helping the UK get the most out of its science budget investment.

I was active within the UK and international scientific community and regularly present and published a range of papers and articles, gave public talks, and supervised PhD and MSc students.

2005-2009:

Director and Head of the BGS-University Funding Initiative

I led a scientific committee that decided spend on a six monthly basis for projects from Masters to PhD to post doctorate levels for a wide range of UK universities.

2003-2009:

Director of Afghanistan Institutional Strengthening Project

I wrote and won a £4M DfiD funded project to strengthen the Afghanistan Geological Survey and Ministry of Mines. This involved working with over 600 people and regenerating a decimated government function. Multi-faceted project that included training, leadership development, building refurbishment, design of laboratories and offices, fieldwork, development of libraray and website, and promotion of Afghan minerals worldwide. 40 UK staff were involved in the project and the project rented a house in Kabul for four years. My role was at the highest levels and involved working with Ministers, senior Civil Servants, advisors to the president, industry, UK diplomats, senior DfiD staff etc. Highly successful in the context of Afghanistan – the most successful Dfid funded project of its time in the country (external review).

June-July 2005:

Sabbatical Position at the Geological Survey of Western Australia (Perth)

Studying science and management mission, strategy, function and delivery: submitted well-received report recommending some key directional changes..

Feb 2000 – May 2005:

Programme Manager, Economic Minerals and Geochemical Baseline (EMGB)

Responsible for programme management, scientific and business development for UK and international in the field of economic minerals and the geochemical baseline survey of the environment.

I also had a range of Senior Management responsibilities as part of a c. 35 member senior management team of the British Geological Survey. These responsibilities range from recruitment, training, promotions, appraisals, through to strategic reviews of key areas of science and organization.

The c. £3M annual turnover EMGB programme involved up to 70 scientists and technical staff working on projects funded on a competitive tender basis by organisations such as NERC, UK Government Departments (e.g. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Trade and Industry, International Development); foreign governments, UK Natural and Built Heritage organisations (e.g. English Nature, CADW, SNH etc.), as well as undertaking commissioned contracts for private industry.

The programme focussed on:

  • natural mineral resource exploration and evaluation;
  • minerals and planning;
  • generating information and decision support systems;
  • sustainable mineral development;
  • mineral statistics and intelligence;
  • international development;
  • the Geochemical Baseline Survey of the UK

I served on a range of committees on an occasional basis and regularly commented and contributed to national policy documents.

October 1997- April 2009:

International Commissions

In October 1997 I led a two week geological mapping workshop in Solomon Islands, funded by SOPAC. I also gave three papers at the SOPAC 1997 and 1999 annual session in Fiji. I co-led a workshop on volcanic hazards in Solomon Islands during 1999 and co-led a workshop in Papua New Guinea in 1999 on Geoscience report writing skills. I was involved in Geochemical Survey negotiations with the Moroccan Government, Rabat, 2001. I was regularly involved in international geoscience and mineral meetings and conferences including Indaba (Mining in Africa), Cape Town, PDAC, Toronto, Society for Economic Geologists, Denver, etc. I advised SOPAC (South Pacific Geoscience Commission, Suva, Fiji) on an occasional basis, and the Solomon Islands Government regularly. In 2005 I advised the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands. I was a close adviser to the Government of Afghanistan 2003-2012.

April 1997 – Feb 2000:

Project Leader of Southern Highlands of Scotland Project

Management responsibility for a variable number of project staff (11 staff had project inputs) and project budget (1998/9 budget beginning at £115,000). Two PhD studentships were active with respective universities. Main aims of the project were to revise geological mapping at 1: 10K scale; (published at 1:50,000 scale) of an area measuring 80 x 60km located between Lochs Lomond and Tay. The area is largely underlain by Middle - Upper Dalradian metamorphic and igneous rocks of Neo-Proterozoic to Lower Palaeozoic age, with a Palaeozoic sedimentary and volcanic cover sequence, and is the most mineralized part of the Scottish Highlands.

February - April 1997:

Project Specifications for EU Funded BGS Project in Suriname

After discussions in Guyana with representatives of the Surinamese Government I was invited to discuss future business opportunities for BGS in Suriname. Discussions with a number of Suriname Government, UK and EU Embassy, and non - Governmental personnel led to the writing of a report which advised BGS of key project specifications to be included in project tender documents. BGS went on to win the initial c. £180,000 first stage of a several million pound EU funded project designing and setting up a 'Minerals Institute'. BGS have subsequently successfully worked in Suriname on several missions.

1996 to April 1997:

Project Adviser to Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) (Seconded to the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation)

This involved an attachment to GGMC advising on geological surveying and possible collaboratory projects between BGS and GGMC. I evaluated the technical and training needs of GGMC, investigating the structure of aid projects which are reasonably successful in Guyana, liaising with possible funding bodies including the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-Operation, and designing and planning project specifications. Although the work had originally been designed to be operational much of my work was at a strategic and planning level, including project design and staff training. I liaised very closely with the mineral industry who had a large presence in Guyana at this time. This work resulted in designing at Commonwealth funded BGS geo-data project..

1992 to December 1995:

Senior Geologist with the Solomon Islands Geological Survey (Seconded to UK Overseas Development Administration)

I occupied the position of Senior Geologist/Geochemist to the Ministry of Energy, Water & Mineral Resources of the Solomon Islands Government, (previously known as the Solomon Islands Geological Survey). I had joint or full management responsibility for the Geological Mapping and Geochemistry Section. This Section employed fourteen staff with educational standards varying between postgraduate level and primary school leaver. I had responsibility for planning and directing over 90% of all geological mapping and mineral reconnaissance within Solomon Islands, and had a major input into the overall scientific program.

The main elements of the work program involved:

  • geologically mapping and mineral reconnaissance studies on the islands of Malaita and Makira;
  • volcanological studies of Savo volcano with the objective of volcanic hazard assessment, and first ever volcanological-geological map;
  • environmental monitoring of an area around a future gold mine site in Guadalcanal.

The end products of this work included:

  • a series of geological maps
  • peer reviewed papers, memoirs, and reports
  • advisory documents for the Solomon Islands Government

This work has involved liaising and collaborating with geologists from SOPAC and the Universities of Hawaii, Notre Dame, Leicester, Durham, Texas, Canberra, Macquarie, Armidale, Western Australia, and the South Pacific on the subjects of the geology and geochemistry of ocean plateaus and island arcs. I was partly instrumental in setting up and supporting a series of PhD and related research projects within Solomon Islands. I regularly review papers which relate to the SW Pacific.

I advised Government on geological, energy, mineral development and environmental matters, and responded to specific work requests of Government.

I was the main training coordinator for staff, and organised several training courses which involved field and work/study placements to Fiji, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and importing staff from other organisations in other countries to come and teach specific courses in Solomon Islands, (e.g. an ODA fully funded three week duration BGS course in photogeology).

1987 - 1992:

Geologist for the 'Home Survey' of the British Geological Survey

For this five year duration I was a member of the multidisciplinary English Lake District Geological Survey which involved: geological mapping; geophysical surveys; petrological studies; and mineral reconnaissance of the Palaeozoic volcanic and metamorphic basement of NW England. I was mainly involved in making detailed 1:10 000 scale maps of a 6-8km thick sequence of subaerial caldera forming volcanic rocks : the Ordovician Borrowdale Volcanic Group.  This multidisciplinary study involved the study of the eruptive and depositional environment of the volcanic rocks and interpreting their geochemistry in terms of petrogenetic processes. This work has been and is still being published in the form of geological maps, memoirs, and external publications.

From August 1990 much of our work was commissioned by UK NIREX who were exploring the possibility of using the Borrowdale Volcanic Group as host to a deep underground repository for nuclear waste. This work involved working with a specially convened multidisciplinary research team involving geologists, geophysicists, environmentalists, hydrogeologists, nuclear scientists, engineers, and others. I was particularly involved in advising NIREX during the early part of their drilling program, which involved drilling high quality boreholes to a depth of 2km, logging and interpreting the core extracted from these boreholes, and advising NIREX on the geological and structural environment of the proposed repository site region. Many thematic reports and maps resulted from this work, and many are still being produced.

1985 - 1992:

Part time tutor in Geology for the Open University of the UK

This work involved teaching students of widely differing ages and backgrounds both face to face in a classroom situation and by distance tuition. I was responsible for marking and assessment of assignments from a number of different level courses from Foundation Level to the highest undergraduate Third Level Courses. I also tutored at summer schools, led numerous field trips, and participated in workshops dealing with teaching skills within a distance learning environment. During this period I also lectured on a part time basis with the University of Durham, UK.

1985 - December 1986:

Secondary School Teacher

After qualifying as a professional teacher at Keele University where I studied for my teaching certificate during 1984 and 1985 I became a teacher of geography, geology and science at Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, Northumberland, UK. This involved teaching children of all abilities between the ages of 13 and 19 years old. I was also a 6th Form and Third Form tutor.

1981 -1984:

Research student at Leicester University, UK

My PhD, entitled 'The structure, petrology, and geochemistry of the Kohistan Batholith, Gilgit, Kashmir, North Pakistan', was successfully completed and written up within three years. The university supervisers were Professors Brian Windley and John Tarney and the external and internal examiners were Professors Geoff Brown, (deceased), and Andy Saunders respectively.

The project involved 6 months fieldwork, which included mapping, structural studies, and sample collecting over an area of some 2500 km of previously unknown or very poorly known geology.

Laboratory work involved major and trace element XRF analyses, ICP spectrometer REE analyses, Strontium isotope analyses, and petrographic study of up to 325 samples of a full calc alkaline igneous spectrum of compositions from hornblendite cumulates to leucogranites.

This work formed part of a major multidisciplinary study of the Cretaceous-Oligocene Arc-batholith terrain of Kohistan, which was trapped between the Eurasian and Indian plates during the Himalayan Orogeny. Much of my work has been published externally and is regularly cited, and I have been involved in several Himalayan Workshops, and subsequent fieldwork in Pakistan and India in 1989 1993, and 1997, the latter two funded by the Royal Society. I was a guest lecturer at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan during October 1991. I have had inputs into a number of PhD and postdoctoral project related to work in North Pakistan. I regularly review papers in this area.

Undergraduate Mapping Project: 1979-1981

This involved mapping, at 1: 10 000 scale an area of 20km2 situated within the classic Caledonian Moine Thrust Belt of NW Scotland, including Archaean basement. My area was centered on Ledmore in Sutherland. This work involved three months fieldwork.

