Michael Flowerdew is a geologist who specialises in tectonics, geochronology and isotope geochemistry. He graduated from Leicester University in 1994 and in 2000 completed his PhD research on the Grampian Orogeny in Ireland at University College Dublin. He then carried out a 2 year post-doc researching the tectonics of the Arabian Shield at the Swedish Natural History Museum, Stockholm, before completing another post-doc based at the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory in Keyworth, where he investigated using Hf isotopes in zircon as a provenance tool in Antarctica. He joined the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge in 2005 as a field geologist and geochemist where he completed four Antarctic field seasons and developed and applied sedimentary provenance techniques in order to unravel the tectonic evolution of the Antarctic region.
Michael joined CASP in February 2013 and is the project leader of the Circum-Arctic and Barents Shelf provenance projects. He became Academic Geology Coordinator in 2019.