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Stephen Kershaw


Place of work:

Institute for the Environment, Brunel University

Professional experience:

1980 - present: Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Topics of interest:

Quaternary climate change (including coastal geomorphology; sea-level change, geohazards and climate); Palaeozoic sediments; fossils and climates; mass extinctions.

Active research projects:

Quaternary geohazards and management, western Crete (with Prof Filippos Vallianatos and Dr Pantelis Soupios, Technical Educational Institute of Crete, Chania, Crete). I supervised 2 research students, recently completed, working in this field in Crete, Greece.

Modern flooding and landslide geohazards and management in northern Mexico (with University of Juárez, Mexico). I supervise one research student in Mexico.

Engineering problems associated with dams built on unstable rock formations in Iraq; second supervisor on PhD topic, in association with School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University.

Late Permian mass extinction event (with Sylvie Crasquin-Soleau, CNRS, & Pierre-Yves Collin, Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris; Mu Xinan & Li Yue, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing; Qinglai Feng, University of Wuhan; Li Guo, CASP, University of Cambridge; Alan Reynolds, Brunel; Kinga Hips and Janos Haas, University of Budapest). This work currently uses data from several field visits in China, Hungary, Turkey

Ancient fossil reef systems, their components and controls on growth (with Barry Webby, Macquarie University, Sydney; Anne-Christine da Silva, Liège; Olof Sandström, Lund University; Rachel Wood, Edinburgh University; Yue Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing; André Desrochers, Ottawa University, Québec; William Ausich, Ohio State University). Current work includes Anticosti Island (Canada) and southern Belgium, but this was previously my main research field, with work in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Sweden, UK, USA. 

Representative publications:

Riding, R. & Kershaw, S. 1977. Nature of stromatoporoids. Nature 268, 178. IF:28.751.

Kershaw, S. & Riding, R. 1978. Parameterization of stromatoporoid shape. Lethaia 11, 233 - 242. IF:28.751.

Kershaw, S. & Riding, R. 1980. Stromatoporoid morphotypes of the Middle Devonian Torbay Reef Complex at Long Quarry Point, Devon. Proceedings of the Ussher Society 5, 13 - 23.

Kershaw, S. 1980. Cavities and cryptic faunas beneath non-reef stromatoporoids. Lethaia 13, 327 - 338. IF:1.567.

Kershaw, S. 1981. Stromatoporoid growth form and taxonomy in a Silurian biostrome, Gotland. Journal of Paleontology 55, 1284 - 1295. IF:0.904.

Kershaw, S. 1984. Patterns of stromatoporoid growth in level-bottom environments. Palaeontology 27, 113 - 130. IF:1.025.

Kershaw, S. 1987. Stromatoporoid - coral intergrowths in a Silurian biostrome. Lethaia 20, 371 - 382. IF:1.567.

Kershaw, S. 1987. Gypsum evaporites in the Ludlovian of Gotland. Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholm Förhandlingar 109 (4), 331 - 333. IF:0.507.

Kershaw, S. 1990. Stromatoporoid palaeobiology and taphonomy in a Siluran biostrome, Gotland, Sweden. Palaeontology 33: (3), 681 - 705. IF:1.025.

West, R.R. & Kershaw, S. 1991. Chaetetid Habitats. pp 445-455 In Reitner, J. & Keupp, H. (Eds.). Fossil and Recent Sponges. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg.

Kershaw, S. & West, R.R. 1991. Chaetetid growth form and its controlling factors. Lethaia 24, 333 - 346. IF:1.567.

Kershaw, S. 1991. Stromatoporoid palaeoecology in the Ludlovian of Gotland; a discussion. Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholm Förhandlingar 113, 245 – 248. (also reply by A. Kano). IF:0.507.

Kershaw, S. 1993.Sedimentation control on growth of stromatoporoid reefs in the Silurian of Gotland, Sweden. Journal of Geological Society of London 150, 197 - 205. IF:2.304.

