Dr Jon Radley PhD

Dr Jon Radley

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

For the last 20 years Jon has worked as a geologist principally within the museum sector and has developed expertise in the public understanding and interpretation of science, collecting philosophies, and geoconservation. Jon also has a spare-time research profile, notably concerning the Lower and Middle Jurassic strata of central England and the non-marine Lower Cretaceous strata of southern England.


  • BSc (Oxford Polytechnic)
  • MSc (University of Keele)
  • MSc (University College London)
  • PgDip (University of Leicester)
  • PhD (University of Portsmouth)


Jon currently lives in Warwick. Following undergraduate and postgraduate training in geology and aspects of palaeobiology, he has pursued a career in natural science curation. He is currently Keeper of Geology for Warwickshire Museums.


Jon’s primary research interests lie within the Earth Sciences, with special reference to shell bed taphonomy and palaeoecology, and palaeoenvironmental interpretation of southern British Mesozoic marginal-marine to shallow-marine successions.  He has published widely on the palaeoecology and palaeoenvironments of southern English Early Jurassic and Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary strata, curatorial issues and geoconservation.

Other activities

Jon is a keen climber, cyclist and has wide-ranging interests in the natural sciences.


Radley, J.D., 2010. Grazing bioerosion in Jurassic seas: a neglected factor in the Mesozoic marine revolution? Historical Biology 22, 387-393.

O’Brien, L.J., Braddy, S.J., and Radley, J.D., 2009. A new arthropod resting trace and associated suite of trace fossils from the Lower Jurassic of Warwickshire, England. Palaeontology 52, 1099-1112.

Radley, J.D., 2009. Archaic-style shell concentrations in brackish-water settings: Lower Cretaceous (Wealden) examples from southern England. Cretaceous Research 30, 710-716.

Radley, J.D., 2009. Seafloor erosion and sea-level change. Early Jurassic Blue Lias Formation of central England. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 270, 287-294.

Radley, J.D. 2008. A history of geological conservation in Warwickshire, central England. In: Burek, C. and Prosser, C. (eds), The History of Geological Conservation. Geological Society, London, Special Publication 300, 181-195.

Smith, A.S. and Radley, J.D. 2007. A marine reptile fauna from the Early Jurassic Blue Lias Formation of central England. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 56, 253-260.

Radley, J.D. 2005. The Triassic System in Warwickshire. Mercian Geologist 16, 89-98.

Goldring, R., Pollard, J.E. and Radley, J.D. 2005. Trace fossils and pseudofossils from the Wealden strata (non-marine Lower Cretaceous) of southern England. Cretaceous Research 26, 665-685.