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Dr Angela L Coe

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences
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Professional biography

Dr Angela L. Coe, Senior Lecturer in Earth sciences

I am an international expert in sedimentology and stratigraphy and have a particular interest in understanding palaeoclimate change, detecting past changes in sea-level and advancing our understanding of geological time. I have worked  for the Open University for over 20 years based at the main campus in Milton Keynes. Prior to this I was the Elf postdoctoral fellow at Durham University and studied for my D.Phil at Oxford University.

I am passionate about helping undergraduates and postgraduates to learn and develop new skills. I have been at the forefront of developing new methods for more effective education for over two decades. Most recently I devised and led a project on innovative methods of bringing the educators and students closer together in distance education so that students are better supported and more engaged. This has initated entirely new approaches to teaching across the university and several strategic univeristy projects. 

In 2018 I was presented with an Open University Teaching Award for Excellence in Innovation and I joined the University senior team to contribute my expertise in teaching. I am currently the employability lead for the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems and acdemic champion for Agile ways of working.

Current postions and service within the scientific community

  • Member of the Stratigraphy Commission, London
  • Secretary of the International Subcommission on Jurassic Stratigraphy
  • Member of the NERC Peer Review College
  • External examiner for University College, Cork

Past services to the community

  • Member of Council for the Geological Society
  • Chair of the Joint Committee for Palaeontology
  • Academic advisor for the successful bid to make the Dorset coast a World Heritage site.
  • Editorial Board for Geology,
  • Member of council of the Yorkshire Geological Society
  • External examiner for Luton University

Research interests

My research  focuses on sea-level change, the development and application of sequence stratigraphy and palaeoclimate change including de-oxygenation of the oceans. I currently have research projects in the following areas:

  • The environmental impact of global warming during the Toarcian (Early Jurassic) Oceanic Anoxic Event
  • Development of new geochemical proxies for oceanic de-oxygenation 
  • The causes and consequences of global cooling during the mid-Miocene
  • Oxfordian (Upper Jurassic) stratigraphy and cycles
  • Early Jurassic of Morocco
  • Tectonic versus climatic controls on Upper Jurassic mass-flow deposits in NE Scotland
  • Flora evolution and flora response to palaeoenvironmental change

I started the Palaeoenvironmental Change Research Group and oversee the running of a suite of laboratories for the preparation of sedimentary deposits for sedimentological, palaeontological and stable isotopic analyses.

Postgraduate and postdoctoral opportunities

I have a lot of experience of post graduate supervision through my own students and setting up and then serving as the postgraduate tutor for the department for over 10 years. I have a team of postgraduate students, and also host and mentor post doctoral researchers. I advertise new PhD projects each year.  Please do get in touch if you are interested in working with me as either a PhD student or a postdoctoral fellow. In the coming year I will have PhD projects on the following topics but also welcome other ideas:

  • Jurassic of Morocco
  • The effect of extreme climate change during the Jurassic on insects
  • Stratigraphy on Mars

All of my research students have gone on to successful careers in academia, the oil industry or teaching.

Teaching interests

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 contributed towards pedagogy, science communication, project work and led 8 course teams.

Current undergraduate modules

S309 Earth processes. Academic lead and core author of this level 3, 60 credit course on Earth processes. Through my leadership this innivative flagship course has developed and tested a brand new way of producing and presenting online modules at the Open University. The KPIs from the student survey are 7-15% higher than the average for the univeristy at level 3. The module is presented every year starting in October.

S209 Earth Science, author of material on sedimentology, sedimentary environments, home and field based project work, residential field work. Also led work on the learning outcomes and assessment strategy.  This module is presented every year starting in October.

Other recent undergraduate modules that have led and contributed to

S369 The Geological Record of Environmental Change.  Academic lead and author of 1/3 of the module.

SXG288 Practical Science: Earth and Environment. Academic lead and author for Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils in the field as well as contributing to the topic Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks in the Field.