Kershaw, S. & Keeling, M. 1994. Factors controlling the growth of stromatoporoid biostromes in the Ludlovian of Gotland. Sedimentary Geology 89, 325-335. IF: 1.757.

Kershaw, S. 1994. Cathodoluminescence of Silurian stromatoporoids from Gotland, Sweden. Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, 172, 307-318.

Keeling, M. & Kershaw, S. 1994. Rocky shore environments in the Upper Silurian of Gotland, Sweden. GFF, 116, 69-74. IF:0.507.

Swan, A.H.R. & Kershaw, S. 1994. A computer model for skeletal growth of stromatoporoids. Palaeontology, 37, 409-423. IF:1.025.

Kershaw, S. 1994. Classification and geological significance of biostromes. Facies, 31, 81-92. IF-0.989; 19. Firth, C., Stewart, I., McGuire, W.J., Kershaw, S. and Vita-Finzi, C. 1996. Coastal elevation changes in eastern Sicily: implications for volcano instability at Mount Etna. In: McGuire, W.J., Jones, A.P. & Neuberg, J.(eds). Volcano Instability on the Earth and other planets. Geological Society of London Special Publication 110, 153-167.

Stewart, I.S., Cundy, A., Kershaw, S. and Firth, C. 1997. Holocene coastal uplift in the Taormina area, northeastern Sicily: implications for the southern prolongation of the Calabrian seismogenic belt. Journal of Geodynamics, 24, 37-50. IF:1.692.

Kershaw, S. 1997. Palaeoenvironmental change in Silurian stromatoporoid reefs, Gotland, Sweden. Bolletin Real Sociedad Española de Historia Natural (Section Geologicas), 91 (1-4), 331-344.

Johnson, M.E., Rong, J-Y. and Kershaw, S. 1998. Calibrating Silurian eustasy against the erosion and burial of coastal palaeotopography. pp3-13 In: Landing,E. and Johnson, M.E. (eds). Silurian Cycles: linkages of dynamic stratigraphy with atmospheric, oceanic and tectonic changes; James Hall Centennial Volume. New York State Museum Bulletin, 491. University of the State of New York, The State Education Department.

Brunton, F., Smith, L., Dixon, O., Copper, P., Nestor, H. & Kershaw,S. 1998. Silurian reef episodes, changing seascapes and palaeobiogeography. In:Landing, E. and Johnson, M.E. (eds). Silurian Cycles: linkages of dynamic stratigraphy with atmospheric, oceanic and tectonic changes; James Hall Centennial Volume. New York State Museum Bulletin, 491. University of the State of New York, The State Education Department.

Kershaw, S. 1998. The Applications of stromatoporoid palaeobiology in palaeoenvironment analysis. Palaeontology, 41, 509-544. IF:1.025.

Kershaw, S., Zhang, T. and Lan, G. 1999. A ?microbialite crust at the Permian-Triassic boundary in south China, and its palaeoenvironmental significance. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 146, 1-18. IF-2.165.

Kershaw, S. and Brunton, F. 1999. Palaeozoic stromatoporoid taphonomy: ecologic and environmental significance. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 147, 1-16. IF-2.165.

Zhang, T., Kershaw, S., Wan, Y. and Lan, G. 2000. Geochemical and facies evidence for palaeoenvironmental change during the Late Ordovician Hirnantian glaciation in South Sichuan Province, China. Global and Planetary Change, 24, 133-152. IF:2.670.

Fagerstrom, J.A., West, R.R. Kershaw, S. and Cossey, P. 2000. Spatial competition among clonal organisms in extant and selected Paleozoic reef communities. Facies, 42, 1-24. IF-0.989.

Rust, D. and Kershaw, S. 2000. Holocene tectonic uplift patterns in northeastern Sicily: evidence from marine notches in coastal oucrops. Marine Geology, 167, 105-126. IF-1.975.

