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Hi, I'm Angus Miller and Geowalks is my business and my passion! I greatly enjoy exploring Scotland's geology and helping people to discover the rich story of Scotland's rocks and landscapes. Geowalks is not a big company ... it is just me, although sometimes I work in partnership with other Earth scientists who are experts in their fields or know an area particularly well.

It all began with family holidays in the outdoors, and taking Higher Geology at Strathaven Academy in Lanarkshire. This was the start of an interest that led me to study geology at the University of Edinburgh, a fantastic course that opened my eyes to the geological variety of Scotland and culminated in a student expedition to Iceland in 1991. Then I spent a year volunteering with Scottish Conservation Projects in the Highlands, before starting a PhD at Durham University, investigating small earthquakes of the Hengill volcano in Iceland. For part of my studies I was based at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, a great chance to explore the mountain ranges, volcanoes and earthquakes of the area.

Just as my PhD was finishing in late 1995, I was invited to join the team monitoring the erupting volcano on Montserrat in the eastern Caribbean. During the two years that I worked at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, the eruption worsened and the volcano had a catastrophic effect on the island and its small human population. I learned a lot more about volcanoes there, about the fascination and fear they cause, and about the challenges of communicating science to the general public.

Back in Edinburgh, Geowalks began on Arthur's Seat in 1998, using the story of my local volcano to explain the landscape of Edinburgh and how this has influenced the development of the city. Since then, my work has grown to include day walks and walking holidays across Scotland, and activities with organisations such as the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Dynamic Earth and Historic Scotland, and lots of excursions in Holyrood Park with local schools (more than 7,000 people have been for a walk in the park with me).

Geowalks doesn't take up all my time, and over the years I've also worked for organisations such as the Scottish Earth Science Education Forum and the John Muir Trust. I teach adult education courses for the Centre for Open Learning at the University of Edinburgh, lead walks for City of Edinburgh Council and have delivered teacher training workshops in Scotland for the Earth Science Education Unit of the University of Keele.

In my spare time, I'm chair of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum, working to promote Scotland's geodiversity; in 2012 we published Scotland's Geodiversity Charter, which is now supported by more than 50 organisations. I was delighted and honoured to receive the Royal Scottish Geographical Society's 2013 President's Medal for my voluntary work with the Forum.

Angus Miller

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Recent Articles

Angus Miller and Simon Cuthbert, Scotland's Geodiversity Charter: promoting and managing our unique geodiversity, Wild Land News, Magazine of the Scottish Wild Land Group, Autumn 2013

Angus Miller, Day in the life of ..., Scotland Outdoors, Issue 4, Spring 2009 (pdf file, 161 kB)

Catherine Morgan and Angus Miller, Inspirations for education: progressing opportunities in Scotland, Earth Heritage, 31, p6-7, 2009

Angus Miller, What the Iapetus Ocean did for us, Trail Magazine of the Ramblers' Association Lothian & Borders Area, Issue 47, 2006

Angus Miller, Scotland's Geology, VisitScotland.com website, 2005

Angus Miller, Arran's Unique Rocks, Arran Banner, 14 October 2005

Angus Miller, and Diane Mitchell, Rock Club at the National Museums of Scotland, Down to Earth, 2004

Angus Miller, Walking and Talking, Earth Heritage, 19, p17, 2003

Published Books & Papers

John D Hudson, Angus D Miller and Ann Allwright, The Geology of Eigg (2nd edition), Edinburgh Geological Society, ISBN 978-0-904440-16-4, 2016.

John E. Gordon, Hugh F. Barron and Angus D. Miller, New directions in geoconservation: Scotlandís Geodiversity Charter, European Geologist 34. p48-52, 2012.

Aspinall, W.P., S.C. Loughlin, F.V. Michael, A.D. Miller, G.E. Norton, K.C. Rowley, and R.S.J. Sparks, The Montserrat Volcano Observatory: its evolution, organization, role and activities, in Druitt, T.H. & Kokelaar, B.P. (eds) 2002. The Eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat, from 1995 to 1999. Geological Society, London, Memoirs, 21, 71-91.