Various Casual Positions

  • Summer vacations of 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981; cleaner and domestic helper Winterton Psychiatric Hospital, Sedgefield, Co Durham, UK
  • August 1977 machine operator, Plastic Cup Factory, Dragonville Estate, Durham City, UK
  • 1977, working at a carpet factory in Durham City UK
  • August-September 1976, barman Coxhoe Working Mens Club & Institute, Coxhoe, Co Durham, UK

Teaching Areas:

Developing a Geoscience Major at AUT.  Papers include: ‘Our Dynamic Earth’, ‘Geology, Landscape & Environment’, ‘Structural Geology & Tectonics’, ‘Sedimentary Geoscience’, ‘Volcanology’.  I have also taught on papers relating to sustainable development, geography and a PG paper on Global Change Biology.

Research Areas:

Geology, geological mapping, island arcs, Kohistan-Ladakh island arc, Ontong Java Plateau, Geotectonics of SW Pacific, Geoscience and Development, International Development, Leadership in Geoscience Organisations, Environmental Geoscience, Economic Geology, Geology and Society

Research Summary:

I have had an eclectic career history, only some of which has been in academia.  Most of my research has been in the application of geoscience to development.  Examples of this include: underground storage for nuclear waste, institutional strengthening of the Afghanistan Geological Survey, geological mapping for the development of Pacific Islands, disaster and risk geoscience, geoscience for economic and infrastructure development.  Core scientific research has focused on island arc geology in NW England, NW Himalayas/Karakoram, Solomon Islands, the Caribbean and the SW Pacific.  I have also researched into the composition, field structure and origin of the Ontong Java Plateau.  More recently I have researched into issues related to the development of seabed minerals in the Pacific region.

Current Research Projects:

  • Synthesising aspects of the geology of Kohistan-Ladakh, northern Pakistan and India and examining volcanic sections within the Ladakh terrane
  • Working with Ladakhi students on concepts of environment and environmental risk
  • Pacific and south Asian applied geoscience and international development
  • Using UAV’s and photogrammetry for landscape and landslip analysis in the Auckland region of New Zealand
  • Developing student-centric applied geoscience research at AUT

Publications:

