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Peter Coxon
Professor, Geography

Biography

An early interest in landscape and landscape evolution was fostered by family holidays in Wales and Scotland and honed at school (Eastbourne Grammar School 1966-1973) by A-Level geography and in particular a field trip to Charnwood Forest and a fascination in the contents of G.H.Dury's book "The Face of the Earth". After A-levels I went to Sussex to study Geography in the School of Biological Sciences (1973-1976) where I developed interests in plant physiology and biochemistry but managed to pull back at the last minute and headed into Quaternary geomorphology. After graduating from Sussex I went to the Sub-Department of Quaternary Research in the Botany School at Cambridge to work under Professor R.G.West FRS on the 'Pleistocene environmental history of east Anglia' (1976-1979). It was at Cambridge that I trained as a palynologist and sedimentologist. A lectureship at TCD advertised in 1979 seemed like a good plan. .../

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

The Pre-Quaternary Landscape of Ireland in, editor(s)Coxon, P., McCarron, S. Mitchell, F.J.G. , Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies, Paris, Atlantis Press, 2017, pp19 - 42, [Michael J. Simms and Peter Coxon] Book Chapter, 2017 DOI

Introduction: Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies in, editor(s)Coxon, P., McCarron, S. Mitchell, F.J.G. , Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies, Paris, Atlantis Press, 2017, pp1 - 17, [Coxon, P., McCarron, S. Mitchell, F.J.G.] Book Chapter, 2017 DOI

Interglacial Sequences in, editor(s)Coxon, P., McCarron, S. Mitchell, F.J.G. , Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies , Paris, Atlantis Press, 2017, pp43 - 66, [Coxon, P., Mitchell, F.J.G., von Engelbrechten, S., Vaughan, L. ] Book Chapter, 2017 DOI

Peter Coxon, Stephen McCarron, Fraser Mitchell, Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies, 1, Paris, Atlantis Press, 2017, 1 - 316pp Book, 2017 DOI

The type locality of the Gortian Interglacial: Boleyneendorrish River, Co. Galway. A site of significant importance to Irish Quaternary geology. in, editor(s)Joanne Nolan and Chris Randolph , The Burren, County Clare. Field guide Number 33, Dublin, IQUA, 2016, pp10 - 17, [Coxon, P] Book Chapter, 2016

Daniel Praeg; Stephen McCarron; Dayton Dove; Colm Ó Cofaigh; Gill Scott; Xavier Monteys; Lorenzo Facchin; Roberto Romeo; Peter Coxon, Ice sheet extension to the Celtic Sea shelf edge at the Last Glacial Maximum, Quaternary Science Reviews, 111, 2015, p107 - 112 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Relict (fossil) pingos. Camaross, County Wexford. in, editor(s)McGlynn, G. and Stefanini, B. , The Quaternary of South East Ireland., London and Dublin, Quaternary Research Association and Irish Quaternary Association, 2015, pp100 - 105, [Coxon, P.] Book Chapter, 2015

Interglacial deposits in Cork Harbour. in, editor(s)McGlynn, G. and Stefanini, B. , The Quaternary of South East Ireland, London and Dublin, Quaternary Research Association and Irish Quaternary Association, 2015, pp147 - 157, [Coxon, P. and Dowling, L.] Book Chapter, 2015

Glacial sediments on Scattery Island and their deformation in, editor(s)Dalton, C. and O'Carroll,E. , Limerick and Shannon Estuary Region., Dublin, Field Guide Number 32. Irish Association for Quaternary Studies (IQUA), 2014, pp53 - 62, [Philcox, M. and Coxon, P.] Book Chapter, 2014

A Holocene pollen diagram from Lough Avullin, Clare Island, western Ireland in, editor(s)Donal Synnott , New Survey of Clare Island. Volume 7: Plants and Fungi, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 2013, pp1 - 27, [Coxon, P., Corcoran, R., Gibson, P. and McCarron, S. ] Book Chapter, 2013

Ceiridwen J. Edwards, Simon Y.W. Ho, Ross Barnett, Peter Coxon, Daniel G. Bradley, Tom C. Lord, Terry O'Connor, Continuity of brown bear maternal lineages in northern England through the Last-glacial period, Quaternary Science Reviews, 2013 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Ireland under Ice in, editor(s)Matthew Jebb and Colm Crowley , Secrets of the Irish Landscape, Cork, Cork University Press, 2013, pp20 - 27, [Peter Coxon] Book Chapter, 2013

