Dr Timothy Kearsey

Dr Timothy Kearsey

Survey Geologist and Sedimentologist

Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 232

E-mail Dr Timothy Kearsey

ORCID: 0000-0002-3869-7


  • 2009 – ongoing : Geologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2005 –2009 : PhD University of Plymouth
  • 2001 –2005 : MSci University of Birmingham, with an international year at the University of British Columbia, Geology

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2017 – ongoing : Creator of National Buried Valleys Map. Identifying the locations of ancient river or subglacial (beneath a glacier) drainage networks across the UK.
  • 2017 – ongoing : Project Leader for GOForth: Geological Observatory Forth
  • 2012 –2017 : TWEED: setting the trajectory of Tetrapod evolution: NERC-funded consortium project in collaboration with Cambridge, Leicester and Southampton universities and the National Museum of Scotland
  • 2014 –2016 : 21st Century Roadmap: Palaeozoic project working with DECC, Oil and Gas UK and industry. Role: Stratigrapher and sedimentologist working on the Devon-Carboniferous stratigraphy of the North Sea.
  • 2005 – ongoing : GLS Clyde Basin Project — superficial and coalfield 3D modelling
  • 2012 –2014 : Assynt Culmination Geological 3D Model
  • 2009 – ongoing : GSI3D and GOCAD stochastic and deterministic 3D model development including creation of 3D models in highly faulted and folded terrains

Key papers

  • Kearsey, T I, Lee, J R, Finlayson, A, Garcia-Bajo, M, and Irving, A A M. 2019. Examining the geometry, age and genesis of buried Quaternary valley systems in the Midland Valley of Scotland, UK. Boreas, 48 (3).
  • Kearsey, T I, Millward, D, Ellen, R, Whitbread, K, and Monaghan, A A. 2019. Revised stratigraphic framework of pre-Westphalian Carboniferous petroleum system elements from the Outer Moray Firth to the Silverpit Basin, North Sea, UK. In: Monaghan, A A, Underhill, J R, Hewett, A J, Marshall, J E A, (eds.) Paleozoic plays of NW Europe. London, UK, Geological Society, London, 91-113.
  • Bennett, C E, Kearsey, T I, Davies, S J, Millward, D, Clack, J A, Smithson, T R, and Marshall, J E A. 2016 Early Mississippian sandy siltstones preserve rare vertebrate fossils in seasonal flooding episodes. Sedimentology. 10.1111/sed.12280 (In Press).
  • Clack, J A, Bennett, C E, Carpenter, D K, Davies, S J, Fraser, N N, Kearsey, T I, Marshall, J E A, Millward, D, Otoo, B K A, Reeves, E J, Ross, A J, Ruta, M, Smithson, K Z, Smithson, T R, and Walsh, S A. 2016. Phylogenetic and environmental context of a Tournaisian tetrapod fauna. Nature ecology and evolution, 1, 0002.
  • Kearsey, T, Bennett, C E, Millward, D, Davies, S J, Gowing, C J B, Kemp, S J, Leng, M J, Marshall, J E A, and Browne, M A E. 2016 The terrestrial landscapes of tetrapod evolution in earliest Carboniferous seasonal wetlands of SE Scotland. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 457, 52-69.
  • Kearsey, T, Williams, J, Finlayson, A, Williamson, P, Dobbs, M, Marchant, B, Kingdon, A, and Campbell, D. 2015. Testing the application and limitation of stochastic simulations to predict the lithology of glacial and fluvial deposits in Central Glasgow, UK. Engineering Geology, 187. 98 - 112.
  • Kearsey, T, Twitchett, R J, and Newell, A J. 2012. The origin and significance of pedogenic dolomite from the South Urals of Russia. Geological magazine, Vol. 149 (2), 291-307.
  • Newell, A J, Benton, M J, Kearsey, T, Taylor, G K, Twitchett, R J, and Tverdokhlebov, V P. 2012. Calcretes, fluviolacustrine sediments and subsidence patterns in Permo-Triassic salt-walled minibasins of the south Urals, Russia. Sedimentology, 59 (5). 1659-1676.
  • Kearsey, T, Twitchett, R J, Price, G D, and Grimes, S T. 2009. Isotope excursions and palaeotemperature estimates from the Permian/Triassic boundary in the Southern Alps (Italy). Palaeogeograph, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Vol, 279, 29-40.
  • Taylor, G K, Tucker, C, Twitchett, R J, Kearsey, T, Benton, M J, Newell, A J, Surkov, M V, and Tverdokhlebov, V P. 2009. Magnetostratigraphy of Permian/Triassic boundary sequences in the Cis-Urals, Russia: No evidence for a major temporal hiatus. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 281, 36-47.

Professional association

  • Fellow of the Geological Society
  • Member of the British Sedimentary Research Group
  • Member of the Quaternary Research Association

Published outputs

Research interests

  • Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy
  • Paleosols and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Geostatistics in 3D geology and lithology
  • Interaction between the evolution of life and terrestrial sedimentology
  • Characterising the controls on Geological Rockhead. Focusing on identifying buried valleys
  • Digital Geological Modelling


  • ArcGIS and digital mapping
  • Geological mapping of Palaeozoic and Mesozoic terrains
  • Integrated GSI3D and GoCAD and ArcScene 3D modelling
  • Sedimentary field logging and facies analysis
  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Stochastic lithological modelling