  • Petterson M G & Windley B F. 1985.  Rb-Sr dating of the Kohistan arc-batholith in the Trans-Himalaya of NW Pakistan, and tectonic implications.  Earth & Planetary Science Letters. 74, 45-57.
  • Petterson M G & Windley B F. 1986.  Petrology and geochemical evolution of the Kohistan arc batholith, Gilgit, N. Pakistan. Geological Bulletin of the University of Peshawar.  19, 121-149.
  • Coward M P,  Windley B F, Broughton R, Luff I W,  Petterson M G, Pudsey C, Rex D, and Khan M A. 1986.  Collision Tectonics in the NW Himalayas. In Coward M P & Ries A (Eds), 'Collision Tectonics'.  Special Publication of the Geological Society of London. No    19, 203-220.
  • Treloar P J,  Rex D C, Guise P G, Coward M P, Searle M P, Windley B F, Petterson M G, Jan M Q and Luff I W.  1989.  K-Ar and Ar-Ar geochronology of the Himalayan collision in NW Pakistan: Constraints on the timing of suturing, deformation, metamorphism and uplift.  Tectonics.  8,    No 4, 881-909.
  • Petterson M G. 1989.  The Borrowdale Volcanics, Middle Fell, Wastwater; An excursion led by M G Petterson.  Proceedings of the Westmorland Geological Society.  4, 29-31.
  • Petterson M G. 1989.  Recent Developments concerning the Borrowdale Volcanic Group of the English Lake District.  Proceedings of the Cumberland Geological Society.  5, part 2, 151 - 168.
  • Petterson M G. 1990.  Geological Excursion F: Buckbarrow and Middle Fell, Wasdale.  In 'The Lake District',  (Field Guide). Geologists Association Guides.
  • Petterson M G, Windley B F, & Luff I W. 1990.  The Chalt Volcanics, Kohistan. N. Pakistan.  High Mg tholeiitic and low Mg calc alkaline volcanism within a Cretaceous island arc.  In Sharma K K, (Ed), 'Geology and geodynamic evolution of the Himalayan Collision Zone'.  Physics    & Chemistry of the Earth.  Volume 17, part 2, 19-31.
  • Petterson M G , Windley B F, &  Sullivan M. 1990.  A petrological, structural and geochemical review of the Kohistan batholith and it's relation to regional tectonics.  In, Sharma K K, (Ed), 'Geology and geodynamic evolution of the Himalayan Collision zone'.  Physics    & Chemistry of the Earth.  Vol 17. Part 2, 47-70.
  • Petterson M G & Windley B F.  1991. Changing source regions of magmas and crustal growth in the Trans-Himalaya.  Evidence from the Chalt Volcanics and Kohistan Batholith, Kohistan, N. Pakistan.  Earth & Planetary Science Letters.  102. 326-341.
  • Petterson & Williamson I T.  1991. Lithological log of the Borrowdale Volcanic rocks of Sellafield Borehole No 2 at 1:500 and 1:5000 scales.  BGS report No CC91S/034/IF-A-C; contribution to the Core Characterisation Publication Series for UK NIREX Ltd.
  • NIREX.  1992.  Barnes R P, Hughes R A, & Petterson M G.  A revised geological map (solid) of the Sellafield District (Cumbria, UK). UK NIREX Report No 258, Volume 1.
  • Barnes R P, Petterson M G &  Hughes R A.  1992. A geological compilation map at 1:50K scale.  Report of the British Geological Survey Mapping Project.  British Geological Survey Technical Report.  WA/91/38C.
  • Petterson M G. 1992. Lithological characteristics of the volcanic rocks encountered in Sellafield Borehole No2.  In 'Dounreay and Sellafield geological investigations: interpretation'.  Sellafield site and district geology joint interpretation team,  phase 1.  Gibb    deep Geology Group Report No 91130B/IR/600/001, pp 19-31, Figs 4,8, (a to f), 9, 10, 11.
  • Petterson M G. 1991.  Primary contributor  to and reviewer of Chapter 4, 'Kohistan', included in, Searle M P, 'Geology and Tectonics of the Karakorum mountains'  John Wiley & Sons.  358pp.
  • Petterson M G. 1991.  Nuclear waste disposal and Ordovician volcanics.  Proceedings of the Cumberland Geological Society.  vol 5, 25-35.
  • Petterson M G & Windley B F.  1992. The field relationships, geochemistry and petrogenesis of the Cretaceous basalt Jutal dyke suite, Kohistan, N. Pakistan. Journal of the Geological Society of London.  149, 107-114.
  • Petterson M G. 1992.  The volcanic rocks of northern Wasdale.  Special publication of the Cumberland Geological Society; field guide to the Lake District, 54-61.
  • Ambrose K, Petterson M G, Strong G E, & Williamson I T.  1992. The geology of Sellafield No. 2 borehole .  UK NIREX Ltd - Core Characterisation Series.  British Geological Survey Report No CC925/073/CF-A-C.
  • Petterson M G, Beddoe-Stephens B, Millward D, & Johnson E W.  1992.  A pre-caldera plateau-andesite field in the Borrowdale Volcanic Group of the English Lake District.  Journal of the Geological Society of London.  14, 889-906.
  • Petterson M G. 1992.  Contributions to UK NIREX Ltd Technical Dept Report No 263, 'The geology and hydrogeology of Sellafield UK'.  pp 3, 6-7, 16-17, 25-30,61-63, and Figs 18, 19, 20, and 21.
  • Petterson M G, Crawford M B, & Windley B F. 1993. Petrogenetic implications of neodymium isotope data from the Kohistan batholith, N. Pakistan.  Journal of the Geological Society of London.  150.  125-129.
  • Addison R B, Petterson M G, & Papabatu A K.  1993. Emergency operations as a result of activity at Ove Crater, Simbo Island, Western Province, Solomon Islands. Technical Report of the Geology Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Honiara, Solomon Islands.  TR 6/93.  16pp
  • Millward D, Beddoe-Stephens B, Williamson I T, Young S R, & Petterson M G.  1994.  Lithostratigraphy of a concealed caldera-related ignimbrite sequence within the Borrowdale Volcanic Group of west Cumbria.  Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society.  50.  25-37.    26
  • Qopoto C, Petterson M G, Mason A, & Mahoa H.  1994. Gold Ridge Environmental Monitoring Project.  Initial report, Gold Ridge Geochemical Baseline Study, Guadalcanal.  Technical Report of the Water and Mineral Resources Division,  Ministry of Energy, Water    & Mineral Resources, Solomon Islands.  Technical Report No TR1/94,  39pp.
  • Petterson M G & Biliki N.  1994. A volcano-morphological map of the Gallego Volcanic Field , Western Guadalcanal.  Technical Report of the Water and Mineral Resources Division, Ministry of Energy, Water & Mineral Resources, Solomon Islands.  Technical Report No    TR4/94,  15pp.
  • Qopoto C, Petterson M G, & Mahoa H.  1994. Discovery of natural gas at Ruiniu, west of Honiara, Guadalcanal.  Technical Report of the Water and Mineral Resources Division,  Ministry of Energy, Water & Mineral Resources, Solomon Islands. Technical Report No TR6/94,  17pp.
  • Petterson M G,  Mahoa H,  Natogga D M, Mason A,  Tivuru L, Amusae P, & Autu G.  1995. The first discovery of natural gas in Solomon Islands: Taliu River, Beaufort Bay area, Southwest Guadalcanal. Technical Report of the Water and Mineral Resources Division,  Ministry    of Energy, Water & Mineral Resources, Solomon Islands.  Technical Report No TR1/95,  34pp.
  • Beddoe-Stephens B, Petterson M G, Millward, D, & Marriner G F.  1995.  Geochemical variation and magmatic cyclicity within an Ordovician continental-arc volcanic field: the Lower Borrowdale Volcanic Group, English Lake District. Journal of Volcanological and Geothermal Research.    65.  81 - 110.
  • Petterson M G, 1995.  The geology of North & Central Malaita, Solomon Islands. Including implications of geological research on Makira, Savo, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, and Choiseul between 1992 & 1995).  Publication of the Water and Mineral Resources Division, Ministry of    Energy Water and Mineral Resources, Honiara, Solomon Islands.  Memoir No 1/95.  250pp.
  • Mahoa H, & Petterson M G.  1995. Stream sediment geochemistry of North and Central Malaita, (Solomon Islands).  Implications for mineral reconnaissance and geological studies. Publication of the Water and Mineral Resources Division, Ministry of Energy Water and Mineral Resources,    Honiara, Solomon Islands.  Memoir No 2/95.  120pp. 38.
  • British Geological Survey. The geology of the Irish Sea. 1995. Jackson. D.I.; Jackson. A.A.; Wingfield. R.T.R.; Evans. D.; Barnes. R.P.; Arthur. M.J.; Howells. M.F.; Hughes. R.A.; Petterson. M.G.; Great Britain. Department of Trade and Industry. Ref no DN06. Natural Environment Research Council. HMSO.    London
  • Treloar P J, Petterson M G, Jan M Q, and Sullivan M. 1996.  A re-evaluation of the stratigraphy and early evolution of the Kohistan arc sequence: implications for magmatic and tectonic arc building processes. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 153, 681 - 693.
  • Petterson, M G.  1996.  Geological survey of North-Central Malaita, (Solomon Islands): Implications for the Ontong Java Plateau.  The LIP Reader.  (Publication of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior).
  • Qopoto C & Petterson M G.  1996. A preliminary geotechnical survey on slope stability, Malakerava 1, Gizo, Western Province.  Publication of the Water and Mineral Resources Division, Ministry of Energy Water and Mineral Resources, Honiara, Solomon Islands.  40pp.  Technical    Report No TR8/95.  (published 1996).
  • Petterson M G. 1996.  Geological mapping and human resource development in Solomon Islands. Earthwise Magazine.  Publication of the British Geological Survey.  2pp.
  • Petterson, M G. 1996.  Inception Report for the Commonwealth Secretariat: Attachment of Dr M G Petterson as a Technical Support Officer to  the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.  Report Number:CFTC/GT/GUY/96/MGP-1.  12pp
  • Petterson, M G. 1996.  Market Opportunities for BGS in Guyana: A Preliminary Appraisal. BGS Report No:  BGS/GUY96/1C.  12pp.
  • Petterson, M G. 1996.  Geology of the Dalradian Group, north Loch Katrine area, Southern Highlands, Scotland.  Field Report of the BGS.  10pp.
  • Petterson, M G, Neal, C R, Mahoney J J, Kroenke, L, Saunders, A D, Babbs, T, Duncan R, Tolia, D, McGrail, B, & Barron M.  1997. Structure and deformation of North & Central Malaita, Solomon Islands: Tectonic Implications for the Ontong Java Plateau - Solomon Arc Collision and for the    fate of ocean plateaus. Tectonophysics, 283, 1 -33.
  • Neal C R, Mahoney J J, Duncan R A, Petterson M G, and Jain J C.  1997. The origin, evolution, and ultimate fate of the Ontong Java Plateau, SW Pacific:  1997. Evidence from exposed plateau basement on Malaita, Solomon Islands. In:  Mahoney J J  & Coffin M    F (Eds): Large Igneous Provinces'  American Geophysical Union Monograph No 100, pp 183 - 216. 45.  Petterson, M G.  1997. Progress Report On Technical Assistance to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission June 1996 - January 1997. Report No CFTC/GT/GUY/97/MGP-2.  27pp.
  • Petterson M G and Gibson J., 1997.  Preliminary Stage of the GIS/IT Computer Support Project for the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), funded by the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation(CFTC), January - March, 1997.  Technical Report No WC/97/30/R.  23pp.
  • Petterson, M G. 1997.  Business Developments in Guyana, South America.  January - March 1997.  British Geological Survey Technical Report No WC/97/29/R.  12pp.
  • Petterson, M G and  Evans, R B.  1997.  Report On Market Opportunities and Developments For BGS in Guyana, South America, August 1995 - January 1997. British Geological Survey Technical report No WC/97/4/C  10pp + Appendices.
  • Petterson, M G and Evans, R B.   1997.  Report on British Geological Survey /Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-Operation Collaborative Assistance to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, August 1995 - January 1997.  British Geological Survey.   Technical Report    No WC/97/3/R.  16pp + appendices.
  • Petterson, M G. 1997.  Preliminary Investigations Relating to the Proposed European Union Funded Geology and Mining Services Project for Suriname, South America, March 1997 - ?June 2001.  Results of Interviews held in Paramaribo and Georgetown.  February - March 1997.  British    Geological Survey, Technical Report No WC/97/22/R.  21pp + appendices.
  • Petterson M G. 1997.  Report on Visit to SOPAC Annual Session, Nadi, Fiji, September 29th - October 2nd, 1997 and the Geological Map compilation workshop at the Mines and Minerals Division, Honiara, Solomon Islands;  October 3rd - October 17th, 1997.  Technical Report of    BGS International No WC/97/60.
  • Petterson M G. 1998. Report on Geological Map Compilation workshop, Mines and Minerals Division, Honiara, Solomon Islands; October 1997.  SOPAC Training Report No 75.  SOPAC Secretariat, Suva, Fiji.
  • Petterson M G. 1998. Report on Geological Map Compilation workshop, Mines and Minerals Division, Honiara, Solomon Islands; October 1997.  Article contribution to 'SOPAC News'. SOPAC Secretariat, Suva, Fiji.
  • Petterson M G, Neal C R, Mahoney, J J, Saunders A D, Babbs T, Duncan R A, Tolia D, Magu R, Qopoto C, Mahoa H, and Natogga D. 1999.  Geological and tectonic subdivision of Solomon Islands SW Pacific. Continental accretion and growth within an Intra - Oceanic  setting. Tectonophysics,    301, 35 - 60.
  • British Geological Survey. 2000. Millward D, Petterson M G, Beddoe-Stephens B, Johnson E W, Young B, et al.  Geological Memoir for Ambleside, Sheet 38, (England & Wales). Solid Geology 1:50 000. (Keyworth, Nottingham, British Geological Survey). 59.
  • Petterson, M.G. et al. 2000.  Geology of the Aberfoyle area of the southern Highlands.  2000. BGS Sheet Description.
  • Cronin S.J., Petterson, M G., Taylor, P., Planitz, A., 2000: Report on the workshop on volcanic hazards, operational support planning and awareness programs for Savo Volcano, Solomon Islands.  SOPAC Miscellaneous Report 373.  SOPAC, Suva, Fiji, 46 pp.
  • Petterson M.G. and Morgan D. 2000.  A review of the operation of the BGS matrix management structure with recommendations for changes.  BGS Internal Report, 26 pp.
  • Chapman G. C.  and Petterson M.G. 2001.  Can Britain's industry survive if strategic commodity supplies are threatened by war?  BGS Press release and presentation to the UK House of Commons All Party  Earth Science Committee.  November 2001.
  • Tejada., M.L.G., Mahoney, J.J., Neal, C.R., Duncan, R.A., and Petterson, M.G.  2002.  Basement geochemistry and geochronology of Central Malaita, Solomon Islands, with implications for the origin and evolution of the Ontong Java Plateau. Journal of Petrology. 43, No3, 449-484
