Brock University

Martin J. Head, PhD CGeol

Professor and Chair

Palynologist with an interest in dinoflagellate cysts and their application to: 1) late Cenozoic marine paleoenvironmental reconstruction, and 2) the petroleum industry.

Biography

Career History

  • 2008–present: Chair, Department of Earth Sciences.
  • 2005–present: Professor of Earth Sciences, Brock University; Senior Member of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge; and (since 2006) Full Professor (status only), University of Toronto.
  • 2002–2005: Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge; and Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge.
  • 1999–2002: Senior Research Associate, Godwin Institute for Quaternary Research, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge; and Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.
  • 1994–1995: Metcalf Fellow of Victoria College, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 1985–1999: Research Associate and Lecturer, Department of Geology, University of Toronto, Canada.

Qualifications

  • Chartered Geologist, The Geological Society, London
  • Ph.D. University of Aberdeen
  • B.Sc. Aston University

Visiting Appointments

  • Visiting Professor, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France (February, 2003).
  • Visiting Professor, Assuit University, Egypt (December 1996)

Teaching

  • ERSC 1F01 Planet Earth
  • ERSC 2P03 The History of the Earth
  • ERSC 3P10 Stratigraphy and Carbonate Sedimentology
  • ERSC 4P50 Petroleum Geology
  • ERSC 5P33 Stratigraphic Palynology

Research

Martin studies modern and fossil (especially late Cenozoic) marine dinoflagellate cysts for their intrinsic value in understanding the development of modern plankton, and for their utility in solving stratigraphic and palaeoecological problems. He maintains an association with the Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Group at the University of Cambridge.

Specific research interests and activities include

  • Palynology and the deep-sea record, particularly ODP Leg 105 (Baffin Bay and the Labrador Sea) and ODP Leg 144 (western Pacific) where he served as shipboard palynologist, and the North Atlantic DSDP Sites 603 and 610.
  • Eemian (last interglacial) dinoflagellates of the Baltic Sea, as part of the EC-Funded BALTEEM project.
  • Late Cenozoic dinoflagellates of the Black Sea, Mediterranean and Paratethys
  • High-latitude Cenozoic palynology (e.g. East Canadian Arctic, Spitsbergen, Alaska, Sakhalin Island: spores, pollen, dinoflagellates)
  • Plio-Pleistocene palynology (spores, pollen, dinoflagellates) of the southern North Sea basin
  • Dinoflagellate cyst record of the Early–Middle Pleistocene transition in the Mediterranean
  • Neogene dinoflagellates worldwide
  • Morphology, taxonomy and nomenclature of living and late Cenozoic dinoflagellates

Graduate student supervision and co-supervision

  • Stijn De Schepper (PhD, Wolfson College, Cambridge – graduated 2006)
  • Maria Papanikolaou (PhD, Wolfson College, Cambridge – graduated 2008)
  • Oliver Bazely (PhD, University of Cambridge)
  • Sarah Farquhar (PhD, Emmanuel College, Cambridge – graduated 2008)
  • Sebastien Joannin (PhD, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon 1, France)
  • Ali Soliman (PhD, Karl-Franzens Universität, Graz, Austria – graduated 2006)
  • Manuel Paez (MSc, Brock University)
  • Eva Fischer (MSc, Brock University)
  • Kamalpreet Sihra (MSc, Brock University)
  • Ida-Maria Jansson (PhD, University of Toronto)
  • Jan Hennissen (PhD, University of Toronto)

Publications

Books, memoirs and special issues (since 1992)

  • Head, M.J. and McCarthy, F.M.G. (eds.), in press. Special issue of the journal Palynology dedicated to the memory of Professor John H. Wrenn.
  • Head, M.J. and Gibbard, P.L. (eds.), 2005. Early–Middle Pleistocene transitions: the land–ocean evidence. Geological Society of London, Special Publication 247, p. 1–326.
  • Beaudoin, A.B. and Head, M.J. (eds.), 2004. The Palynology and Micropalaeontology of Boundaries. Geological Society, London, Special Publication, 230, pp. i–vii + 1–355.
  • Marret, F. and Zonneveld, K.A.F. with contributions from de Vernal., A., Edwards, L.E., Esper, O., Harland, R., Head, M.J., Matsuoka, K., Matthiessen, J., Rochon, A., Targarona, J., Turon, J.-L., and Vink, A., 2003. Atlas of modern organic-walled dinoflagellate cyst distribution. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 125: 1–200.
  • Head, M.J. and Beaudoin, A.B. (eds.), 2002. New frontiers and applications in palynology and micropaleontology: a Canadian perspective. Special issue of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 180(1–3): i + 1–251.
  • Rochon, A., de Vernal, A., Turon, J.-L., Matthiessen, J. and Head, M.J. 1999. Distribution of recent dinoflagellate cysts in surface sediments from the North Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas in relation to sea-surface paramaters. American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, Contributions Series, No. 35, pp. 1–152, including 42 text-figs., 14 pls., and 3 Appendices.
  • Head, M.J., 1993. Dinoflagellate cysts, sporomorphs, and other palynomorphs from the marine uppermost Pliocene St. Erth Beds, Cornwall, southwestern England. The Paleontological Society, Memoir 31: 1–62, 19 pls.
  • Head, M.J. and Wrenn, J.H. (eds.), 1992. Neogene and Quaternary Dinoflagellate Cysts and Acritarchs. American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists Foundation, College Station, Texas, 438 p., 78 pls.

