Dr Joe Emmings

Dr Joe Emmings

PDRA in Decarbonisation (Geochemistry)

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3040

E-mail Dr Joe Emmings

ORCID: 0000000320840501


  • 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.

Professional association

  • 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)


Key papers

  • Emmings, J, 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.
  • 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.
  • Emmings, J, Davies, S, Vane, C H, 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.


  • 2018 –2019 : NanoPrime pilot study at the Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre (nmRC), University of Nottingham. This scheme is funded jointly by EPSRC and the University of Nottingham. Project title "Nano-scale imaging of ‘amorphous organic matter’ in the Mississippian Bowland Shale Formation".

Published outputs

Research interests

  • 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
  • Methane systematics in the subsurface


  • 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).