Professor Jan Zalasiewicz

Jan ZalasiewiczProfessor of Palaeobiology

Direct contact:
T: 0116 252 3928 

Research Group: Palaeobiology, Palaeoenvironments and Palaeoclimates

Research Interests

  • Mudrock processes: sedimentation, diagenesis and low-grade metamorphism.
  • Early Palaeozoic and Quaternary stratigraphy and sedimentology; graptolite morphology and distribution.
  • Stratigraphic analysis, including study of the Anthropocene concept. 

Four Recent Publications

  • Zalasiewicz, J. & Williams, M. 2012. The Goldilocks Planet: An Earth History of Climate Change. Oxford University Press. 303 pp
  • Zalasiewicz, J. 2010. The Planet in a Pebble: a Journey through Earth History. Oxford University Press. 227 pp.
  • Zalasiewicz, J.A., Page, A.A., Rickards, R.B., Williams, M., Wilby, P.R., Howe, M.P.A. & Snelling, A. In press. Polymorphic organization in a planktonic graptoloid (Hemichordata: Pterobranchia) colony of late Ordovician age. Geological Magazine.
  • Zalasiewicz, J., Williams M., Fortey, R.A., Smith, A.G., Barry, T.L. Coe, A.L., Bown, P.R., Gale, A., Gibbard, P.L., Gregory, F.J., Hounslow, M.W., Kerr, A.C., Pearson, P., Knox, R., Powell, J., Waters, C., Marshall, J., Oates, M., Rawson, P. & Stone, P. 2011. Stratigraphy of the Anthropocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A369, 1036-1055.


  • Course Director for Geography-Geology and Geology with Palaeobiology degrees
  • GL1001 Palaeobiology and the Stratigraphic Record
  • GL1019 Geological Maps and Structures
  • GL1024 Planetary Geology
  • GL2017 Geological Field Methods
  • GL2005 Depositional Processes and Environments
  • GL2019 Fundamentals of Geological Maps and Stratigraphic Methods
  • GL2020 Advanced Geological Maps and Stratigraphic Methods 
  • GL4068 Methods and Modelling in Palaeoclimatology
  • GL4067 Evolutionary Palaeobiology
  • GL4017 Hot Topics
  • Contributor to i-science degree

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