- Head of the Centre of Research in Earth Sciences
- Visiting Scholar, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. February 2011 – November 2011
- Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Environmental Sedimentology, University of Plymouth. February 1998 – Present
- Post Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Geosciences, Queen's University of Belfast, UK. October 1994 – January 1998
- Assistant in Geophysical Data Centre, British Petroleum, London, UK. February 1989 – September 1989
Qualifications & background
1994 PhD. Postgraduate Research Institute for Sedimentology, University of Reading.
1990 MSc. Sedimentology, Postgraduate Research Institute for Sedimentology, University of Reading
1988 BSc. Geography and Geology West London Institute of Higher Education.
Member of the Geological Society of America
Member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Roles on external bodies
- Cretaceous Research Editorial Board
- Proceedings of the Geologists Association Associate editor
- NERC Peer Review College Member (2005-2008)
- Secretary of the British Sedimentological Research Group (1998-2002)
- Member of IGCP Project 463, Upper Cretaceous oceanic Red Beds: response to ocean/climate global change
- Member of the Oxfordian Working Group of the International Subcommission on Jurassic Stratigraphy
- A member of the Kimmeridgian Working Group of the International Subcommission on Jurassic Stratigraphy
- Committee member of the Ussher’s Society
Staff serving as external examiners
PhD 2002 Queens University Belfast
PhD 2004 Université Claude Bernard Lyon
PhD 2006 James Cook University
PhD 2011 University of Oxford
PhD 2012 Plymouth University
PhD 2013 Monash University
PhD 2013 Plymouth University
PhD 2013 University of Oxford
External Examiner University of Portsmouth (2012-2017)
My current research involves the investigation of past climate and environmental change (chiefly during the Jurassic and Cretaceous) and more specifically understanding larger perturbations in the Earth’s physical and biological systems; abrupt climate change during globally warm intervals, extreme events in polar environments and the timing of the onset of northern hemisphere glaciations. I am also interested in the preservation of climatic signals in marine fossils and how these data are used to reconstruct ancient ecosystems. A number of projects principally involving the integration of stratigraphy, sedimentology and the use of oxygen, carbon and strontium isotopes are currently being undertaken via the analysis of material from Deep Sea Drilling Project/Ocean Drilling Project sites; the eastern sub Urals, Siberia, Spitsbergen, Iran, the Volga River, Russia, the Atacama region, Chile, Argentina, the Crimea, and various locations within the UK.
UoP Research group membership
Centre for Research in Earth Sciences (CRES)
Palaeontology and Palaeoenvironments
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Matthew Jones 2004 PhD "Holocene Palaeolimnology of Western Anatolian Lake Basins"
Jodie Fisher 2006 PhD "Palaeoenvironmental change surrounding the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary"
Elizabeth Nunn 2007 PhD "Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous Climates of Northern High Latitudes"
Timothy Kearsey 2009 PhD "Multi-proxy palaeoclimate reconstruction of the Permian-Triassic mass extinction event"
Melanie Bugler 2011 PhD "An investigation into use of the freshwater gastropod Viviparus as a recorder of past climatic change"
Grants & contracts
Marie Curie IO Fellowship €282,109 (with Dr Silvia Danise as Fellow) Marine Ecosystem Stability and Turnover (2014-2016)
NERC £396,429 (P-i) with Dr Stephen Grimes (Co-i) Carbonate clumped-isotopic constraints on marine temperatures during the Cretaceous. (2012-2015)
NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory £26,100 Dating of Early Cretaceous carbon isotope stratigraphy and the geologic time scale : A U-Pb CA-ID-TIMS zircon study from the Aysén Basin (Patagonia, Chile)(2013-2014)
NERC £453,223 with Dr RJ Twitchett 'The evolution of modern marine ecosystems: environmental controls on their structure and function' (2011-2014).
European Commission's FPVI European-funded SYNTHESYS Grant €850 visit the Dept. of Paleontology and Geology, Hungarian Natural History Museum (2012)
Leverhulme Research Fellowship £42,697 Evaluating high latitude climate during Cretaceous (2010-2011)
European Commission's FPVI European-funded SYNTHESYS Grant €830 to visit the Department of Paleontology and Geology, Hungarian Natural History Museum (2010)
Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship, €172,434 with Dr RJ Twitchett Early Mesozoic Biodiversity and Climate Change (EMBiCC)(2009)
European Commission's FPVI European-funded SYNTHESYS scheme €730 to visit the Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien (2008)
NERC £46,265 With Dr RJ Twitchett (Project PI) Global warming and the Late Permian mass extinction event (2008-2009)
NERC ICP Facility £3,000 Geochemical testing of the warm Cretaceous high latitude climate paradigm (2006)
Leverhulme Trust £58,492 Tephrochronology of marine sediments around the volcanic island of Montserrat (2006-2007) (with Prof. M.B Hart; Dr C. Smart and Prof. S Sparks)
NERC Isotope Laboratory £22,000 Late Jurassic-early Cretaceous high latitude climates (2005)
National Geographic $17,500 High latitude Cretaceous climate change, Svalbard (2005-2006)
NATO $1,600 High latitude Cretaceous climate change (2003-2004)
NERC Isotope Laboratory £35,500 Chemostratigraphy of the middle Cretaceous (2002-2003)
The Royal Society £8,437 Early Cretaceous climate and oceanographic change, Atacama region, Chile (2002-2003)
The Royal Society £1,108 High latitude Cretaceous climate of Western Siberia (2001)
NERC. £9,820. Early Cretaceous equatorial temperatures: implications for meridonal heat transport and polar climates (1999- 2000).
Session T116. Links between Mesozoic Climate and Biodiversity. Geological Society of America 2010 Annual Meeting,
Co-Convenor of the 8th International Symposium on the Cretaceous, University of Plymouth, September 2009.
Symposium SSP6 Phanerozoic climate: forcing factors and feedbacks between biosphere and geosphere EGU General Assembly 2008
British Sedimentological Research Group AGM 2001, Plymouth University
Symposium C3 From Icehouse to Greenhouse: records, causes and consequences of extreme climatic events in the last 750 MA. European Union of Geosciences, 2001
Symposium B9, Records of Mesozoic climate change. European Union of Geosciences, 1999