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JGS Editorial Board

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


Yildirim Dilek, Miami University, USA  
Yildirim Dilek is a University Distinguished Professor and a Professor of Tectonics, Chemical Geodynamics and Oceanography at Miami University, USA. He received his PhD at the University of California, and he has been a visiting professor at the University of Bergen (Norway), Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan), Tsukuba University (Tsukuba, Japan), Kanazawa University (Kanazawa, Japan), Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris, France), Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (Beijing, China), Zhejiang University (China), and China University of Geosciences (Beijing, China). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. His main research interests include the structure, geochemistry and tectonic evolution of modern and ancient oceanic lithosphere, mélanges and subduction-accretion complexes, and crustal architecture and magmatic record of orogenic belts. He has worked extensively in the Alpine, Peri-Mediterranean, Tibetan–Himalayan, North American Cordillera, Patagonian Andes, and Norwegian Caledonide orogenic belts, and has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers on related topics. He participated in the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) cruises in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and in a JMASTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology) submersible cruise to the Nankai Trough as an invited shipboard scientist. His other research interests include extensional tectonics, magmatism, and sedimentary basin evolution in young orogenic belts, notably in Anatolia, Aegean region, Tibetan Plateau, and eastern China. His most recent projects focus on the Rodinian tectonics of the Tarim Block (China) and the seismotectonics and Cenozoic tectonics in Albania, Azerbaijan, and Central Iran. He served as the Vice President of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and the Chief Editor of the Geological Society of America Bulletin.

Deputy Editors

Anna Bird, University of Hull, UK  
Anna Bird used geochemistry and geochronology along with field observations to establish timing(s) of orogenic events and the provenance of materials like loess and other types of sediment. Anna has worked materials from all over the Highlands of Scotland and Shetland to better constrain the timing of mountain building events. She has also worked on establishing the provenance of loess from China, Africa and Europe to evaluate the interplay between tectonics and climate on sediment deposition and provenance.

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 Durham, UK
My research focuses on the evolution and ecology of early complex life, as well as the use of microfossils in Precambrian and early Paleozoic stratigraphy. To understand under what environmental conditions in the Proterozoic the eukaryotic cells and multicellularity evolved and diversified and to better understand the deep time carbon cycle, I combine a range of palaeobiological and geochemical techniques, from high resolution microscopy, palaeoredox proxies, and carbon isotope chemostratigraphy.

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.

Feng Cheng, Peking University, China
My research focuses on the intersection of tectonics, sedimentology, geochronology and stratigraphy, basin analysis, and paleoclimate. I interrogate the geologic evolution of sedimentary basins to understand the exhumation and topographic growth history of the mountain belts, as well as regional and global paleoclimate variations. My current research interests and ongoing research projects encompass two fields: 1) Interactions among climate, sedimentation, erosion, landscape evolution, and mountain building; 2) Terrestrial paleoenvironmental change during extreme weather and climate events.

Kathryn Cutts, Geological Survey of Finland, Finland
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.

Lorenzo Fedele, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
My research interests lie in the fields of petrology, geochemistry and volcanology, mostly regarding the petrogenesis of igneous rocks emplaced in convergent tectonic settings, the petrological and geochemical characterisation of pyroclastic rock deposits, and HP/LT metamorphism.

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.
Matías Ghiglione, Buenos Aires University, Argentina
I am a field-geologist with research focus on structural geology and tectonics. I work in the Andes, seeking to unravel its deformational stages, its relation with sedimentation in associated foreland basins, and the complex interaction between endogenous and exogenous processes in such orogenic settings. I use several methodologies, including analog modelling, analysis of brittle deformation, geochronology, and thermochronology throughout collaborative projects.

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.
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.
Alexey Kamyshny, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
I am a low-temperature isotope geochemist, oceanographer and limnologist with expertise in the research of modern and ancient anoxic aquatic systems and in sulfur biogeochemistry.

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.
Darren Mark, University of Glasgow, UK
My primary research interests are in the applications of geochronology and isotope geochemistry to the evolution of the Earth and other terrestrial planets and rocky bodies throughout our Solar System.
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.

Gene Rankey, University of Kansas, USA
My research program focuses on understanding and quantifying the nature and controls on variability in surface processes, sedimentology, geomorphic forms, and early diagenesis in modern tropical marine and nearshore sedimentary systems, including evaluating the impact of global change on Earth-surface processes. In developing testable conceptual and quantitative models, these studies bear on the origin of the stratigraphic record and have direct application to prediction in the geologic record, including reservoir analogs.
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.
Maria Emilia Schutesky, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
I’m an economic geologist focusing on the application of isotope geochemistry and geochronology to noble metals metallogeny. My research interests include the investigation of Ni-PGE and Cu-Au mineralizations, the metamorphism and remobilization of ore deposits in Precambrian terranes, and gold fingerprint and provenance in forensic geology.
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.
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.
Nick Varley, Universidad de Colima, Mexico
My area of expertise is volcanology, where I have broad interests, but with an emphasis on risk mitigation; the application and interpretation of monitoring data, hazard modelling and mapping; as well as eruption forecasting.
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.

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