Dr Angela L. Coe

COE personalSenior Lecturer in Earth Sciences 

Email: Angela.Coe-8AT8-open.ac.uk

Phone: +44(0)1908 652161

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I'm a sedimentologist and stratigrapher with a particular interest in understanding palaeoenvironmental change, detecting past changes in sea-level and refining the geological timescale. My research focuses on:

  • the development and application of sequence stratigraphy to Jurassic strata
  • mudrock sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaeontology
  • investigating the causes and consequences of palaeoclimate change during the Toarcian (Early Jurassic) Oceanic Anoxic Event, Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum and mid-Miocene cooling.
  • development of new proxies for environmental change and the Jurassic geological timescale.

I manage and run a suite of laboratories for the preparation of sedimentary deposits for palaeontological and isotopic analyses.

PhD students

I currently supervise five PhD students (Adele Julier, Felicity Rhodes, Matthew Saker-Clark, Nick Loughlin, Carrie Walker and Julie Harrald). These research projects are all based on understanding palaeoclimate change and including using microfossils, cyclostratigraphy and developing new isotopic proxies.

All but one of my previous postgraduate students are working as Earth science academics/researchers or as geologists for the oil industry. I am always interested to hear from potential students, visitors and postdocs who want to come and do research in the field of sedimentology or stratigraphy. I have lots of experience to share as I was departmental postgraduate tutor from 1998 to 2012.

The closing date for PhD projects starting in October 2017 has passed but if you are interested in doing a PhD with me please do get in contact.

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach a broad range of Earth Science disciplines including: sedimentology, stratigraphy, palaeoclimatology, palaeontology, field skills, earth system science, basin analysis, geophysics and general geology. I have also contributed towards science communication.

The modules I teach on contribute towards the BSc in Natural Sciences and are included in the Earth Science pathway. The modules are as follows:

The Geological Record of Environmental Change (S369). Set up and authored 1/3 of the module, module team chair (2000-2016), Exam Board Chair (2002-2008).*

Practical Science: Earth and Environment (SXG288). Member of the core team that set up the module, module team chair (2009- ), topic team leader and author for Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils in the field as well as contributing to the topic Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks in the Field.

Earth Science (S209),  module currently in production. First presentation will be October 2014.

Geology (S276), author (2009- )

Earth processes (S309), Module Team Chair, author (2016-

Environmental Change: the record in the rocks (SXR369). Set up and authored the module, module team chair (2001-2011) however this module is no longer available. I also authored material and was a member of the module team for the following courses that are no longer available: S260 Geology, S268 Physical Resources and the Environment, S338 Sedimentary Processes and Basin Analysis. I have contributed towards S339 Understanding the continents, SXR260 The Geological History of the British Isles and S330 Oceanography.

Authored Textbooks

COE, A. L., ARGLES, T. W., ROTHERY, D. A. & SPICER, R. A. 2010. Geological Field Techniques (edited by: Angela L. Coe), Wiley-Blackwell and The Open University, 323pp. (ISBN 9781444330625) (GFT website and link to other resources)

COE, A. L., BOSENCE, D., CHURCH, K. D., FLINT, S. S., HOWELL, J. A. & WILSON, R. C. L. 2003. The Sedimentary Record of Sea-Level Change (edited by: Angela L. Coe). Cambridge University Press and The Open University, 288pp. (ISBN 978 0 521 53842 4) (SRSC website and link to resources)

Other positions/activities


  • D.Phil. (University of Oxford) on sequence stratigraphy of the Upper Jurassic in England
  • BSc. hons (University of Durham), Geology and Geophysics

Recent publications