Dr James Riding

Dr James Riding


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 – ongoing : Palynologist/stratigrapher
  •  1979 : BSc University of Leicester, Geology


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

Research interests

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

Current projects and collaboration

  • NERC-BGS co-supervisor of BUFI studentship on the Mesozoic plankton revolution
  •  2008 : RCUK Individual Merit project on Global Jurassic dinoflagellate cyst palaeobiology and its applications

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

Published outputs

Key papers

Bowman, V.C., Francis, J.E., Askin, R.A., Riding, J.B. and Swindles, G.T. 2014. Latest Cretaceous–earliest Paleogene vegetation and climate change at the high southern latitudes: palynological evidence from Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 408, 26–47.

Woods, M.A., Vandenbroucke, T.R.A., Williams, M., Riding, J.B., De Schepper, S. and Saabe, K. 2014. Complex response of dinoflagellate cyst distribution patterns to cooler early Oligocene oceans. Earth-Science Reviews 138, 215–230.

Bowman, V.C., Francis, J.E. and Riding, J.B. 2013. Late Cretaceous winter sea ice in Antarctica? Geology 41, 1227–1230.

Kender, S., Stephenson, M.H., Riding, J.B., Leng, M.J., Knox, R.W.O'B., Peck, V.L., Kendrick, C.P., Ellis, M.A., Vane, C.H. and Jamieson, R. 2012. Marine and terrestrial environmental changes in NW Europe preceding carbon release at the Paleocene–Eocene transition. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 353-354, 108–120.

Riding, J.B., Leng, M.J., Kender, S., Hesselbo, S.P. and Feist-Burkhardt, S. 2013. Isotopic and palynological evidence for a new Early Jurassic environmental perturbation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 374, 16–27.