Dr Colin Waters

Dr Colin Waters

Principal Mapping Geologist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3144

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Biography

  •  1988 – ongoing : Geologist, British Geological Survey
  •  1988 : PhD University of Wales, Cardiff: blueschist metamorphism of Alpine Corsica
  •  1984 : BA (Hons) University of Oxford, Dept. of Geology and Mineralogy

Skills

  • French speaker
  • Geological mapping in all terrains
  • Project management
  • Sedimentology

Current projects and collaboration

  • Field geologist within Geology and Landscape England and Geology and Landscape Wales, with particular interest in Carboniferous successions.
  • Manager of BGS Anthropocene Project (Urban Geoscience)and Secretary of the Anthropocene Working Group.
  •  2011 : Contributor to the development of the National Geological Model, with particular emphasis to northern England part of model and to Carboniferous successions throughout England and Wales.

Awards

  •  2016 – ongoing : Honorary Professor, University of Leicester Department of Geology

Research interests

  • Carboniferous geology of England, with research into stratigraphy, basin analysis, sedimentology, structure and igneous intrusions
  • Classification of the Anthropocene
  • Lithostratigraphical classification
  • Neoproterozoic to Devonian geology of Morocco and Mauritania and Jurassic-Cretaceous of Arabia.
  • Providing geological mapping training
  • Urban applied geological mapping

Accreditations

  •  1996 – ongoing : Chartered Geologist

Professional association

Published outputs

Key papers

BIJKERK, J.F., EGGENHUISEN, J.T., KANE, I.A., MEIJER, N., WATERS, C.N. et al.2016. Fluvio-marine sediment partitioning as a function of basin water depth. Journal of Sedimentary Research 86, 217-236.

GRADSTEIN, F.M., WATERS, C.N., et al. 2016. Stratigraphic Guide to the Cromer Knoll, Shetland and Chalk Groups, North Sea and Norwegian Sea. Newsletter on Stratigraphy 49 (1), 71-280.

STEFFEN, W, LEINFELDER, R., ZALASIEWICZ, J., WATERS, C.N et al. 2016. Stratigraphic and Earth System Approaches to Defining the Anthropocene. Earth’s Future. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000379

WATERS, C.N., CÓZAR, P., SOMERVILLE, I.D. et al. 2016. Lithostratigraphy and biostratigraphy of Mississippian carbonates of the southern Askrigg Block, North Yorkshire, UK. Geological Magazine. doi:10.1017/S0016756815000989

WATERS, C.N., ZALASIEWIZC, J., SUMMERHAYES, C. et al. (2016). The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene. Science Vol. 351 issue 6269, 137. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aad2622

WILLIAMS, M., ZALASIEWICZ, J., WATERS, C.N. 2016. The Anthropocene: a conspicuous stratigraphical signal of anthropogenic changes in production and consumption across the biosphere. Earth's Future 4 doi:10.1002/2015EF000339.

ZALASIEWICZ, J., WATERS, C.N., et al. 2015. Colonization of the Americas, ‘Little Ice Age’ climate, and bomb-produced carbon: Their role in defining the Anthropocene. Anthropocene Review, 2(2) 117-127.

ZALASIEWICZ, J., WATERS, C.N., et al. 2016. The geological cycle of plastics and their use as a stratigraphic indicator of the Anthropocene. Anthropocene http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2016.01.002

EDGEWORTH, M, RICHTER, D DeB, WATERS, C N, et al. 2015. Diachronous beginnings of the Anthropocene: The lower bounding surface of anthropogenic deposits. Anthropocene Review 2 (1), 1-26 DOI: 10.1177/2053019614565394.

WATERS, C N, SYVITSKI, J P M, GAŁUSZKA, A, HANCOCK, G J, et al. 2015 Can nuclear weapons fallout mark the beginning of the Anthropocene Epoch? Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 71(3), 46-57.

ZALASIEWICZ, J, WATERS, C N, WILLIAMS, M et al. 2015. When did the Anthropocene begin? A mid-twentieth century boundary level is stratigraphically optimal. Quaternary International. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2014.11.045

MORTON, A, WATERS, C N, FANNING, M, et al. 2014. Origin of Carboniferous sandstones fringing the northern margin of the Wales-Brabant Massif: insights from detrital zircon ages. Geological Journal. DOI: 10.1002/gj.2572.

WATERS, C N, MILLWARD, D, and THOMAS, C W. 2014. Millstone Grit Group (Pennsylvanian) of the Northumberland−Solway Basin and Alston Block of northern England. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 60, 29-51. DOI: 10.1144/pygs2014-341

WATERS, C N, ZALASIEWICZ, J A, WILLIAMS, M., ELLIS, M A, and. SNELLING, A M. 2014. A Stratigraphical basis for the Anthropocene. Geological Society, London, Special Publication, 395.

ZALASIEWICZ, J, WILLIAMS, M, WATERS, C N, et al. 2014. The technofossil records of humans. Anthropocene Review, Vol. 1 (1), 34-43. DOI: 10.1177/2053019613514953.