  • Petterson, M.G. 2002. Become ambassadors for the mining industry,  Not in My Back Yard! : Are We Getting the Message Across that the Mining Industry is a Best Practice 21st Century Environmentally Sustainable Industry? International Mining and Minerals, Jan/Feb edition, pp38-40.  Publication    of the Institution of  Mining and Metallurgy.
  • Marker B and Petterson M.G. 2002.  Partnership for minerals planning in England, balancing assets with liabilities.  Earthwise No 18, pp 24-25.  British Geological Survey.
  • Petterson, M G, 2002. Minerals for a Crowded Island.  In press.  Earthwise No 19, 4-5.  British Geological Survey
  • Petterson, M.G., Cronin, S.J., Taylor, P.W Tolia, D, Papabatu, A., Toba, T., and Qopoto, C.  2003. The eruptive history and volcanic hazards of  Savo, Solomon Islands.  Bulletin of Volcanology. 65, 165-181.
  • Petterson., M.G. 2003.  Sustainable Minerals:  Is this a real possibility?  Geoscience and Development, Volume No 8.
  • Petterson., M.G. 2003.  Sustainable Minerals for the Developing and Developed World:  Is this a real possibility?   In:  Laming., D. (Ed)  Proceedings of the Conference on the role of natural resources and environment in sustainable development in South    and Southeast Asia.  Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan 17-21, 2003.
  • Petterson., M.G. and Treloar., P.J.  2003. Volcanostratigraphy of arc volcanic sequences in the Kohistan arc, North Pakistan:  volcanism within island arc, back-arc basin and intra-continental tectonic settings.  Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 2710, 1-32.
  • Cronin., S.J., Petterson,M.G., Taylor, P.W., and Biliki, R.  2003. Maximising multi-stakeholder participation in government and community volcanic hazard management programs: a case study from Savo, Solomon Islands.  Natural Hazards, 33, 105-136, Kluwer Publications.
  • Petterson. M.G. 2003.  Sustainable minerals development-is this a real possibility? Geoscience and Development, 8, 12-16.
  • Chapman, G. and Petterson, M.G.  2003. Strategic Minerals. GeoScientist.  13, 4-6.
  • Petterson, M.G. 2003.  Sustainable minerals in the Developing World.  Materials World, 11, No 8, 25-27.
  • Petterson, M.G. 2003.  Serving  the Nation: Geoscience solutions for a sustainable future.  A full account of the Science and Technology Scanning Exercise, September 2002 to end 2003.
  • Petterson., M.G. 2004.  The geology of north and central Malaita, Solomon Islands:  the thickest and most accessible part of the world’s largest (Ontong Java) ocean plateau.  In Fitton., J.G., Mahoney, J.J, Wallace, P.J, and Saunders, A.D. (Eds) 2004. Origin and Evolution    of the Ontong Java Plateau.  Special Publication of the Geological Society of London, 229, 63-81.
  • Tolia, D. and Petterson M.G. 2005.  Multi-stakeholder negotiations and mineral development.  A case study from Gold Ridge, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.  In ‘Sustainable Minerals Operations in the Developing World.’   Marker, B. Petterson, M.G., McEvoy, F.  and    Stephenson, M (Eds). Special Publication of the Geological Society of London No 250, pp 149-161.
  • Petterson, M.G., Gatliff, R., Riley, N. and Lee,. M.k.  2004. Theme 6:  Sustainable and secure energy supplies and mineral resources. Proposals for the British Geological Survey Core Strategic Programme 2005 – 2010.
  • Petterson, M.G. and Greenbaum, D.  2004. Institutional Strengthening of the Afghanistan Geological Survey.  Successful tender document proposed to UK Department for International Development. Project funds awarded:  £3.8M.
  • Marker, B., Petterson, M.G., McEvoy, F. and Stephenson, M.  (Editors) 2005.  Sustainable Minerals Operations in the Developing World.    Special Publication of the Geological Society of London. No 250, 249pp.
  • Petterson, M.G., Marker, B., McEvoy, F. and Falvey, D.A.  2005.  The need and context for sustainable mineral development.  In:  Marker, B., Petterson, M.G., McEvoy, F. and Stephenson, M.  (Editors) In Press.  Sustainable Minerals Operations    in the Developing World.    Special Publication of the Geological Society of London No 250, pp 5-9.
  • Marker, B., Petterson, M.G., McEvoy, F. and Stephenson, M.H.  2005.  Sustainable Minerals Operations in the Developing World.  In:  Marker, B., Petterson, M.G., McEvoy, F. and Stephenson, M.  (Editors) In Press.  Sustainable Minerals Operations    in the Developing World.  Special Publication of the Geological Society of London No 250, pp 1-5.
  • Petterson, M.G. 2005.  ‘An Analysis of Science and Management  Function, Strategy, Mission and Delivery at the Geological Survey of Western Australia’. 80pp.  Management in Confidence Report to the Geological Survey of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
  • Pickett, E, Hyslop, E, and Petterson, MG.  2006.  The Green Beds of the SW Highlands: deposition and origin of a basic igneous-rich sedimentary sequence in the Dalradian Supergroup of Scotland. Scottish Journal of the Geology, v42, (1), 43-57.
  • Smith, D.J., Jenkin, G.R.T., Naden, J., and Petterson, M.G.  2006.  Origin of fluids in the shallow geothermal environment of Savo, Solomon Islands, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 70, pA598.
  • Smith, D.J.,  GRT Jenkin, J Naden, MG Petterson, H Taylor, WG Darling, AJ Boyce, T Toba.  2007. “Alkaline fluids in a volcanic-hydrothermal system – Savo, Solomon Islands”.   9th biannual SGA meeting, Dublin, 2007, pp663-666.
  • Blight, J.H.S., Cunningham, D, & Petterson, M.G.  2008.  Crustal evolution of the Saykhandulaan Inlier, Mongolia: Implications for Palaeozoic arc magmatism, polyphase deformation and terrane accretion. In the SE Gobi Mineral belt.  Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v    32, pp142-164.
  • Petterson M G, Tolia D, Papabatu A, Toba T, and Qopota C. 2008.  A volcanic hazard  study  of Savo  volcano, Solomon Islands, SW Pacific.  Published in Taylor P W (editor) 'Volcanic Hazards and emergency management in the SW Pacific'.  SOPAC    Technical Bulletin No 11, Suva, Fiji.
  • Petterson, M.G., Tolia,D., Cronin,S.J., and Addison, R.  2008. Communicating geoscience to indigenous people: examples from the Solomon Islands.  In:  ‘Communicating Geoscience’.  In Liverman, D., Pereira, C.P.G., and Marker, B. (Eds).2008.  ‘Communicating    Environmental Geoscience’ Special Publication of the Geological Society of London No 308, pp141-161.
  • Petterson. M.G. 2008.  Minerals sustainability, emerging economies, the developing world, and the ‘truth’ behind the rhetoric. Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences. Volume 57, No 2, pp 57-74.
  • Smith, D. J., Petterson, M.G., Saunders, A.D., Millar I.L., Jenkin G.R.T., Toba T.,  Naden, J. & Cook J.M.  2009.  The petrogenesis of sodic island arc magmas at Savo volcano, Solomon Islands. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology.  Volume 158, pp785-801.
  • Petterson M.G., Magu. R., Mason. A, Mahoa, H.  2009. A first geological map of Makira, Solomon Islands: stratigraphy, structure, and tectonic implications.  SOPAC Technical Bulletin  No 11. In:  Petterson, M.G. (Editor) Pacific Minerals in the new Millenium: Science,    Exploration, Mining, and Community : The Jackson Lum Volume. Suva, Fiji: SOPAC Secretariat
  • Petterson, M.G,, Coleman, P.J., Tolia, D., Mahoa, M., and Magu, R.  2009.  Application of terrain modelling of Solomon Islands, SW Pacific, to metallogenesis and mineral exploration in composite arc - ocean floor terrain collages.  In: Petterson, M.G. (Editor) 2009.  Pacific    Minerals in the new Millenium: Science, Exploration, Mining, and Community : The Jackson Lum Volume .  Suva, Fiji: SOPAC Secretariat, 2009, pp 93-115.
  • Petterson, M.G. (Editor).  2009. SOPAC  Thematic Bulletin:  Pacific Minerals in the new Millenium: Science, Exploration, Mining, and Community : The Jackson Lum Volume .  Suva, Fiji. 180pp.
  • Benham, A.J., Kovac, P., Petterson, M.G., Rojkovic, I., Styles, M.T., Gunn, A.G., McKervey, J.A. and Wasy, A. 2009.   Chromite and PGE in the Logar Ophiolite Complex, Afghanistan. Transactions of the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, B. Applied Earth Sciences, v 118, 45-58.
  • Smith, D.J., Jenkin, G.R.T., Naden, J., Boyce, A., Petterson, M.G., Toba, T., Darling, G., Taylor, H. and Millar, I. 2010.  Stable isotope evidence for magmatic contributions to the alkaline hydrothermal system at Savo, Solomon Islands.  Chemical Geology. Volume 275, Issues 1–2, July 2010, Pages 35–49
  • Smith, D.J., Jenkin, G.R., Naden, J., Boyce, A.J., Petterson, M.G., Toba, T., Darling, W., Taylor, H., Millar, I.L.  2010. Anomalous alkaline sulphate fluids produced in a magmatic hydrothermal system – Savo, Solomon Islands.  Chemical Geology, Volume 275, pp35-49.
  • Blight, J.H.S., Petterson, M.G. & Cunningham, D,. 2010.  The Oyut Ulaan Volcanic Group, SE Gobi, Mongolia:  evolution of a polyphase volcanic field and implications for timing of terrane accretion. Journal of the Geological Society of London, Volume 167, p491-509. 167(3):491-509 · April    2010
  • Blight, J.H.S., Petterson, M.G. & Cunningham, D and Crowley, Q.  2010. . Granites of the Southern Mongolia Carboniferous Arc: New Geochronological and Geochemical Constraints.  Lithos, Volume 116, pp35-52.
  • Kiddle, E.J., Sparks, R.S.J. Petterson, M.G., and Loughlin, S. 2010.  Crustal nodules and the petrological crustal structure of the upper crust beneath Montserrat, Lesser Antilles.  Journal of Geophysical Research. Volume 37, L00E11, doi:10.1029/2009GL042145.
  • Petterson, M.G. 2010,.  A review of the geology and tectonics of the Kohistan island arc, north Pakistan.  Journal of the Geological Society of London, Special Publication, Volume 338, p 287-327.
  • Petterson, M.G., Haldane, M, Smith, D.J., and Jordan, N.  2011. Geochemistry and petrogenesis of the Gallego Volcanic Group and geo-tectonic implications, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.  Lithos, Volume 125, p915-927.
  • Smith, D.J., Jenkin, G.R.T., .Petterson, M.G.. Naden, J., Fielder, S., Toba, T,. and Chenery, S.R.N.  2011  Unusual mixed silica–carbonate deposits from magmatic-hydrothermal hot springs, Savo, Solomon Islands.  Journal of the Geological Society of London. December 2011 Journal    of the Geological Society, 168, 1297-1310.
  • Petterson, M.G., Fazey, I., Dibben C.J., Gaillard, J.C.  2011. Resilience to volcanic and tsunami hazards within indigenous communities in archipelago nations.  Report for the NERC project, Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards Programme.
  • Watson, S., Petterson, M.G., Lang, S., Kienberger, S, Hagenlocher, M., Rudge J., and Coker, R. 2012. Trans-disciplinary research to improve health systems’ disaster readiness and response.  Bulletin of the World Health Organisation. Volume 90, 558-558B. DOIC 10.2471/BLT.12.106120
  • Faryad, S.W., Collett, S., Petterson, M., and Sergeev, S.A. 2013. Magmatism and metamorphism linked to the accretion of crustal blocks, south of the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan. Lithos, v175-176, p302-314.
  • Robbins, J.C., Petterson, M.G., Mylne, K., and Espi., J.  2013. The Tumbi landslide, Papua New Guinea.  Rainfall Induced?  Landslides.  Online version published as DOI 10.1007/s10346-013-0422-4 Received: 17 September 2012  Accepted: 26 June 2013. Landslides
  • October 2013, Volume 10, Issue 5, pp 673–684
  • Tapster., Roberts, N.M.W., Petterson, M.G., Saunders, A,D. and Naden, J.  2014. From continent to intra-oceanic arc: zircon xenocrysts record crustal evolution of the Solomon Island Arc.  Geology. First published online October 24, 2014, doi: 10.1130/G36033.1 v. 42 no. 12 p. 1087-1090
  • Petterson, M.G. 2015.  A review of the Ministries of Mines, Geology and Energy, Solomon Islands Government.  Confidential report for Solomon Islands Government.
  • Robbins J.C., and Petterson M.G. 2015. Landslide inventory development in a data sparse region: spatial and temporal characteristics of landslides in Papua New Guinea.  Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 3, 4871–4917, 2015.  www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/3/4871/2015/ doi:10.5194/nhessd-3-4871-2015
  • Petterson, M.G. and Movono, M. 2015.  Explorations in Integrated Working for SPC: new approaches to climate change and disaster risk reduction.  Publication of the Pacific Community, Suva, Fiji. 56pp.
  • Tapster, S., Condon, D., Naden, J., Noble S.R., Petterson, M.G., Roberts, N.M.W., Saunders, A.D., and Smith, D.  2016. Rapid thermal rejuvenation of high-crystallinity magma linked to porphyry copper deposit formation; evidence from the Koloula Porphyry Prospect, Solomon Islands. Earth and    Planetary Science Letters, 442, 206-217. .
  • Petterson, M.G., and Tawake, A.  2016.  Towards Inclusive Development in the Pacific Using Geoscience.  In  Wessell. G., and Greenberg. J.K., (Eds): ‘Geoscience for the public good and global development: toward a sustainable future’. Special volume of the Geological    Survey of America, No 520, pp 459-478.  Publication of the Geological Society of America.
  • Petterson, M.G. 2016.  Honiara Hospital Relocation: A Provisional Hazards and Ground Condition Assessment.   Confidential Report for Solomon Islands Government.
  • Petterson, M.G., 2017. Geothermal Energy Potential of selected Pacific Island countries and Territories.  In Proceedings of the 50th anniversary meeting of CCOP (Council for Geoscience Programmes, East and Southeast Asia).  Bangkok. 12pp.
  • Petterson, M.G. & Tawaki, A.  2017. Deep Sea Minerals in the Pacific. SSGM IN Brief  2017/9. Canberra, ANU.
  • Petterson., M.G. Submitted and in review. Plutonic and volcanic rocks of Kohistan, North Pakistan: implications for island arc genesis and evolution.  IN Treloar, P.J. and Dearle, M.P. (Eds): The Himalayas: A modern Synthesis.  Special Publication of the Geological Society of London.
  • Petterson, M.G., and Tawake, A. In Review.  Towards a sustainable development approach for Deep Sea Manganese Nodule Mining in Cook Islands, South Pacific.  Ocean & Coastal Governance.
  • Petterson, M.G., Kim, K., Tawake, A.K., Smith, R., and Vopel, K.  Invited chapter for:  Ocean Geoscience and Sustainable Development Goal Number 14.  In Gill, J. (Ed) ‘Geoscience and the UN Sustainable Development Goals’.  Special Publication of the Geological    Society of London.

