Dr Timothy Kearsey

Dr Timothy Kearsey

Survey Geologist and Sedimentologist

Location: 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

  •  2014 – ongoing : 21st Century Roadmap: Palaeozoic project. Project leader - working with DECC, Oil and Gas UK and industry
  •  2012 –2014 : Assynt Culmination Geological 3D Model
  •  2012 – ongoing : 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
  •  2009 – ongoing : GSI3D and GOCAD stochastic and deterministic 3D model development including creation of 3D models in highly faulted and folded terrains
  •  2009 – ongoing : Russian Permian Triassic Boundary Project, with Prof. Richard Twitchett of Plymouth University
  •  2005 – ongoing : GLS Clyde Basin Project — superficial and coalfield 3D modelling

Research interests

  • Carbon Capture and storage
  • Paleosols and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Permo/Triassic Mass Extinctions
  • Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy
  • Stable isotope temperature and carbon dioxide proxies
  • 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

Professional association

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

Published outputs

Key papers

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

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.

KEARSEY, T.; MCCORMAC, M.; MONAGHAN, A.A.; TERRINGTON, R.L.; MATHERS, S.; CAMPBELL, S.D.G. 2012. Creation and delivery of Multi-scalar GOCAD™ Models for the UK 3D National Geological Model : examples and issues from Scotland. In: 32nd Gocad Meeting, Nancy, France, 4-7 Sept 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.

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.

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.