Michael Pointon graduated from the University of Leeds in 2005 (BSc Hons Geological Sciences) and 2006 (MSc Environmental Geochemistry). He continued his studies at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, completing a PhD in 2012. The focus of his PhD research was using high-precision U-Pb zircon geochronology to date several western European Carboniferous diagenetically altered ash layers. The U-Pb isotopic dates obtained from these ash layers were used to constrain the timing of the onset of major Carboniferous glaciations and the periodicity of Carboniferous glacial-interglacial cycles.
Michael joined CASP in June 2013 and works on the Circum-Arctic Provenance Database project.