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JGS Editorial Board

The Journal of the Geological Society Editorial Board reports to Publications and Information Committee.

Chief Editor

Graham Shields, University College London, UK 
My research explores how Earth’s surface environment has evolved as an integrated system. I primarily use sedimentary geochemical and isotopic tracers to study the co-evolution of life and the environment, particularly during Mesoproterozoic through Cambrian times. Most recently, my research has investigated the role of evaporite weathering and deposition in the global carbon cycle. Key field areas include China’s North and South cratons.

Deputy Editors

Deta Gasser, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Deta Gasser is a field-based structural geologist and geochronologist, with expertise on the regional geological evolution of the Caledonian orogen of the North Atlantic, the Alps and the Cordillera of Alaska. Subject areas of papers: tectonics, geochronology, convergent plate tectonic settings

Linda Kirstein, University of Edinburgh, UK
My research ranges from tectonic geomorphology to mantle geochemistry. At the core of my research are ideas of cyclicity, connectivity and change. I apply a range of techniques including thermo- and geo-chronometry, geochemistry and petrology to understand how the composition of the solid Earth has changed over time particularly in intraplate settings; how erosion and transport respond to external forcing and how recycling affects element budgets.

Subject Editors

Heda Agic, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Heda Agic’s interests are in proterozoic (micro)paleontology, paleoecology, and biostratigraphy; geobiology; evolution of early complex life.

Sarah Boulton, University of Plymouth, UK
My research investigates the role of uplift and active faulting on landscapes and how we can extract 'tectonics from topography'; in particular using fluvial geomorphology, knickzone formation and retreat to constrain tectonic drivers of long term landscape evolution. I have also become interested in the connectivity between river channels and the adjacent hillslopes, and the role that landsliding has in landscape evolution. Much of my research is located in the Mediterranean region and I also undertake broader research into the Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the Eastern Mediterranean region especially concerning active faulting, palaeoseismology, and tsunamis.
Giovanni Camanni, Università di Napoli Federico II, Italy
My research interests lie in the general area of Structural Geology and Tectonics. Within these broad research themes, I am keen on investigating the structure and evolution of fault zones, and their role in mountain building and rifting processes. To advance our knowledge of these aspects, my work largely relies on collecting and analysing field data and, secondarily, on their integration with seismic reflection and various sets of seismological data.
Kathryn Cutts, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Metamorphic petrologist focusing on polymetamorphism in Precambrian rocks with the objective of understanding more about early earth tectonics. Expertise includes P-T modelling, geochronology, petrochronology and Archean geology.
Stephen Daly, University College Dublin, Ireland
My research interests include the origin and tectonic history of the lower crust, geochemical aspects of geothermal energy and the application of isotope geochemical methods to sedimentary provenance, granite petrogenesis, ore genesis and mantle evolution.
Philip Donoghue, University of Bristol, UK
I am a palaeontologist interested in major evolutionary transitions, their causes and consequences, from the origin of plants and animals, to the origin of cellular life. I have particular expertise in phylogenetics, computed tomography, and the estimation of evolutionary timescales.
Kirsty Edgar, University of Birmingham, UK
Kirsty is a micropalaeontologist and palaeoclimatologist interested in understanding the timing and nature of the interaction between global climate, biogeochemical cycling, and marine life during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic. She has particular expertise in foraminifer, stratigraphy, and carbonate and sediment-based geochemical records to reconstruct aspects of environmental and oceanographic change, and past life.
Mary Ford, Université de Lorraine, France
My research focuses on basin dynamics and the interactions of surface processes and tectonics in both rifts and foreland fold-thrust belts. Multidisciplinary collaborative projects use detailed field studies integrated with low temperature thermochronology data, geophysical data, geochronology and other dating methods and thermomechanical modelling to gain insight into the roles of key processes through time and space. My key research areas are the western Alps, Pyrenees, the Corinth rift, Greece.
Amy Gilligan, University of Aberdeen, UK
Amy Gilligan is a geophysicist who primarily uses seismology to investigate Earth structure and processes. This includes developing seismicity catalogues and seismic velocity models in regions that have included orogenic settings in the Tien Shan, the Himalayas and Tibet, ancient cratons in eastern Canada, and post-subduction settings in northern Borneo.
Peter Grindrod, Natural History Museum, UK
My research is broadly concerned with understanding the evolution of the terrestrial planets and icy moons. I use techniques from different disciplines to address the key questions in planetary science that can only be answered with a cross-disciplinary approach. By studying the key processes that affect the evolution of different planetary bodies, my research addresses the majority of the recorded history of the Solar System. My current focus is the evolution of water and habitability on Mars.
Adrian Hartley, University of Aberdeen, UK
My interests are in clastic sedimentology and stratigraphy, tectonics and sedimentation.
Ashleigh Hood, University of Melbourne, Australia
My research aims to develop our understanding of the evolution of the Earth’s surface through time, particularly in reference to marine environments and ecosystems. I am especially interested in the links between seawater chemistry, marine diagenesis, planetary oxygenation and the evolution of life over the Precambrian and early Phanerozoic. The subject areas I cover are sedimentology, Precambrian geology, carbonate geology, diagenesis, geobiology.
Philip Hughes, University of Manchester, UK
I am a Quaternary Scientist focusing on glacial geology and geomorphology. I have also written on aspects of Quaternary stratigraphy and geochronology. I have interests in all aspects of Quaternary studies and palaeoclimatology in this most recent geological period.
Stephen Lokier, Bangor University, UK
Stephen is a sedimentologist with interests in a wide range of Recent and ancient carbonate depositional systems. Stephen is currently involved in a number of active research projects including; understanding the complexities of Devonian and Recent mixed siliciclastic-carbonate systems, depositional and early diagenetic processes in Recent coastal sabkha settings and characterising carbonate transportation and depositional mechanisms. Stephen is an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, is a founder and coordinator of the Seds Online community ( and is the General Secretary of the International Association of Sedimentologists ( Stephen is very active on Twitter and can be followed at @StephenLokier. Subjects: - Carbonate sedimentology, - Mixed carbonate-siliciclastic sedimentology, - Mixed carbonate-evaporite sedimentology, - Sabkhas, - Geo-outreach.
Xiaoya Ma, University of Exeter, UK
Xiaoya’s primary research interest is to understand the origin and early evolution of animal life, especially the major radiation event known as the ‘Cambrian Explosion’. Xiaoya employs interdisciplinary approaches to study the morphology, phylogeny, taphonomy and paleoecology of a broad range of Cambrian animals from exceptionally well-preserved fossil assemblages.
John MacDonald, University of Glasgow, UK
John has interests in mineral chemistry, particularly carbonate mineral chemistry (from oxygen and clumped isotopes in surface and subsurface settings, to ecotoxic metal sequestration), but also silicate mineral chronometers such as zircon.
Dhananjai Pandey, National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, Vasco da Gama, India
My research interests include: Geodynamics, Tectonics, Continental margin evolution, Deep sea drilling and Deep seismic imaging.

