Dr James Riding

Dr James Riding Biostratigrapher

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3447

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  •  2003 :  DSc University of Leicester, Mesozoic/Cenozoic palynology
  •  1986 :  PhD University of Sheffield, Jurassic palynology of northern England
  •  1982 :  Associate Lecturer in Earth Sciences, Open University
  •  1981 :  MSc University of Sheffield, Palynology
  •  1980 –current :  Palynologist/stratigrapher
  •  1979 :  BSc University of Leicester, Geology

Current projects and collaboration

  •  NERC-BGS co-supervisor of BUFI studentship on Land cover in a warmer world: reconstructing global Late Miocene and Pliocene vegetation and climate change
  •  RCUK Individual Merit project on Global Jurassic dinoflagellate cyst palaeobiology and its applications


  •  Palynology/biostratigraphic experience in Antarctica
  •  1996 :  Chartered Geologist (1996)

Professional association

  •  East Midlands Geological Society
  •  Leicester University Geological Society
  •  Member of:
    • Commision Internationale de Microflore Paléozoique (CIMP)
    •  Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain
    •  The Geological Society, London
    •  The Micropalaeontological Society
    •  Yorkshire Geological Society
    •  2009 :  Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Peer Review College: 2009–present
    •  2003 :  International Federation of Palynological Societies (IFPS): Vice President, 2003–present
    •  2001 –2004 :  AASP - The Palynological Society: President, 2001–2004; Managing Editor, 2004–present

    Research interests

    •  Forensic palynology
    •  Mesozoic–Cenozoic dinoflagellate cysts
    •  Morphology, systematics and taxonomy of dinoflagellate cysts
    •  Palynomorph preparation techniques

    Published outputs

    Key papers

    RIDING, J B, MANTLE, D J and BACKHOUSE, J. 2010. A review of the chronostratigraphical ages of Middle Triassic to Late Jurassic dinoflagellate cyst biozones of the North West Shelf of Australia. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, in press.

    POWELL, A J and RIDING, J B (eds). 2005. Recent Developments in Applied Biostratigraphy. The Micropalaeontological Society, Special Publications. The Geological Society, London, 245 p.

    POULSEN, N E and RIDING, J B. 2003. The Jurassic dinoflagellate cyst zonation of Subboreal Northwest Europe. In: Ineson, J. R. and Surlyk, F (eds). The Jurassic of Denmark and Greenland. Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Bulletin 1, 115–144.

    RIDING, J B, FEDOROVA, V A and ILYINA, V I. 1999. Jurassic and lowermost Cretaceous dinoflagellate cyst biostratigraphy of the Russian Platform and northern Siberia, Russia. American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists Contributions Series, No. 36, 179 p.

    RIDING, J B and THOMAS, J E. 1992. Dinoflagellate cysts of the Jurassic System. In: Powell, A. J. (ed.). A stratigraphic index of dinoflagellate cysts. British Micropalaeontological Society Publications Series. Chapman and Hall, London, 7–97.