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Dr Steven Andrews

Lecturer in Geology


Research Expertise: Physical sedimentology and the influence of climate on continental sedimentary systems, Permian to Jurassic evolution of East Greenland and the North Atlantic, the Triassic of the North Sea.

Research Profile: My research interests are focused on climatic influences on sedimentation in continental settings. Lakes provide particularly high resolution depositories of environmental and climatic change. My work can allow us to examine climatic trends and understand global climatic systems back through earth history. Wider application of this research to climatic and tectonic signals recorded in a regional context is important in correlation and the prediction of facies distribution within continental settings and is therefore significant for hydrocarbon exploration.

Research into the sedimentological records of environmental change across some of the greatest extinction events (P-T & T-J) to affect life on Earth has augmented my research interests.

I have a broad background in field sedimentology and have spent extensive time working on the Devonian and Torridonian (Proterozoic) of northern Scotland and Orkney.  I have also spent 11 field seasons in East Greenland, working on the Mesozoic succession between 70o and 76o north, examining the evolution of sedimentary systems and the basins in which they were deposited.  More recently I have worked on the offshore Triassic of the Central North Sea and the PETM record penetrated in the Boltysh Impact Crater (Ukraine).

Teaching:  I am module leader of Sedimentology & Stratigraphy (CSM2183) and Dynamic Climates of the Past (CSM3060) and also contribute to teaching on Geology (CSM1030) and Enviromental Geochemistry (CSM1031).


Andrews, S.D. & Decou, A., (In Press) The Triassic of Traill Ø and Geographical Society Ø, East Greenland: Implications for North Atlantic palaeogeography. Geological Journal.

Andrews, S.D., Cornwell, D.G., Trewin, N.H., Hartley, A.J. and Archer, S.G. (2017) Reply to the discussion on ‘A 2.3 Million Year Lacustrine Record of Orbital Forcing from the Devonian of Northern Scotland’, Journal of the Geological Society, London 173, 474–488.

Parsons, A.J., Whitham, A.G., Kelly, S.R.A, Vautravers, B.P.H, Dalton, T.D., Andrews, S.D., Price, S.P. Strogen, D.P., Braham, W., Jolley. D.W., Gregory, J. (2017) Structural geology and basin architecture of the Traill Ø region, NE Greenland, Geosphere 13(3):733-770

Ebinghaus, A., Jolley, D.W., Andrews, S.D. & Kemp, D.B. (2017) Lake sedimentological and ecological response to hyperthermals: Boltysh impact crater, Ukraine.  Sedimentology, DOI: 10.1111/sed.12360.

Andrews, S.D., Cornwell, D.G., Trewin, N.H., Hartley, A.J. & Archer, S.G. (2016) A 2.3 Million Year Record of Orbital Forcing from a Devonian Lacustrine Succession from Northern Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society 173 (3), 474-488.

Decou, A., Andrews, S.D., Alderton, D.H.M., Morton, A.C. (2016) Triassic to Early Jurassic climatic trends recorded in the Jameson Land Basin, East Greenland: clay mineralogy, petrography and heavy mineralogy. Basin Research, DOI: 10.1111/bre.12194.

Andrews, S.D., Moreau, J., Archer, S., (2016) Devonian lacustrine shore zone architecture: Giving perspective to cliff exposures with ground penetrating radar. Sedimentology 63 (7), 2087-2105.

Andrews, S.D., Hartley, A.J. (2015) The response of lake margin sedimentary systems to climatically driven lake level fluctuations: Middle Devonian, Orcadian Basin, Scotland. Sedimentology 62 (6), 1693-1716.

Parnell, J., Spinks, S., Andrews, S.D., Thayalan, W., Bowden, S. (2015) High Molybdenum availability for evolution in a Mesoproterozoic lacustrine environment. Nature Communications 6.

Andrews, SD., Kelly, SRA., Braham, B. & Kaye, M. (2014) Climatic and eustatic controls on the development of a Late Triassic source rock in the Jameson Land Basin, East Greenland. Journal of the Geological Society, vol 171, no. 5, pp. 609.

Trewin, N.H., Andrews, S.D. & Kneller, B.C. (2014) The Lower Old Red Sandstone of New Aberdour. In: Excursion guide to the Geology of the Aberdeen Area (online publication

Andrews, S.D. & Trewin, N.H. (2013). Palaeoenvironmental significance of lacustrine microbialite forms from the Middle Old Red Sandstone of the Orcadian Basin. Geological Magazine, DOI:

Andrews, S.D. & Trewin, N.H. (2010) Periodicity determination of lacustrine cycles from the Devonian of Northern Scotland. Scottish Journal of Geology 46: p143-155.

Andrews, S.D., Trewin, N.H., Hartley, A.J. and Weedon, G.P. (2010). Solar variance recorded in lacustrine deposits from the Devonian and Proterozoic of Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society 167: p847-856.