UCL Earth Sciences


Prof Paul Bown

Geology, micropaleontology, nannofossils, coccolithophores, palaeobiology, paleoceanography, biostratigraphy, taxonomy, Mesozoic, Cenozoic

Professor of Micropalaeontology


Prof Paul Bown




Professor of MicropalaeontologyKathleen Lonsdale, 109

Courses Taught:

GEOL0003 History of Life

Research Group(s):

Micropalaeontology Group

Email Address:

Telephone Number:

p.bown@ucl.ac.uk020 3108 6360 (56360)

Research Summary

Research has focused upon various aspects of calcareous nannoplankton (calcareous-scale-bearing, phytoplanktonic algae) which have an abundant and long fossil record and are principally used in sediment dating/correlation and palaeoceanography, with more recent applications in palaeobiology, evolution and biomineralisation studies.
Professor of Micropalaeontology whose research focuses on the palaeobiology and geological applications of coccolithophores and calcareous nannofossils. He has provided overarching evolutionary, diversity and taxonomic frameworks for the fossil history of this group, elucidated their initial Jurassic diversification history, and shown that evolutionary rates and extinction-selectivity data can be used to establish links between evolution and forcing mechanisms. His work on the development of nannofossils as stratigraphic tools has included new dating schemes for the Jurassic and Cretaceous and resulted in the benchmark publication Calcareous Nannofossil Biostratigraphy (Bown, 1998). He currently serves on councils and committees of the Geological Society of London (Stratigraphy Commission), International Nannoplankton Association (current President) and International Commission on Stratigraphy (current Secretary-General).

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