Staff 

Dr Paul Anderson

Dr Paul Anderson

Teaching Associate

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Paul lectures in a variety of areas of Earth Sciences, specialising in ores and igneous/metamorphic processes.  He is Module Leader for three modules, including a specialised third- and fourth-year module in ore minerals.  He is Year Tutor for first- and second-year Earth Science students, which involves providing academic assistance and arranging Welcome Week for newly arriving ...

Dr Nicholas Barrand

Dr Nicholas Barrand

Lecturer in Geosciences

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Nick is a glaciologist, specialising in mass balance and dynamics of the Earth's glaciers and ice sheets. His research aims to understand how and why Earth's land ice cover is changing and the impact of these changes on global sea levels. This research involves application and analysis of airborne and satellite remote sensing tools, in situ measurements and numerical models.

Dr Rebecca Bartlett

Dr Rebecca Bartlett

Lecturer in Biogeochemistry

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Rebecca is a biogeochemist, specialising in nutrient cycling and environmental change in modern and past environments. Her research focuses on the biogeochemistry of peats, soils and sediments during environmental disturbance; the subsurface microbial response to natural and anthropogenic changes in atmospheric sulphur deposition, temperature, storms and floods, mineral reactivity and chemical ...

Dr James Bendle

Dr James Bendle

Reader (Associate Professor) in Organic Geochemistry
Director of the Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA)

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

60 second video iconJames is a paleoclimatologist, specialising in molecular organic geochemistry (e.g. molecular climatology). His research is focused on Cenozoic and Holocene climate evolution, high-resolution palaeoclimatology and biomarker proxy development.

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Dr Ian Boomer

Dr Ian Boomer

Senior Research Fellow

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Ian is a micropalaeontologist who studies calcareous benthic microfossils, particularly ostracods (microscopic Crustacea), but also foraminifera, to reconstruct past environments. His work spans much of the last 200 million years of earth history, with projects as diverse as the late-glacial history of lakes in Scotland and the vast inland seas of the Ponto-Caspian region, to sea-level change ...

Dr Richard Butler

Dr Richard Butler

Senior Research Fellow and Academic Keeper, Lapworth Museum of Geology

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Richard Butler - Research in 60 seconds videoRichard is a vertebrate palaeontologist with expertise in the systematics, evolution and biogeography of late Palaeozoic to Mesozoic reptiles. His current research programme aims to establish major patterns and drivers of terrestrial biodiversity change, as exemplified by four-limbed vertebrates (tetrapods), over the last 375 million years. He is also interested in the origin and ...

Dr Mark Cuthbert

Dr Mark Cuthbert

Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Mark Cuthbert’s research is currently focussed on coupled hydrological-climate process dynamics in order: to understand and quantify groundwater sustainability, particularly in drylands; to improve interpretations of terrestrial paleoclimate proxy archives; to understand Quaternary paleoenvironments and how they influenced our evolution as a species.

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Dr Tom Dunkley Jones

Dr Tom Dunkley Jones

Birmingham Fellow

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tom is a micropalaeontologist and paleoceanograher specializing in the study of fossil coccolithophore algae. His research interests are focused on the warm-climate states of the Paleogene period and include the use of coccolithophore assemblages and geochemical signatures as palaeoceanographic proxies. Tom is also interested in improving reconstructions of warm climate temperature ...

Dr Warren Eastwood

Dr Warren Eastwood

Lecturer

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Warren Eastwood is a biogeographer and palaeoecologist who researches past environmental change for the last 25,000 years or so in the eastern Mediterranean region. His main specialism is elucidating natural versus human-induced vegetation change using pollen analysis (palynology). His research interests also include the impact of major volcanic eruptions and tephrochronology of volcanic ash ...

Dr Kirsty Edgar

Dr Kirsty Edgar

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer in Micropalaeontology

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Kirsty is a micropalaeontologist and palaeoceanographer, specialising in planktic foraminifer and foraminifer-based geochemical records. She is interested in understanding the timing and nature of the interaction between global climate, geochemical cycling, and biota during the Cenozoic. A major research focus is elucidating the dynamics and consequences of transient climate events in the ...

Professor Ian Fairchild

Professor Ian Fairchild

Professor of Geosystems

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Ian Fairchild is a geoscientist with broad interests in the geochemistry of the Earth’s surface, climate change and Quaternary and Neoproterozoic earth history. He employs this breadth of knowledge in teaching, in public outreach, and professional activities such as examining and research assessment. He is equally at home in the field and the laboratory with a wealth of experience in ...

Dr Jason Hilton

Dr Jason Hilton

Reader in Palaeobiology
Deputy Director of Education, Earth Sciences

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Hilton is a research focused palaeobotanist and evolutionary plant biologist with interests in palaeoenvironments and palaeoecology. His underlying goals are to increase the quantity of paleobotanical data included into evolutionary analyses and to provide a more detailed understanding of the past environments and climates in which fossil plants lived.  He has a broad background in ...

Dr Stephen Jones

Dr Stephen Jones

Senior Lecturer in Earth Systems

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Steve Jones is a numerate geologist who studies the influence of the deep earth on climate. His published work spans mantle and crustal processes, oceanography and atmospheric science.

Dr Gaël Lymer

Dr Gaël Lymer

Research Fellow in Geophysics

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Gaël Lymer is a structural geologist. He focuses on the understanding of rifting processes and hyperextended rifted continental margins by using seismic data interpretations.

Professor Tim Reston

Professor Tim Reston

Professor of Geology
Head of Geosystem Research Group

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tim Reston is a geologist and a geophysicist with interests in the use of geophysics to study geological problems, especially tectonics. He specialises in the seismic imaging and tectonics of rifted continental margins and of slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges, with particular emphasis on detachment tectonics and the effects of mantle serpentinization.

Dr Ivan Sansom

Senior Lecturer in Palaeobiology

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Carl Stevenson

Dr Carl Stevenson

Lecturer in Geology

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Carl Stevenson is a structural geologist with a focus on the emplacement and subsurface distribution of igneous and volcanic rocks. His research uses rock magnetism, geophysics and petrology to determine the large-scale geometry and internal architecture of intrusions and has led to breakthroughs in understanding magma transport and accommodation in the Earth’s crust. This work has ...

Dr Sebastian Watt

Dr Sebastian Watt

Lecturer in Earth Sciences
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (Earth Sciences programmes)

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Watt’s research investigates the physical and chemical processes that control the behavior and long-term development of volcanoes. Most of this work focuses on volcanism in subduction zones. Current projects include tephrochronological reconstructions of past explosive eruptions, studies of large-scale volcanic landslides and their associated hazards, and the chemistry and evolution of ...

Dr James Wheeley

Dr James Wheeley

Senior Lecturer in Sedimentary Geology
Lead of undergraduate programmes in Earth Sciences
School Deputy Head of Education

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

James Wheeley is a teaching-focused lecturer in sedimentary geology and sedimentary basin analysis. His research interests lie in carbonate sedimentology and applied micropalaeontology (especially conodont isotopes) which he is using to address deep time (Palaeozoic) palaeoclimatic and palaeoecological problems. 

Dr Martin Widmann

Dr Martin Widmann

Senior Lecturer in climate science

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Martin Widmann is a climate scientist. His current main research area is regional climate change, in particular the development and validation of statistical downscaling methods. He also studies past climates; the main activity in this field is the development of data assimilation methods to combine climate simulations with empirical knowledge from proxy data.