Linked undergraduate qualifications: All of these modules contribute towards the BSc in Natural Sciences and are included in the Earth Science pathway. More information on our qualifications for current OU students can be found on the Qualification website.

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) (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) (Website and link to resources)

External collaborations

I have external collaborations with Professor Stephen Hesselbo (Univeristy of Exeter), Dr Graham Weedon (MET Office, Wallingford), Professor Andy Wheeler (Univeristy of Cork), Dr Bryony Caswell (Hull University) Professor Sarah Davies (Leicester University), Dr Wes Fraser (Oxford Brooks) and Dr Barry Lomax (Nottingham University).

I am currently collaborating with Professor Caroline Slomp (Utrect University, Holland), Dr William Gosling (Amsterdam University, Holland), Professor Jim Ogg (Purdue University, USA),  Dr Manuela Fehr (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland), Dr David Kemp (China University of Geosciences, Wuhun, China). Professor Dhirendra Pandey (Manipal Centre for Natural Sciences, Karnataka, India) and Ronny Schonberg (Tuebingen University, Germany).

Publications

The modern pollen-vegetation relationship of a tropical forest-savannah mosaic landscape, Ghana, West Africa (2018-07-03)
Julier, Adele C. M.; Jardine, Phillip E.; Adu-Bredu, Stephen; Coe, Angela L.; Duah-Gyamfi, Akwasi; Fraser, Wesley T.; Lomax, Barry H.; Malhi, Yavinder; Moore, Sam; Owusu-Afriyie, Kennedy and Gosling, William D.
Palynology, 42(3) (pp. 324-338)
Landscape-scale drivers of glacial ecosystem change in the montane forests of the eastern Andean flank, Ecuador (2018-01-01)
Loughlin, Nicholas J.D.; Gosling, William D.; Coe, Angela L.; Gulliver, Pauline; Mothes, Patricia and Montoya, Encarni
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 489 (pp. 198-208)
Polylepis woodland dynamics during the last 20,000 years (2018)
Valencia, Bryan G.; Bush, Mark B.; Coe, Angela L.; Orren, Elizabeth and Gosling, William D.
Journal of Biogeography, 45 (pp. 1019-1030)
Variability in modern pollen rain from moist and wet tropical forest plots in Ghana, West Africa (2018)
Julier, Adele C. M.; Jardine, Phillip E.; Adu-Bredu, Stephen; Coe, Angela L.; Fraser, Wesley T.; Lomax, Barry H.; Malhi, Yadvinder; Moore, Sam and Gosling, William D.
Grana ((Early Access))
Ocean circulation in the Toarcian (Early Jurassic), a key control on deoxygenation and carbon burial on the European Shelf (2018)
Ruvalcaba Baroni, Itzel; Pohl, Alexandre; van Helmond, Niels A. G. M.; Papadomanolaki, Nina M.; Coe, Angela L.; Cohen, Anthony S.; van de Schootbrugge, Bas; Donnadieu, Yannick and Slomp, Caroline P.
Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology ((Early Access))
Chemotaxonomy as a tool for interpreting the cryptic diversity of Poaceae pollen (2016-12)
Julier, Adele C. M.; Jardine, Phillip E.; Coe, Angela L.; Gosling, William D.; Lomax, Barry H. and Fraser, Wesley T.
Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 235 (pp. 140-147)
Drivers of ecosystem and climate change in tropical West Africa over the past ∼540 000 years (2016-10)
Miller, Charlotte S.; Gosling, William D.; Kemp, David B.; Coe, Angela L. and Gilmour, Iain
Journal of Quaternary Science, 31(7) (pp. 671-677)
Environmental controls on the distribution and diversity of lentic Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) across an altitudinal gradient in tropical South America (2016-01-18)
