Dr Helen Hughes
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Dr Helen Hughes

Technician (Purchasing & Stores)

School of Biological & Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Qualifications

2011-2016: Scientific Research Officer. Earth Sciences, University of Plymouth.

2006-2010: PhD ‘Palaeobiology of Silurian trilobites from North Greenland’. University of Birmingham.

2003-2006: Sedimentologist. Fugro-Robertson Limited, North Wales.

1999-2003: MEarthSci Earth Sciences (First Class). University of Manchester.

Professional membership

Member of the Palaeontological Association

Fellow of the Geological Society of London

Research interests

My research interests include: 

·         Silurian stratigraphy, geochemistry and environments.

·         Trilobite systematics.

·         Utilizing taphonomic attributes in palaeoenvironmental analysis.

Grants & contracts

May 2017: Geological Society Research Grant (£988) 'A re-evaluation of Silurian calcite seas'.

May 2014: Palaeontological Association Undergraduate Bursary (£1200; PI Kevin Page) 'The late Devonian mass extinction phase: new data from the British marine fossil record'.

May 2011: Palaeontological Association Research Grant (£5000) 'Biotic responses to Silurian global environmental change'.

January 2010 : Synthesys funding (EU) DK-TAF-312 ‘Systematics and distribution of trilobites from North Greenland’ covering a two-week research trip to Copenhagen, Denmark.

September 2009: Synthesys funding (EU) DK-TAF-4376 ‘Systematics and distribution of trilobites from North Greenland’ covering a two-week research trip to Copenhagen, Denmark.

June 2008: Philip Scanlon Travel Fund Award covering conference presentation at the Fourth International Trilobite Conference, Toledo, Spain.

 

 

 

Publications in peer-reviewed journals: 

Hughes, H. E., Ray, D. C. 2016. The carbon isotope and sequence stratigraphic record of the Sheinwoodian and lower Homerian stages (Silurian) of the Midland Platform, UK. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.12.022

Hughes, H. E., Thomas, A. T., 2014. Trilobites from Silurian reefs in North Greenland. Special Papers in Palaeontology 92, 102 pp.

Rees, A. J., Thomas, A. T., Lewis, M., Hughes, H. E., Turner, P., 2014. The Cambrian of SW Wales: towards a united Avalonia stratigraphy. Geological Society, London, Memoirs 42, 139 pp.

Hughes, H. E., Ray, D. C., Brett, C. E., 2014. δ13Ccarb data recording the early Sheinwoodian carbon isotope excursion on the Midland Platform, UK. GFF 136, 110–115.

Hughes, H. E. and Thomas, A. T. 2011. Trilobite associations, taphonomy, lithofacies and environments of the Silurian reefs of North Greenland. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 302, 142-155.  

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.12.009

Hughes, H. E. and Thomas, A. T. 2008. Trilobite associations and taphonomy of the Silurian reefs of eastern North Greenland. In: Rábano, I., Gozalo, R. and García-Bellido, D. (eds.). Advances in trilobite research. Cuardernos del Museo Geominero, 9. Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Madrid: 189–194. http://www.igme.es/trilo08/archivos/TRILOBITE.pdf 

Published abstracts:

Hughes, H. E. and Thomas, A. T. 2017. Taphonomy and predation of Dalmanites in the Wenlock of Shropshire, UK. 6th International Conference on Trilobites and their Relatives.

Ray, D. C., Hughes, H. E., Jarochowska, E., Blain, J. A., Wheeley, J. R. and Fry, C. R. 2016. The carbon isotope and sequence stratigraphic record of the Wenlock Series (Silurian) of the Midland Platform, UK. Closing meeting of IGCP 591.

Smith, I., Page, K. N. and Hughes, H. E. 2015. A new section through late Devonian cephalopod-rich pelagic sediments in South Devon and the context of the late Devonian mass extinction phase in SW England. The Usher Society 54th Annual Conference.

Hughes, H. E. and Ray, D. C. 2013. Stratigraphical implications of δ13Ccarb data from the Sheinwoodian of the Midland Platform, UK. Proceedings of the 3rd IGCP 591 Annual Meeting.

Hughes, H. E. and Thomas, A. T. 2011. Investigating the effects of effacement within the trilobite Suborder Illaenina. Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting.

Hughes, H. E. and Thomas, A. T. 2008. Taphonomic controls on trilobite associations in the Silurian reefs of North Greenland. Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting.

Hughes, H. E. and Thomas, A. T. 2008. Trilobite associations and taphonomy of the Silurian reefs of eastern North Greenland. 4th International trilobite Conference.

Hughes, H. E. and Thomas, A. T. 2007. Silurian trilobites from the reefs of North Greenland: environments and taphonomy. Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting.

Hughes, H. E. 2004. Morphological interpretation of an exceptionally preserved specimen of Confuciusornis sanctus. The Annual Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy.