Dr Christopher Thomas

Dr Christopher Thomas


Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 264

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  •  2015 : Project Leader, East Lothian Tyne Catchment Project
  •  2015 : Sabbatical, Duke University, North Carolina. Coastal sediment dynamics.
  •  2010 : Skills Leader, Geology & Regional Geophysics
  •  2009 : Project Leader, Welsh Borderland Geological Framework
  •  2007 : Reconnaissance field mapping, Volta Basin, Ghana
  •  2005 –2010 : Field mapping, Carboniferous of N England
  •  2002 : Deputy Head of Discipline, Geology, Geotechnics and Palaeontology
  •  2001 : 2 month secondment to GEUS, mapping in West Greenland
  •  2001 : Project Leader, Cairngorms Geology and Landscape Project
  •  2000 : PhD. Carbonate stable isotope geochemistry, University of Edinburgh
  •  1983 : Field mapping and geochemical research, Scottish Highlands and Islands
  •  1981 : Study leave: MSc Geochemistry, University of Leeds
  •  1979 : BSc (Hons) Geology, University of Nottingham
  •  1979 : Joined BGS, Keyworth, working on sand and gravel resources


  • Carbonate and metamorphic rock petrology
  • Field geology, mapping practice and instruction
  • Isotope geochemistry of carbonate rocks
  • Modelling of coastal sediment dynamics
  • Sedimentology, metamorphic geology, structural geology
  • Staff management & development
  • Statistics and mathematics, including those of compositional data

Research interests

  • Survey and modelling of coastal and catchment sediment dynamics, and the links between them
  • Palaeozoic successions and tectonics in N England and the Welsh Borderland
  • Field geology and mapping, with particular emphasis on lithostratigraphy, sedimentology and structural geology
  • Whole–rock and stable isotope geochemistry of carbonate rocks

Current projects and collaboration

  • Caledonide structural geology and tectonics of N & E England, collaborating with Dr N Woodcock, University of Cambridge
  • Modelling of the dynamic evolution of sandy coasts and their relationship to river catchments. Collaborating with Prof Brad Murray and colleagues, Duke University, NC, USA.

Professional association

  • Chartered Geologist, Chartered Scientist
  • Fellow, Geological Society of London

Published outputs

Key papers

See my NORA archive for papers