Matthews-Bird, Frazer; Gosling, William D.; Coe, Angela L.; Bush, Mark; Mayle, Francis E.; Axford, Yarrow and Brooks, Stephen J.
Ecology and Evolution, 6(1) (pp. 91-112)
Evidence for weathering and volcanism during the PETM from Arctic Ocean and Peri-Tethys osmium isotope records (2015-11-15)
Dickson, Alexander J.; Cohen, Anthony S.; Coe, Angela L.; Davies, Marc; Shcherbinina, Ekaterina A. and Gavrilov, Yuri O.
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 438 (pp. 300-307)
Continental margin molybdenum isotope signatures from the early Eocene (2014-10-15)
Dickson, Alexander J.; Cohen, Anthony S. and Coe, Angela L.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 404 (pp. 389-395)
Development of freeze-thaw processing technique for disaggregation of indurated mudrocks and enhanced recovery of calcareous microfossils (2014-09-01)
Kennedy, Alice E. and Coe, Angela L.
Journal of Micropalaeontology, 33(2) (pp. 193-203)
Extreme warming of tropical waters during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (2014-09)
Aze, T.; Pearson, P. N.; Dickson, A.J.; Badger, M.P.S.; Bown, P. R.; Pancost, R. D.; Gibbs, S. J.; Huber, B. T.; Leng, M. J.; Coe, A.L.; Cohen, A.S. and Foster, G. L.
Geology, 42(9) (pp. 739-742)
The impact of anoxia on pelagic macrofauna during the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event (Early Jurassic) (2014-09)
Caswell, Bryony A. and Coe, Angela L.
Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 125(4) (pp. 383-391)
The spread of marine anoxia on the northern Tethys margin during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (2014-06-14)
Dickson, Alexander J.; Rees-Owen, Rhian L.; März, Christian; Coe, Angela L.; Cohen, Anthony S.; Pancost, Richard D.; Taylor, Kyle and Shcherbinia, Ekaterina
Paleoceanography, 29(6) (pp. 471-488)
Primary productivity controls on opportunistic bivalves during Early Jurassic oceanic deoxygenation (2013-11)
Caswell, Bryony A. and Coe, Angela L.
Geology, 41(11) (pp. 1163-1166)
Osmium-isotope evidence for volcanism, weathering, and ocean mixing during the early Aptian OAE 1a (2012)
Bottini, Cinzia; Cohen, Anthony S.; Erba, Elisabetta; Jenkyns, Hugh C. and Coe, Angela L.
Geology, 40(7) (pp. 583-586)
Seawater oxygenation during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (2012)
Dickson, Alexander J.; Cohen, Anthony S. and Coe, Angela L.
Geology, 40(7) (pp. 639-642)
A high-resolution shallow marine record of the Toarcian (Early Jurassic) Oceanic Anoxic Event from the East Midlands Shelf, UK (2012)
Caswell, Bryony A. and Coe, Angela L.
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 365-6 (pp. 124-135)
Vegetation, climate and fire in the eastern Andes (Bolivia) during the last 18,000 years (2011-12-01)
Williams, Joseph J.; Gosling, William D.; Brooks, Stephen J.; Coe, Angela L. and Xu, Sheng
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 312(1-2) (pp. 115-126)
Four thousand years of environmental change and human activity in the Cochabamba Basin, Bolivia (2011-07)
Williams, Joseph J.; Gosling, William D.; Coe, Angela L.; Brooks, Stephen J. and Gulliver, Pauline
Quaternary Research, 76(1) (pp. 58-68)
Astronomical forcing and chronology of the early Toarcian (Early Jurassic) oceanic anoxic event in Yorkshire, UK (2011)
Kemp, David B.; Coe, Angela L.; Cohen, Anthony S. and Weedon, Graham P.
Paleoceanography, 26, Article PA4210(4)
Seawater redox variations during the deposition of the Kimmeridge Clay Formation, United Kindom (Upper Jurassic): evidence from molybdenum isotopes and trace metal ratios (2010-11)
