Assistant Professor
Core Curriculum


Brief Biography

Rory Flood is a geoscientist and quaternary scientist with over six years of research experience in the application of geochemistry, sedimentology, hydrochemistry, geostatistics and geographical information systems (GIS) to understanding quaternary environmental change in coastal environments. He is interested in fluvial and marine depositional systems, groundwater modeling, paleoclimate reconstruction, and multivariate statistical analysis. He is originally from Ireland and completed his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast with a thesis titled "Post Mid-Holocene Sedimentation of the West Bengal Sundarbans".

Since completing his PhD, Flood has worked in a variety of research and teaching related positions at Queen’s, Trinity College Dublin, and Edge Hill University. He is currently employed as a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the core curriculum affiliated with the Department of Petroleum and Energy Engineering at AUC.


  • 2010 – 2014: PhD. In Geosciences. The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • 2009 – 2010: MSc. In Environmental Sciences. University of Dublin, Trinity College, Republic of Ireland.
  • 2006 – 2009: BA. (Honors) Geography, University College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.


  • Craven, K.F., Edwards, R.J., Flood, R.P., 2017. Source organic matter analysis of saltmarsh sediments using SIAR and its application in relative sea-level studies in regions of C4 plant invasion. Boreas. doi:
  • Barr, I.D., Roberson, S., Flood, R., Dortch, J., 2017. Younger Dryas Glaciers and climate in the Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland. Journal of Quaternary Science 32, pp. 104–115. doi:
  • Flood, R.P., Bloemsma, M.R., Weltje, G.J., Barr, I.D., Orford, J.D., O’Rourke, S.M., Turner, J.N., 2016. Compositional data analysis of Holocene sediments from the West Bengal Sundarbans, India: geochemical proxies for grain-size variability in a delta environment. Applied Geochemistry 75, pp. 222–235. doi:
  • Blake, S., Henry, T., Murray, J., Flood, R., Muller, M, R., Jones, A. G., Rath, V., 2016. Investigating the provenance of thermal groundwater using compositional multivariate statistical analysis: a hydrogeochemical case study from Ireland. Applied Geochemistry 75, pp. 171–188. doi:
  • Flood, R.P., Orford, J.D., McKinley, J.M., Roberson, S., 2015. Effective grain size distribution analysis for interpretation of tidal-deltaic facies: West Bengal Sundarbans. Sedimentary Geology 318, pp. 58–74. doi:
  • Flood, R.P., Barr, I.D., Weltje, G.J., Roberson, S., Russell, M.I., Meneely, J., Orford, J.D. (in review). Provenance and depositional variability of the Thin Mud Facies in the lower Ganges-Brahmaputra delta, West Bengal Sundarbans, India. Marine Geology.
  • McLaughlin, T.R., Flood, R.P., Farrell, M., French, C.A.I, Taylor, S.P., Hunt, C.O., Malone, C.A.T., (in review). Soil erosion and past societal response in the Central Mediterranean. Holocene.

Research Interests

  • Quaternary environmental change
  • Coastal geomorphology
  • Sedimentary provenance studies
  • Geochemistry and sedimentology
  • Multivariate statistical methods and compositional data analysis

Teaching Interests

As a core fellow, his teaching responsibilities each semester will include teaching two sections of scientific thinking and the development of a course section.