Tyrone Rooney, Michigan State University, USA
Rooney focuses on the magmatic and tectonic expression of extensional processes, with a focus on the East African Rift System and the Proterozoic Mid-Continent Rift. Rooney's interests also extend to subduction zone volcanism in Central America, New Zealand, and Argentina.
Karel Schulmann, Université de Strasbourg, France
My research interests are mainly the collisional and accretionary tectonics of Paleozoic orogenies in Europe, Africa and Central Asia.
Yvonne Spychala, Leibniz Universitat Hannover, Germany
Dr. Spychala has focused on the spatial variation of submarine lobe deposits, the boundary conditions that formed and influences deepwater deposition, and currently studies the role of submarine fans as organic carbon sinks.
Carl Stevenson, University of Birmingham, UK
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.
Yuntao Tian, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
Yuntao Tian’s research interests are Tectonics. His current studies mainly focus on exploring the formation history of the Tibetan Plateau and the corresponding climatic effects using a combination of structural, morphometric and thermochronometric methods.
Rosalie Tostevin, University of Cape Town, South Africa
I research interactions between life and the environment on the early Earth, using a range of trace element, isotope and experimental approaches.
Igor Villa, University of Bern, Switzerland
Igor Villa’s interests are in geochronology and geochemistry. He is part of the isotope geology group at the University of Bern.
Sebastian Watt, University of Birmingham, UK
My 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, with particular interests in the processes that drive changes in eruptive behaviour, reconstructing long-timescale eruption records and the temporal evolution of volcanoes, and volcano growth and instability, including large-scale volcanic landslides and their associated hazards.
Martin Whitehouse, Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Stockholm, SE
My primary research interests are in applying radiogenic and stable isotopes to the evolution of the terrestrial planets, including the Earth.
Wenjiao Xiao, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Wenjiao Xiao’s interests are in the tethyan orogenic belt and the Central Asian orogenic and mineralization
Shihong Zhang, China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China
Prof. Shihong Zhang has a wide scope of interest and research experience in geology, including tectonics, continental deep structure, paleomagnetism and global paleogeography, Precambrian supercontinents and major geological events, cyclostratigraphy.
Renjie Zhou, The University of Queensland, Australia
Dr Renjie Zhou is a Lecturer in Tectonics in The University of Queensland, Australia. He studies tectonic evolution of convergent margins with field investigation and multisystem geo-/thermochronology.

Other members

Rob Strachan (Publications Secretary)


Patricia Pantos (Journal Manager)