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

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Journal Articles

Lyster SJ, Whittaker AC, Allison PA, et al., 2020, Predicting sediment discharges and erosion rates in deep time—examples from the late Cretaceous North American continent, Basin Research, Vol:32, ISSN:0950-091X

Chiarenza A, Farnsworth A, Mannion PD, et al., 2020, Asteroid impact, not volcanism, caused the end-Cretaceous dinosaur extinction, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:117, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:17084-17093

Jones LA, Mannion PD, Farnsworth A, et al., 2019, Coupling of palaeontological and neontological reef coral data improves forecasts of biodiversity responses under global climatic change, Royal Society Open Science, Vol:6, ISSN:2054-5703

Chiarenza A, Mannion P, Lunt D, et al., 2019, Ecological niche modelling does not support climatically-driven dinosaur diversity decline before the Cretaceous/Paleogene mass extinction, Nature Communications, Vol:10, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-14

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

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