Dr Stephen Jones

Dr Stephen Jones

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Earth Systems

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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.


  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Deep Earth-Climate Links

Postgraduate supervision

Stephen M Jones is working on the following projects:

Relationships between the Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum global climate change event, the North Atlantic Large Igneous Province and underlying Icelandic mantle convection system (C-FORCE project).

Temporal variability in Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, and links with global climate change (DenGate project).

Understanding Greenland Ice Sheet vulnerability, especially by understanding how the Greenlandic and Icelandic ice sheets grew during intensification of the Northern Hemisphere Glaciation (Tjörnes project).

Developing continuous marine air quality monitoring capability using national research vessel fleets (AirShip project).

Measuring time-dependence in mantle convection, in particular the evolution of the Icelandic convective system and the effect of background convection on sedimentation patterns at passive continental margins (IMPULSE project).

Development of techniques to estimate oceanic variability and mixing from multichannel seismic data.

Thermal and chemical modelling of proto-planetary bodies during the first few millions years of solar system evolution.

Dr Jones supervises doctoral research in all these areas.


Recent publications


Gernon, TM, Jones, S, Brune, S, Hincks, T, Palmer, MR, Schumacher, J, Primiceri, R, Field, M, Griffin, W, O'Reilly, S, Keir, D, Spencer, C, Meredith, A & Glerum, A 2023, 'Rift-induced disruption of cratonic keels drives kimberlite volcanism', Nature, vol. 620, pp. 344–350. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-023-06193-3

Hall, J, Allison, M, Papadopoulos, M, Barfod, DN & Jones, S 2023, 'Timing and Consequences of Bering Strait Opening: New Insights From 40Ar/39Ar Dating of the Barmur Group (Tjörnes Beds), Northern Iceland', Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, vol. 38, no. 4, e2022PA004539. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022PA004539

Magee, C, Hoggett, M, Jackson, CAL & Jones, S 2019, 'Burial-Related Compaction Modifies Intrusion-Induced Forced Folds: Implications for Reconciling Roof Uplift Mechanisms Using Seismic Reflection Data', Frontiers in Earth Science, vol. 7, no. 37. https://doi.org/doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.00037

Jones, S, Hoggett, M, Greene, S & Dunkley Jones, T 2019, 'Large Igneous Province thermogenic greenhouse gas flux could have initiated Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum climate change', Nature Communications, vol. 10, no. 1, 5547. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-12957-1

Parnell-Turner, R, White, N, Henstock, TJ, Jones, S, Maclennan, JC & Murton, BJ 2017, 'Causes and Consequences of Diachronous V-Shaped Ridges in the North Atlantic Ocean', Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, vol. 122, no. 11, pp. 8675–8708 . https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JB014225

Lunt, DJ, Huber, M, Anagnostou, E, Baatsen, MLJ, Caballero, R, DeConto, R, Dijkstra, H, Donnadieu, Y, Evans, D, Feng, R, Foster, GL, Gasson, E, von der Heydt, A, Hollis, C, Inglis, G, Jones, S, Kiehl, J, Kirtland Turner, S, Korty, R, Kozdon, R, Krishnan, S, Ladant, J-B, Langebroek, P, Lear, C, LeGrande, A, Littler, K, Markwick, P, Otto-Bliesner, B, Pearson, P, Poulsen, C, Saltzmann, U, Shields, C, Snell, C, Stärz, M, Super, J, Tobor, C, Tierney, J, Tourte, G, Tripati, A, Upchurch, G, Wade, B, Wing, S, Wignuth, A, Wright, N, Zachos, J & Zeebe, R 2017, 'The DeepMIP contribution to PMIP4: experimental design for model simulations of the EECO, PETM, and pre-PETM (version 1.0)', Geoscientific Model Development, pp. 889-901. https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-889-2017

Parnell-Turner, R, White, N, McCave, IN, Henstock, TJ, Murton, B & Jones, S 2015, 'Architecture of North Atlantic contourite drifts modified by transient circulation of the Icelandic mantle plume', Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, vol. 16, no. 10, pp. 3414-3435. https://doi.org/10.1002/2015GC005947

Parnell-Turner, R, White, N, Henstock, T, Murton, B, Maclennan, J & Jones, S 2014, 'A continuous 55-million-year record of transient mantle plume activity beneath Iceland', Nature Geoscience, vol. 7, no. 12, pp. 914-919. https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2281

Jones, S, Murton, BJ, Fitton, JG, White, NJ, Maclennan, J & Walters, RL 2014, 'A joint geochemical–geophysical record of time-dependent mantle convection south of Iceland', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 386, pp. 86-97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2013.09.029

Ferguson, DJ, Maclennan, J, Bastow, ID, Pyle, DM, Jones, S, Keir, D, Blundy, JD, Plank, T & Yirgu, G 2013, 'Melting during late-stage rifting in Afar is hot and deep', Nature, vol. 499, no. 7456, pp. 70-73. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature12292

Jones, S, Lovell, B & Crosby, AG 2012, 'Comparison of modern and geological observations of dynamic support from mantle convection', Geological Society. Journal, vol. 169, no. 6, pp. 745-758. https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2011-118

Robinson, MM, Valdes, PJ, Haywood, AM, Dowsett, HJ, Hill, DJ & Jones, S 2011, 'Bathymetric controls on Pliocene North Atlantic and Arctic sea surface temperature and deepwater production', Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, vol. 309, pp. 92-97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.01.004

Shorttle, O, Maclennan, J & Jones, S 2010, 'Control of the symmetry of plume-ridge interaction by spreading ridge geometry', Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, vol. 11, pp. Q0AC05, 27pp. https://doi.org/10.1029/2009GC002986


Vining, BA, Hardy, RJJ, Querendez, E, Biancotto, F, Pickering, SC, Jones, S, O'Sullivan, J & White, N 2010, 'New methods of improving seismic data to aid understanding of passive margin evolution: a series of case histories from offshore west of Ireland', Paper presented at Petroleum Geology: From Mature Basins to New Frontiers, 1/01/10 pp. 1005-1012. https://doi.org/10.1144/0071005


Allison, M, Hall, J & Jones, SM 2022 'A Practical Guide to Virtual Outcrop Photogrammetry in Earth Science' EarthArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31223/X5HS7N

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