Coxon, P., Mitchell, F.J.G. and Wyse Jackson, P.N., Wicklow in the Grip of an Ice Age, 1, Dublin, Irish Quaternary Association, 2012, i - 48pp Book, 2012

Ceiridwen J. Edwards, Marc A. Suchard, Philippe Lemey, John J. Welch, Ian Barnes, Tara L. Fulton, Ross Barnett, Tamsin C. O'Connell, Peter Coxon, Nigel Monaghan, Cristina E. Valdiosera, Eline D. Lorenzen, Eske Willerslev, Gennady F. Baryshnikov, Andrew Rambaut, Mark G. Thomas, Daniel G. Bradley and Beth Shapiro, Ancient Hybridization and an Irish Origin for the Modern Polar Bear Matriline, Current Biology, 21, (15), 2011, p1251 - 1258 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Journal of Quaternary Science, 25, 4, (2010), 395 - 603p, Rose, J and Coxon, P., [Editor] Journal, 2010

Rose, J and Coxon, P., The Quaternary of the British Isles and adjoining seas, Journal of Quaternary Science, 25, (4), 2010, p395 - 398 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Cenozoic: Tertiary and Quaternary (until 11,700 years before 2000) in, editor(s)Charles H. Holland & Ian S. Sanders , The Geology of Ireland (2nd Edition), Edinburgh, Dunedin Academic Press, 2009, pp355 - 396, [Coxon, P. and McCarron, S.G.] Book Chapter, 2009

Coxon, P, Landscapes and environments of the last glacial-interglacial transition: a time of amazingly rapid change in Ireland. , Special Supplement to The Irish Naturalists' Journal 2008, Special Issue, 2008, p45 - 61 Journal Article, 2008

Journal of Quaternary Science, 23, 4, (2008), 311 - 400p, Leng,M.J., Street-Perrott, F.A. and Barker,P.A., [Special Issues Editor] Journal, 2008

Journal of Quaternary Science, 21, 5, (2006), 421 - 584p, Nick Ashton, Simon G. Lewis, Chris Stringer , [Special Issue Editor] Journal, 2006

Journal of Quaternary Science, 21, 7, (2006), 679 - 801p, Turney,C. Kershaw, P and Lynch,A., [Special Issue editor] Journal, 2006

Phytogeography of Ireland, past & present in, editor(s)SJ Leach CN Page Y Peytoureau MN Sanford , Botanical Links in the Atlantic Arc, London, Botanical Society of the British Isles, 2006, pp31 - 39, [Waldren, S, Coxon, P. & Kingston, N.] Book Chapter, 2006

Light microscopy of fossil pollen and spores in, editor(s)Jones, T.P and Rowe, N.P. , Fossil Plants and Spores: modern techniques, Hefei, China, University of Science and Technology of China Press, 2005, pp51 - 54, [COXON, P. and CLAYTON, G.] Book Chapter, 2005

A2. Introduction: The Quaternary Geology of Central Western Ireland in, editor(s)Coxon,P. , The Quaternary of Central Western Ireland: Field Guide, London, Quaternary Research Association, 2005, pp7 - 24, [Farrell, A., McCarron, S. and Coxon, P. 2005. ] Book Chapter, 2005

Coxon,P. (ed), The Quaternary of Central Western Ireland: Field Guide, London, Quaternary Research Association, 2005, 1 - 220pp Book, 2005

Coxon, P., Quaternary studies in Ireland and the Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA), Quaternary Perspectives, 15, (1), 2005, p229 - 231 Journal Article, 2005

Site 2.4. Turloughs in south-east Mayo: Quaternary deposits and palaeohydrological implications in, editor(s)Coxon,P. , The Quaternary of Central Western Ireland: Field Guide, London, Quaternary Research Association, 2005, pp101 - 111, [Coxon, C.E. and Coxon,P. ] Book Chapter, 2005

Site 2.3. Pollnahallia: A Tertiary palaeosurface and a glimpse of Ireland's pre-Pleistocene landscape in, editor(s)Coxon,P. , The Quaternary of Central Western Ireland: Field Guide, London, Quaternary Research Association, 2005, pp79 - 100, [Coxon, P., McMorrow, S., Coxon, C.E. and Nolan,T. ] Book Chapter, 2005

Palynology, Selley, R.C., Cocks, L.R.M. and Plimer, I.R., Encyclopedia of Geology, Elsevier, 2005, pp464 - 469, [Coxon, P. and Clayton, G. ] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2005

