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Dr David Loydell

  • Qualifications: BSc, PhD
  • Role Title: Reader
  • Address: School of Earth & Environmental Sciences Burnaby Building Burnaby Road Portsmouth PO1 3QL
  • Telephone: 023 92 842698
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  • Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty: Science


I am a Reader in Stratigraphy and teach primarily on the Palaeontology BSc degree course.

My research focuses on the Silurian System, often using graptolites to date major biotic, environmental and tectonic events and also to date hydrocarbon source rocks.

Prior to moving to Portsmouth in 1996, I was at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth where my interest in the Lower Palaeozoic commenced.

Career History

  • 1996 - Present: Senior Research Fellow and now Reader, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth
  • 1989-1996: Postdoctoral Researcher (various Silurian projects), University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the Unit Co-ordinator and a/the lecturer for:

  • Level 6: Palaeontology project and study tour (SEES607)
  • Level 6: Taphonomy and biostratigraphy (SEES608)

I also teach on the following units

  • Level 4: Earth history and life (SEES413)
  • Level 5: Professional skills for palaeontologists (SEES504) - careers
  • Level 5: Micropalaeontology, palaeobotany and project preparation (SEES505)
  • Level 5: Palaeontological techniques (SEES 506)
  • Level 5: Sedimentology and palaeoenvironments (SEES508) – trace fossils
  • Level 5: Professional skills for applied geoscientists (SEES526) - geological mapping
  • Level 5: Professional skills for geoscientists (SEES529) – careers
  • Level 5: Palaeontology (SEES 531) – residential field trip
  • Level 6: Evolution and the fossil record (SEES 630)

I am SEES Library Liaison Officer and am therefore on the Science Faculty Library Committee. I represent the Science Faculty on the University Library Committee.


Current projects are:

  • High resolution biostratigraphical study of the Llandovery and Wenlock Series
  • Biotic response to environmental change in the Silurian

Research profile

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