Mr Simon Kemp

Mr Simon Kemp FL Min, Pet and Biostrat

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3448

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  •  2009 –current :  Â Facility Leader: Mineralogy, Petrology & Biostratigraphy
  •  2005 –2009 :  Â Head of Mineralogy & Petrology Laboratories
  •  1986 –current :  Â  Research mineralogist
  •  1985 –1986 :  Â  Field geologist, Exploration Logging (North Sea) Ltd
  •  1985 :  Â BSc (Hons) University of Southampton, Geology

Current projects and collaboration

  •  8216 :  Collaboration with Ahmed Al-Dughairi's PhD ‘Late Quaternary environmental changes in central Saudi Arabia’
  •  8216 :  Supervision of Sam Parry's PhD ‘Turning rock into soil’


  •  Clay mineralogy, X-ray diffraction analysis, thermal analysis
  •  Laboratory and project management

Professional association

  •  Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  •  Secretary of the Clay Minerals Group

Research interests

  •  Clay minerals and their role in diagenesis, soils, low grade metamorphism, engineering properties, industrial minerals, climate and environmental issues

Published outputs

Key papers

TYE, A M, KEMP, S J AND POULTON, P R. in press. Changes in soil clay mineralogy in the Rothamsted Classical experiments in response to changing management practice and land use. Geoderma, 153, 136-146.

KEMP, S J AND MERRIMAN, R J. 2009. Polyphase low-grade metamorphism of the Ingleton Group, northern England, U.K.  A case study of metamorphic inversion in a mudrock succession. Geological Magazine, Vol. 146, 237–251.

SCHOFIELD, D I, ASPDEN, J A, KEMP, S J, MERRIMAN, R J AND WILBY, P R.  2009. Basement controls on Acadian thrusting and fault reactivation along the southern margin of the Welsh Basin. Geological Journal, Vol. 44, 1–11.

RAWLINS, B G, KEMP, S J, HODGKINSON, E H, RIDING, J B, VANE, C H, POULTON, C. 2006. Potential and pitfalls in establishing the provenance of earth-related samples in forensic investigations. Journal of Forensic Science, Vol. 51, 832–845.

KEMP, S J, MERRIMAN, R J AND BOUCH, J E. 2005. Clay mineral reaction progress – The maturity and burial history of Lias Group of England and Wales. Clay Minerals, Vol. 40, 43–61.

KEMP, S J, ROCHELLE, C A AND MERRIMAN, R J. 2005. Back-reacted saponite in Jurassic mudstones and limestones intruded by a Tertiary sill, Isle of Skye. Clay Minerals, Vol. 40, 263–282.

HARRINGTON, G J, KEMP, S J AND KOCH, P L. 2004. Palaeocene–Eocene paratropical floral change in North America: responses to climate change and plant immigration. Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 161, 173–184.