Publications

Professor Sarah J. Davies

Publications are listed under the following topics:

  1. Sedimentology, Sequence Stratigraphy and Climate Change in the Late Palaeozoic
  2. Mudstone sedimentology and geochemistry
  3. Sedimentation in rift and transpressional basins (Mongolia, North Sea)
  4. Outcrop and subsurface log analysis

Sedimentology, Sequence Stratigraphy and Climate Change in the Late Palaeozoic

Davies, S.J., Leng, M.J., Macquaker, J.H.S. & Hawkins, K. 2012. Sedimentary process control on carbon isotope composition of sedimentary organic matter in an ancient shallow-water shelf succession. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 13(11), DOI: 10.1029/2012GC004218

Bennett, C. E., Siveter, D. J., Davies, S. J., Williams, M., Wilkinson, I. P., Browne, M., Miller, C. G. 2011. Ostracods from freshwater and brackish environments of the Carboniferous of the Midland Valley of Scotland: the early colonisation of terrestrial water bodies. Geological Magazine, 149, 366-396. (doi:10.1017/S0016756811000719).

Bennett, C. E., Williams, M. Leng, M. J., Siveter, D. J., Davies, S. J., Sloane, H. J., Wilkinson, I. P. 2011. Diagenesis of fossil ostracods: implications for stable isotope based palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 305, 150-161.

Davies, S.J., 2008, The record of Carboniferous sea-level change in low latitude sedimentary successions from Britain and Ireland during the onset of the ate Paleozoic ice age, in, Fielding, C.R., Frank, T.D., and Isbell, J.L., eds., Resolving the Late Paleozoic Ice Age in Time and Space: Geological Society of America Special Paper 441, 187-204.

Waters, C.N., and Davies, S.J., 2006, Carboniferous: extensional basins, advancing deltas and coal swamps, in Brenchley, P.J. and Rawson, P.F. eds., The Geology of England and Wales: The Geological Society London, 173-224.

Calder, J.H., Gibling, M.R., Scott, A.C., Davies, S.J., & Hebert, B.L. 2006. A fossil lycopsid forest succession in the classic Joggins section of Nova Scotia: paleoecology of a disturbance-prone Pennsylvanian wetland. In: Wetlands through time. (Edited by S. Greb and W.A. DiMichele). Geological Society of America Special Paper. Geological Society of America Special Paper, 399,169-196.

Falcon-Lang, H.J., Benton, M.J., Braddy, S.J. & Davies, S.J. 2006. The Pennsylvanian tropical biome reconstructed from the Joggins formation of Nova Scotia Canada. Journal of the Geological Society, 561-576.

Davies, S.J. Gibling, M.R. Rygel, M.C., Calder, J.H. &  Skilliter, D.M. 2005. The Joggins Formation of Nova Scotia: stratigraphic framework and sedimentological log of the historic fossil cliffs. Atlantic Geology, 41, 115-141.

Davies, S.J. & Gibling, M.R. 2003. Architecture of coastal and alluvial deposits in an extensional basin: the Carboniferous Joggins Formation of eastern Canada. Sedimentology, 50, 415-439.

Brettle, M.J., McIlroy, D., Elliott, T., Davies S.J. & Waters C.N., 2002. Identifying cryptic tidal influences within deltaic successions: an example from the Marsdenian (Namurian) interval of the Pennine Basin, UK. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 159, 379-391

Guion, P.D., Gutteridge & Davies, S.J. 2000. Carboniferous sedimentation and volcanism on the Laurussian margin. In: The Geological History of Britain and Ireland. N.H. Woodcock & R. Strachan (eds) Blackwell Science.

McLean, D. & Davies, S. J. 1999 Constraints on the application of palynology to the correlations of Euramerican Late Carboniferous clastic hydrocarbon reservoirs. In: Biostratigraphy in exploration and development geology (Edited by Jones, R. W. & Simmons M.D.) 152. Special Publication, Geological Society, 201-218.

