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James Wheeley is a conodont micropalaeontologist and carbonate sedimentologist addressing deep time (Palaeozoic) palaeoclimatic and palaeoecological problems with stable and radiogenic isotopes.

Dr Wheeley welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral researchers in his areas of interest.


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James completed his initial teacher training at the University of Gloucestershire in Geography (2006-2007). He completed his PhD on Ordovician limestones of Jämtland, Sweden, at Cardiff University in 2006 having previously studied for an MSc in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol (2001-2002). His undergraduate degree is in Geology (University of Durham; 1997-2000). James joined the School as a Teaching Fellow in 2007 and in 2012 was appointed to a Lectureship in Sedimentary Geology. He was awarded his Senior Lectureship in 2016. James is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.


  • PhD Carbonate Sedimentology (Cardiff University 2007)
  • MSc (with Commendation) Palaeobiology (University of Bristol 2002)
  • BSc (Hons) Geology (University of Durham 2000)

Research interests

Current research focuses on elucidating conodont oxygen isotopes for seawater palaeotemperature, palaeoclimate and palaeoecological reconstruction.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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