Research Articles (since 1998):

  • De Schepper, S., and Head, M.J., in revision.  Pliocene and Pleistocene dinoflagellate cyst and acritarch zonation of DSDP Hole 610A, eastern North Atlantic.  Palynology.
  • De Schepper, S., Head, M.J., Groeneveld, J.  2009.  North Atlantic Current variability through marine isotope stage M2 (circa 3.3 Ma) during the mid-Pliocene.  Paleoceanography, 24: DOI: 10.1029/2008PA001725.
  • El Beialy, S.Y., Zobaa, M.K., Head, M.J., El Beshtawy, M.K., and El-Sheikh, H.A. In revision. Jurassic–Cretaceous Palynology, Palynofacies, and Petroleum Potential of the Sharib-1X and Ghoroud-1X wells, north Western Desert, Egypt.  Palynology.
  • Gibbard, P., and Head, M.J., in press. IUGS ratification of the Quaternary System/Period and the Pleistocene Series/Epoch with a base at 2.58 Ma. Quaternaire.
  • Soliman, A., Head, M.J., and Louwye, S.  In press.  Morphology and distribution of the Miocene dinoflagellate cyst Operculodinium? borgerholtense Louwye 2001, emend.  Palynology.
  • Popescu, S.-M., Dalesme, F., Jouannic, G., Escarguel, G., Head, M.J., Melinte-Dobrinescu, M.C., Sütö-Szentai, M., Bakrac, K., Clauzon, G., Suc, J.-P. In press. Galeacysta etrusca Corradini & Biffi 1988, dinoflagellate cyst marker of Paratethyan influxes into the Mediterranean Sea before and after the peak of the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Palynology.
  • Gibbard, P.L., Head, M.J., Walker, M.J.C. and the Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy, 2009.  Formal ratification of the Quaternary System/Period and the Pleistocene Series/Epoch with a base at 2.58 Ma.  Journal of Quaternary Science, 24: DOI: 10.1002/jqs.1338.
  • Gibbard, P., and Head, M.J., 2009.  The definition of the Quaternary System/Era and the Pleistocene Series/Epoch.  Quaternaire 20(2): 125–133.
  • Ghasemi-Nejad, E., Head, M.J., and Naderi, M., 2009.  Palynology and petroleum potential of the Kazhdumi Formation (Cretaceous: Albian–Cenomanian) in the South Pars field, northern Persian Gulf.  Marine and Petroleum Geology, 26: 805–816.
  • De Schepper, S., Head, M.J., and Louwye, S.  2009.  Pliocene dinoflagellate cyst stratigraphy, palaeoecology and sequence stratigraphy of the Tunnel-Canal Dock, Belgium.  Geological Magazine, 146 (1): 92–112.  Supplementary information available at: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?aid=2347572.
  • De Schepper, S. and Head, M.J., 2008. Age calibration of dinoflagellate cyst and acritarch events in the Pliocene–Pleistocene of the eastern North Atlantic (DSDP Hole 610A).  Stratigraphy 5(2): 137–161.
  • Ghasemi-Nejad, E., Head, M.J. & Zamani, M. 2008.  Dinoflagellate cysts from the Upper Triassic (Norian) of Northeastern Iran.  Journal of Micropalaeontology, 27: 125–134.
  • Head, M.J., Gibbard, P.L., and Salvador, A., 2008.  The Tertiary: a proposal for its formal definition.  Episodes 31(2): 248–250.
  • Head, M.J., Gibbard, P.L., and Salvador, A., 2008.  The Quaternary: its character and definition.  Episodes 31(2): 234–238.
  • Head, M.J., Pillans, B., and Farquhar, S., 2008.  The Early–Middle Pleistocene Transition: characterization and proposed guide for the defining boundary.  Episodes 31(2): 255–259.
  • De Schepper, S. and Head, M.J., 2008. New dinoflagellate cyst and acritarch taxa from the Pliocene and Pleistocene of the eastern North Atlantic (DSDP Site 610). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 6: 101–117.
  • Head, M.J., 2007. Last Interglacial (Eemian) hydrographic conditions in the southwestern Baltic Sea based on dinoflagellate cysts from Ristinge Klint, Denmark. Geological Magazine, 144: 987–1013.
  • Jiménez-Moreno, G., Head, M.J., and Harzhauser, M., 2006.  Early and Middle Miocene dinoflagellate cyst stratigraphy of the central Paratethys, central Europe.  Journal of Micropalaeontology, 25: 113–139.
  • Sorrel, P., Popescu, S.-M., Head, M.J., Suc, J.P., Klotz, S., and Oberhänsli, H., 2006.  Hydrographic development of the Aral Sea during the last 2000 years based on a quantitative analysis of dinoflagellate cysts.  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 234: 304–327.
  • Head, M.J., Lewis, J., and de Vernal, A., 2006. The cyst of the calcareous dinoflagellate Scrippsiella trifida: resolving the fossil record of its organic wall with that of Alexandrium tamarense. Journal of Paleontology, 80(1): 1–18.
  • Matthiessen, J., de Vernal, A., Head, M., Okolodkov, Y., Zonneveld, K., and Harland, R., 2005. Modern organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts in Arctic marine environments and their (paleo-) environmental significance. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 79: 3–51.
  • Head, M.J. and Gibbard, P.L., 2005. Early–Middle Pleistocene transitions: an overview and recommendation for the defining boundary. In: Head, M.J. and Gibbard, P.L. (eds.), Early–Middle Pleistocene transitions: the land–ocean evidence. Geological Society of London, Special Publication 247, p. 1–18.
  • Head, M.J., Seidenkrantz, M.-S., Janczyk-Kopikowa, Z., Marks, L., and Gibbard, P.L., 2005. Last Interglacial (Eemian) hydrographic conditions in the southeastern Baltic Sea, NE Europe, based on dinoflagellate cysts. Quaternary International, 130: 3–30.
  • Beaudoin, A.B., and Head, M.J., 2004. Drawing a line in the sand: identifying and characterizing boundaries in the geological record. In: Beaudoin, A.B. and Head, M.J. (eds.), The palynology and micropalaeontology of boundaries. Geological Society of London, Special Publication 230, 1–10.