Hampson, G.J., Davies, S. J., Elliott, T., Flint, S. S. & Stollhofen, H. 1999. Incised valley fill sandstone bodies in Upper Carboniferous fluvio-deltaic strata: recognition and reservoir characterisation of Southern North Sea analogues.  In: Petroleum Geology of NW Europe: Proceedings of the 5th Conference. (Edited by Fleet, A.J. & Boldy, S.A.R.). The Geological Society, London. 771-788.

Davies, S. J., Hampson, G. J., Elliott, T. & Flint, S. S. 1999. Continental scale sequence stratigraphy of the Upper Carboniferous and its applications to reservoir prediction. In: Petroleum Geology of NW Europe: Proceedings of the 5th Conference. (Edited by Fleet, A.J. & Boldy, S.A.R.). The Geological Society, London. 757-770.

Hampson, G. J., Elliott, T. & Davies, S.J. 1997.  The application of sequence stratigraphy to Upper Carboniferous fluvio-deltaic strata of the onshore U.K. and Ireland: implications for the southern North Sea.  Journal of the Geological Society of London. 154, 719-733.

Davies, S. J. & McLean, D. 1996. Spectral gamma ray and palynological characterisation of marine bands in the Kinderscoutian (Namurian, late Carboniferous) of the Pennine Basin. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 51, 103-114.

Davies, S. J. & Elliott, T. 1996. Spectral gamma ray characterisation of high resolution sequence stratigraphy: examples from Upper Carboniferous fluvio-deltaic systems, County Clare, Ireland. In: High resolution sequence stratigraphy: Innovations and applications (Edited by Howell, J. A. & Aitken, J.F.) 104. Special Publication, Geological Society, 25-35.

Mudstone sedimentology and geochemistry

Könitzer, S.F., Davies, S.J., Stephenson, M.H. & Leng, M.J., 2014. Depositional controls on mudstone lithofacies in a basinal setting: implications for the delivery of sedimentary organic matter. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 84, 198-214. doi: 10.2110/jsr.2014.18

Hawkins, K. Davies, S.J., Mullins, G.L. & Macquaker, J.H.S. Miospore distribution and sedimentological facies evolution as an insight to changing terrestrial paleoequatorial floral communities during a Pennsylvanian glacio-eustatic sea level cycle. Reviews in Palynology and Palaeobotany. doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2013.05.002 Published online 18.05.13.

Davies S.J., Leng, M.J., Macquaker, J.H.S. & Hawkins, K., 2012. Sedimentary process control on carbon isotope composition of sedimentary organic matter in an ancient shallow-water shelf succession. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 13(11), doi:10.1029/2012GC004218

Könitzer, S.F., Leng, M.J., Davies, S.J., Stephenson, M.H. 2012 An assessment of geochemical preparation methods prior to organic carbon concentration and carbon isotope ratio analyses of fine-grained sedimentary rocks. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 13, Q0AI02   DOI: 10.1029/2012GC004094

Macquaker, J.H.S, Keller, M. & Davies, S.J., 2010, Algal blooms and “marine snow”: mechanisms that enhance preservation of organic carbon in ancient fine-grained sediments. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 80, 934-942

Rigby, S. & Davies S.J. 2001. Volcanically mediated plankton blooms in the Central Belt of the Southern Uplands during the Llandovery. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences, 91, 457-470.

Davies, S. J. & Pickering, K. T. 1999. Stratigraphic control on mudrock chemistry, Kimmeridge Boulder Bed succession, NE Scotland. Chemical Geology, 156, 5-23.

Sedimentation in rift and transpressional basins (Mongolia, North Sea)

Cunningham, W.D., Davies, S.J. & McLean, D. 2009. Exhumation of a Cretaceous metamorphic core complex within a late Cenozoic restraining bend, Altan Uul, southern Mongolia. Journal of the Geological Society, Journal of the Geological Society,166, 321-333.

Howard, J.P., Cunningham, W.D. & Davies, S.J. 2006. Competing processes of clastic deposition and compartmentalized inversion in an actively evolving transpressional basin, western Mongolia. Journal of the Geological Society, 163, 657-670.

Cunningham, W.D., Davies, S.J. & Badarch, G. 2003. Crustal architecture and active growth of the Sutai Range, Western Mongolia: A major intracontinental, intraplate restraining bend. Journal of Geodynamics, 36, 169-191

Howard, J.P., Cunningham, W.D., Davies, S.J., Dykstra, A.H. & Badarch, G. 2003. The stratigraphic and structural evolution of the Dzereg Basin, western Mongolia: clastic sedimentation, transpressional faulting and basin destruction in an intraplate, intracontinental setting. Basin Research, 15, 46-72.

McLeod, A. E, Underhill, J. R. & Davies, S.J. & Dawers, N. H. 2002. The influence of fault array evolution on synrift sedimentation patterns: Controls on deposition in the Strathspey-Brent -Statfjord halfgraben, northern North Sea. American Association of Petroleum Geology Bulletin, 86, 1061–1093.

Davies S.J., Dawers N.H., McLeod A.E., & Underhill J.R. 2000. The structural and sedimentological evolution of early synrift successions: the Middle Jurassic Tarbert Formation, North Sea. Basin Research, 12, 343-366.

Outcrop and subsurface log analysis

Tudge, J.T., Lovell, M.A., Davies, S.J. & Millar, M. 2014. A novel integrated approach to estimating hydrocarbon saturation in the presence of pore-lining chlorites Petroleum Geoscience, 20, 201-209; doi: 10.1144/petgeo2013-044.

Fitch P., Davies S.J., Lovell M.A., Pritchard T., 2013. Reservoir Quality and Reservoir Heterogeneity: Petrophysical Application of the Lorenz Coefficient. Petrophysics, 54, 465-474.

Inwood J., Lofi J., Davies, S.J., Basile C., Bjerum C., Mountain G., Proust J-N, Otsuka H. & Valppu H. 2013. Statistical classification of log response as an indicator of facies variation during changes in sea level: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 313. Geosphere. doi: 10.1130/GES00913.1

Tudge J., Lovell, M.A., Davies, S.J., Harvey, P.K., & Saito, S. 2008. Petrophysically determined lithofacies at the Nankai Trough Accretionary Prism: NanTroSEIZE, IODP Expedition 314. Journal of the Geological Society, 166, 961 – 968

Hampson, G.J., Davies, W., Davies, S.J., Howell, J.A. & Adamson, K.R. 2005. Use of spectral gamma-ray data to refine subsurface fluvial stratigraphy: late Cretaceous strata in the Book Cliffs, Utah, USA. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 162, 603-621

Love, S. E., Gould, S. & Davies, S.J. 2004 Inter-tuff correlation and architecture within the Moor Cliffs Formation, Lower Old Red Sandstone, southwest Wales: a multi-disciplinary approach for reservoir characterization. Geological Journal, 39, Special Issue. The Lower Old Red Sandstone of the Anglo-Welsh Basin. Edited by Williams, B.P.J., Marriott,S. & Hillier. R.D. 299-314.

Davies, S. J. & McLean, D. 1996. Spectral gamma ray and palynological characterisation of marine bands in the Kinderscoutian (Namurian, late Carboniferous) of the Pennine Basin. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 51, 103-114.

Davies, S. J. & Elliott, T. 1996. Spectral gamma ray characterisation of high resolution sequence stratigraphy: examples from Upper Carboniferous fluvio-deltaic systems, County Clare, Ireland. In: High resolution sequence stratigraphy: Innovations and applications (Edited by Howell, J. A. & Aitken, J.F.) 104. Special Publication, Geological Society, 25-35.

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