Mark Woods

Mark Woods

BGS Keyworth

Mark Woods’s Biography

  • 1990 – ongoing : Biostratigrapher (Jurassic & Cretaceous macropalaeontology), BGS
  • 1983 –1986 : BSc University of Bristol, Geology

Research interests

  • Developing large-scale national and international stratigraphical databases through the application of machine-learning and text-mining technology
  • Mesozoic macropalaeontology
  • Using fossil remains to reveal deep-time changes in ocean circulation and climate.
  • Applications of stable isotope data for global correlation and palaeoenvironmental interpretation
  • Geophysical log correlation

Current projects and collaborations

  • 2017 – ongoing : Application of machine learning and text mining technologies to aggregate stratigraphical and palaeoenvironmental data from narrative text.
  • 2016 – ongoing : Integration of lithofacies, biofacies and geochemical data to understand the stratigraphical architecture of the Lower Oxford Clay (Peterborough Member)
  • Stratigraphical interpretation of borehole geophysical logs for aquifer modelling
  • 2014 – ongoing : Building a regional-scale gridded 3D model of the Chalk to allow geostatistical predictions of key physical properties, provide insight into large-scale depositional architecture, and understand the processes responsible for shaping that architecture.
  • 2015 – ongoing : Multi-proxy investigation of the depositional development and history of seasonal marine stratification in the Holocene of the Western Irish Sea.
  • Stratigraphical control of mapping in Mesozoic formations

NERC Open Research Archive — Mark Woods

Key papers

  • 2018 : WOODS, M A, NEWELL, A J, FARRANT, A R, and HASLAM, R B. 2018. High-resolution stratigraphy and physical property modelling of the Chalk. Chalk2018 Conference Volume.
  • 2018 : WOODS, M A, and LEE, J R (eds). 2018. The Geology of England – critical examples of Earth history – an overview. Special Issue of the Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 129, 255 – 504.
  • 2018 : Woods, M A. 2018. Geophysical log characterisation of the Flamborough Chalk Formation (Late Cretaceous, Santonian – Campanian), East Yorkshire, UK: implications for understanding the onshore and offshore occurrence of the Late Campanian Rowe Formation. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society.
  • 2016 : WOODS, M A, NEWELL, A, HASLAM, R, FARRANT, A, SMITH, H. 2016. Predicting the Subsurface. Geoscientist, Vol. 26, 10 – 13.
  • 2015 : WOODS, M A. 2015. Applied palaeontology in the Chalk Group: quality control for geological mapping and modelling and revealing new understanding. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, Vol. 126, 777 – 787.
  • 2014 : WOODS, M A, VANDENBROUCKE, T R A, WILLIAMS, M, RIDING, J B, SCHEPPER, S DE. 2014. Complex response of dinoflagellate cyst distribution patterns to cooler early Oligocene oceans. Earth Science Reviews, Vol. 138, 215 – 230.
  • 2012 : WOODS, M A, and CHACKSFIELD, B C. 2012. Revealing deep structural influences on the Upper Cretaceous Chalk of East Anglia (UK) through inter-regional geophysical log correlations. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, Vol. 123, 486 – 499.
  • 2011 : WOODS, M A, WILBY, P R, LENG, M J, RUSHTON, A W A & WILLIAMS, M. 2011. The Furongian (late Cambrian) Steptoean Positive Cabon Isotope Excursion (SPICE) in Avalonia. Journal of the Geological Society, London, Vol. 168, 851 – 861.
  • 2009 : 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.
  • 2008 : 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.
  • 2006 : 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.


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

Professional associations

  • 2009 –2011 : Vice President of the Palaeontographical Society
  • 2004 –2009 : Member of Council of the Palaeontographical Society
  • 2003 – ongoing : European Geologist (EurGeol)
  • 2002 – ongoing : Chartered Geologist (CGeol)
  • 2002 – ongoing : Fellow of the Geological Society, London

Boards and committees

  • 2019 – ongoing : Member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society
  • 2017 – ongoing : Member of the Stratigraphy Commission of the Geological Society, London
  • 2012 – ongoing : Member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association

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