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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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Professor John Marshall BA, PhD

Professor of Earth Science

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Professor John Marshall is Professor of Earth Science within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge (1976)
PhD Department of Botany, University of Bristol (1981)
1978-1981 Demonstrator, Department of Geology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
1981-1983 Palynologist, Gearhart Geodata, Aberdeen

1983-1996 Lecturer, Department of Geology, University of Southampton
1996 -2000 Senior Lecturer, Department of Geology, University of Southampton
2000-2006 Reader, School of Ocean & Earth Science, University of Southampton
2006-present Professor, School of Ocean & Earth Science, University of Southampton

Research interests

Specialisms: Palynology, Petroleum Geology, Earth System History

Mid Palaeozoic Mass Extinction Events
The spread of the Devonian forests
Sedimentary organic matter in landfill sites
Early seed plants
Petroleum source rocks
Devonian oil and gas reservoirs, South America, North Africa and the Moray Firth

Research group

Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate

Research project(s)

Transitioning to a forested planet

The Mid-Palaeozoic biotic crisis: Setting the trajectory of Tetrapod evolution

2006-2010 President of the Commission Internationale de la Microflore du Paléozoïque (CIMP)
2004-present Secretary of the Sub-Commission on Devonian Stratigraphy
2005-present Subject Editor, Journal of the Geological Society, London
2009-present Subject Editor, Journal of Micropalaeontology
2010-present Editorial Boards, Palaeodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, Revue de Micropaléontologie
2010-2011 Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjiang, China

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  • Rawson, P. F., Allen, P. M., Brenchley, P. J., Cope, J. C. W., Gale, A. S., Evans, J. A., Gibbard, P. L., Gregory, F. J., Hailwood, E. A., Hesselbo, S. P., Knox, RW. OB., Marshall, J. E. A., Oates, M., Riley, N. J., Smith, A. G., Trewin, N., & Zalasiewicz, J. A. (2001). Stratigraphical Procedure. (Professional Handbook). Geological Society.

Book Chapters


  • Smith, A. G., Barry, T., Bown, P., Cope, J., Gale, A., Gibbard, P., Gregory, J., Hounslow, M., Kemp, D., Knox, R., Marshall, J., Oates, M., Rawson, P., Powell, J., & Waters, C. (2014). GSSPs, global stratigraphy and correlation. In D. G. Smith, R. J. Bailey, P. M. Burgess, & A. J. Fraser (Eds.), Strata and time: probing the gaps in our understanding (pp. 37-67). (Geological Society of London Special Publication; Vol. 404). Geological Society of London.


SOES6059 Basin Analysis
Year 3 Micropalaeontology and Sedimentology
Year 1 Palaeontology

Professor John Marshall
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/186/16

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