Geological Maps

I have contributed to the following maps published by the British Geological Survey.  These maps are stored at the BGS headquarters in Keyworth Nottingham and/or Edinburgh.

  • Petterson M G, Beddoe-Stephens, & Davis N.  1992. NY10NE, (Cumbria), 1:10 000 scale.
  • Petterson M G, Beddoe-Stephens B, & Reedman A J.  1992. NY10NW, (Cumbria).  1:10 000 scale.
  • Beddoe-Stephens B & Petterson M G.  1992. NY 10 SE, (Cumbria).  1:10 000 scale.
  • Petterson M G, Beddoe-Stephens B, & Johnson E W.  1992. NY30NE, (Cumbria).  1:10 000 scale.
  • Beddoe-Stephens, Johnson E W, & Petterson M G.  1992. NY30NW, (Cumbria).  1:10 000 scale.
  • Petterson M G, Beddoe-Stephens B, & Barnes R.  1999 NY 00 NE, (Cumbria).  1: 10 000 scale.
  • Beddoe-Stephens B, Petterson M G,  & Barnes R.  1999 NY 00 SE, (Cumbria).  1: 10 000 scale.
  • Petterson  M G (Project Leader).  1999.   Five 1:10,000 scale maps used to compile the 1: 50 000 scale Aberfoyle map.
  • Petterson M G (Project Leader).  2000. Two 1:10 000 scale maps used to compile the 1: 50 000 scale Killin map.
  • British Geological Survey. 2004.  WHITEHAVEN.  England & Wales Sheet 28.  Bedrock. 1:50 000 Series.  BGS Keyworth, Nottingham.
  • British Geological Survey. 2004.  WHITEHAVEN.  England & Wales Sheet 28.  Solid & Drift Geology. 1:50 000 Series.  BGS Keyworth, Nottingham.
  • British Geological Survey. 1998.  AMBLESIDE.  England & Wales Sheet 38.  Bedrock. 1:50 000 Series.  BGS Keyworth, Nottingham.
  • British Geological Survey. 1998.  AMBLESIDE.  England & Wales Sheet 38.  Solid and Drift Geology. 1:50 000 Series.  BGS Keyworth, Nottingham.
  • British Geological Survey. 1999.  KESWICK.  England & Wales Sheet 29.  Bedrock. 1:50 000 Series.  BGS Keyworth, Nottingham.
  • British Geological Survey. 1999.  KESWICK.  England & Wales Sheet 29.  Solid and Drift. Geology 1:50 000 Series.  BGS Keyworth, Nottingham.
  • British Geological Survey. 1999.  GOSFORTH.  England & Wales Sheet 37.  Bedrock. 1:50 000 Series.  BGS Keyworth, Nottingham.
  • British Geological Survey. 1999.  GOSFORTH.  England & Wales Sheet 37.  Solid and Drift Geology. 1:50 000 Series.  BGS Keyworth, Nottingham.
  • British Geological Survey. 2003.  CONISTON.  England & Wales Sheet SD 29/39, NY 20/30 Solid and Drift Geology.  1: 25 000 Series.  BGS Keyworth, Nottingham.
  • British Geological Survey. 2004.  ABERFOYLE.  Scotland Sheet 38E.  Bedrock. 1:50 000 Series.  BGS Keyworth, Nottingham.
  • Maps published by the Water and Mineral Resources Division of the Ministry of Energy, Water & Mineral Resources, Honiara, Solomon Islands.
  • McGrail B A & Petterson M G.  1996. Malaita.  Sheet 8/160/11.  !: 50 000 scale.
  • McGrail B  A & Petterson.  1996.  Malaita. Sheet 8/160/12.  1 : 50 000 scale.
  • McGrail B  A & Petterson M G.  1996.  Malaita. Sheet 8/160/15.  1:50 000 scale.
  • Petterson M G & McGrail B A.  1996. Malaita.  Sheet 8/160/16.  1:50 000 scale.
  • Petterson & McGrail B A. 1996. Malaita.  Sheet 8/161/13.  1:50 000 scale.
  • Petterson  M G & McGrail B A.  1996. Malaita.  Sheet 8/161/13.  1: 50 000 scale
  • Petterson M G & McGrail B A.  1996. Malaita. Sheet  9/160/4.  1 : 50 000 scale.
  • McGrail B A, Petterson M G, & Barron A J M. North and Central Malaita.  1 : 100 000 and 1 : 150 000 scales.
  • Petterson M G et al.  2009:  Compiler of first Geological Map of Makira at 1: 50,000 scale with direct contributions to four individual 1:50,000 map sheets.
  • Contributions to Himalayan Compilation Maps:
  • Petterson M G, 1991. Contributor to: 'Geological map of the Central Karakoram Mountains'  M. P Searle. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Petterson M G, 1996.  Contributor to 'Geology of North Pakistan and adjacent areas of northern Ladakh and western Tibet.  Edited by M P Searle and M. Asif Khan.  John Wiley & Sons.