Kershaw, S. 2000. Quaternary reefs of northeastern Sicily: structure and growth controls in an unstable tectonic setting. Journal of Coastal Research, 16 (4), 1037-1062. IF: 0.517.

Kershaw, S. and Guo. L. 2001. Marine notches in coastal cliffs: indicators of relative sea-level change, Perachora Peninsula, central Greece. Marine Geology, 179, 213-228. IF-1.975;

Li, Y., Kershaw, S. and Chen, X. 2002. Biotic structure and morphology of patch reefs from Ningqiang Formation, Telychian, Llandovery, Silurian, South China. Facies, 46, 133-148. IF-0.989.

Sandström, S. and Kershaw, S. 2002. Ludlow (Silurian) stromatoporoid biostromes from Gotland, Sweden: facies, depositional models and modern analogues. Sedimentology. 49, 379-395. IF-1.667.

Kershaw, S., Guo, L., Swift, A. and Fan, J. 2002. ?Microbialites in the Permian-Triassic boundary interval in central China: structure, age and distribution. Facies, 47, 83-90. IF-0.989.

Kershaw, S. & Guo, L. 2002. Ecology and growth of giant calcified cyanobacterial mounds in the Pleistocene of Central Greece. In: Bucur I.I & Filipescu S.(eds) - Research advances in calcareous algae and microbial carbonates (Proceedings of the 4th IFAA Regional Meeting Cluj-Napoca, August, 29-September 5, 2001), p.145-156, Cluj University Press.

Li, Y. and Kershaw, S. 2003. Reef construction after extinction events of the latest Ordovician in the Yangtze Platform, South China. Facies, 48, 269-284. IF-0.989.

Antonioli, F., Kershaw, S., Rust, D. & Verrubbi, V. 2003. Holocene sea-level change in Sicily, and its implications for tectonic models: new data from the Taormina area, northeast Sicily. Marine Geology, 196, 53-71. IF-1.975

Kershaw, S. and Guo, L. 2003. Pleistocene cyanobacterial mounds in the Perachora Peninsula, Gulf of Corinth, Greece: structure, and applications to interpreting sea-level history and terrace sequences in an unstable tectonic setting. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 193, 503-514. IF-2.165.

Li, Y., Kershaw, S. and Mu, X. 2004. Ordovician reef systems and settings in south China before the Late Ordovician mass extinction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 205, 235-254. IF-2.165.

Li, Y., Kershaw, S. and Chen, X. 2004. Control of carbonate sedimentation and reef growth in Llandovery sequences on the northwestern margin of Yangtze Platform, South China. Gondwana Research, 7 (4), 937-949.

Kershaw, S. and Antonioli, F.A. 2004. Tidal notches at Taormina, east Sicily: why is the mid-Holocene notch well-formed, but no modern notch is present in the same locality? In: Antonioli, F. (ed.). Contribution of the analysis of palaeoshorelines to understanding recent tectonic movements, Messina Straits, Italy. Proceedings of an international conference, University of Messina, Sicily, 5-8 May 2003, Quaternaria Nova, 8, 155-170.

Antonioli, F.A., Lambeck, K., Kershaw, S., Rust, D., Sylos Labini, S., Segre, A.V., Verrubbi, V., Belluomini, G., Dai Pra, G., Ferranti, L., Improta, S. and Vesica, P. 2004. Evidence for non-uniform uplift rates in southern Italy (Calabria and Eastern Sicily) on glacial-cycle timescales. In: Antonioli, F. (ed.). Contribution of the analysis of palaeoshorelines to understanding recent tectonic movements, Messina Straits, Italy. Proceedings of an international conference, University of Messina, Sicily, 5-8 May 2003, Quaternaria Nova, 8, 187-192. IF: not known.

Triantis, Stavrakas, Anastasiadis, Vallianatos and Kershaw, S. 2004. Dielectric Spectroscopy in Crustal Rocks:Preliminary results from Northeastern Sicily (Italy) and the Gulf of Corinth (Greece). Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece. 36, 1925-1931.

