Dr Stuart L Kearns

B.Sc.(Dund.), Ph.D.(C.N.A.A.)

  • BS8 1RJ


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Research interests

My principal research interest is the investigation of signals resulting from the electron beam interaction with geological materials. Specifically this is applied to a diverse range of problems such as the mineralogy of exceptionally preserved fossils, from the Cambrian Burgess Shale to the Cretaceous Jehol Biota of China, and the mineralogy and petrogenesis of carbonatite ash deposits.

I experiment with novel techniques in electron microscopy as applied to a range of materials: Variable Pressure SEM offers the possibility of non-destructive analysis of rare and precious fossil material; cryogenic electronprobe microanalysis is applied to the quantitative analysis of volcanic glass and other unstable materials. I also research new advances in EPMA which permit analyses of nanoscale volumes under low accelerating voltages.

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Research Output

  • 45 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 3 Chapter in a book
  • 2 Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)
  • 1 Other report

Electron Probe Microanalysis Through Coated Oxidized Surfaces

Matthews, M. B., Buse, B. & Kearns, S. L., 1 Oct 2019, In : Microscopy and Microanalysis. 25, 5, p. 1112-1129 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Low analytical totals in EPMA of hydrous silicate glass due to sub-surface charging: Obtaining accurate volatiles by difference

    Hughes, E., Buse, B., Kearns, S., Blundy, J., Kilgour, G. & Mader, H., 5 Feb 2019, In : Chemical Geology. 505, p. 48-56 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    58 Downloads (Pure)

    Pterosaur integumentary structures with complex feather-like branching

    Yang, Z., Jiang, B., McNamara, M. E., Kearns, S. L., Pittman, M., Kaye, T. G., Orr, P. J., Xu, X. & Benton, M. J., Jan 2019, In : Nature Ecology and Evolution. 3, 1, p. 24-30 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 15 Citations (Scopus)
    298 Downloads (Pure)


    • 2 Invited talk
    • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 2 Festival, exhibition, performance
    • 1 CPD delivery/organisation of courses for externals

    Fundamentals Of EPMA - an EMAS Short Course

    Stuart L Kearns (Organiser)

    7 Apr 20149 Apr 2014

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

    2013 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition - Prehistoric Colours

    Stuart L Kearns (Participant)

    29 Jun 20137 Jul 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesFestival, exhibition, performance

    2013 National Science and Technology Fair, Bangkok, Thailand.

    Stuart L Kearns (Organiser)

    2 Aug 201316 Aug 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesFestival, exhibition, performance

    Supervised Work

    The Taphonomy of Dinosaurs and Birds of the Jehol Biota

    Author: Rogers, C. S., 24 Jan 2017

    Supervisor: Kearns, S. L. (Supervisor), Orr, P. J. (Supervisor), Mcnamara, M. E. (Supervisor) & Benton, M. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)