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Research Statement

Interdisciplinary collaboration and strong partnership working with multiple stakeholders, underpins all of my work, resulting in over 100 international publications and conference presentations. My research profile demonstrates a significant track record of sustained research contributions with high quality international publications stemming from RCUK and EU funding. I hold a number of leadership roles including President (2016-2020) of the International Association of Mathematical Geoscientists (IAMG), Communications Officer for the IUGS-IFG (Initiative on Forensic Geology), Trustee and Council member of the Geological Society of London and Secretary of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Geosciences and Geographical Sciences committee. I have been actively involved in Athena SWAN for several years, acting as School Champion, a member of Athena SWAN award assessment panels and as an invited advisor other University applications.

As a Chartered Geologist, my research has focused on the application of spatial analysis techniques, including geostatistics, compositional data analysis and Geographical Information Science (GIS), to soil geochemistry, environmental and criminal forensics, human health, slope instability, airborne geophysics and weathering studies. My teaching expertise includes Earth Science techniques, GIS in landscape studies and Advanced GIS. I have authored more than 100 scientific articles, including peer-reviewed journal articles; 1 co-authored book (Geoforensics); peer-reviewed book chapters; technical reports and numerous international conference contributions.  I have sixteen PhD supervisions (10 to completion) as primary supervisor and as co-supervisor. I have supervised several successful completed research projects as Principal Investigator and supervised postdoctoral fellows. Interdisciplinary collaboration and strong partnership working with multiple stakeholders, underpins all of my research, culminating in strong international associations.

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Research Output

Geochemical background and geochemical characters of REE during hypergene processes in Bayan Obo, China

Wang, X., Zhou, J., Nie, L., McKinley, J., Lui, H., Zhang, B. & Han, Z., 02 Apr 2020, (Accepted) In : Journal of Geochemical Exploration.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Investigating the influence of environmental factors on the incidence of renal disease with compositional data analysis using balances

    McKinley, J., Mueller, U., Atkinson, P., Ofterdinger, U., Jackson, C., Cox, S., Doherty, R., Fogarty, D., Pawlowsky-Glahn, V. & Egozcue, J. J., 31 Mar 2020, In : Applied Computing and Geosciences.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

    Open Access
  • 4 Downloads (Pure)

    3DGPR for the Non-Destructive Monitoring of Subsurface Weathering of Sandstone Masonry

    Johnston, B., Ruffell, A., Warke, P. & McKinley, J., 04 Dec 2019, In : Heritage. 2, 4, p. 2802-2813

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Open Access
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    Geographical Information Science (GIS), Spatial Sampling and Soil variability examined using a case of Manslaughter Forensic Soil Science and Geology

    McKinley, J. & Ruffell, A., 17 Jun 2019, Geological Society of London Special Publication: GSL Special Publication "Forensic Soil Science and Geology". Fitzpatrick, R. (ed.). Geological Society of London, Vol. 492. (Forensic Soil Science and Geology; vol. 492).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Open Access
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    Chartered Fellow of the Geological Society London

    Jennifer McKinley (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    GSNI 70th Celebration Steminist Award

    Jennifer McKinley (Recipient), 30 Jan 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Honorary treasurer

    Jennifer McKinley (Recipient), 2003

    Prize: Appointment


    Jennifer McKinley (Recipient), 28 Aug 2016

    Prize: National/international honour


    China University of Geosciences

    Jennifer McKinley (Advisor)
    18 Oct 201829 Oct 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Chinese University of Geosciences Beijing

    Jennifer McKinley (Advisor)
    19 Oct 201829 Oct 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

    IAMG2017 Opening Address

    Jennifer McKinley (Invited speaker)
    04 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Embodied Geographies Workshop

    Jennifer McKinley (Participant)
    09 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    SunYat-sen University

    Jennifer McKinley (Advisor)
    23 Nov 201725 Nov 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

    Press / Media

    Daughters of the Vote: – International Women’s Day

    Jennifer McKinley


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities



    Trace Element Abundance and Human Epidemiology in Northern Ireland: The Tellus Case Study

    Author: Barsby, A. V., McKinley, J., Ofterdinger, U., Young, M. & Gavin, A., Jul 2013

    Supervisor: McKinley, J. (Supervisor), Ofterdinger, U. (Supervisor), Young, M. (External person) (Supervisor) & Gavin, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy