Deputy Chief Geologist for England awarded honorary Chair at Department of Geology

Posted by ap507 at Aug 12, 2016 09:50 AM |
Professor Colin Waters from the British Geological Survey will be working closely with the University on research into the Anthropocene

Professor Colin Waters from the British Geological Survey has been awarded an honorary Chair at the Department of Geology, working closely with Professors Jan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams and others on research into the Anthropocene.

Colin has worked for the British Geological Survey, based in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, for 28 years and is currently Deputy Chief Geologist for England.

For much of this time he has been carrying out geological mapping in the UK and parts of the West African Shield in the Sahara Desert.  

His work in the UK has concentrated on many of the coalfields of northern and central England and the Pennine Hills. From this he developed an interest in both Carboniferous stratigraphy and mapping anthropogenic deposits in urban areas. The former skill led him to joining the Geological Society Stratigraphy Commission in 2004 as their Carboniferous expert and he has been their Secretary since 2006.

Colin's interest in artificial deposits and how geology plays an important role in constraining development in urban areas eventually led to him joining the Anthropocene Working Group in 2011, again as their Secretary. Both interests have contributed to more than 140 publications, in addition to about 70 geological maps and accompanying reports.

Colin said: "During my career I have had the privilege to have worked with staff from the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester. Firstly, with Professor Sarah Davies we collaborated on Carboniferous successions in the Pennines, ultimately leading to a chapter in the Geology of England and Wales.

"But it is with Professors Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams, who I have known initially during their time employed at BGS, then on the Stratigraphy Commission and latterly on the Anthropocene Working Group, that I have worked most closely with the Department over recent years. Along with Matt Edgeworth, Honorary Research Fellow at Leicester’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History, the University of Leicester and BGS have formed an East Midlands axis of Anthropocene studies. The concept continues to be a phenomenon crossing from the sciences to the humanities and it is carrying forward the work of the group to develop a formal definition for the term that I aim to work closely with the University."

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