Mark Woods

Mark WoodsBiostratigrapher

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3155

E-mail Mark Woods


  • 1990–current: Biostratigrapher (Jurassic & Cretaceous macropalaeontology), BGS
  • 1986: BSc University of Bristol, Geology

Research interests

  • Mesozoic macropalaeontology
  • Geophysical log correlation
  • Applications of stable isotope data for global correlation and palaeoenvironmental interpretation


  • Identification and stratigraphical interpretation of Mesozoic macrofossils, with particular expertise in Upper Cretaceous faunas
  • Stratigraphical interpretation and correlation of borehole geophysical logs
  • Field and borehole data acquisition, interpretation and correlation
  • Use of Carbon-13 profiles for global correlation and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction

Current projects and collaboration

  • Stratigraphical control of mapping in Mesozoic formations
  • Stratigraphical interpretation of borehole geophysical logs for aquifer modelling
  • Stratigraphical investigation of Triassic to Cretaceous successions in the United Arab Emirates, using macrofossils and outcrop successions to define marker-beds for long-range correlation
  • The causes of a Late Cambrian global Carbon-13 excursion (in collaboration with the University of Leicester)

Professional association

  • Fellow of the Geological Society, London
  • Chartered Geologist (CGeol)
  • European Geologist (EurGeol)
  • Vice President of the Palaeontographical Society
  • Member of Council of the Palaeontographical Society

Published outputs

Key Papers

WOODS, M A, WOOD, C J, WILKINSON, I P & LOTT, G K. 2009. The Albian – Cenomanian boundary at Eggardon Hill, Dorset (England): an anomaly resolved? Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, Vol. 120, 108–120.

WOODS, M A, WILKINSON, I P, LOTT, G K, BOOTH, K A, FARRANT, A R, HOPSON, P M & NEWELL, A J. 2008. A reappraisal of the stratigraphy and depositional development of the Upper Greensand (Late Albian) of the Devizes district, southern England. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, Vol. 119, 229–244.

WOODS, M A. 2006. UK Chalk Group stratigraphy (Cenomanian – Santonian) determined from borehole geophysical logs. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Vol. 39, 83–96.

YANCEY, T E, STANLEY, G D, PILLER, W E & WOODS, M A. Biogeography of the Late Triassic walloaconchid megalodontid bivalves. Lethaia, Vol. 38, 351–365.

WOOD, C J, WALASZCZYK, I, MORTIMORE, R N & WOODS, M A. 2004. New observations on the inoceramid biostratigraphy of the higher part of the Upper Turonian and the Turonian – Coniacian boundary transition in Poland, Germany and the UK. Acta Geologica Polonica, Vol. 54, 541–549.

WOODS, M A. 2002. The macrofossil biostratigraphy of the Turonian and Coniacian (Upper Cretaceous, Chalk Group) of southeast Devon. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, Vol. 113, 333–344.