Examples of Abstracts Published in Conference Proceedings

  • Windley B F, Petterson M G, & Kumar S.  April 1985. Basic dykes and their role in the tectonic evolution of the NW.Himalayas.  Himalayan Workshop, University of Toronto, Canada.
  • Petterson M G, Windley B F, & Rex D.  December 1985.  Geochemical and time constraints on the evolution of the Kohistan arc-batholith. Himalayan workshop. Leicester, UK.
  • Petterson M G, Saunders A D, Luff I W,  Windley B F, & Rex D C.  November 1987.  The Kohistan arc-batholith: a case study in the multi-stage genesis and evolution of the continental crust.  Himalayan Workshop.  Imperial College, London, UK.
  • Johnson E W, Millward D, Beddoe-Stephens B, & Petterson M G.  November 1987.  Volcano-stratigraphy of the Borrowdale Volcanic Group in the SW Lake District. Yorkshire Geological Society Meeting; 'Lake District Geology'.  Circular No 399.
  • Millward D, Petterson M G, & Colman T.  February 1988.  Minor intrusions in the western Lake District.  Yorkshire Geological Society Meeting on 'Igneous intrusions in N. England and S. Scotland'.  Circular No 403.
  • Petterson M G, Beddoe-Stephens B, Millward D, Johnson E W, & Marriner G F.  March 1991. Stratigraphy and lithological variations within the Ordovician Borrowdale Volcanic Group: the construction of a 2.5km thick pre-caldera plateau andesite field.  Presented at the European Union    of Geoscientists, Strasbourg, France.  Published in Terra Abstracts (EUG 6), Vol 3,  No 1 4/60.
  • Petterson M G,  et al,.  January 1991. Stratigraphy and lithological variations within the Ordovician Borrowdale Volcanic Group: the construction of a 2.5km thick pre-caldera plateau andesite field.  Abstract of the Volcanic Studies Group Meeting, Cardiff, UK.
  • Humayun M, Petterson M G, & Windley B F.  September 1991.  Oxygen isotopic study of the Kohistan batholith.  Abstracts of the American Geophysical Meeting.  San Francisco, USA.
  • Beddoe-Stephens B, Petterson M G, Millward D, Marriner G F, & Johnson E W.  January 1992.  Magma cyclicity during the construction of an ancient calc-alkaline volcanic arc - the Lower Borrowdale Group.  Abstracts of the Volcanic Studies Group Meeting, Lancaster, UK.
  • Petterson M G, Beddoe-Stephens B, Millward D & Johnson E W.  May 1992.  The Lower Borrowdale Group: a low topography volcanic field within an Ordovician island arc. Abstracts of the Volcanic Studies Group Meeting.  Cambridge, UK.
  • Beddoe-Stephens B, Petterson M G, Millward D, Marriner G F, & Johnson E W.  May 1992.  Magma cyclicity within an Ordovician island arc ; Evidence from the Lower Borrowdale Volcanic Group.  Abstracts of the Volcanic Studies Group Meetings. Cambridge, UK.
  • Petterson M G, Crawford M B, & Humayun M. April 1992.  Sr, Nd, and O isotope data from the Kohistan batholith, N. Pakistan: constraints on the evolution of the Kohistan mantle and crust from 102Ma to 30Ma.  7th Himalaya-Karakorum-Tibet Workshop. Oxford.
  • Millward D, Beddoe-Stephens B,  Petterson M G, Williamson I T, & Johnson E W.  November 1992.  Multiple caldera-related eruptive cycles in the Borrowdale Volcanic Group of the English Lake District.  Thematic meeting of the Yorkshire Geological Society on    'Tertiary and Palaeozoic volcanism in Britain'.  Keyworth, Nottingham, UK.
  • Millward D, Beddoe-Stephens B, Petterson M G, Williamson I T, & Young S R.  October 1993.  Caldera-related ignimbrite sequences within the Lower Borrowdale Volcanic Group of the Western Lake District.  Yorkshire Geological Society thematic meeting entitled 'Advances    in West Cumbrian geology resulting from the NIREX investigations around Sellafield. Keyworth, Nottingham, UK.
  • Saunders A D, Babbs T, Norry M J, Petterson M G, McGrail B A,  Mahoney J J, & Neal C R.  December 1993. Depth of emplacement of ocean plateau basaltic lavas, Ontong Java Plateau, Malaita, Solomon Islands.  American Geophysical Union. San Francisco, USA.
  • Mahoney J J,  Neal C R,  Petterson M G, McGrail B A, Saunders A D, Babbs T L, & Norry M J. December 1993.  Speculations from field and geophysical observations of the Ontong Java Plateau.  American Geophysical Union.  San Francisco, USA.
  • Babbs T L, Saunders A D, Norry M J, Petterson M G, McGrail B A, Mahoney J J, & Neal C R.  April 1994.  Eruptive environment of basaltic lavas on Malaita, Solomon Islands, and implications for the formation of the Ontong Java Plateau.  UK Geophysical Union. London, UK.
  • Treloar P J, Petterson M G, and Jan M Q.  April 1995.  A re-evaluation of the stratigraphy and early evolution of the Kohistan arc sequence: implications for magmatic and tectonic arc building processes. Himalaya-Karakorum-Tibet Workshop. Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Babbs T L, Saunders, A D., Kempton P D, Petterson, M G, Neal C N, & Mahoney, J J.  April 1995.  Compositionally homogeneous basalts from the Ontong Java Plateau: implications for mantle melting and source characteristics.  European Union of Geoscientists.  Strasbourg.    Published in Terra Nova &, EUG Abstracts Supplement 1, 164.
  • Petterson, M G, Magu, R, Qopoto, C, Natogga D, Mahoa, H, Neal, C R,  Mahoney, J J, Duncan R A, Babbs T L,  & Saunders A D.  October 1995. Towards a new geological framework for Solomon Islands: results of recent geological and geochemical investigations of Malaita,    Isabel, Ulawa, Makira, Guadalcanal, and Choiseul, (1989 - 1995).  STAR session of the annual meeting of SOPAC, Suva, Fiji.
  • Petterson, M G, , Natogga D, Mahoa, H, McGrail, B A, Mason, A, Bana, A, Basi, S, Diau, P, Neal, C R, Mahoney, J J, Babbs T L, & Saunders A D.  October 1995. Stratigraphy and deformation of Malaita, (Solomon Islands); New evidence from 1990-1995 geological surveys. Implications for the    deformation and obduction of the Ontong Java Plateau. STAR session of the annual meeting of SOPAC, Suva, Fiji.
  • Petterson M G, Neal, C R, Saunders A D, Babbs T L, Mahoney J J, & Duncan R A.  December 1995.  Speculations regarding the evolution of the Ontong Java Plataeau.  American Geophysical Union .  San Francisco.
  • Neal, C R,  Schaefer, J J, Mahoney J J, and Petterson M G. 1995.  Uplift associated with large igneous province petrogenesis:  a case study from the Ontong Java Plateau, SW Pacific.  Abstracts with programs.  27, No 6, Geological  Society of    America, p A48.
  • Jain J C, O'Neill J A, Neal C R, Mahoney J J, and Petterson M G.  1995.  Siderohphile elements in large igneous provinces:   Origin of the Ontong Java plateau at the core - mantle boundary. Eos Transactions.  American Geophysical Union.  76.  Fall    Meeting Supplement,  p714.
  • Petterson, M.G., Tolia, D., Qopoto, C., Papabatu, A., Toba, T. 1997.  Understanding            the Volcanological Record of Savo Island, Solomon Islands. In Eds Crook, K.A., and Howorth R. Abstracts of Papers Presented at the STAR    Session 1997. SOPAC Miscellaneous Report, no.263, pp27-29.
  • Petterson, M.G., Tolia, D., Qopoto, C., Papabatu, A., Toba, T. (1997b) Towards a Volcanic Hazard Assessment of Savo Volcano, Solomon Islands. In Eds Crook, K.A., and Howarth R. Abstracts of Papers Presented at the STAR Session 1997. SOPAC Miscellaneous Report, no.263, pp30-31.
  • Petterson, M G, Neal, C R, Mahoney J J, Kroenke, L, Saunders, A D, Babbs, T, Duncan R, Tolia, D, McGrail, B, & Barron M.  1997. Structure and deformation of North & Central Malaita, Solomon Islands: Tectonic Implications for the Ontong Java Plateau - Solomon Arc Collision and for the    fate of ocean plateaus. In Eds Crook, K.A.,and Howarth R. Abstracts of Papers Presented at the STAR Session 1997. SOPAC Miscellaneous Report, no.263,  pp27-29.
  • Petterson, M G, Tolia, D, Mahoa, H, Magu, R.  1998 (In Press). A New GeoTectonic Framework for Solomon Islands: Implications for Metallogenetic Modelling and Exploration. Pacific Exploration Technology Conference, Nadi, Fiji, Setember 1998.
  • Petterson,  M G.,  Magu, R,    Mason, A, Mahoa  H,  Tolia D, Neal  C R, Mahoney, JJ, and Duncan, R A.    1998.   A first Geological Map of Makira, Solomon Islands:  Stratigraphy, Structure and    Tectonic Implications.  Abstracts of papers presented at the STAR session 1998. SOPAC Miscellaneous Report.  Suva, Fiji.
  • Petterson, M.G., Coleman, P.J., and  Tolia, D.  1999. A  Spatial Mineralization Model for Solomon Islands.  Abstracts of papers presented at the STAR session 1999. SOPAC Miscellaneous Report.  Suva, Fiji.
  • Petterson, M G., Wallace, S. and Tolia, D.  1999. Explosive Surseyan Eruptions from Kavachi, Solomon Islands in 1961, 1970, 1976, 1978, 1991, 1998, and 1999. . Abstracts of papers presented at the STAR session 1999.  SOPAC Miscellaneous Report.  Suva, Fiji.
  • Hyslop, E.K.,. Pickett E.A.,. Petterson, M.G. and. Cooper, M.A.  1999.  Volcaniclastic deposition within a plume influenced rift basin on the Laurentian margin: new evidence from theGreen Beds in the Dalradian Supergroup of Scotland and Ireland.  British Sedimentological    Research Group Meeting.  Edinburgh, December 1999.
  • Burt, E., Petterson, M.G. and Treloar, P.  1999. Sedimetological facies variations of the Ben Ledi Formation, Dalradian Supergroup, southern Scotland: Implications for Upper Dalradian basin evolution. British Sedimentological Research Group Meeting. Edinburgh, December 1999.
  • Burt E.C.,. Petterson M.G. 2000.  A basin model for the Dalradian Southern Highland Group in the SW Highlands of Scotland.  International Association of Sedimentology.  Dublin.
  • Burt, E C, Cooper, M R, Johnston T P, and Petterson M G. 2000.  Sedimentology and depositional setting of Argyll and Southern Highland Group sequences in the Northern Ireland Dalradian, U.K. International Association of Sedimentology.  Dublin, Sep 2000.
  • Cronin, S,  Petterson, M G, and Taylor P W. Community-government-scientist interactions: A volcanic hazards workshop with a difference on Savo volcano, Solomon Islands. Abstracts of papers presented at the STAR session 2000. SOPAC Miscellaneous Report.  Suva, Fiji.
  • Taylor, P.W, Scott, B, and Petterson, M.G. Submarine Volcanic Activity in the Southwest Pacific: Examples from the Kingdom of Tonga and the Solomon Islands. Abstracts of papers presented at the STAR session 2000.  SOPAC Miscellaneous Report.  Suva, Fiji.
  • Burt, E.B., Cooper, M.R., Johnston, T.P., and Petterson, M.G., Sedimentology and depositional setting of Argyll and Southern Highland Group sequences in the Northern Ireland Dalradian, U.K. U.K. International Association of Sedimentology.  Dublin, Sep 2000.
  • Hyslop, E.K., Pickett, E.A.,. Petterson M.G., Noble, S.R.   Mixed volcanogenic and siliciclastic sediments within a plume influenced rift basin on the Laurentian margin: new evidence from the ‘Green Beds’ in the Dalradian Supergroup of Scotland and Ireland. International Association of Sedimentology.  Dublin,    Sep 2000.
  • Cronin, S., Petterson, M.G., and  Taylor, P. W.   Managing different perspectives and using traditional knowledge for volcanic risk management on Savo volcano, Solomon Islands.  Cities on Volcanoes  Meeting , in Auckland NZ, February  2001.
  • Taylor, P.W., Cronin, S.J., Petterson, M.G. Assessing and managing volcanic hazards in the SW Pacific – the needs of the region and the story so far. Cities on Volcanoes Meeting , in Auckland NZ, February 2001.
  • Petterson, M.G., Taylor, P.W., Cronin, S.J., Biliki, R. and Toba, T.  Preliminary volcanic hazard assessment of Savo volcano, Solomon Islands: myths, legends and science. . Cities on Volcanoes  Meeting , in Auckland NZ, February  2001.
  • Petterson, M.G. 2001.  Solomon Islands, SW Pacific: a highly fractured arc system developed within a transpressional intra-oceanic subduction environment. Intra-oceanic subduction systems: tectonic and magmatic processes.  Geological Society of London meeting. London. September 13-14,    2001.
  • Bignold, S. M., Treloar P. J., and Petterson, M.G.  2001. The Chalt Volcanic Group, Kohistan, N.Pakistan; formation of a small back arc basin.  16th Himalayan Karakoram  Tibet workshop.  Published in Journal of Asian Earth Sciences. 19; 3A, pp 4.
  • Cronin, S., Neall, V., Stewart, R., Petterson, M G., Platz  T., and Gaylord D 2002.  Phreatomagmatism and block-and-ash flow fan architecture at  Egmont (New Zealand) and Savo (Solomon Islands): a comparative approach. Mt Pellee Anniversary Conference, Martinique.
  • Petterson, M.G. 2003.  Making  Sustainable Mineral Development work for the  Developing World:  Is this a real possibility?  International Conference on the role of natural resources and environment in sustainable development in South and Southeast Asia.  Dhaka,    Bangladesh, Jan 17-21, 2003.
  • Petterson, M.G.  and Chapman G.R. 2003.  Minerals for a Crowded Island  International Conference on the role of natural resources and environment in sustainable development in South and Southeast Asia.  Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan 17-21, 2003.
  • Petterson, M.G., Treloar P.J., Bignold, S., and Khan, M.A.  2003.  Volcanostratigraphy of island arc, back-arc and intra-continental volcanic sequences in the Kohistan arc, North Pakistan.  Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet  Workshop, 2-4 April, 2003.  Ascona,    Switzerland. Published, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences.
  • Petterson, M.G., Treloar P.J., Bignold, S., and Khan, M.A.  2003.  Volcanostratigraphy of island arc, back-arc and intra-continental volcanic sequences in the Kohistan arc, North Pakistan.  European Union of Geosciences. Nice.  April 2003.
  • Petterson, M.G. December 2003 The Role of Minerals Geoscience  within the British Geological Survey.  Workshops on River Mining in Costa Rica and Jamaica.
  • Petterson, M.G. September 4-11 2004. Reconstructing Afghanistan with minerals.  British Association Festival of Science, Exeter UK.
  • Blight., J, Cunningham, D, Petterson,M.G. and Naden J.  January 2005. The Geo-Tectonic Framework of Cu-Au Porphyry Style Mineralization  around Oyut Ulaan. SE Gobi Desert, Mongolia.  Mineral Deposit Study Group. Belfast.  Winner of best presentation.
  • Blight., J, Cunningham, D, Petterson,M.G. and Naden J.  January 2005. Mesothermal mega-quartz veins, SE Gobi, Mongolia.  Mineral Deposit Study Group. Belfast.  Winner of best poster.
  • Smith, D.J., Boyce, A., Chenery, S., Darling, G.,  Jenkin. G.R.J., Naden, J.,  Petterson, M.G.,  Saunders, A.D., Taylor, H.,  Toba, T. 2006. Fluid sources of the hydrothermal system of an emergent volcano, Savo, Solomon Islands.  Mineral Deposit Study    Group. London.
  • Smith, D.J., G.R.T. Jenkin, J. Naden, M.G. Petterson, A.J. Boyce, T. Toba.  2007.  "Carbonate-silica sinters above a magmatic-hydrothermal system, Savo, Solomon Islands" Geological Society of London Bicentenary Conference, Minerals and Magmas.  London.
  • Smith, D.J., GRT Jenkin, AD Saunders, MG Petterson, J Naden, T Toba.  2007 "Finding Solomon's Gold", UK GRAD Midlands Hub Regional Poster Competition, University of Warwick.
  • Smith,D.J., GRT Jenkin, AD Saunders, MG Petterson, J Naden, T Toba.  2007. "Finding Solomon's Gold", University of Leicester Festival of Postgraduate Research  (Winner of Tangible results Master Prize for Best Presentation)
  • Smith, D.J., GRT Jenkin, AJ Boyce, MG Petterson, J Naden, T Toba, AD Saunders, H Taylor.  2007, “Savo Volcano - a modern high sulphidation system with a carbonate cap?” University of Leicester research presentation (Winner, P.C. Sylvester-Bradley Award)
  • Smith, D.J., GRT Jenkin, AJ Boyce, MG Petterson, J Naden, T Toba, AD Saunders, H Taylor, 2007 . “Savo Volcano - a modern high sulphidation system with a carbonate cap?” Mineral Deposits Studies Group Annual Winter Meeting, , University of Brighton.
  • Smith, D.J., GRT Jenkin, AJ Boyce, S Chenery, WG Darling, MG Petterson, J Naden, T Toba, AD Saunders, H Taylor, T Toba, G Albert, W Satokana, A Ramo, 2006,  “Preliminary petrogenetic thoughts on Savo Volcano”. SOPAC STAR Session, Honiara, Solomon Islands.
  • Smith, D.J., GRT Jenkin, AJ Boyce, S Chenery, WG Darling, MG Petterson, J Naden, T Toba, AD Saunders, H Taylor, T Toba, G Albert, W Satokana, A Ramo, 2006, “Origin of fluids in the shallow geothermal environment of Savo, Solomon Islands. ” SOPAC STAR Session, Honiara, Solomon Islands.
  • Smith, D.J., GRT Jenkin, AJ Boyce, J Naden, MG Petterson,. 2006.  “Origin of fluids in the shallow geothermal environment of Savo, Solomon Islands” at 16th Annual VM Goldschmidt Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Smith, D.J., AJ Boyce, S Chenery, WG Darling, GRT Jenkin, J Naden, MG Petterson, AD Saunders, H Taylor, T Toba. 2006.  ‘Fluid sources in the hydrothermal system of an emergent volcano – Savo, Solomon Islands” University of Leicester research presentation (Runner up, P.C. Sylvester-Bradley    Award).
  • Smith, D.J. AJ Boyce, S Chenery, WG Darling, GRT Jenkin, J Naden, MG Petterson, AD Saunders, H Taylor, T Toba,. 2006.  “Fluid sources in the hydrothermal system of an emergent volcano – Savo, Solomon Islands” at Mineral Deposits Studies Group Annual Winter Meeting, , the Natural History Museum,    London.
  • Petterson ,M.G., Coleman, P.J., Tolia, D., Mahoa, H., Qopoto, C. & Toba, T,.  2006.  Predictive metallogenic modelling in Solomon Islands: integrating crustal genesis and evolution and composite transform-convergent tectonics.  SOPAC STAR Session, Honiara, Solomon Islands.
  • Petterson, M.G. 2007.  Minerals sustainability, emerging economies, the developing world and the truth behind the rhetoric.  Biannual conferenece of the Association of European Geological Societies. Tallin, Estonia.
  • Kiddle, E, Sparks, R.S.J., Petterson, M.G. and Loughlin, S. 2008. Seacalypso and Montserrat nodules.  American Geophysical Union.  San Francisco.
  • Kiddle, E, Sparks, R.S.J., Petterson, M.G. and Loughlin, S. 2009. Insights Into the Magmatic System and Crustal Structure at Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat (Lesser Antilles) From Plutonic Nodules. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group, Geological Society of London.
  • Kiddle, E.,  Kent, A.J.R., Loughlin, S.,  Petterson, M.G., and  Sparks, R.S.J.  2009. Temporal variations of Li and other trace elements from the current eruption of the Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat.  MicroAnalysis, Processes, Time (MAPT), Mineralogical    Society, Edinburgh 31st Aug - 2nd Sep.
  • Tapster, S., Petterson, M.G., Jenkin, G.R.T., Saunders, A.D., Smith, D.J., Naden, J. 2011.  Preliminary petrogenetic and geodynamic controls on magmatic-hydrothermal Cu and Au mineralisation of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.  Ediciones Universidad Catolica del Norte. 73-75.
  • Petterson, M. (2014). Geoscience Contributions to Infrastructure & Energy Development in the Pacific. Busan Korea. Government of Korea Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation.
  • Petterson, M. (2016). Deep Sea Mineral activities in the Pacific Islands Region. Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Foundation, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Petterson, M. (2016). Pacific Natural Hazards and Disasters and the Contribution of Geospatial Science. In GeoSmart Asia 2016 Secretariat (Ed.), Geospatial PPP for Business and Society, GeoSmart Asia 2016. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Petterson, M. (2016). Geothermal Energy Prospects in Selected Pacific island Countries and Territories. Contributory paper for the 50th Anniversary Conference of CCOP (Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia ), 50th Anniversary Volume. Retrieved from http://www.ccop.or.th/
  • Petterson, M., & Taylor, P. W. (2017). Finding a Volcanic Voice in a Multiple Hazard World: Experience from a Pacific Regional Organisation. In IAVCEI 2017 Scientific Assembly: Fostering integrated studies of volcanism. Oregon USA.
  • Petterson, M.G. and Tawake, A.K.  2017. Challenges and Insights for the Development of Pacific Deep Sea Mineral Resources.  YNU Deeps Conference.  Yokohama, Japan, November 2017

PhD Students Supervised

  • Mike Sullivan  (1988 – 92).  With Prof. Brian Windley, Leicester University.  The geology of the roof zone of the Kohistan Batholith, North Pakistan. PhD awarded.
  • Tanya Babbs (1993 – 1996). With Professor Andrew Saunders, Leicester University.  Petrogenesis of the Ontong Java Plateau exposed on Malaita, Solomon Islands.  PhD awarded.
  • Elaine Burt (1998 – 2001). With Dr Peter Treloar, Kingston University.  Sedimentology of the Southern Highland Group, Dalradian Supergroup, Southern Scotland. CASE award  between  BGS, Shell (with Dr Brian Glover) and NERC.  PhD awarded.
  • Martin Howard  (1999 – 2005). With Professor  Godfrey Fitton, Edinburgh University.  Petrogenesis of  600Ma basaltic magmatism on the Laurentian margin of Scotland and North America. CASE award between BGS and NERC.  PhD awarded.
  • James Blight (2002-2006).  With Dr Dickson Cunningham, Leicester University. Metallogenic and terrane modelling in southern Mongolia.  CASE award between BGS and NERC.  In 2005 James was awarded two prizes at the January MDSG meeting of the Geol Soc of London for ‘Best    Student Presentation’ and ‘Best Student Poster’.  PhD awarded.
  • Daniel Smith  (2004-2008).    With Dr Gawen Jenkin and Professor Andrew Saunders  Leicester University.  Understanding active and fossil magmatic-hydrothermal mineralising processes within an emergent volcano.  Case study:  Savo,    Solomon Islands.  Leicester University, UK.  PhD awarded.
  • Emma Kiddle (2007-2011). With Professor Steven Sparks FRS, Bristol University.  Petrogenesis of Montserrat Volcano, 1995 to present day, Montserrat, Lesser Antilles arc, Caribbean.  PhD awarded.
  • Kim Hagen (2010-2015). With Dr Nigel Clark, Open University and Dr Susanne Sargeant, British Geological Survey.  Investigating links between society and science in relation to geohazards in Solomon Islands, SW Pacific. PhD awarded.
  • Simon Tapster (2010-2014). With Dr Gawen Jenkin and Professor Andrew Saunders, University of Leicester.  Gold and Copper fertility in magmas at transpressional arcs:  case study from the Solomon Islands, SW Pacific. PhD awarded.
  • Joanne Robbins (2010-2014 -with the UK Meteorological Office).  Investigation of climate change, extreme weather  and seismic triggers for landslide vulnerability in Papua New Guinea. PhD awarded.
  • Ghazanfar Khattack (2011 - 2016).  Effects of climate change on high-mountain glaciers in the Hindu Kush and Karakoram. PhD awarded.
  • Collette Tsiparau (M.Phil – 2010- ongoing, with PNG Mineral Resources Authority).  Mineral potential and sustainable development / community issues relating to mineral development in north Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.
  • Olive Ponyalou (2009-2012; Postgraduate Honours Diploma, with University of Papua New Guinea). Aspects of epithermal Cu-Au mineralisation, Feni island, Papua New Guinea.

Funding Record 2013-2017 with Geoscience Division of the SPC

Whole Division is funded through donor programmes.  Under my tenure-ship annual income rose from $14-24 Million US.

Examples of Programmes:

  • World Bank: Improving resilience to disaster and risk reduction in the Pacific:  I worked with the World Bank team in designing an initial $43 million US programme which was successful.  This programme subsequently attracted a further $11M US.  SPC attracted a total of    $15M US of this funding.
  • The European Union funded programmmes in disaster and risk, climate change adaptation, deep sea minerals, water resources and marine environments for a total of c. $30M US.
  • The Government of New Zealand funded work in the disaster and risk, climate change adaptation, water resources and marine science areas for a total of c. $10M US.
  • Working with UNDP we attracted c. $1M for a programme in construction minerals.
  • I worked with and advised the Government of Korea who increased their annual aid budget to the Pacific y 300%.

