Joe Emmings

Dr Joseph Emmings

Postdoctoral research associate: decarbonisation (geochemistry)
BGS Keyworth

Joseph Emmings’ biography

  • 2019 – ongoing : Honorary Research Fellow, University of Leicester
  • 2018 – ongoing : Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Decarbonisation (Geochemistry); formerly PDRA in Shale Gas and Geochemistry.
  • 2014 –2018 : PhD Studentship. NERC CENTA Doctoral Training Partnership. School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, University of Leicester and the British Geological Survey. Thesis title: Controls on UK Lower Namurian Shale Gas Prospectivity: Understanding the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Organic Matter in Siliciclastic Mudstones.
  • 2012 –2014 : Staff Engineering Geologist, Fugro GeoConsulting.
  • 2011 –2012 : Laboratory Assistant, British Antarctic Survey.
  • 2008 –2012 : Master of Science (First Class Honours) in Geology. School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton.

Research interests

ORCID: 0000000320840501

  • Decarbonisation and resource management
  • Public perceptions
  • Understanding the controls on redox-sensitive metal content and distribution in black shales
  • Metal mobility
  • Marine anoxia – controls and tipping points
  • Pathways of organic matter preservation and diagenesis
  • Big data techniques

Key papers

Emmings, J F, Poulton, S W, Vane, C H, Davies, S, Jenkin, G R T, Stephenson, M H, Leng, M J, Lamb, A, and Moss-Hayes, V, 2020. A Mississippian black shale record of redox oscillation in the Craven Basin, UK. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 538. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2019.109423

Emmings, J F, Davies, S, Vane, C H, Moss-Hayes, V, and Stephenson, M. 2020. From marine bands to hybrid flows: Sedimentology of a Mississippian black shale. Sedimentology, 67, 1, 261-304. DOI: 10.1111/sed.12642

Emmings, J F, Hennissen, J, Stephenson, M, Poulton, S, Vane, C, Davies, S, Leng, M, Lamb, A, and Moss-Hayes, V. 2019. Controls on amorphous organic matter type and sulphurization in a Mississippian black shale. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 268, 1-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2019.04.004

Henry, D G, Jarvis, I, Gillmore, G, Stephenson, M, and Emmings, J. 2018. Assessing low-maturity organic matter in shales using Raman spectroscopy: Effects of sample preparation and operating procedure. International Journal of Coal Geology, 191, 135-151. DOI: 10.1016/j.coal.2018.03.005

Emmings, J F, Davies, S, Vane, C, Leng, M, Moss-Hayes, V, Stephenson, M, and Jenkin, G. 2017. Stream and Slope Weathering Effects on Organic-rich Mudstone Geochemistry and Implications for Hydrocarbon Source Rock Assessment: A Bowland Shale Case Study. Chemical Geology, 471, 74-91. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.09.012


A FIB-SEM and TEM collaboration between BGS and nmRC

BGS and Heriot-Watt Partnership in Action: Geochemistry and Carbon Burial at the BSRG AGM 2018

Top 12 BGS blogs of 2018

Do shale resources have any place in a Green Great Britain?

A new PDRA in geochemistry at the BGS

Hand-held core drilling in the field

Published outputs

NERC Open Research Archive — Joe Emmings


  • Multidisciplinary
  • Data integration and analysis
  • Communication
  • R programming language
  • Reviewer for Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2017); Journal of Paleolimnology (2018); Sedimentology (2019); Climate of the Past (2019); Marine and Petroleum Geology (2019; 2020); GSA Bulletin (2020).

Professional association

  • 2019 – ongoing: Young Earth Scientist (YES) network
  • 2016 – ongoing: American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
  • 2015 – ongoing: European Geosciences Union
  • 2015 – ongoing: International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
  • 2015 – ongoing: The Geological Society of London
  • 2015 – ongoing: The Mineralogical Society
  • 2014 – ongoing: British Sedimentological Research Group (BSRG)

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