  • Head, M.J., Riding, J.B., Eidvin, T., and Chadwick, R.A., 2004. Palynological and foraminiferal biostratigraphy of (Upper Pliocene) Nordland Group mudstones at Sleipner, northern North Sea. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 21: 277–297.
  • De Schepper, S., Head, M.J., and Louwye, S., 2004. New dinoflagellate cyst and incertae sedis taxa from the Pliocene of northern Belgium, southern North Sea Basin. Journal of Paleontology, 78: 625–644.
  • Louwye, S., Head, M.J., and De Schepper, S., 2004. Dinoflagellate cyst stratigraphy and palaeoecology of the Pliocene in northern Belgium, southern North Sea Basin. Geological Magazine, 141: 353–378.
  • Head, M.J., Borel, C.M., Guerstein, G. R., and Harland, R., 2003. The problematic aquatic palynomorph genus Cobricosphaeridium Harland & Sarjeant, 1970 emend., with new records from the Holocene of Argentina. Journal of Paleontology, 77: 1159–1181.
  • Head, M.J., 2003. Neogene occurrences of the marine acritarch genus Nannobarbophora Habib and Knapp, 1982 emend., and the new species N. gedlii. Journal of Paleontology 77: 382–385.
  • Head, M.J. and Norris, G. 2003. New species of dinoflagellate cysts and other palynomorphs from the late Neogene of the western North Atlantic, DSDP Hole 603C. Journal of Paleontology, 77:1–15.
  • Head, M.J., and Beaudoin, A. B. 2002. Palynology and micropaleontology in Canada -an introduction. In: Head, M.J. and Beaudoin, A.B. (eds.), New frontiers and applications in palynology and micropaleontology: a Canadian perspective. Special issue of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 180: 1–4.
  • Head, M.J. 2002. Echinidinium zonneveldiae sp. nov., a new dinoflagellate cyst from the Late Pleistocene of the Baltic region. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 21: 169–173.
  • Pospelova, V. and Head, M.J. 2002. Islandinium brevispinosum sp. nov. (Dinoflagellata), a new organic-walled dinoflagellate cyst from modern estuarine sediments of New England (USA). Journal of Phycology, 38: 593–601.
  • De Vernal, A., Henry, M., Matthiessen, J., Mudie, P.J., Rochon, A., Boessenkool, K.P., Eynaud, F., Grøsfjeld, K., Guiot, J., Hamel, D., Harland, R., Head, M.J., Kunz-Pirrung, M., Levac, E., Loucheur, V., Peyron, O., Pospelova, V., Radi, T., Turon, J.-L., and Voronina, E. 2001. Dinoflagellate cyst assemblages as tracers of sea-surface conditions in the northern North Atlantic, Arctic and sub-Arctic seas: the new 'n = 677' data base and its application for quantitative palaeoceanographic reconstruction. Journal of Quaternary Science, 16(7): 681–698.
  • Head, M.J., Harland, R., and Matthiessen, J. 2001. Cold marine indicators of the late Quaternary: the new dinoflagellate cyst genus Islandinium and related morphotypes. Journal of Quaternary Science, 16(7): 621–636, 3 pls.
  • Head, M.J. 2000. Geonettia waltonensis, a new goniodomacean dinoflagellate from the Pliocene of the North Atlantic region, and its evolutionary implications. Journal of Paleontology, 74(5): 812–827, 6 pls.
  • Riding, J.B., Head, M.J., and Moorlock, B.S.P. 2000. Sedimentary provenance of the Upper Pliocene Crag Group, Norfolk based on reworked palynomorphs from the Ludham Borehole. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, London, U.K., 111: 161–171, 1 pl.
  • Westphal, H., Head, M.J. and Munnecke, A. 2000. Differential diagenesis of rhythmic limestone alternations supported by palynological evidence. Journal of Sedimentary Research (Section A), 70(3): 715–725, 1 pl.
  • Westphal, H., Reijmer, J.J.G. and Head, M.J. 1999. Input and diagenesis on a carbonate slope (Bahamas): response to morphologic evolution of the carbonate platform and sea-level fluctuations. In P.M. Harris, A.H. Saller, and T. Simo (eds.), Advances in Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy: Application to reservoirs, outcrops and models. SEPM Special Publication 63. SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), p. 247–274.
  • Head, M.J., 1999. The Late Pliocene St. Erth Beds of Cornwall: a review of the palynology and reappraisal of the dinoflagellates. In: Scource, J. and Furze, M.F.A. (eds.), The Quaternary of West Cornwall. Field Guide, Quaternary Research Association, Durham, U.K., p. 88–92.
  • Head, M.J. and Nøhr-Hansen, H. 1999. The extant thermophilic dinoflagellate Tectatodinium pellitum (al. Tectatodinium rugulatum) from the Danian of Denmark. Journal of Paleontology, 73(4): 577–579, 1 text-fig., 1 pl.
  • Head, M.J. and Westphal, H. 1999. Palynology and paleoenvironments of a Pliocene carbonate platform: the Clino Core, Bahamas. Journal of Paleontology, 73(1): 1–25, 8 pls.
  • Fensome, R.A., Bujak, J., Dale, B., Davies, E.H., Dodge, J.D., Edwards, L.E., Harland, R., Head, M.J. and 7 others. 1998. Proposal to conserve the name Protoperidiniaceae against Congruentidiaceae, Diplopsalaceae and Kolkwitziellaceae (Dinophyceae). Taxon 47: 727–730.
  • Head, M.J. 1998c. Pollen and dinoflagellates from the Red Crag at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex: evidence for a mild climatic phase during the early late Pliocene of eastern England. Geological Magazine, 135: 803–817, 3 pls.
  • Head, M.J., 1998b. New goniodomacean dinoflagellates with a compound hypotractal archeopyle from the late Cenozoic: Capisocysta Warny and Wrenn, emend. Journal of Paleontology, 72(5): 797–809, 5 pls.
  • Head, M.J., 1998a. Marine environmental change in the Pliocene and early Pleistocene of eastern England: the dinoflagellate evidence reviewed. In T. Van Kolfschoten and P.L. Gibbard (eds.), The Dawn of the Quaternary. Mededelingen Nederlands Instituut voor Toegepaste Geowetenschappen TNO, 60: 199–225, 4 pls.

