Professor Paul Smith, Director
Phone: +44 (0)1865 272956
My research ranges across two main areas of activity. The first relates to the origin and early evolution of major animal groups, particularly the vertebrates and other deuterostomes, and more generally to Earth systems and their interactions during the Cambrian Explosion. The second area of research focuses on the geological evolution of the Scotland – Greenland sector of the Caledonian and ranges from the depositional history, basin analysis, and sequence stratigraphy through to the deformation and shortening of the Laurentian margin.
- BSc Geology (University of Leicester)
- PhD (University of Nottingham)
- Chair of Oxford University Museums Partnership, Arts Council England major partner museum consortium, 2013–
- Co-chair, University Museums Group, 2014-
- President, The Micropalaeontological Society, 2010-2013
- President, Palaeontological Association, 2016-
Smith, M. P. & Harper, D. A. T. 2013. Causes of the Cambrian Explosion. Science, 341, 1355–1356.
Derby, J. R., Raine, R. J, Runkel, A. C. & Smith, M. P. 2012. Paleogeography of the Great American Carbonate Bank in earliest Ordovician (early Tremadocian) time: the ‘Stonehenge Transgression’. In: Derby, J.R. et al. (eds). The Great American Carbonate Bank: the geology and economic resources of the Cambrian–Ordovician Sauk megasequence of Laurentia. AAPG Memoir, 98, 5–13.
Raine, R. J. & Smith, M. P. 2012. Sequence stratigraphy of the Scottish Laurentian margin and the recognition of the Sauk megasequences in the Scotland–Greenland sector. In: Derby, J.R. et al. (eds). The Great American Carbonate Bank: the geology and economic resources of the Cambrian–Ordovician Sauk megasequence of Laurentia. AAPG Memoir, 98, 575–596.
Mangano, M. G., Bromley, R. G., Harper, D. A. T., Nielsen, A. T., Smith, M. P. & Vinther, J. 2012. Nonbiomineralized carapaces in Cambrian seafloor landscapes (Sirius Passet, Greenland): opening a new window into early Phanerozoic benthic ecology. Geology, 40, 519–522.
Wheeley, J. R., Smith, M. P. & Boomer I. 2012. Oxygen isotope variability in conodonts: implications for reconstructing Palaeozoic palaeoclimates and palaeoceanography. Journal of the Geological Society, 169, 239–250.
Vinther, J., Smith, M. P. & Harper, D. A. T. 2011. Vetulicolians from the Lower Cambrian Sirius Passet Lagerstätte, North Greenland, and the polarisation of morphological characters in basal deuterostomes. Palaeontology, 54, 711–719.