Site 3.2. Quarry 1. Bóthar na Scrathóg. A Neogene palaeosurface in, editor(s)Coxon,P. , The Quaternary of Central Western Ireland: Field Guide, London, Quaternary Research Association, 2005, pp113 - 124, [Coxon,P.] Book Chapter, 2005

Chapman, M., Graham,J.R., Goodhue, R and Coxon, P., Prehistoric drainage diversion in the Monavullagh Mountains, Co.Cork, Decies. Journal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society, 61, 2005, p1 - 12 Journal Article, 2005

Spore and pollen biostratigraphy in, editor(s)Jones, T.P. and Rowe, N.P. , Fossil Plants and Spores: modern techniques, Hefei, China, University of Science and Technology of China Press, 2005, pp248 - 253, [CLAYTON, G. and COXON, P.] Book Chapter, 2005

Journal of Quaternary Science. Special Issue: Glacial Geology and Palaeoclimate Records, 20, 7-8, (2005), 621 - 843p, Coxon,P. and Rodbell,D., [eds.] Journal, 2005

Coxon, P., The late Tertiary landscapes of western Ireland, Irish Geography, 38, (2), 2005, p111 - 127 Journal Article, 2005

Pleistocene glaciations in Ireland in, editor(s)Ehlers, J. and Gibbard, P.L. , Quaternary Glaciations - Extent and Chronology, Holland, Elsevier, B.V., 2004, pp183 - 191, [Knight, J., Coxon, P., McCabe, A.M. and McCarron, S.G.] Book Chapter, 2004

Clague, J., Coxon, P., Avery, M., Chivas, A., Piotrowski, J., Rousseau, D.-D., Zisheng, A., , Revision of the geological time scale; Implications for the 'Quaternary', Quaternary Perspectives , 14, 2004, p124 - 125 Journal Article, 2004

Vaughan,A.P.M., Dowling,L.A., Mitchell,F.J.G., Lauritzen, S-E., McCabe,A.M. and Coxon,P. , Depositional and post-depositional history of warm stage deposits at Knocknacran, Co.Monaghan, Ireland: implications for preservation of Irish last interglacial deposits., Journal of Quaternary Science, 19, (6), 2004, p577 - 590 Journal Article, 2004

The making of the landscape. in, editor(s)Quirke,B. , Killarney National Park. A place to treasure, Cork, The Collins Press, 2001, pp15 - 30, [Thorn,R. and Coxon,P. ] Book Chapter, 2001

Dowling, L.A. and Coxon,P., Current understanding of Pleistocene temperate stages in Ireland., Quaternary Science Reviews, 20, 2001, p1631 - 1642 Journal Article, 2001

Coxon,P., Understanding Irish landscape evolution: Pollen assemblages from Neogene and Pleistocene palaeosurfaces in western Ireland., Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 101B, (1-2), 2001, p85 - 97 Journal Article, 2001

Cenozoic: Tertiary and Quaternary (until 10,000 years before present.) in, editor(s)Holland,C.H. , The Geology of Ireland, Edinburgh, Dunedin Academic Press, 2001, pp387 - 427, [Coxon,P.] Book Chapter, 2001

The Quaternary history of Clare Island. in, editor(s)Graham, J.R. , New Survey of Clare Island. Volume 2: Geology, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 2001, pp87 - 112, [Coxon,P.] Book Chapter, 2001

Mitchell,W.A. and Coxon,P. , Observations on the Quaternary geology of the Ladakh Range, Northwest Indian Himalaya., Earth Science Frontiers (China University of Beijing), 7, 2000, p49- Journal Article, 2000

Light microscopy of fossil pollen and spores in, editor(s)Jones, T.P. and Rowe, N.P. ( , Fossil plants and spores: modern techniques, London, Geological Society, 1999, pp47 - 51, [Coxon, P. and Clayton, G. ] Book Chapter, 1999

Spore and pollen biostratigraphy in, editor(s)Jones, T.P. and Rowe, N.P. , Fossil plants and spores: modern techniques, London, The Geological Society, 1999, pp225 - 229, [Clayton, G. and Coxon, P.] Book Chapter, 1999

Dowling, L.A., Sejrup, H.P., Coxon, P. and Heijnis, H., Palynology, aminostratigraphy, and U-series dating of marine Gortian Interglacial sediments in Cork Harbour, southern Ireland, Quaternary Science Reviews, 17, 1998, p945 - 962 Journal Article, 1998

