Dr Richard UnittName: Dr Richard Unitt

Address: School of BEES, Butler Building, Distillery Fields, North Mall, UCC, Cork.

Room: 2.10

Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher

Supervisor(s) – Dr Patrick Meere, Dr Bettie Higgs

Telephone: +353-21-4904549

Email: r.unitt@ucc.ie

 

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Unitt holds a BScHons in Geology from the University of Exeter (1990) and a PhD from the National University of Ireland (1997) entitled ‘The Structural and Metamorphic Evolution of the Lough Derg Complex, Counties Donegal and Fermanagh’. He has been a geological consultant for more than 15 years working on projects including engineering and construction, quarrying and mining, the environment and archaeology. Projects involve the use of many geological techniques, including mapping, petrology, structural studies and geophysics.

Dr Unitt is the Programme Coordinator for the Diploma in Geology as well as teaching on the Geology, Environmental Science and Archaeology degree programmes. As part of Dr Unitt’s work in archaeology he is involved in running the ‘Ceramics Lab’ in UCC, producing and describing thin sections of pottery and stone axes from various sites in Ireland.

Dr Unitt has been involved with the formation of the ‘Geology Garden’ at BEES, including sourcing the stones and helping to promote the ‘garden’ through published articles and through the BEES website.

Dr Unitt is a Director of the ’Copper Coast Geopark’ in County Waterford http://www.copper-coast.com/.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Ore Geology and Mineralogical Research  – Current research involves the development of genetic models for ‘Irish-Type’ ore deposits based upon a multidisciplinary approach including mineralogy, fluid chemistry and geochronology. Research also includes studies on ‘Alpine-Type’ fissures to determine the late-stage evolution of the Variscan Orogeny in SW Munster.
 
Geophysics – multiple application of the resistivity method to determine the engineering properties of subsurface geology and hydrogeology including the measurement of salt-water incursion adjacent to Cork Harbour and the differentiation between pegmatites and their host rocks.

 

Dr Unitt has recently been working with Enterprise Ireland and Lundin Mining, Ireland on an Innovation Partnership Programme to determine the genesis of the Kilbricken Prospect in County Clare.

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Unitt, R.P. 2011. Petrology of selected stone axes. In: Cleary, R.M. & Kelleher, H. (eds.); Archaeological Excavations at Tullaheedy, County Tipperary, Neolithic Settlement in North Munster, The Collins Press.

Unitt, R.P. 2011. Petrological Description of Pottery. In: Cleary, R.M. & Kelleher, H. (eds.); Archaeological Excavations at Tullaheedy, County Tipperary, Neolithic Settlement in North Munster, The Collins Press.

Unitt, R.P. 2011. Petrographic Description of Stone Bead and Pendant. In: Cleary, R.M. & Kelleher, H. (eds.); Archaeological Excavations at Tullaheedy, County Tipperary, Neolithic Settlement in North Munster, The Collins Press.

Unitt, R.P. 2008. Environment. In: Doody, M. (ed.); The Ballyhoura Hills Project, Discovery Programme Monograph No.7, Wordwell.

Unitt, R.P. 2008. Petrology of the ceramics and clay samples. In: Doody, M. (ed.); The Ballyhoura Hills Project, Discovery Programme Monograph No.7, Wordwell.

Unitt, R.P. & Clyne, M. 2007. Location, Topography and Geology. In: Clyne, M. (ed.); Kells Priory, Co. Kilkenny: archaeological excavations by T.Fanning & M.Clyne, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Archaeological Monograph Series 3.

Unitt, R.P. 2007. Geological Identification of the Architectural Stone in the Priory Buildings. In: Clyne, M. (ed.); Kells Priory, Co. Kilkenny: archaeological excavations by T.Fanning & M.Clyne, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Archaeological Monograph Series 3.

Unitt, R.P. 2003. Petrographic investigation of roof tiles from Cork City. In: Cleary, R.M., Hurley, M.F. (eds.) – Excavations in Cork City 1984 – 2000. Cork City Council Publ.

Unitt, R.P. 2003. The geology of Cork City and the provenance of stone artefacts. In: Cleary, R.M., Hurley, M.F. (eds.) – Excavations in Cork City 1984 – 2000. Cork City Council Publ.

Unitt, R.P., 1997. The geology of Waterford. In: Barry, T., Cleary, R. & Hurley, M.F. (eds.) - Late Viking Age and Medieval Waterford. Excavations 1986-1992, Waterford Corporation Publ.

Unitt, R.P. 1997. Rock Materials used for the Production of Artefacts and Architecture. In: Cleary, R.M., Hurley, M.F. & Shee Twohig, E. (eds.) – Skiddy’s Castle and Christ Church, Cork. Excavations 1974-77 by D.C. Twohig. Cork Corporation Publ.

Unitt, R.P., 1997. Rock Materials used for the Production of Artefacts and for Construction. In: Barry, T., Cleary, R. & Hurley, M.F. (eds.) - Late Viking Age and Medieval Waterford. Excavations 1986-1992, Waterford Corporation Publ.

Unitt, R.P. 1997. Possible Provenance of Stone used in Manufacture of Artefacts. In: Hurley, M.F. & Cleary, R.M. (eds.) – Excavations at the North Gate, Cork, 1994. Cork Corporation Publ.

Other:

Book review on ‘Stone Monument Decay Study 2000 – An Assessment of the Degree of Erosion and Degradation of a Sample of Stone Monuments in the Republic of Ireland’. In: Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland v.132, 2002. Pages 162-3.

Unitt, R.P. 2008. The Only Mineral Named After an Irish County. Journal of the Cork Geological Association. No.11. Pages 10-11.

Unitt, R.P. 1999. The Discovery of a New Mineral at Silvermines, Co. Tipperary. Journal of the Cork Geological Association. No.2. Pages 11-13.

 

Work in Press:

Unitt, R.P. 2012. Petrology of stone artefacts. In: Hurley, M.F. & Brett, C. (eds.) – Excavations at South Main Street. Cork City Council Publ.

Unitt, R.P. 2012. Geology, Soils and Drainage of NRA Road Schemes, County Cork. In: Cork County Monograph, NRA Publ.

 

Conference presentations include:

Higgs B., Davis, T. and Unitt, R. 2004.  “A Geophysical investigation of buried topography in Co. Cork”. The Adrian Phillips memorial Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, September 2004.

Unitt, R.P. 1994. The Metamorphic Evolution of the Lough Derg Complex, Counties Donegal and Fermanagh. Irish Geological Research Meeting, Cork, February 1994.

 

Conference presentations (research posters) include:


Higgs, B. Unitt, R & Long, P. 2003. Using Environmental Geophysical Techniques to Investigate the Effects of Groundwater Flow in the Cork Area. In Marine Geology Symposium, UCC, Cork.

Higgs, B., Unitt, R., Walsh, B., and George, D. 2002. Applications of Environmental Geophysics in the Cork area, Irish Geological Research Meeting, Belfast. February.

 

Membership

 

IAEG – Irish Association of Economic Geology

GAI – Geophysical Association of Ireland

MinerSoc – Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland

MHTI – Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland

          

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