Funding Record 2009-2012 with University of Leicester

Research grants and contracts, projects and partnerships

  • £30,000; British Geological Survey;  contribution to PhD studies into the mineralisation and tectonics of Solomon Islands.  Won and active.
  • £30,000; British Council. Institutional twinning with the University of Kabul.  3 year project.
  • £90,000.  British Council.  3 year grant.  Developing research networks between Leicester, Kabul and Peshawar Universities.
  • £90,000.  UK Meteorological Office.  Fully funded PhD for a full-time officer of the UK Met Office – Joanne Robins – weather systems and landslides in PNG.
  • £100,000.  European Union.  Research collaboration with the University of Papua New Guinea.
  • £25,000.  Government of Papua New Guinea.  Funding a Masters Research – Collette Tsiparau, mineral prospectivity in Bougainville, PNG.
  • £10,000.  World Bank.  Field work funds in support of Collette Tsiparau and the Bougainville project.
  • £3,000.  Society of Economic Geologists.  Award to Simon Tapster, PhD student.
  • £7,000.  Geological Society of London and European Union. Award to 4th year M.Geol student for fieldwork in Feni, Papua New Guinea.
  • £80,000.  ESRC/Open University/ British Geological Survey. For fully funded PhD at the OU: geohazards and communities: tsunamis in the SW Pacific.
  • £37,000 – NERC – scoping study:  volcanic hazards and resilence, case study, Savo volcano, Solomon Islands.
  • £40,000  - NERC/NIGL – radiogenic dating studies for Solomon Islands arc (part of Simon Tapster’s PhD study).
  • £3,000 award to Elaine Scott (undergraduate) from Geological Society for field trip to Feni.
  • G-Step and a local SME to generate a project (c. £10,000) to fund Leicester geosciences graduate re subsidence and housing insurance.
  • I also led a £2.5 million bid to the joint RCUK/NERC call for ‘environment and health’.  This bid was inter- and multi-disciplinary and linked researchers from 3 university colleges.  The theme of the bid was ‘Potentially harmful substances and their impact on health across the age    and gender spectrum:  case study of Corby, Northants, UK’.  This bid brought together researchers from biomedicine and toxicology, geology, chemistry, and sociology as well as many external collaborators.  The bid failed but positive feedback was received and it perhaps    is a template for future inter-disciplinary, cross-university bids.
  • £1.5M Bid submitted to Leverhulme:  Resilience in an uncertain world – I was co-PI.  Not successful.
  • £50,000 – bid to JISC with ‘Beyond Distance Learning’ – second life and virtual field trips on Arran, Scotland.  Not successful.

Projects Managed and co-won with BGS

  • Predictive Metal Deposit Modelling.  Science Budget NERC-BGS ongoing project.  Value: £170K per year (FEC)
  • Minerals Information and Environmental Indicators. Science Budget NERC-BGS ongoing project.  Value: £170K per year (FEC).
  • Geochemical Baseline Survey of Great Britain. Science Budget NERC-BGS ongoing project.  Value: £400K per year (FEC)
  • Mineral Commodity Statistical and Intelligence Database, Services and Products.  Science Budget NERC-BGS ongoing project.  Value: £80K per year (FEC)
  • Building Stone Resources for the Built UK Environment.  Science Budget NERC-BGS ongoing project.  Value: £40K per year (FEC)
  • Mineralsuk.com website. .  Science Budget NERC-BGS ongoing project.  Value: £50K per year (FEC)
  • Science Management, Policy and Communications..  Science Budget NERC-BGS ongoing project.  Value: £130K per year (FEC)
  • Assessment of Ball Clay Resources and related Planning Issue in the Wareham basin of Dorset, UK. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. 1997-2001.  Value £400K
  • UK Brick Clay Resources and Issues for Planning.  Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.   2000-2002. Value £400K.
  • Aggregates Monitoring Survey (England and Wales) 1997.  Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.   2000-2002. Value £170K.
  • Aggregates Monitoring Survey (England and Wales) 2001.  Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.   2000-2002. Value £150K.
  • Minerals Resources Information for England. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. 2000-2005.  Value £990K.
  • Industrial Mineral Resources, supply and demand and planning issues for England.  Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.   2002-2004. Value £150K.
  • Joint ODPM-BGS Minerals Programme.  2002-2005. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.  2000-2002. Value £800K.
  • Policy Advice for the ODPM. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. 2000-Ongoing.  Value £150K.
  • A range of minor contracts for ODPM (e.g.. assessment of hazard potential of mine waste). 2002-2005. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.   2000-2002. Value £100K.
  • Minerals Programme. 2000-2004. Department for Trade and Industry.  Value £1100K.
  • Lost Gold of the Developing World (Guyana, Zimbabwe and Zambia).  Department for International Development.  1999-2002. Value £300K
  • Minerals from Mining Waste (Namibia and Caribbean) .  Department for International Development.  2000-2004. Value £300K
  • River Mining (Costa Rica and Jamaica).  Department for International Development.  2001-2004. Value £300K
  • Using lime to improve farming yields (Zambia and Zimbabwe)  Department for International Development.  1999-2004. Value £300K
  • Institutional Strengthening of the Geological Survey of Afghanistan.  Department for International Development.  2002-2008 Value £4 Million
  • Geochemical Baseline Survey of the Tamar Catchment, SW England.  2002-2003. Environmental Agency.  £120K.
  • Assessment of Industrial Minerals In Turkmenistan.  European Union.  Value £40K
  • Assessment of Government Geoscience requirements in Kosovo.  European Union.  Value £50K.
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment of future aggregate developments in the East Midlands of England. Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. 2003-2005.Value £200K.
  • Foundations of the Peak: A study of the interaction between minerals, landscape, ecosystems and community in the English Peak District. Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. 2003-2004. Value £100K
  • Cyprus Cupriferous Minerals Project.  Cyprus Government.  2002. £100K.
  • Geochemical Survey of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  Government of Morocco.  1999-2002. Value £200K.
  • Training for Mineral Planners.  Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. 2004-2006. Value £150K.
  • Reducing fines in aggregate production (two projects).  Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund.  2006-2006. Value £300K.
  • Policy Issues Relating to Mineral Consultancy Areas.  Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. 2005-2006. Value £130K.
  • World Metals and Minerals Review.  Metals Bulletin.  2004-2005. Value £18K.

Funded Project and Grants for the Solomon Islands Geological Survey and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission

One year extension to my two year contract with the Solomon Islands Geological Survey, (SIGS). Approximate value to BGS: one man year at SSO rate plus overheads and management fees, (c. £50 000).  Project negotiations successfully completed in June 1994.  Project funding by the UKODA.

Work attachment of myself plus one SIGS Officer to SOPAC, Fiji for one week, (May 1995).  Project negotiations completed December 1994. Approximate level of funding obtained: £2000.  Funding from UKODA and SOPAC, Fiji.

Four day technical visit to ORSTOM, Port Vila, Vanuatu, by myself plus two SIGS officers to take place in September 1995.  Project negotiations completed February 1995.  Costing level approved approx. £1000.  Funding from UKODA.

Two week technical visit to the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics by myself and two SIGS officers to take place in September-October 1995.  Funding negotiations completed by December 1994.  UKODA to fund the visit.  Approximate costs: £5000.

Six week work attachment by one Solomon Islands officer to the Australian National University in Canberra to commence in January 1996.  Negotiations completed in September 1994.  Funding Source: the Australian National University. Approximate cost: £2000-£3000.

Winning of a four year duration BSc scholarship in geology at the University of Papua New Guinea for one SIGS officer.  Negotiations completed, February 1995.  Funding sources: Solomon Islands Government and Australian Aid.  Approximate costs: at least £10 000.

Winning of funding for a three week long remote sensing course in Honiara to be given by BGS. Negotiations took place between November 1994 and May 1995.  The course will be held during August/September 1995.  Funding source: UKODA.  Approximate costs: £16 000.

Supplementary and final training budget payment made to the SIGS by UKODA of £18 000.  Negotiations between November 1994 and June 1995. This money will be spent on training related activities during 1995/1996.

Production of Volcanic hazard map and report of Savo volcano, Solomon Islands.  Project submitted to UKODA through the United Nations department of Humanitarian Affairs, (UNDHA).  Has the support of UNDHA, (Pacific), and the Solomon Islands National Disaster Council.  Total  costs: £30 000.  Submitted January 1996.

Project Design of IT support project to Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.  Project funded by Commonwealth Fund For Technical Development. Project runs from February 1997 - June 1998.  Total project value £98,000 with the possibility of extending the project for a similar amount  of money.

Assisted in winning EU funded institutional strengthening project for the Suriname Minerals Institute. Initial project worth £200,000 (project duration: September - December 1999: up to £3 million project.

Leader of short Geological mapping workshop for Solomon Islands Mines and Minerals Division. £3,000 funded by SOPAC.  October 1997.

Workshop on Volcanic Hazards.  Honiara, Solomon Islands, May 1999.  Funded by SOPAC with money donated by AusAid.  Value c. £ 12,000.

Examples of Media Articles as Director of Geoscience Division, SPC

Awards:

Won a PhD 3-year scholarship from the UK Natural Environment Council, because I gained a 1st class BSc degree.

  • Honorary Professor, University of Leicester, UK, 2012-2018
  • Honorary Professor, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, 2012-2018
  • Chair, Programme Advisory Committee, Physics Department, University of the South Pacific, Fiji, 2013-2015.
  • Successful negotiation of membership of the SPC into CCOP (Coordination Committee for Geoscience Programmes, East and Southeast Asia,). Signing ceremony, Bangkok, 2016.
  • Honorary Advisor, CCOP, (Coordination Committee for Geoscience Programmes, East and Southeast Asia,). Bangkok, 2016.
  • President of Suva Peninsular Sunset Rotary Club, 2015-2016, and member from 2014.
  • Member, Programme Advisory Committee, Engineering Department, University of the South Pacific, Fiji, 2013-2015
  • Member, Programme Advisory Committee, Earth Science and Geography Department, University of the South Pacific, Fiji, 2013-2017.
  • Member, Science College Board, University of Leicester, UK, October 2009 – January 2013
  • Member Senior Leadership Team, Geology Department, University of Leicester, UK, October 2009-January 2013
  • Winner GeoSmart Award for application of remote sensing to disaster management for the Pacific Community. Kuala Lumpur. 2016. https://www.geospatialworld.net/news/asia-geospatial-excellence-awards-2016-winners/
  • Member of People and Networks Committee for the UK Natural Environment Research Council, 2005-2009.
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee for the Geological Society of London, 2009-2012.
  • Leader of the University Funding Initiative of the British Geological Survey, 2009-2012.
  • Honorary Research Associate, British Geological Survey, 2009-2014
  • Chair of Governors, Catmose College, Oakham, Rutland, 2006-2013.
  • Member of the academic board of the University of Peshawar, Pakistan: 2009-2013
  • Member of STAR (science and research) network of SOPAC (South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission, based in Fiji, 1993-2017
  • Visiting Professor, Geology Department, Leicester University ( November 2005 - 2009)
  • Award for best paper 2011, for Institute of Mining and Minerals.
  • Award for best paper, 2005, Minerals Deposit Study Group, Belfast: supervised PhD student James Blight who won the award: I was a co-author.
  • Award for best poster, 2005, Minerals Deposit Study Group, Belfast: supervised PhD student James Blight who won the award: I was a co-author.
  • Supervisor of Dr Dan Smith, winner of the P.C.Sylvester-Bradley award for best PhD paper, 2007. Leicestwer University.
  • Supervisor of Dr Dan Smith, winner of the best tangible results master prize, Leicester University, Festival of PG Research, 2007.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Geology Department, Leicester University, UK: (1999-2005)
  • Editorial Board Member, Applied Earth Science, Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy (since 2004)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Disaster Prevention and Manangment, 2014-present.
  • External Examiner, University of Cardiff, 2011.
  • PhD & Masters Examiner, Universities of Bristol, Kingston, Peshawar, Brighton, Bangkok, Auckland University of Technology, 2007-present