Pearce, Christopher R.; Coe, Angela L. and Cohen, Anthony S.
Paleoceanography, 25, Article PA4213(4)
Oxfordian magnetostratigraphy of Britain and its correlation to Tethyan regions and Pacific marine magnetic anomalies (2010-01-31)
Ogg, James G.; Coe, Angela L.; Przybylski, Piotr A. and Wright, John K.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 289(3-4) (pp. 433-448)
Magnetostratigraphic correlation of the Oxfordian-Kimmeridgian boundary (2010-01-15)
Przybylski, Piotr A.; Ogg, James G.; Wierzbowski, Andrzej; Coe, Angela L.; Hounslow, Mark W.; Wright, John K.; Atrops, François and Settles, Erik
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 289(1-2) (pp. 256-272)
New range data for marine invertebrate species across the early Toarcian (Early Jurassic) mass extinction (2009-09)
Caswell, Bryony A.; Coe, Angela L. and Cohen, Anthony S.
Journal of the Geological Society, 166 (pp. 859-872)
Molybdenum isotope evidence for global ocean anoxia coupled with perturbations to the carbon cycle during the Early Jurassic (2008-03)
Pearce, Christopher R.; Cohen, Anthony S.; Coe, Angela L. and Burton, Kevin W.
Geology, 36(3) (pp. 231-234)
The Late Palaeocene-Early Eocene and Toarcian (Early Jurassic) carbon isotope excursions: a comparison of their time scales, associated environmental changes, causes and consequences (2007-12)
Cohen, Anthony S.; Coe, Angela L. and Kemp, David B.
Journal of the Geological Society, 164(6) (pp. 1093-1108)
A nonmarine record of eccentricity forcing through the Upper Triassic of southwest England and its correlation with the Newark Basin astronomically calibrated geomagnetic polarity time scale from North America (2007-11)
Kemp, David and Coe, Angela L.
Geology, 35(11) (pp. 991-994)
The impact of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province on climate and on the Sr- and Os-isotope evolution of seawater (2007-02-09)
Cohen, Anthony S. and Coe, Angela
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 244(1-4) (pp. 374-390)
Reply to letter from: Glowniak, E. & Wierzbowski, H. Comment on The mid-Oxfordian (Late Jurassic) positive carbon-isotope excursion recognized from fossil wood in the British Isles (2007)
Pearce, C. R.; Coe, A. L. and Hesselbo, S. P.
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 248(1-2) (pp. 252-254)
A potential stratotype for the Oxfordian/ Kimmeridgian boundary: Staffin Bay, Isle of Skye, UK (2006-09)
Wierzbowski, Andrzej; Coe, Angela L.; Hounslow, Mark W.; Matyja, Bronislaw A.; Ogg, James G.; Page, Kevin N.; Wierzbowski, Hubert and Wright, John K.
Volumina Jurassica, 4 (pp. 17-33)
Astronomical pacing of methane release in the Early Jurassic period (2005-09-15)
Kemp, David B.; Coe, Angela; Cohen, Anthony S. and Schwark, Lorenz
Nature, 437(7057) (pp. 396-399)
The mid-Oxfordian (Late Jurassic) positive carbon-isotope excursion recognised from fossil wood in the British Isles (2005-06-09)
Pearce, Christopher R.; Hesselbo, Stephen P. and Coe, Angela L.
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 221(3-4) (pp. 343-357)
What status for the Quaternary? (2005-02)
Gibbard, Philip L.; Smith, Alan G.; Zalasiewicz, Jan A.; Barry, Tiffany; Cantrill, David; Coe, Angela L.; Cope, John C. W.; Gale, Andrew S.; Gregory, F. John; Powell, John H.; Rawson, Peter F.; Stone, Philip and Waters, Colin N.
Boreas, 34(1) (pp. 1-6)
Osmium isotope evidence for the regulation of atmospheric CO2 by continental weathering (2004-02)
Cohen, Anthony S.; Coe, Angela L.; Harding, Stephen M. and Schwark, Lorenz