Loughlin, S.C., P.J. Baxter, W.P. Aspinall, B. Darroux, C.L. Harford and A.D. Miller, Eyewitness accounts of the 25 June 1997 pyroclastic flows and surges at Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat, and implications for disaster mitigation, in Druitt, T.H. & Kokelaar, B.P. (eds) 2002. The Eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat, from 1995 to 1999. Geological Society, London, Memoirs, 21, 211-230.

Voight, B., R.S.J. Sparks, A.D. Miller, R.C. Stewart, R.P. Hoblitt, A. Clarke, J. Ewart, W.P. Aspinall, B. Baptie, E.S. Calder, P. Cole, T.H. Druitt, C. Hartford, R.A. Herd, P. Jackson, A. M. Lejeune, A.B. Lockhart, S.C. Loughlin, R. Lluckett, L. Lynch, G.E. Norton, R. Robertson, I.M. Watson, R. Watts and S.R. Young, Magma flow instability and cyclic activity at Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat, British West Indies, Science, 283, 1138-1142, 1999.

Julian, B.R., A.D. Miller and G.R. Foulger, Non-double-couple earthquakes 1. Theory, Rev. Geophys., 36, 525-549, 1998.

Miller, A.D., G.R. Foulger and B.R. Julian, Non-double-couple earthquakes 2. Observations, Rev. Geophys., 36, 551-568, 1998.

Miller, A.D., B.R. Julian and G.R. Foulger, Three-dimensional seismic structure and moment tensors of non-double-couple earthquakes at the Hengill-Grensdalur volcanic complex, Iceland, Geophys. J. Int., 133, 309-325, 1998.

Miller, A.D., R.C. Stewart, R.A. White, R. Luckett, B.J. Baptie, W.P. Aspinall, J.L. Latchman, L.L. Lynch and B. Voight, Seismicity associated with growth and collapse at the Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 3401-3404, 1998.

Aspinall, W.P., A.D. Miller, L.L. Lynch, J.L. Latchman, R.C. Stewart, R.A. White and J.P. Power, Soufriere Hills eruption, Montserrat, 1995-1997: Volcanic earthquake locations and fault plane solutions, Geophys. Res. Lett, 25, 3397-3400, 1998.

White, R.A., A.D. Miller, L.L. Lynch and J.P. Power, Observations of hybrid seismic events at Soufriere Hills volcano, Montserrat, West Indies: July 1995 to September 1996, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 3397-4000, 1998.

Young, S.R., R.S.J. Sparks, W.P. Aspinall, L.L. Lynch, A.D. Miller, R.E.A. Robertson and J.B. Shepherd, Overview of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano, Montserrat, 18 July 1995 to December 1997, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 3389-3392, 1998.

Voight, B., R.P. Hoblitt, A.B. Clarke, A.B. Lockhart, A.D. Miller, L. Lynch and J. McMahon, Remarkable cyclic ground deformation monitored in real-time on Montserrat, and its use in eruption forecasting, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 3405-3408, 1998.

Julian, B.R., A.D. Miller and G.R. Foulger, Non-double-couple earthquake mechanisms at the Hengill-Grensdalur volcanic complex, southwest Iceland, Geophys. Res. Lett., 24, 743-746, 1997.

Miller, A.D., Seismic structure and earthquake focal mechanisms of the Hengill Volcanic Complex, SW Iceland, Ph.D. thesis, University of Durham, 280 pp, 1996.

Evans, J.R., G.R. Foulger, B.R. Julian and A.D. Miller, Crustal shear-wave splitting from local earthquakes in the Hengill triple junction, southwest Iceland, Geophys. Res. Lett., 23, 455-458, 1996.

Foulger, G.R., A.D. Miller, B.R. Julian and J.R. Evans, Three dimensional vP and vP/vS structure of the Hengill triple junction and geothermal area, Iceland, and the repeatability of tomographic inversion, Geophys. Res. Lett., 22, 1309-1312, 1995.

Ruff, L.J. and A.D. Miller, Rupture processes of large earthquakes in the Northern Mexico subduction zone, Pageoph., 142, 101-171, 1994.

Julian, B.R., A.D. Miller and G.R. Foulger, Non-shear focal mechanisms of earthquakes at the Geysers, California and Hengill, Iceland geothermal areas, Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 17, 123-128, 1993.

 


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