Recent talks and published conference abstracts (since 2000)

  • Fischer, E., Head, M.J., and Groeneveld, J., 2009.  Palynology and foraminiferal geochemistry of the Lower Pleistocene Olduvai Subchron (ca. 1.8 Ma) in DSDP Hole 603C, western North Atlantic.  AASP – The Palynological Society, 42nd Annual Meeting, September 27–30, Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S.A.
  • De Schepper, S., Head, M.J., and Groeneveld, J., 2009.  North Atlantic Current variability through Marine Isotope Stage MIS M2 (ca. 3.3 Ma).  Workshop on Pliocene Climate Change, 23–25 October, Bordeaux, France.
  • Head, M.J., De Schepper, S., and Groeneveld, J., 2009.  Unravelling the mysteries of Pliocene palaeoceanography in the North Atlantic using dinoflagellate cysts and geochemistry.  Dinoflagellate Tree of Life Minimeeting, May 28–29, Washington D.C.  Invited talk.
  • De Schepper, S., Head, M.J., and Groeneveld, J., 2009.  Pliocene stratigraphy and palaeoceanography of the eastern North Atlantic based on dinoflagellate cysts and geochemistry.  AGU, GAC etc. Joint Assembly: A Meeting of the Americas, Toronto, 24–27 May 09; Abstracts.
  • Head, M.J., 2009.  The Tertiary and Quaternary: their status, duration, and progress towards recognition as official chronostratigraphic units.  AGU, GAC etc. Joint Assembly: A Meeting of the Americas, Toronto, 24–27 May 09; Abstracts.
  • De Schepper, S., and Head, M.J., 2009.  New dinoflagellate cyst and acritarch taxa from the Pliocene and Pleistocene of the eastern North Atlantic.  International Workshop on Pacific Dinoflagellate Cysts: Morphology, Taxonomy, Distribution, and Ecology of Late Quaternary Dinoflagellate Cysts, 7–10 May, Victoria, Canada; Program and Abstracts, p. 11.
  • Radi, T., Head, M.J., Pospelova, V., Marret, F., de Vernal, A., Limoges, A., and Kielt, J.-F., 2009.  Dinoflagellate cysts in surface sediments from the northeast Pacific: ecological affinities and taxonomic considerations.  International Workshop on Pacific Dinoflagellate Cysts: Morphology, Taxonomy, Distribution, and Ecology of Late Quaternary Dinoflagellate Cysts, 7–10 May, Victoria, Canada; Program and Abstracts, p. 23.
  • Papanikolaou, M.D., and Head, M.J., 2009.  Indications of temporal water masses variability at the junction of Eastern and Western Mediterranean sub-basins (ODP Site 963) during the Middle Pleistocene Transition.  European Geosciences Union, General Assembly, 19–24 April, Vienna, Austria [Abstracts].
  • Papanikolaou, M.D., Triantaphyllou, M., Head, M.J., Platzman, E., and Gibbard, P., 2009.  Interplay between tectonics and eustasy on an uplifted Plio-Pleistocene marine sequence on Zakynthos island, Eastern Mediterranean.  European Geosciences Union, General Assembly, 19–24 April, Vienna, Austria [Abstracts].
  • De Schepper, S., Head, M.J., and Groeneveld, J., 2008.  North Atlantic Current variability through Marine Isotope Stage MIS M2 (ca. 3.3 Ma) during the warm mid-Pliocene.  Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, Workshop, Potsdam, February, 2009.
  • Paez, M., Head, M.J., and Westphal, H., 2008.  Long-term sea-level variations and diagenesis recorded on a Miocene subtropical carbonate platform as evidenced by palynological data, ODP Site 1007, Bahamas.  Joint Meeting of The Geological Society of America, 5–9 October, Houston TX.
  • El Beialy, S.Y., El Atfy, H.S., Head, M.J., El Khoriby, E.M., and Abu Zeid, R.H., 2008.  Palynology, palynofacies, paleoenvironments and organic geochemistry of the Upper Cretaceous in well GPTSW-7, north Western Desert, Egypt. Paleontological Society of Egypt. Abstracts of papers presented at the Eighth Annual Meeting, Cairo, Wednesday, April 9, 2008:p. 10–11.
  • Popescu, S.-M., Jimenez-Moreno, G., Bazeley, O., Boroi, S., Sorrel, P., Dalesme, F., Jouannic, G., Head, M.J., Klotz, S., Giosan, L., Lericollais, G., Ça?atay, N., and Suc, J.-P., 2008.  Mediterranean–Marmara–Black Sea connections during the last 20 ka.: palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in the context of global climate change and regional tectonic settings.  33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, 6–14 August.  Abstract on CD-ROM.
  • Head, M.J., Gibbard, P.L., and Salvador, A., 2008.  The Tertiary: a proposal for its formal definition.  33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, 6–14 August.  Abstract on CD-ROM.
  • Head, M.J., Gibbard, P.L., and Salvador, A., 2008.  The Quaternary: its character and definition.  33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, 6–14 August.  Abstract on CD-ROM.105.
  • Head, M.J., Pillans, B.,and Farquhar, S., 2008.  The Early–Middle Pleistocene Transition: characterization and proposed guide for the defining boundary.  33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, 6–14 August.  Abstract on CD-ROM.
  • Popescu, S.-M., Jimenez-Moreno, G., Bazeley, O., Boroi, S., Sorrel, P., Dalesme, F., Jouannic, G., Head, M.J., Klotz, S., Giosan, L., Lericollais, G., Ça?atay, N., and Suc, J.-P., 2008.  Mediterranean–Marmara–Black Sea connections during the last 20 k.a.: palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in the context of global climate change and regional tectonic settings.  Turkish Geological Congress, 26–28 March, Ankara, Turkey.