PHILLIPS, E R, WATERS, C N. and ELLISON, R A. 2013. The Jurassic–Cretaceous depositional and tectonic evolution of the southwestern margin of the Neotethys ocean, northern Oman and United Arab Emirates. 61-100 In Al Hosani, K., Roure, F., Ellison, R.A. and Lokier, S (eds). Lithosphere Dynamics and Sedimentary Basins: The Arabian Plate and Analogues, Frontiers in Earth Sciences. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

CHISHOLM, J I and WATERS, C N. 2012. Syn-sedimentary deformation of the Ashover Grit (Namurian: Marsdenian Substage) deltaic succession around Wirksworth, Derbyshire, UK. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society Vol 59 (1), 25-36.

WATERS, C N, and CONDON, D J. 2012. Nature and timing of Late Mississippian to Mid Pennsylvanian glacio-eustatic sea-level changes of the Pennine Basin, UK. Journal of the Geological Society 169, 37-51. DOI:10.1144/0016-76492011-047

WATERS, C N, et al. 2011. A Revised Correlation of Carboniferous Rocks in the British Isles. Special Report No. 26. (London: The Geological Society.)

WATERS, C N, WATERS, R A, BARCLAY, W J, and DAVIES, J R. 2009. Lithostratigraphical framework for Carboniferous successions of Southern Great Britain (Onshore). British Geological Survey Research Report, RR/09/01.

WATERS, C N, CHISHOLM, J I, BENFIELD, A C, and O'BEIRNE, A M. 2008. Regional evolution of a fluviodeltaic cyclic succession in the Marsdenian (Late Namurian Stage, Pennsylvanian) of the Central Pennine Basin, UK. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, Vol. 57, 1-28.

ZALASIEWICZ, J, WILLIAMS, M, SMITH, A, BARRY, T L, COE, A L, BOWN, P R, BRENCHLEY, P, CANTRILL, D, GALE, A, GIBBARD, P, GREGORY, F J, HOUNSLOW, M W, KERR, A C, PEARSON, P, KNOX, R, POWELL, J H, WATERS, C N, MARSHALL, J, OATES, M, RAWSON, P AND STONE, P. 2008. Are we living in the Anthropocene? GSA Today, 18/2, 4-8.

WATERS, C N, BROWNE, M A E, DEAN, M T, and POWELL, J H. 2007. Lithostratigraphical framework for Carboniferous successions of Great Britain (Onshore). British Geological Survey Research Report, RR/07/01, 60.

WATERS, C N, and DAVIES, S J. 2006. Carboniferous extensional basins, advancing deltas and coal swamps. 173-223 in The Geology of England and Wales (Second edition). BRENCHLEY, P J, and RAWSON, P F (editors). (The Geological Society London.)

WATERS, C N, PRICE, S J, DAVIES, J, TYE, A M, BROWN, S E & SCHOFIELD, D I. 2005. Urban geology of Swansea-Neath-Port Talbot. 7-22 in Urban Geology in Wales (Ed. BASSET, M G, DEISLER, V K, and NICHOL, D). National Museum of Wales.

WATERS, C N, & SCHOFIELD, D I. 2004. Contrasting Late Neoproterozoic to Ordovician successions of the Taoudeni Basin, Mauritania and Souss Basin, Morocco: the influence of eustatic versus tectonic controls on sedimentation. Journal of African Earth Sciences, Vol. 39, 301-309.

WATERS, C N. 2003. Carboniferous and Permian igneous rocks of central England and the Welsh Borderland. 279-316 in Carboniferous and Permian Igneous Rocks of Great Britain North of the Variscan Front. STEPHENSON, D, LOUGHLIN, S C, MILLWARD, D, WATERS, C N, and WILLIAMSON, I T (editors). (Geological Conservation Review Series, No. 27 (JNCC).)

BRETTLE, M J, MCILROY, D, ELLIOTT, T, DAVIES, S J, and WATERS, C N. 2002. Identifying cryptic tidal influences within deltaic successions: an example from the Marsdenian (Namurian) interval of the Pennine Basin, U.K. Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 159, 379-391.

WATERS, C N, AITKENHEAD, N, JONES, N S, and CHISHOLM, J I. 1996. Late Carboniferous stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Bradford area, and its implications for the regional geology of northern England. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, Vol. 51, 87-101.

WATERS, C N, GLOVER, B W, and POWELL, J H. 1994. Structural synthesis of S Staffordshire, UK: implications for the Variscan evolution of the Pennine Basin. Journal of the Geological Society London, Vol. 151, 697-713.

GLOVER, B W, POWELL, J H and WATERS, C N. 1993. Etruria Formation (Westphalian C) palaeoenvironments and volcanicity on the southern margins of the Pennine Basin, South Staffordshire, England. Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 150, 737-750.

GALTIER, J, SCOTT, A C, POWELL, J H, GLOVER, B W, and WATERS, C N. 1992. Anatomically preserved conifer-like stems from the Upper Carboniferous. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 247, 211-214.

WATERS, C N. 1990. The Cenozoic tectonic evolution of Alpine Corsica. Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 147, 811-824.

WATERS, C N. 1989. The metamorphic evolution of the Schistes lustrees ophiolite, Cap Corse, Corsica. 557-562 in Evolution of Metamorphic Belts. DALY J S. CLIFF, R A.and YARDLEY, B W D (editors), Geological Society Special Publication.