My ’22 Top Ten – 9. Jurassic Whitby

The 2023 Yorkshire Fossil Festival is coming to Whitby over the weekend of June 10th and 11th, so it seems fitting that most of my research is focussed on the geological history of the Whitby area.

In October, we published a new subsurface record of the Pliensbachian-Toarcian, Lower Jurassic, of Yorkshire in the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. Nine is a very appropriate place in the charts for this research, as nine years passed between us collecting the data and publishing the paper!

It was great to finally publish my first paper in PYGS and great to have been able to use data from The Woodsmith Project to tell a story of Jurassic Whitby being stormy and stinky. There are plenty more stories to tell.

Twitter self-promotion of our PYGS Jurassic Whitby paper.

STOP PRESS! A second paper, on the collapse of bioturbation during Early Jurassic anoxia, led by Dr Bryony Caswell, has just been accepted in a special publication of the Geological Society: Conservation Palaeobiology of Marine Ecosystems!


Earth scientist in North Yorkshire, fossilist on the Cote de Saur. Director of the Yorkshire Fossil Festival and palaeontologist for hire. Can be found twittering and facebooking as @fossiliam.