Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Professor of Earth Science



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4.84Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






  • Professor of Earth Sciences: 2013-present
  • Head of Section (E2M2) 2011-present
  • Reader: Imperial College 2008-2013
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies: 2001-2005
  • Lecturer then Senior Lecturer: Imperial College: 1997-2008
  • Lecturer University of Reading: 1989-1996
  • Post-doc Kochi University Japan: 1989
  • Post-doc University of Washington: 1987-1988
  • PhD University of Bristol:  1984-1987

Research Interests

  • Ocean modelling, modern and ancient
  • Palaeobiology
  • Fossil preservation
  • Evolutionary change in benthic faunas
  • Epi-continental seas

Recent Measures of Esteem



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Amir Hassan MH, Johnson HD, Allison PA, et al., Sedimentology and stratigraphic architecture of a Miocene retrogradational, tide-dominated delta system: Balingian Province, offshore Sarawak, Malaysia, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, ISSN:0305-8719, Pages:SP444.12-SP444.12

Collins DS, Avdis A, Allison PA, et al., 2017, Tidal dynamics and mangrove carbon sequestration during the Oligo-Miocene in the South China Sea, Nature Communications, Vol:8, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:15698-15698

Parkinson SD, Funke SW, Hill J, et al., 2017, Application of the adjoint approach to optimise the initial conditions of a turbidity current with the AdjointTurbidity 1.0 model, Geoscientific Model Development, Vol:10, ISSN:1991-959X, Pages:1051-1068

Collins DS, Johnson HD, Allison PA, et al., 2016, Coupled ‘storm-flood’ depositional model: Application to the Miocene-Modern Baram Delta Province, north-west Borneo, Sedimentology, Vol:64, ISSN:0037-0746, Pages:1203-1235

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