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

Professional association

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

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.

Published outputs

Key papers

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.