Staff Profile


Dr Gregg McIntosh

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922739

Profile summary

I started at CCCU in September, 2014, joining the team as a Senior Lecturer in Physics. I completed my PhD at Liverpool University in 1995, then held post-doc positions at the Universdad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, the University of East Anglia and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Whilst in Madrid I was awarded a Fellowship and subsequently a lectureship, a post I held until upping sticks and moving to CCCU.

Research and knowledge exchange

I'm a palaeomagnetist and enviromagnetist by trade, with particular interest in studying the roles that magnetic minerals play in the natural environment and what they can tell us about past and present processes.

Together with colleagues and students here at CCCU, I have spent a lot of my research time using magnetic particles to track air quality in Canterbury and across Kent. We have used strawberries, geraniums, petunias, ivy, moss and lichen as biomonitors - which work by trapping atmospheric particles on their surfaces. This work has also involved schools across Kent as part of a wider programe of STEM-related outreach activities. Magnetic minerals are also commonly associated with elevated metal concentrations in soils and sediments. We have studied how this is expressed across a range of environmental settings, including brownfield sites and a disused copper mine in Wales. All of this work is trans-disciplinary in nature and feeds into our Biology, Plant and Animal Science and Ecology programmes.

Another main area of my research revolves around the magnetic properties of archaeological materials. Heated materials become magnetised, which allows us to study the thermal history of the material - the heating temperatures and conditions, and also to date the age of the heating itself. More recently, I have been working with fellow colleagues and students  to look at magnetic and chemical fingerprinting of metallic objects and to identify lost and abandoned graves. This work stands at the intersection of environmental science, soil science, archaeology and forensic science and highlights the interconnected nature of our work and programmes hera at CCCU.

Teaching and subject expertise

I teach across all degree levels on the Life Sciences and Engineering programmes, with particular responsibilities in the Physical Laws of the Natural World, Physics for Engineers and Study Skills modules. You will also find me in a scattering of other modules, where physics and environmental sciences are relevant to a fuller understanding of the subject.

External activities

My research has been presented at more than 25 International conferences.

I am also actively involved in science outreach and STEM projects across Kent.

Publications and research outputs

My most recent publications include:

Lopez-Sanchez, J., Palencia-Ortas, A., del Campo, O., McIntosh, G., Kovacheva, M., Martin-hernandez, F., Carmona, J., Rodriguez de la Fuente, O., Marin, P., Molina-Cardin, A. & Osete, M.L. (2020). Further progress in the study of epsilon iron oxide in archaeological baked clays. Phys. Earth. Planet. Int., DOI: 10.1016/j.pepi.2020.106554.

   (active until 10/10/2020)

Osete, M.L., Campuzano, S.A., Molina-Cardin, A., Palencia, A., Carmona, J., McIntosh, G. & Larrazabal, J. (2018) On the reliability of archaeomagnetic dating in Iberia: two case studies from Portugal and Zamora. Chapter 13 in Archaeology in the River Duero Valley, Sastre Blanco., J.C., Rodriguez-Monterrubio, O. & Fuentes Melgar, P. (Eds), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Molina‐Cardín, A., Campuzano, S.A., Osete, M.L., Rivero‐Montero, M., Pavón‐Carrasco, F.J., Palencia‐Ortas, A., Martín‐Hernández, F., Gómez‐Paccard, M., Chauvin, A., Guerrero‐Suárez, S., Pérez‐Fuentes, J.C., McIntosh, G., Catanzariti, G., Sastre Blanco, J.C., Larrazabal, J., Fernández Martínez, J.M., Álvarez Sanchís, J.R., Rodríguez‐Hernández, J., Martín Viso, I. & Garcia i Rubert, D. (2018) Updated Iberian archeomagnetic catalogue: new full vector paleosecular variation curve for the last three millenia. Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., DOI: 10.1029/2018GC007781.

Lopez-Sanchez, J., McIntosh, G., Osete, M.L., del Campos, A., Villalain, J.J., Perez, L., Kovacheva, M. & Rodriguez de la Fuente, O. (2017) Epsilon iron oxide: Origin of the high coercivity stable low Curie temperature magnetic phase found in heated archeological materials. Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., DOI: 10.1002/2017GC006929.

Palencia-Ortas, A., Osete, M.L., Campuzano, S.A., McIntosh, G., Larrazabal, J., Sastre, J. & Rodriguez-Aranda, J. (2017) New archaeomagnetic directions from Portugal and evolution of the geomagnetic field in Iberia from Late Bronze Age to Roman times. Phys. Earth. Planet. Int., DOI: 10.1016/j.pepi.2017.07.004.

Hounslow, M.McIntosh, G.Edwards, R.Laming, D. and Karloukovski, V. (2016) End of the Kiamen Superchron in the Permian of SW England: Magnetostratigraphy of the Aylesbeare Mudstone and Exeter groups. J. Geol. Soc., DOI: 10.1144/JGS2015-141.


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