  • McCarthy, F.M.G., Krueger, A.M., Gregg, H.A., and Head, M.J., 2008.  Resting cysts of freshwater dinoflagellates in Severn Sound, Georgian Bay (North American Great Lakes): taxonomy, taphonomy, and paleolimnological applications.  Eighth International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates, Dino 8, Montreal, 4–8th May.
  • Fischer, E., and Head, M.J., 2008.  Late Pliocene dinoflagellate cysts from the Chillesford Church Pit, Suffolk, Eastern England.  Eighth International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates, Dino 8, Montreal, 4–8th May.
  • Soliman, A., Head, M.J., and Louwye, S., 2008.  Morphology and distribution of the Miocene dinoflagellate cyst Operculodinium? borgerholtense Louwye 2001, emend.  Eighth International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates, Dino 8, Montreal, 4–8th May.
  • De Schepper, S. and Head, M.J.  2008.  Another abstract, Canal tunnel or MIS M2– check with Stijn for title.  Eighth International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates, Dino 8, Montreal, 4–8th May.
  • De Schepper, S. and Head, M.J.  2008.  Stratigraphic utility of new dinoflagellate cysts and acritarchs from the Pliocene and Pleistocene of the eastern North Atlantic.  Eighth International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates, Dino 8, Montreal, 4–8th May.
  • Farquhar, S.A., and Head, M.J., 2008.  Lower Pliocene dinoflagellate cysts from the Rossello Composite Section, and their statistical analyses.  Eighth International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates, Dino 8, Montreal, 4–8th May.
  • Paez, M., Head, M.J., and Westphal, H., 2008.  Preliminary Miocene dinoflagellate cyst and acritarch biostratigraphy of a subtropical carbonate platform: ODP Site 1007, Bahamas.  Eighth International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates, Dino 8, Montreal, 4–8th May.
  • Popescu S.-M., Suc J.-P., Clauzon, G., Melinte-Dobrinescu, M.C., Escarguel, G., Quilévéré, F., Sîrbescu, M.-L.C., Dalesme, F., Jouannic, G., Head, M., Süto-Szentai, M., Bakrac, K., Mertens, K., Vercauteren, D., 2008.  Mediterranean–Paratethys connections before and after Messinian Salinity Crisis.  French–Romanian scientific workshop: What happened in southern Romania and Black Sea when the Mediterranean Sea desiccated 5.6 million years ago.  February 29th to March 1st, 2008, Bucharest, Romania.
  • Escarguel, G., Popescu, S.-M., Dalesme, F., Jouannic, G., Head, M., Melinte-Dobrinescu, M.C, Süto-Szentai, M., Bakrac, K., Clauzon, G., Suc, J.-P, Mertens, K., and Vercauteren, D., 2008.  Galeacysta etrusca complex, dinoflagellate cyst marker of Paratethyan influxes into Mediterranean Sea, before and after the peak of the Messinian Salinity Crisis.  French–Romanian scientific workshop: What happened in southern Romania and Black Sea when the Mediterranean Sea desiccated 5.6 million years ago.  February, 29th to March 1st, 2008, Bucharest, Romania.
  • De Schepper, S., Head, M.J., and Groeneveld, J., 2008.  Evidence for on/off switching of North Atlantic Current during the warm Middle Pliocene.  Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, Workshop, Hannover, February, 2008. [Winner of Best Poster Award].
  • El Beialy, S.Y., El Atfy, H.S., Head, M.J. El Khoriby, E.M., and Abu Zeid, R.H., 2008.  Palynology, palynofacies, paleoenvironments and organic geochemistry of the Upper Cretaceous in well GPTSW-7, north Western Desert, Egypt.  AAPG.
  • De Schepper, S., Head, M.J. and Groeneveld, J., 2007.  Sea-surface conditions in the eastern North Atlantic spanning Middle Pliocene Marine Isotope Stage M2 (c. 3.30 Ma).  Ninth International Conference on Paleoceanography, Shanghai, China, September, 2007.
  • Paez, M., Head, M.J., McCarthy, F.M.G., and Westphal, H., 2007.  Preliminary dinoflagellate cyst biostratigraphy of a Neogene subtropical carbonate platform: ODP Hole 1007C, Bahamas.  American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, Ann. Mtg. (Panama), September, 2007.
  • McCarthy, F.M.G., Gregg, H.A., and Head, M.J., 2007.  Resting cysts of freshwater dinoflagellates in Holocene sediments from Georgian Bay (North American Great Lakes).  American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, Ann. Mtg. (Panama), September, 2007.
  • Head, M.J., 2007.  Tracking the status and duration of the Quaternary – a resolution in sight?  CANQUA Annual Meeting, Carleton University, Ottawa, June, 2007.
  • Paez, M. and Head, M.J., 2007.  Neogene dinoflagellate cysts and palaeoenvironments from the low-latitude Americas.  Mapping the New Knowledges.  Graduate Student & Faculty Research Conference, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, April 10–11.  Program and Abstracts, p. 21.
  • Ghasemi-Nejad, E., Head, M.J., and Naderi, M., 2007.  Palynology, palynofacies and evaluation of petroleum potential in the Kazhdumi Formation (Albian), South Pars Field, northern Persian Gulf.  Mapping the New Knowledges.  Graduate Student & Faculty Research Conference, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, April 10–11.  Program and Abstracts, p. 15.
