Dr John Nudds

Honorary Lecturer

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Dr Nudds joined the School as Senior Lecturer in Palaeontology in 2003, after almost a quarter of a century working in the University Museum sector.  He was Keeper of Geology at Manchester University Museum  from 1988-2003, where he designed and curated the current Fossils Gallery.  Prior to that he was Curator of Geology at Trinity College Dublin (1980-1988).  He still has a keen interest in museums and is currently Treasurer of the Geological Curators' Group, a Specialist Group of the Geological Society of London.  Dr Nudds graduated in Geology from the University of Nottingham and completed his PhD on Lower Carboniferous coral faunas at the University of Durham.  He is the UK Delegate to the International Society for the study of Fossil Cnidaria and Porifera.

His research interests have since expanded to include exceptional fossil preservation and Fossil Lagerstätten, on which he has co-authored a number of leading textbooks, which have been translated into several languages.  The acclaimed Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems, co-authored with Professor Paul Selden of the University of Kansas, has just appeared in its 2nd edition with the addition of 6 new chapters. 

He also directs an international team of specialists working on dinosaur embryology, and has just returned from a 5th experiment of allocated beamtime at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, the world's leading palaeontological synchrotron facility.  This research will result in several papers in high impact journals to be submitted later this year.  Baby dinosaurs, still inside their eggs, have been examined by synchrotron radiation for the first time ever, and have revealed a number of startling discoveries including the preservation of soft tissue.

He still works on Lower Carboniferous faunas and stratigraphy and is currently working with an international team from the Czech Republic, France and the USA on high-resolution biostratigraphy of the Tournaisian/Visean boundary.  The biostratigraphical study was refined by sedimentological and gamma-spectrometrical data in order to define and calibrate the high resolution biostratigraphy across the boundary interval.  The team have just submitted their first paper on this on-going research project.

He teaches palaeontology courses at all levels in the School, and is also Course Director for the Geography/Geology Degree.


BSc (Nottingham) 1972; PhD (Dunelm) 1975 The British Lithostrotionidae; FGS

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