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Dr Mark Hounslow

Research Fellow

Mark Hounslow

Lancaster University

LEC Building



Tel: +44 1524 510238

PhD supervision

Self funding projects related to any topic in magnetics-based geochronology at archaeological to geological timescales- with a focus on the arctic, eastern Europe or North Africa. Sediment tracing problems in modern or ancient sedimentary systems. Please make contact, if you are interested in studying these exciting areas in the geosciences.

Research Interests

My main interest is in magnetic geochronology at a variety of times scales- from archaeological to geological. Current interests are in the Antropocene, Pliocene/Miocene, Triassic, Lower Carboniferous, Silurian-Ordovician. Areas of interest are the arctic, Europe and North Africa. I have also focused on sediment tracing from source to sink studies both in the marine and terrestrial aquatic environments, interpreting magnetic proxies for understanding environmental change in sediment and soil records, and sediment micro and macrofabric for environmental interpretation. I am a member of the Geosciences Research Group, in LEC, and Environmental Magnetism and Palaeomagnetism (CEMP).

I am the vice chair of the Subcommission on Triassic Stratigraphy (of the International Commission on Stratigraphy) and am also involved in collaborative international efforts of the boundary task forces for the Triassic, Jurassic and Carboniferous Subcommissions. I have also served as steering group member for several international conferences in the UK and Svalbard (Norway), and acted as a session co-convenor at the EGU. Given invited talks at the AGU and IUGG internal conferences, along with at national conferences and workshops. I am a member of the Geological Society of London Stratigraphy Commission, which informs government and the activities of the British Geological survey.

I have authored 91 publications, with 30 of these being book chapters. The complete list can be found on the CEMP web pages.

 I have taught of wide variety of 1st to 3rd year modules ranging from environmental magnetics, physical geography, Geological field skills and mapping, Geological Hazards, geophysics, solid-earth geology to sedimentology.

  • Published

    GSSPs, global stratigraphy and correlation

    Smith, A. G., Barry, T., Bown, P., Cope, J., Gale, A., Gibbard, P. L., Gregory, J., Hounslow, M., Kemp, D., Knox, R., Marshall, J., Oates, M., Rawson, P., Powell, J. & Waters, C. 2015 Strata and time: probing the gaps in our understanding. Smith, D. G., Bailey, R. J., Burgess, P. M. & Fraser, A. J. (eds.). London: Geological Society, Vol. 404, 31 p.

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

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    The Hopen Member: a new member of the Triassic De Geerdalen Formation, Svalbard

    Lord, G. S., Solvi, K. H., Ask, M., Mørk, A., Hounslow, M. & Paterson, N. 2014 In : Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Bulletin. 11, 1, p. 81-96 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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    Geomagnetic and mineral magnetic characterization of the Anthropocene

    Snowball, I., Hounslow, M. & Nilsson, A. 2014 A stratigraphical basis for the Anthropocene. Waters, C., Zalasiewicz, J. A., Williams, M., Ellis, M. A. & Snelling, A. M. (eds.). London: Geological Society of London Special Publication, Vol. 395, p. 119-141 23 p. (Geological Society, London, Special Publication; vol. 395)

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

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