A pre-Pliocene or Pliocene land surface in County Galway, Ireland in, editor(s)Widdowson, M. , Palaeosurfaces: Recognition, Reconstruction and Palaeoenvironmental Interpretation, London, Geological Society Special Publication No. 120, 1997, pp37 - 55, [Coxon, P. & Coxon, C.] Book Chapter, 1997

Coxon, C.E. & Coxon, P., Carbonate deposition in turloughs (seasonal lakes) on the western limestone lowlands of Ireland, II: The sedimentary record, Irish Geography, 27, (1), 1994, p28 - 35 Journal Article, 1994

The Yellow River (County Leitrim, Ireland) flash flood of June 1986 in, editor(s)Beven, K. & Carling, P. , Floods - Hydrological, Sedimentological and Geomorphological Implications, Wiley, 1989, pp199 - 217, [Coxon, P., Coxon, C.E. & Thorn, R.H.] Book Chapter, 1989

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Coxon, P., Clew Bay, Clare Island and Climate: the making of an ice age landscape, Evening Lecture, Westport Coast Hotel, 15 November, 2016, Westport Civic Trust Invited Talk, 2016

Coxon, P., Rapid and dramatic climate changes in the Quaternary: glacial-interglacial cycles in the last 2.6 million years, Climate change through geological time, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7, 3rd December, 2016, Ireland Branch: The Open University Geological Society Invited Talk, 2016

INQUA, XVIII INQUA-Congress, July 21st-27th 2011, In:Quaternary sciences - the view from the mountains, 2011, Bern, Switzerland, Peter Coxon (Chair), Flavio Anselmetti, Cecile Baeteman, Zhongli Ding, Hubertus Fischer, Gary Haynes, Sandy Harrison, Thorsten Kiefer, John Lowe, Ebbe Nielsen, Brad Pillans, Frank Preusser, Ashok Singhvi, Jim Teller and Willy Tinner Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2011 URL

Coxon, P., Mountain Geomorphology, Review of Mountain Geomorphology, by Philip N. Owens and Olav Slaymaker (eds) , The Holocene, 15, (4), 2005, p637-638 Review, 2005

Mc Carron, S.G., O'Loinsigh, T., and Coxon, P., Preliminary investigations into the Remote Sensing of Landslides in upland Ireland, 15th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloqium, Sligo IT, 2005 Invited Talk, 2005

Farrell, A. and Coxon,P., N25 Waterford By-pass: Sedimentological and Palaeoenvironmental Investigation of Wetland Area adjacent to Woodstown., Dublin, NRA, 2004 Report, 2004

Research Expertise

Description

Primarily my research interests are critical aspects of Quaternary geomorphology including the use of geomorphological mapping (glacial geology), mass-movements and failures in Quaternary sediments, reconstructing flood events, environmental archaeology, palynological techniques and geomorphology to analyse landscape change and to solve stratigraphical problems in Quaternary and Tertiary deposits. Much of this work has been published and I have an active research profile with projects under way. I have wide experience in the field of geomorphology, in particular glacial and periglacial geomorphology and landforms and sediments using field mapping, sedimentological and remote sensing techniques.

Projects

  • Title
    • Pleistocene biostratigraphy in Ireland
  • Summary
    • Elucidating organic sequences of Late- and Middle Pleistocene age using palaeoecology, dating and sedimentological analyses
  • Funding Agency
    • EU, TCD, FORBAIRT...
  • Date From
    • 1979
  • Date To
    • ongoing
  • Title
    • Flood/bog flow/landslide mass-movement reconstruction
  • Summary
    • Analysing high-magnitude/ low-frequency events such as flows in order to mitigate and plan for future occurences. Has included work in Ireland and the Himalaya (see publications)
  • Funding Agency
    • numerous
  • Date From
    • 1984
  • Date To
    • ongoing

Keywords

CLIMATE CHANGE; Earth Science; Earth Sciences for Climate Research; Earth Stratigraphy, Sedimentary Processes; Erosion; Geomorphology; Glacial sedimentology; Glaciology; Irish denudation chronology; Paleontology; Paleontology, Paleoecology; Quarternary science

Recognition

Awards and Honours

IQUA Frank Mitchell Award for excellence in research and teaching December 2011

Member Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) 2002

Fellow Trinity College Dublin (FTCD) 1992

Memberships

Member of the Quaternary Research Association (QRA) 1977

Member of the Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA) 1979


Last updated 8 June 2015 Geog@tcd.ie.