  • Head, M.J., 2007.  Petroleum in Canada.  Invited talk to the St. Catharines Public Library, Ontario, Canada.  February 15, 2007. [Reported in News@Niagara, vol. 37 (11), p. 6].
  • De Schepper, S. and Head, M.J., 2007.  Plio–Pleistocene dinoflagellate cyst biostratigraphy and palaeoecology of the eastern North Atlantic (DSDP Site 610, Rockall Trough).  Gemeinsames Kolloquium der DFG-Schwerpunkte: ICDP – International Continental Scientific Drilling Program – Deutschland und IODP - Integrated Ocean Drilling Program – Potsdam, Germany, March 19–21, 2007.
  • De Schepper, S., and Head, M.J., 2006.   Pliocene–Pleistocene dinoflagellate cyst biostratigraphy and palaeoecology of the eastern North Atlantic (Rockall Trough),  International Workshop on Dinoflagellates and their Cysts: Their Ecology and databases for Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions.  Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen, 10–12 November, 2006.
  • De Schepper, S., and Head, M.J., 2006.   New dinoflagellate cyst and acritarch taxa from the Pliocene and Pleistocene of the eastern North Atlantic (DSDP Site 610)  International Workshop on Dinoflagellates and their Cysts: Their Ecology and databases for Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions.  Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen, 10–12 November, 2006.
  • Head, M.J., 2006.  Marine palynology and evolution of the Baltic Sea during the Last Interglacial.  Invited talk, Palaeontological Society of Austria,  Karl-Franzens Universität, Graz, Austria, April, 2006.
  • Head, M. J., 2005. The (pen-)insularity of Scandinavia during the Last Interglacial. Niagara Peninsula Geological Society, 2005. (Invited talk).
  • Head, M. J., 2005. Hydrographic development of the Baltic Sea during the Last Interglacial. Quaternary Discussion Group, Godwin Institute for Quaternary Research, University of Cambridge, June 2005. (Invited talk).
  • Jiménez-Moreno, G., Head, M.J., and Harzhauser, M. 2005. Early and Middle Miocene dinoflagellate cyst stratigraphy of the Pannonian and Vienna Basins, central Europe. Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils. SEPM Conference, March, 6–11, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA. Program and Abstracts, p. 88.
  • De Schepper, S., and Head, M.J. 2005. Plio-Pleistocene dinoflagellates from DSDP Hole 610A, eastern North Atlantic, and biostratigraphic application to shallow marine environments. Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils. SEPM Conference, March, 6–11, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA. Program and Abstracts, p. 38.
  • Soliman, A., Head, M.J., and Piller, W., 2004. Palynology and dinoflagellate cyst stratigraphy of the Gharandal Group (Miocene), Kareem-30 borehole, Gulf of Suez, Egypt. 32 nd International Geological Congress, Florence, August 20–28, 2004.
  • Sorell, P., Popescu, S.-M., and Head, M.J., 2004. Hydrographic development of the Aral Sea during the past c. 1,500 yrs — preliminary results based on dinoflagellate cysts. 32 nd International Geological Congress, Florence, August 20–28, 2004.
  • Popescu, S.-M., Head, M.J., and Francois, L., 2004. Holocene Black Sea hydrography and vegetation history based on palynology. European Science Foundation, Assemblage Programme, Annual Meeting, Paris.
  • Popescu, S.-M., Boroi, S., Head, M.J., Caner, H., Lericolais, G., Ça∂atay, N., and Algan, O., 2004. A new chronology to Mediterranean-Black Sea connections during the last 14 ka BP. European Geological Union, General Assembly, Nice, France.
  • Sorell, P., Popescu, S.-M., and Head, M.J., 2004. Hydrographic development of the Aral Sea during the past c. 1,500 yrs — preliminary results based on dinoflagellate cysts. 32nd International Geological Congress, Florence, August 20–28, 2004.
  • Head, M.J., and Gibbard, P.L., 2004. Early-Middle Pleistocene transitions: a review of the land-ocean evidence. 32nd International Geological Congress, Florence, August 20–28, 2004.
  • Papanikolaou, M. and Head, M.J., 2004. Distribution of dinoflagellate cysts during the Early-Middle Pleistocene transition in the central Mediterranean Sea, ODP Site 963. 11th International Palynological Congress, Granada, Spain, July 4–9, 2004.
  • Soliman, A., Head, M.J., Piller, W. and El Beialy, S., 2004. Miocene dinoflagellate cysts from the Shukheir-1 borehole, Gulf of Suez, Egypt. 11th International Palynological Congress, Granada, Spain, July 4–9, 2004.
  • De Schepper, S., Head, M.J. and Louwye, S., 2004. New dinoflagellate cyst and incertae sedis taxa from the Pliocene of northern Belgium, southern North Sea Basin. 11th International Palynological Congress, Granada, Spain, July 4–9, 2004.
  • Soliman, A., Head, M.J., and Piller, W., 2004. Preliminary results on the Early-Middle Miocene dinoflagellate cysts, Gharandal Group, Gulf of Suez, Egypt. International Workshop on Dinoflagellate Cysts: promising markers of Mediterranean-Paratethys relationships, European Science Foundation, Eeden Programme, Université Claude Bernard-Lyon 1, France, April 17th, 2004.
