Dr Timothy Kearsey

Survey Geologist and Sedimentologist

Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 232

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  • 2009 – ongoing : Geologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2005 –2009 : PhD University of Plymouth
  • 2001 –2005 : MSci University of Birmingham, with an international year at the University of British Columbia, Geology

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2017 – ongoing : Project Leader for GOForth: Geological Observatory Forth
  • 2016 – ongoing : Quaternary heterogeneities - developing an understanding of Buried valleys: ancient sub-aerial (river) or subglacial drainage networks that are now abandoned and have little or no surface expression in the landscape.
  • 2012 –2017 : TWEED: setting the trajectory of Tetrapod evolution: NERC-funded consortium project in collaboration with Cambridge, Leicester and Southampton universities and the National Museum of Scotland
  • 2014 –2016 : 21st Century Roadmap: Palaeozoic project working with DECC, Oil and Gas UK and industry. Role: Stratigrapher and sedimentologist working on the Devon-Carboniferous stratigraphy of the North Sea.
  • 2005 – ongoing : GLS Clyde Basin Project — superficial and coalfield 3D modelling
  • 2012 –2014 : Assynt Culmination Geological 3D Model
  • 2009 – ongoing : GSI3D and GOCAD stochastic and deterministic 3D model development including creation of 3D models in highly faulted and folded terrains

Key papers

  • 2017 : Clack , Jennifer A.; Bennett, Carys E.; Carpenter, David K.; Davies, Sarah J.; Fraser , Nicholas N.; Kearsey, Timothy I.; Marshall, John E. A. ; Millward, David; Otoo, Benjamin K. A.; Reeves, Emma J.; Ross, Andrew J.; Ruta, Marchella; Smithson, Ketutah Z. ; Smithson, Timothy R.; Walsh, Stig A.. 2016 Phylogenetic and environmental context of a Tournaisian tetrapod fauna. Nature ecology and evolution, 1, 0002
  • 2016 : Kearsey, Timothy I.; Bennett, Carys E.; Millward, David; Davies, Sarah J.; Gowing, Charles J.B.; Kemp, Simon J.; Leng, Melanie J.; Marshall, John E.A.; Browne, Michael A.E.. 2016 The terrestrial landscapes of tetrapod evolution in earliest Carboniferous seasonal wetlands of SE Scotland. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 457, 52-69.
  • 2016 : Bennett, Carys E.; Kearsey, Timothy I. ; Davies, Sarah J.; Millward, David; Clack, Jennifer A.; Smithson, Timothy R.; Marshall, John E.A.. 2016 Early Mississippian sandy siltstones preserve rare vertebrate fossils in seasonal flooding episodes. Sedimentology. 10.1111/sed.12280 (In Press)
  • 2015 : Kearsey, Timothy; Williams, John; Finlayson, Andrew; Williamson, Paul; Dobbs, Marcus; Marchant, Benjamin; Kingdon, Andrew; Campbell, Diarmad. 2015. Testing the application and limitation of stochastic simulations to predict the lithology of glacial and fluvial deposits in Central Glasgow, UK. Engineering Geology, 187. 98 - 112
  • 2012 : KEARSEY, T, TWITCHETT, RJ, and NEWELL AJ. 2012. The origin and significance of pedogenic dolomite from the South Urals of Russia. Geological magazine, Vol. 149 (2), 291-307.
  • 2012 : NEWELL, AJ, BENTON, MJ, KEARSEY, T, TAYLOR, GK, TWITCHETT, RJ, TVERDOKHLEBOV, VP. 2012. Calcretes, fluviolacustrine sediments and subsidence patterns in Permo-Triassic salt-walled minibasins of the south Urals, Russia. Sedimentology, 59 (5). 1659-1676.
  • 2009 : KEARSEY, T, TWITCHETT, RJ, PRICE GD and GRIMES ST. 2009. Isotope excursions and palaeotemperature estimates from the Permian/Triassic boundary in the Southern Alps (Italy). Palaeogeograph, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Vol, 279, 29-40.
  • 2009 : TAYLOR, GK, TUCKER, C, TWITCHETT, RJ, KEARSEY, T, BENTON, MJ, NEWELL, AJ, SURKOV, MV, TVERDOKHLEBOV, VP. 2009. Magnetostratigraphy of Permian/Triassic boundary sequences in the Cis-Urals, Russia: No evidence for a major temporal hiatus. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 281, 36-47.

Professional association

  • Fellow of the Geological Society
  • Member of the British Sedimentary Research Group
  • Member of the Quaternary Research Association

Published outputs

Research interests

  • Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy
  • Paleosols and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Geostatistics in 3D geology and lithology
  • Interaction between the evolution of life and terrestrial sedimentology
  • Characterising the controls on Geological Rockhead. Focusing on identifying buried valleys
  • Digital Geological Modelling


  • ArcGIS and digital mapping
  • Geological mapping of Palaeozoic and Mesozoic terrains
  • Integrated GSI3D and GoCAD and ArcScene 3D modelling
  • Sedimentary field logging and facies analysis
  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Stochastic lithological modelling