Dr Jon Radley PhD

Dr Jon Radley

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

For nearly 30 years Jon has worked as a geologist and natural scientist 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, the non-marine Lower Cretaceous strata of southern England, and aspects of Early-Mid Triassic palaeoenvironmental reconstruction.


  • 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 Curator of Natural Sciences for the Warwickshire Museum (part of Heritage & Culture Warwickshire).


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 non-marine to shallow-marine successions.  He has published widely on the palaeoecology and palaeoenvironments of southern English Triassic, Early Jurassic and Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary strata, curatorial issues and geoconservation.

Other activities

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


Radley, J.D., and Coram, R.A., 2016. The Chester Formation (Early Triassic, southern Britain): sedimentary response to extreme greenhouse climate? Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 127, 552-557. 

Radley, J.D., and Coram, R.A., 2015. Derived Skolithos pipe rock in the Budleigh Salterton Pebble Beds (Early Triassic, East Devon, UK). Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 126, 220-225. 

Coram, R.A., and Radley, J.D., 2015. Chirothere footprint sites from the Otter Sandstone Formation (Middle Triassic, late Anisian) of Devon, United Kingdom. Ichnos 22, 29-42. 

Radley, J.D., 2014. Percival Allen FRS and the Wealden of southern England. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 113, 677-693. 

Radley, J.D. (ed.), 2012. The non-marine Lower Cretaceous Wealden strata of southern England. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association Issue 2, 233-386. 

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.