Dr David Millward

Dr David Millward

District Geologist, Northern England

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 429

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Dave is a geological surveyor and researcher with more than 35 years experience gained both in the UK and abroad in Canada and Colombia. He has particular expertise in the Lower Palaeozoic and Carboniferous geology of northern England. For the last ten years he has led the BGS mapping and stratigraphical interpretation programme on the Carboniferous of that area and he is currently District Geologist. Involvement with deep drilling programmes, including the investigations for a potential deep geological disposal facility in west Cumbria and the more recent Newcastle-upon-Tyne deep geothermal drilling project have provided experience of core and chippings logging, along with wireline geophysical log interpretation and core–log integration, particularly in volcanic successions. Dave is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and, since 1991, a Chartered Geologist. He was awarded the John Phillips Medal of the Yorkshire Geological Society in 2009 for his stratigraphical work in northern England. In 2012 Dave received a NERC Consortium grant for a major research project, entitled “The Mid-Palaeozoic biotic crisis: setting the trajectory of tetrapod evolution”. This will investigate the biotic, geological and environmental conditions during Romer’s Gap at the beginning of the Carboniferous, a time when the aquatic and fish-like tetrapods of the Devonian evolved to live on land. The consortium is led by Professor Jenny Clack of Cambridge University and includes teams from the Universities of Southampton and Leicester, and from the National Museums Scotland.


  •  2009 –2009 : John Phillips medallist, Yorkshire Geological Society
  •  2008 –2010 : Team Leader, Resources and Environments in Upper Palaeozoic Basins
  •  2004 –2008 : Deputy Programme Manager, Geology & Landscapes, Northern Britain
  •  2001 – ongoing : Leader, Northern England Project
  •  1982 –2000 : Geologist, Lake District Regional Geological Survey
  •  1980 –1982 : Secondment to INGEOMINAS, Colombia
  •  1976 : Geologist, British Geological Survey
  •  1976 : PhD University of Birmingham
  •  1973 : BSc University of Birmingham (Geology)

Current projects and collaboration

  • Carboniferous geology of UK and adjacent areas, with research into stratigraphy, basin analysis, sedimentology, structure and igneous intrusions
  • Characterisation of the unique volcanic-hosted graphite deposit at Borrowdale, Cumbria; with Javier Luque and colleagues (Complutense University, Madrid
  •  2012 : The Mid-Palaeozoic biotic crisis: setting the trajectory of Tetrapod evolution: NERC-funded consortium project in collaboration with Cambridge, Leicester and Southampton universities and the National Museum of Scotland
  •  2011 : Association between Palaeoproterozoic volcanic rocks and gold mineralisation in West Africa

Research interests

  • Carboniferous basin evolution and sediment cyclicity
  • Magmatism and mineralisation in northern England


  • Geological surveying of sedimentary and volcanic terrains
  • Interpreting clastic sedimentary processes
  • Interpreting volcanic stratigraphy and processes
  • Project and science management
  • Science communication and editorial

Professional association

  •  2000 –2001 : President, Yorkshire Geological Society
  •  1996 : Editorial Board member, Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society
  •  1991 : Chartered Geologist, Geological Society of London
  •  1991 –1995 : Editor, Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society
  •  1974 : Fellow, Geological Society of London
  •  1972 : Member Yorkshire Geological Society

Published outputs

Key papers

Angiolini, L, Stephenson, M H, Leng, M J, Jadoul, F, Millward, D, Aldridge, A, Andrews, J E, Chenery, S, and Williams, G. 2012. Heterogeneity, cyclicity and diagenesis in a Mississippian brachiopod shell of palaeoequatorial Britain. Terra Nova Vol. 24, 16-26.

Luque, F J, Ortega, L, Barrenechea, J F, Huizenga, J-M, and Millward, D. 2012. Key factors controlling graphite deposition in volcanic settings: the Borrowdale deposit. Journal of the Geological Society, London Vol. 169, 269-277.

Ortega, L, Millward, D, Luque, F J, Barrenechea, J F, Beyssac, O, Huizenga, J-M, Rodas, M, and Clarke, S M. 2010. The graphite deposit at Borrowdale (UK): a catastrophic mineralising event associated with Ordovician magmatism. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta Vol. 74, 2429-2449.

Stone, P, Millward, D, Young, B, et al. 2010. British Regional Geology: Northern England. 5th edition. (Keyworth, Nottingham: British Geological Survey.)

Millward, D. 2004. The Caradoc volcanoes of the English Lake District. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, Vol. 55, 73-105.

Millward, D, Marriner, G. F. and Saunders A D. 1984. Cretaceous tholeiitic volcanic rocks from the Western Cordillera of Colombia. Journal of the Geological Society, London, Vol. 141, 847-860.

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