Dr Nigel Woodcock

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College positions
Emeritus Fellow
University positions
Emeritus Reader in Earth Sciences
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I am now retired from over 30 years as Director of Studies in Earth Science in Clare, but still have active research interests in the subject. My 180 publications have mostly dealt with how marine sedimentary rocks are deposited and how they get deformed by tectonic forces in the shallower levels of Earth’s crust. My raw data have come from field work predominantly in Wales, northwest England and the Isle of Man, but also in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Oman. Since retiring from my University post, I have focused my field work efforts closer to home – on the building stones of Cambridge and surrounding medieval churches – in order to quantify the history of use of each stone type.

Aside from Earth Sciences, my main contribution to college life has been as President and Senior Treasurer of Clare Boat Club since the year 2000. This is a job that I relish. It allows me to get to know not only some of the hundred or so Clare student who row each year but also many of the hundreds of Boat Club alumni who loyally continue to support the club.

Further Information

Recent publications

Woodcock, N.H. and Furness, E.N. 2021. Quantifying the history of building-stone use in a heritage city; Cambridge, UK, 1040-2020. Geoheritage, 13, 12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12371-021-00536-0

Strachan, R.A. and Woodcock, N.H. 2021. The tectonic pattern of Britain and Ireland. in Alderton, D. and Elias, S. A. (eds). Encyclopedia of Geology, 4, 328–337.

Hounslow, M.W., Harris, S., Wójcik, K., Nawrocki, J., Ratcliffe, K., Woodcock, N.H., Channell, J.E.T., Montgomery, P. 2021. A geomagnetic polarity stratigraphy for the Middle and Upper Ordovician. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2021.110225.

Hounslow, M.W., Harris, S., Wójcik, K., Nawrocki, J., Woodcock, N.H., Ratcliffe, K. and Montgomery, P. 2021. Geomagnetic polarity during the Early Silurian: the first magnetostratigraphy of the Llandovery. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2021.110245

Woodcock, N.H., Soper, N.J. & Miles, A.J. 2018. Age of the Acadian deformation and Devonian granites in northern England reviewed. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society.62, 238-253 https://doi.org/10.1144/pygs2018-009

Gladstone, C., McClelland, H.L.O., Woodcock, N.H., Pritchard, D. & Hunt, J. 2018. The formation of convolute lamination in mud-rich turbidites. Sedimentology, 65, 1800–1825, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sed.12447.

Miles, A.J. & Woodcock, N.H. 2018. A combined geochronological approach to investigating long lived granite magmatism: the Shap granite, UK. Lithos, 304–307, 254–257. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2018.02.012164.

Ault, A.K., Frenzel, M., Reiners, P.W., Woodcock, N.H. & Thomson, S.N. 2016. Hematite (U-Th)/He and apatite fission-track dating record paleofluid circulation in faults: an example from Gower Peninsula fissure fills, Wales. Lithosphere 8, 379-385.

Copley, A.C. & Woodcock, N.H. 2016. Estimates of fault rheology from the Variscan foreland of the northern UK. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 451, 108-113.

Miles, A.J., Woodcock, N.H. & Hawkesworth, C.J. 2016. Tectonic controls on post-subduction granite genesis and emplacement: the late Caledonian suite of Britain and Ireland. .Gondwana Research 39, 250-260

Thomas, C. W. & Woodcock, N. H. 2015 The kinematic linkage of the Dent, Craven and related faults of Northern England. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. 60, 258-274.