  • Head, M.J., 2004. Dinoflagellate cysts of the Mediterranean region during the Late Cenozoic. International Workshop on Dinoflagellate Cysts: promising markers of Mediterranean-Paratethys relationships, European Science Foundation, Eeden Programme, Université Claude Bernard-Lyon 1, France, April 17th, 2004.
  • Popescu, S.-M., Head, M.J., and Lericollais, G., 2003. Holocene Black Sea environments according to palynology. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA.
  • Head, M.J., 2003. Dinoflagellate cysts and hydrography of the Baltic Sea during the Last Interglacial (Eemian, ca. 128–115 ka). American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, Annual Meeting, St. Catharines, Canada, October, 5–8.
  • De Schepper, S., Head, M.J. and Louwye, S., 2003. Pliocene dinoflagellates from Belgium: sequence stratigraphic interpretations and refined taxonomy. American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, Annual Meeting, St. Catharines, Canada, October, 5–8.
  • Head, M.J., 2003. Summary of dinoflagellate cyst research and closing remarks. Seventh International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates (Dino 7), September 21–25, Nagasaki, Japan. By invitation.
  • Head, M.J., 2003. Hydrographic development of the Baltic Sea during the Last Interglacial (ca. 130 ka) deduced from the dinoflagellate cyst record. Seventh International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates (Dino 7), September 21–25, Nagasaki, Japan. Invited lecture.
  • Louwye, S., Head, M.J. and De Schepper, S. 2003. Palaeoenvoronment and dinoflagellate cyst stratigraphy of the Pliocene in northern Belgium at the southern margin of the North Sea Basin. Invited lecture, Geologica Belgica Annual Meeting, Ghent, Belgium, 27th February.
  • Head, M.J., 2003. Dinoflagellates and their applications to late Cenozoic stratigrapy and palaeoecology. Invited lecture, Université Claude Bernard-Lyon 1, France; 26th February.
  • Head, M.J., 2003. Island Scandinavia: Eemian hydrography and the evidence from dinoflagellate cysts in the Baltic region. Invited lecture, Université Claude Bernard-Lyon 1, France; 19th February.
  • Head, M.J., and Louwye, S. 2002. Upper Cenozoic dinoflagellate cyst stratigraphy of the Southern North Sea Basin - a synthesis. AASP, TMS, NAMS Annual Meeting, University College London, September 12–15, 2002.
  • Louwye, S., Head, M.J. and De Schepper, S. 2002. Dinoflagellate cyst stratigraphy and palaeoenvironment of a shallow marine Pliocene sequence in northern Belgium (southern North Sea Basin). AASP, TMS, NAMS Annual Meeting, University College London, September 12–15, 2002.
  • Head, M.J.. 2002. Continental shelf deposits and subdivision of the Pleistocene. Invited talk at the INQUA Commission on Stratigraphy Workshop: the Subdivision of the Quaternary, July 13, 2002, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • Head, M.J.. 2002. Baltic dinoflagellates of the Last Interglacial. Invited talk at Workshop on Mid-latitude Dinoflagellates, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, April 29-May 3, 2002.
  • Head, M.J.. 2002. Dinoflagellates and hydrography of the Last Interglacial (Eemian) at Licze, Poland and Peski, Russia. Invited talk at the BALTEEM Annual Meeting, Tvärminne Zoological Station, Finland, March 15–19, 2002.
  • Head, M.J.. Gibbard, P.L., and Grøsfjeld, K. 2001. Dinoflagellates and hydrography of the last interglacial (Eemian, Mikulino) in the Baltic Sea-White Sea region. Abstract Volume, p. 79. Baltic Sea Science Congress. Stockholm University, November 25–29, 2001.
  • Head, M.J.. 2001. Dinoflagellates and hydrography of the SW Baltic during the last interglacial (Eemian, ca. 130 ka). Palynology Group Meeting, British Micropalaeontological Society, University of Sheffield, March, 2001.
  • Head, M.J.. 2001. Dinoflagellates and hydrography of the southwestern Baltic Sea during the Eemian (Last Interglacial). Invited talk. Goldsmidt Lecture Series. Geological Survey of Norway, Trondheim, March, 2001.
  • Head, M.J. and Gibbard, P., 2000. Dinoflagellates from the Last Interglacial (Eemian) of Ristinge Klint, Denmark: evidence for elevated temperatures in the southwestern Baltic Sea. British Micropalaeontological Society AGM, Poster Session, University College London, November 2000.
  • Head, M.J. and Norris, G., 2000. Pliocene of eastern England dated by North Atlantic dinoflagellate cyst stratigraphy. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Reno, Nevada, November 2000.
  • Head, M.J., 2000. Listening to cysts—dinoflagellates of the late Cenozoic. British Micropalaeontological Society AGM, Invited lecture, University College London, November 2000.
  • Head, M.J. and Norris, G., 2000. Pliocene dinoflagellate cyst stratigraphy of the western North Atlantic, and its applicability to shallow marine deposits of eastern England. GeoCanada 2000, Calgary, Alberta, May 29 - June 2 2000.
  • Head, M.J. and Gibbard, P., 2000. Marine dinoflagellates and palaeoenvironments of the Last Interglacial (Late Pleistocene, Eemian) at Ristinge Klint, southern Denmark. Geoscience 2000, Manchester, U.K, 17–20th April, 2000.
  • Head, M.J., 2000. Late Cenozoic dinoflagellates—new kids on the block. Quaternary Discussion Group, Godwin Institute for Quaternary Research, University of Cambridge, January 2000. (Invited talk).