Kershaw, S. 2004. Comment - Earliest Triassic microbialite micro- to megastructures in the Huaying area of Sichuan Province, south China: implications for the nature of oceanic conditions after the end-Permian extinction (Ezaki et al. 2003). Palaios, 19 (4), 418-420. IF-1.919.

Costa, P., Leroy, S., Kershaw, S. and Dinis, J., 2005. Tsunamis: causes, behaviour and sedimentary signature. Studies on the AD 1755 (Portugal). In: Martinez-Frias J. and Madero J. (eds), Meteoritos y Geología Planetaria, Iberian Conference of Planetary Geology, Museo de las Ciencias de Castilla-La Mancha, Ed. Diputación Provincial de Cuenca, Spain, 23: 151-171. IF: not known.

Crasquin-Soleau, S. and Kershaw, S. 2005. Ostracod fauna from the Permian-Triassic Boundary Interval of South China (Huaying Mountains, eastern Sichuan Province): palaeoenvironmental significance. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 217, 131-141. IF-2.165.

Kershaw, S., Guo, L. and Braga, J-C. 2005. A Holocene coral-algal reef at Mavra Litharia, Gulf of Corinth, Greece: structure, history and applications in relative sea-level change. Marine Geology. 215, 171-192. IF-1.975.

Young, G. and Kershaw, S. 2005. Classification and controls of internal banding in Palaeozoic stromatoporoids and colonial corals. Palaeontology, 48 (3), 623-651. IF:1.025.

Li, Y., Matsumoto, R. and Kershaw, S. 2005. Sedimentary and biotic evidence of a warm-water enclave in the cooler oceans of the latest Ordovician glacial phase, Yangtze Platform, South China Block. Island Arc, 14, 623-635. IF-0.837.

Königshof, P. & Kershaw, S. 2005. Stromatoporoid growth forms in reef facies in the Devonian of Morocco (West Sahara): palaeobiological and palaeoecologiocal implications. Facies, DOI-10.1007/s10347-005-0041-1. IF-0.989.

Zhao, W.Z., Yang, X-P., Kershaw, S. and Zhang, B.M. 2006. Reservoir potential of Silurian carbonate mud mounds in the southern Sichuan Basin, Central China. Acta Geologica Sinica-English edition. 80(5), 684-692. IF:1.431.

Antonioli, F., Ferranti, L. and Kershaw, S. 2006. A glacial isostatic adjustment origin for double MIS 5.5 and Holocene marine notches in the coastline of Italy. Quaternary International, 145-146, 19-29. IF:1.938.

Antonioli, F., Kershaw, S., Renda, P., Rust, D., Belluomini, G., Cerasoli, M., Radtke, U. and Silenzi, S. 2006. Elevation of the last interglacial highstand in Sicily (Italy): a benchmark of coastal tectonics. Quaternary International, 145-146, 3-18. IF:1.938.

Kershaw, S. and Guo, L. 2006. Pleistocene calcified cyanobacterial mounds, Perachora Peninsula, central Greece: a controversy of growth and history. In: Pedley, H. M. and Carannante, G. (eds); Cool-water carbonates. Geological Society of London Special Publications, 255, 53-69.

Kershaw, S., Wood, R. and Guo, L. 2006. Stromatoporoid response to muddy substrates in Silurian limestones. GFF, 128, 131-138. IF-0.507.

Antonioli, F., Ferranti, L., Lambeck, K., Kershaw, S., Verrubbi, V. and Dai Pra, G. 2006. Late Pleistocene to Holocene record of changing uplift rates in southern Calabria and northeastern Sicily (southern Italy, Central Mediterranean Sea). Tectonophysics, 422, 23-40. IF:2.304.