Geology, 32(2) (pp. 157-160)
Cyclostratigraphy, orbital tuning and inferred productivity for the type Kimmeridge Clay (Late Jurassic), Southern England (2004)
Weedon, G.P.; Coe, A.L. and Gallois, R.W.
Journal of the Geological Society, 161(4) (pp. 655-666)
New geochemical evidence for the onset of volcanism in the Central Atlantic magmatic province and environmental change at the Triassic-Jurassic boundary (2002-03)
Cohen, Anthony S. and Coe, Angela L.
Geology, 30(3) (pp. 267-270)
Integrated stratigraphy of the Kimmeridge Clay Formation (Upper Jurassic) based on exposures and boreholes in south Dorset, UK (2001-09)
Morgans-Bell, Helen S.; Coe, Angela L.; Hesselbo, Stephen P.; Jenkyns, Hugh C.; Weedon, Graham P.; Marshall, John E.A.; Tyson, Richard V. and Williams, Carolyn J.
Geological Magazine, 138(5) (pp. 511-539)
Astronomical calibration of the Jurassic time scale from cyclostratigraphy in British mudrock formations (1999-07-15)
Weedon, Graham P.; Jenkyns, Hugh C.; Coe, Angela L. and Hesselbo, Stephen P.
Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 357(1757) (pp. 1787-1813)
Precise Re–Os ages of organic-rich mudrocks and the Os isotope composition of Jurassic seawater (1999-04)
Cohen, Anthony S.; Coe, Angela L.; Bartlett, Jessica M. and Hawkesworth, Christopher J.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 167(3-4) (pp. 159-173)
Sequence stratigraphy of the Coniacian of the Anglo-Paris Basin (1999)
Grant, Simon F.; Coe, Angela L. and Armstrong, Howard A.
Geological Magazine, 136(1) (pp. 17-38)
Geological Field Techniques (2010)
Coe, Angela; Argles, Thomas; Rothery, David and Spicer, Robert
ISBN : 978-1-4443-3061-8 | Publisher : Wiley Blackwell in association with the OU | Published : Chichester
The Sedimentary record of sea-level change (2003-05)
Coe, Angela L.; Bosence, Dam W.J.; Church, Kevin D.; Flint, Stephen S.; Howell, John A. and Wilson, R. Chris L.
ISBN : 0 521 53842 4 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press and the Open University | Published : Cambridge, UK
Jurassic sequences of the Hebrides Basin, Isle of Skye, Scotland (2000)
Hesselbo, Stephen P. and Coe, Angela L.
In: Graham, J.R. and Ryan, A. eds. Field Trip Guidebook (pp. 41-58)
ISBN : 952106620 | Publisher : International Association of Sedimentologists | Published : Dublin
A comparison of the Oxfordian successions of Dorset, Oxfordshire and Yorkshire (1995-09-01)
Coe, A. L.
In: Taylor, P. D. ed. Field Geology of the British Jurassic. GSL Miscellaneous Titles (pp. 151-172)
ISBN : 1897799411 | Publisher : The Geological Society, London | Published : London, U.K.
Making the Production of Learning at Scale more Open and Flexible (2016)
Papathoma, Tina; Ferguson, Rebecca; Littlejohn, Allison and Coe, Angela
In : Learning at Scale 2016 (25-26 Apr 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland) (pp. 273-276)
Mo-isotopes as tracers of Cretaceous ocean anoxia (2011)
Izon, G.; Cohen, A.; Coe, A.; Poulton, S. and Wagner, T.
In : Goldschmidt Conference 2011 (14-19 Aug 2011, Prague, Czech Republic)
A marine Mo-isotope record across OAE1a (2010)
Izon, Gareth; Cohen, Anthony and Coe, Angela
In : American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2010. (13-17 Dec 2010, San Francisco)
Driving Disruptive Innovation: Analysis of changes in Professional Practice through the production of an OU module (S309) (2015-09-01)
Littlejohn, Allison; Papathoma, Tina; Smidt, Samantha; Jelfs, Anne; Bridgman, Sarah and Coe, Angela
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