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Research Interests:

Theme 1: ecosystem response record of the end Cretaceous event.

Examining the geological record of the mid and high latitude Creataceous – Paleogene boundary, a key point in biosphere evolution. I formed and currently run a multidisciplinary research group examining the Boltysh  meteorite crater, Ukraine. This crater contains a uniquely high resolution post impact record of biotic and climatic change. This research is funded by NERC. 



Theme 2: Ecosystem responses to Large Igneous Province eruptions

Interdisciplinary research into the impacts of large scale volcanism on the atmosphere and biosphere. This research is currently funded by the Danish Government. I manage and co-ordinate a large group of researchers from different disciplines at Aberdeen, Open University, Faroe Islands Geological Survey and at hydrocarbon operators including Statoil, Chevron, ENI and Dong. This research has led to a series of interdisciplinary publications including innovative contributions on atmospheric forcing, plant ecosystem dynamics and eutrophication events. Most recently, I have made a major step forward in identifying links between crustal magma processes and vegetation dynamics.


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Research Output 2001 2019

7 Citations (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

Controls on the Distribution of Volcanism and Intra-Basaltic Sediments in the Cambo-Rosebank Region, West of Shetland

Hardman, J., Schofield, N., Jolley, D., Hartley, A., Holford, S. & Watson, D., Feb 2019, In : Petroleum Geoscience. 25, 1, p. 71-89 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
lava flow
11 Citations (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

Challenges of future exploration within the UK Rockall Basin

Schofield, N., Jolley, D., Holford, S., Archer, S., Watson, D., Hartley, A., Howell, J., Muirhead, D., Underhill, J. & Green, P., 2018, Petroleum Geology of NW Europe: 50 Years of Learning : Proceedings of the 8th Petroleum Geology Conference. Bowman, M. & Levell, B. (eds.). Bath: Geological Society of London, Vol. 8. p. 211-229 20 p. (Petroleum Geology Conference series; vol. 8).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
research program
continental shelf
2 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

Prolonged dynamic support from the Icelandic plume of the NE Atlantic margin

Hardman, J. P. A., Schofield, N., Jolley, D. W., Holford, S. P., Hartley, A. J., Morse, S., Underhill, J., Watson, D. A. & Zimmer, E. H., May 2018, In : Journal of the Geological Society . 175, 3, p. 396-410 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
mantle plume
16 Citations (Scopus)
7 Downloads (Pure)

3D seismic imaging of the shallow plumbing system beneath the Ben Nevis Monogenetic Volcanic Field: Faroe-Shetland Basin

McLean, C. E., Schofield, N., Brown, D. J., Jolley, D. W. & Reid, A., 1 May 2017, In : Journal of the Geological Society . 174, 3, p. 468-485 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
crustal structure
5 Downloads (Pure)

Centennial to decadal vegetation community changes linked to orbital and solar forcing during the Dan-C2 hyperthermal event

Jolley, D. W., Daly, R. J., Ebinghaus, A., Kemp, D. B., Gilmour, I., Mac Niocaill, C. & Kelley, S. P., Nov 2017, In : Journal of the Geological Society . 17, 6, p. 1019-1030 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
forest ecosystem
plant community


Hydrofluoric Acid
Microscopic examination