Funding

  • NSERC discovery and equipment grants (2006–present)
  • NSF (named collaborator)
  • Imperial Oil (2009)

Activities

Internal Activities

  • 2008–present: Chair of Department.
  • 2006–present: Departmental Webmaster.

External Activities

International and National committees and editorial boards (current)

Selected past activities

Conferences, symposia and workshops (since 1998)

  • Instructor: Advanced course in Jurassic, Cretaceous, Cenozoic organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts: morphology, paleoecology and stratigraphy.  Urbino, Italy, July17–21, 2009.
  • Head, M.J., Munsterman, D.K., and Verreussel, R.M.C.H.  A one-day workshop on Neogene dinoflagellate cysts.  Held in conjunction with the Advanced course in Jurassic, Cretaceous, Cenozoic organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts: morphology, paleoecology and stratigraphy.  Urbino, Italy, July18, 2006.
  • Instructor: Advanced course in Jurassic, Cretaceous, Cenozoic organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts: morphology, paleoecology and stratigraphy.  Urbino, Italy, July13–17, 2006.
  • Member, Scientific Committee, Joint Meeting of The Micropaleontological Society and APLF, Muséum national d’histoire naturalle, Paris, 3–7 October, 2005.
  • Member, Scientific Committee for the 11th International Palynological Congress, Granada, Spain, July 4–9, 2004.
  • Head, M.J., Masure, E., and Fensome, R.A.: Co-convenors. Dinoflagellate cysts and dinoflagellate biology. 11th International Palynological Congress, Granada, Spain, July 4–9, 2004.
  • Head, M.J. and Gibbard, P.L.: Co-organisers. Early-Middle Pleistocene transitions:the land-ocean evidence. International Conference, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, April 4, 2003. (Sponsored by INQUA, QRA and the Godwin Institute for Quaternary Research.)
  • Beaudoin, A. and Head, M.J.: Co-convenors. The Palynology and Micropaleontology of Boundaries. Geological Association of Canada Joint Annual Meeting, Saskatoon, Saskachewan, May 26–29, 2002.
  • Head, M.J.: Course instructor. Late Cenozoic marine dinoflagellates. Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahîa Blanca, Argentina, September 3–7, 2001.
  • Beaudoin, A. and Head, M.J.: Co-convenors and co-chairs, Palynology and Micropaleontology in Canadian Geoscience: New Frontiers and Applications. GeoCanada 2000, Calgary, Alberta, May 29 - June 2 2000.
  • Head, M.J., Grøsfjeld, K., Poulsen N.E. and de Vernal, A. Co-organizers for the Fifth Workshop on Neogene Dinoflagellates. Held under the auspices of the 6th International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates, Trondheim, Norway, 1998