57. Ferranti, L., Monaco, C., Antonioli, F., Maschio, L., Kershaw, S., Verrubbi, V. 2007. The contribution of regional uplift and coseismic slip to the vertical crustal motion in the Messina Straits, southern Italy: Evidence from raised Late Holocene shorelines. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 112, B6. 10.1029/2006JB004473. IF:3.15.

Kershaw, S., Li, Y. and Guo, L. 2007. Micritic fabrics define sharp margins of Wenlock patch reefs (middle Silurian) in Gotland and England. In Alvaro, J.J., Aretz, M., Boulvain, F., Munnecke, A., Vachard, D. and Vennin, E (eds). Palaeozoic reefs and bioaccumulations: Climatic and Evolutionary Controls. Geological Society Special Publications, 275, 87-94.

Kershaw, S., Li, Y., Crasquin-Soleau, S., Feng, Q., Mu, X., Collin, P-Y., Reynolds, and Guo, L. 2007. Earliest Triassic microbialites in the South China Block and other areas; controls on their growth and distribution. Facies, 53(3), 409-425. IF-0.989.

Crasquin-Soleau, S., Galfetti, T., Bucher, H., Kershaw, S. and Feng, Q. 2007. Ostracod recovery in the aftermath of the Permian-Triassic crisis: Palaeozoic-Mesozoic turnover. Hydrobiologia, 585, 13-27. IF:1.449.

Kershaw, S. and Guo, L. 2007. Reply to Andrews et al.: Discussion on Pleistocene calcified cyanobacterial mounds, Perachora Peninsula, central Greece: a controversy of growth and history. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 164, 1065-1072.IF:2.304.

Pedoja, K., Kershaw, S., Shen, J-W. and Tang, C. 2008. Coastal Quarternary morphologies on the northern coast of the South China Sea, China, and their implications for current tectonic models: a review and preliminary study. Marine Geology, 55(3-4), 103-117. IF-1.975.

Sandström, S. and Kershaw, S. 2008. Palaeobiology, ecology, and distribution of stromatoporoid faunas in biostromes of the mid-Ludlow of Gotland, Sweden. Acta Palaeontological Polonica. 53(2), 293-302. IF-0.786.

Collin, P-Y., Kershaw, S., Crasquin, S. and Feng, Q. 2009. Facies changes and diagenetic processes across the Permian-Triassic boundary event horizon, Great Bank of Guizhou, South China: a controversy of erosion and dissolution. Sedimentology, 56, 677-693. IF-1.667.

Kershaw, S., Crasquin, S., Collin, P-Y., Li, Y., Feng, Q. and Forel, M-B. 2009. Microbialites as disaster forms in anachronistic facies following the end-Permian mass extinction: a discussion. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 56, 809-813. IF-1.210.

Forel, M-B., Crasquin, S., Kershaw, S. Feng, Q. L. 2009. Ostracods (Crustacea) and water oxygenation in the earliest Triassic of south China: implications for oceanic events at the end-Permian mass extinction. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 56, 815-213. IF-1.210.

Wignall, P., Kershaw, S., Collin, P-Y., and Crasquin, S. 2009. Erosional truncation of uppermost Permian shallow-marine carbonates and implications for Permian-Triassic boundary events: comment. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 121 (5-6), 954-956. IF:12.562.

Kalisperi, D., Soupios, P., Kouli, M., Barsukov, P., Kershaw, S., Collins, P. and Vallainatos, F. 2009. Coastal aquifer assessment using geophysical methods (TEM, VES), case study: Northern Crete, Greece; Proceedings of the 3rd IASME/WSEAS International Conference on Recent Geology and Seismology, 24-26 February 2009, Cambridge, England, 158-164. IF: not known.

Mu, X., Kershaw, S., Li, Y., Guo, L. Qi, Y. and Reynolds, A. 2009. High-resolution carbon isotope changes in the Permian–Triassic boundary interval, Chongqing, South China; implications for control and growth of earliest Triassic microbialites. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 36, 434-441. IF-1.714.


I am a Chartered Geologist of the Geological Society of London since 1992