Ronald Guthrie

Academic Profile

I previously studied for an MGeol in Earth Sciences at the University of St Andrews (2009-2014), where I developed an interest in systems palaeobiology. My master's project focussed on the stratigraphy and palaeoenvironment of the Great Oolite Group, which I presented at the 2014 EGU conference. My degree also allowed me the opportunity to undertake an industrial work placement within the UK oil and gas sector, where I furthered my interests in interdisciplinary methods across the Earth Sciences.
After graduating from St Andrews, I worked as Site Finder and later Project Manager for Castillium Ltd, a UK renewable energy company specialising in solar, before moving onto be Science Communications Officer at Understanding Animal Research, an animal research advocacy group based in London.

Current Research

My research interests focus on an interdisciplinary approach to sedimentology and geochemistry for the Late Devonian (Frasnian-Famennian) mass extinction. For my DPhil, I will be examining what role the evolution of terrestrial plants during the Devonian had on climate and, using geochemical proxies, how resulting increased nutrient cycling might have contributed to the mass extinction in anoxic oceans. This work will require an important fieldwork element in order to contextualise the samples I will be later be using for geochemical analysis.



Colson, A., Nicholson, D., Guthrie, R., Cooper, H. and McConnel, S. (2015) Canyons and Craters Science Report 2014, London, Royal Geographical Society, DOI: 10.13140/2.1.2756.6885, retrieved from []


Guthrie, R (2014, 30th April), The Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironment of the Bathonian "Great Oolite Group of Woodeaton Quarry, Oxfordshire Paper presented at European Geosciences Union: Mesozoic and Cenozoic Foraminifera: biostratigraphy, palaeoenvironments, palaeo/climats, palaeo/biogeography, phylogeny, Vienna, University of St Andrews, DOI: 10.13140/2.1.2066.5125, retrieved from []