Staff profile

Dr Andrew Johnson

Visiting Research Fellow (formerly University Reader) in Sclerochronology

Andrew wearing a backpack on top of a mountain, smiling and wearing a gold medal.




College of Science and Engineering


School of Built and Natural Environment


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



At the end of January 2015 I left my position as a Lecturer in Geology to focus on research, principally in the applications of bivalve sclerochronology to understanding late Cenozoic climate and oceanography of the North Atlantic region. I am continuing with some teaching duties as an associate lecturer.

Teaching responsibilities

Such teaching as I am now undertaking is principally in geological fieldwork.

Research interests

My research focuses on the use of proxy data from marine bivalve mollusc shells to document environmental change. Fine-scale (e.g. seasonal) information can be obtained from ontogenetic (through-growth) records of stable-isotopic composition and growth-increment width. I have applied this methodology in investigations of the distant (Jurassic) and more recent (late Cenozoic) past, the results from the latter being relevant to prediction of future changes in climate.

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International experience

I have had research stays totalling about two years in Germany and have active research links with colleagues there (University of Mainz) and in the USA (University of Michigan, University of North Carolina).

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