Dr Steve Moreton

Left - NERC Radiocarbon Facility (East Kilbride)


Contact Details:

NERC Radiocarbon Facility (East Kilbride), Scottish Enterprise Technology Park, Rankine Avenue, East Kilbride, Scotland, G75 OQF, UNITED KINGDOM

Tel. direct +44 (0)1355 270025, general +44 (0)1355 260037, fax. +44 (0)1355 229829

Email address


Scientific support and joint Secretary to the NERC Radiocarbon Facility-Steering Committee

Research interests:

  • Marine sediments
  • High latitude palaeoenvironments
  • Tephrochronology
  • Marine reservoir corrections
  • Low temperature combustion for 14C


Trofimovs J, Talling PJ, Fisher JK, Sparks RSJ, Watt SFL, Hart MB, Smart C, Le Friant A, Cassidy M, Moreton SG, Leng MJ (2013) Timing, origin and emplacement dynamics of mass flows offshore of SE Montserrat in the last 110 ka: implications for landslide and tsunami hazards, eruption history, and volcanic island evolution. Gcubed 14(2): 385-406

Hillenbrand C-D, Kuhn G, Smith JA, Gohl K, Graham AGC, Larter RD, Klages JP, Downey R, Moreton SG, Forwick M, Vaughan DG (2013) Grounding-line retreat of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from inner Pine Island Bay Geology 41: 35-38

Douarin M, Elliot MMM, Noble S, Sinclair D, Henry L-A, Long D, Moreton S, Roberts M (2013) Growth of north-east Atlantic cold-water coral reefs and mounds during the Holocene: A high resolution U-series and 14C chronology. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 375: 176-187

Cassidy M, Trofimovs J, Palmer MR, Talling PJ, Watt SFL, Moreton SG, Taylor RN (2013) Timing and emplacement dynamics of newly recognised mass flow deposits at ~8-12 ka offshore Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat: how submarine stratigraphy can complement subaerial eruption histories. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 253: 1-14

Sterken M, Roberts SJ, Hodgson DA, Vyverman W, Balbo AL, Sabbe K, Moreton SG, Verleyen E (2012) Holocene glacial and climate history of Prince Gustav Channel, northeastern Antarctic Peninsula. Quaternary Science Reviews 31: 93-111

Smith DM, Zalasiewicz JA, Williams M, Wilkinson IP, Scarborough JS, Knight M, Sayer C, Redding M, Moreton SG (2012) The anatomy of a Fenland roddon: sedimentation and environmental change in a lowland Holocene tidal creek environment. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 59(2): 145-159

Limmer DR, Köhler CM, Hillier S, Moreton SG, Tabrez AR, Clift PD (2012) Chemical weathering and provenance evolution of Holocene-Recent sediments from the Western Indus Shelf, Northern Arabian Sea inferred from physical and mineralogical properties. Marine Geology 326-328: 101-115

Watcham E, Bentley MJ, Hodgson DA, Roberts SJ, Fretwell PT, Lloyd JM, Larter RD, Whitehouse PL, Leng MJ, Monien P, Moreton SG (2011) A New Holocene Relative Sea Level Curve For The South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Quaternary Science Review 30(21-22): 3152-3170

Smith JA, Hillenbrand C-D, Kuhn G, Larter RD, Graham AGC, Erhmann W, Moreton SG, Forwick M (2011) Deglacial history of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the western Amundsen Sea Embayment. Quaternary Science Review 30: 488-505

Roberts SJ, Hodgson DA, Sterken M, Whitehouse PL, Verleyen E, Vyverman W, Sabbe K, Balbo A, Bentley MJ, Moreton SG (2011) Geological constraints on glacio-isostatic adjustment models of relative sea-level change during deglaciation of Prince Gustav Channel, Antarctic Peninsula Quaternary Science Review 30: 3603-3617

Kilfeather AA, Ó Cofaigh C, Lloyd JM, Dowdeswell JA, Xu S, Moreton SG (2011) Ice stream retreat and ice shelf history in Marguerite Trough, Antarctic Peninsula: sedimentological and foraminiferal signatures. Geological Society of America Bulletin 123(5-6): 997-1015

Trofimovs J, Fisher JK, MacDonald HA, Talling PJ, Sparks RSJ, Hart MB, Smart CW, Boudon G, Deplus C, Komorowski J-C, Le Fraiant A, Moreton SG, Leng MJ (2010) Evidence for carbonate platform failure during rapid sea-level rise; ca 14 000 year old bioclastic flow deposits in the Lesser Antilles. Sedimentology 57: 735-759

Hillenbrand C-D, Smith JA, Kuhn G, Esper O, Gersonde R, Larter RD, Maher B, Moreton SG, Shimmield TM, Korte M (2010) Age assignment of a diatomaceous ooze deposited in the western Amundsen Sea Embayment after the Last Glacial Maximum. Journal of Quaternary Science 25(3): 280-295

Smith CL, Fairchild IJ, Spötl C, Frisia S, Borsato A, Moreton SG, Wynn PM (2009) Chronology-building using objective identification of annual signals in trace element profiles of stalagmites. Quaternary Geochronology 4: 11-21

Nelson AE, Smellie JL, Williams M, Moreton S (2008) Age, geographical distribution and taphonomy of an unusual occurrence of mummified crabeater seals on James Ross Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Science 20(5): 485-493

Hillenbrand C-D, Moreton SG, Caburlotto A, Pudsey CJ, Lucchi RG, Smellie JL, Benetti S, Grobe H, Hunt JB, Larter RD (2008) Volcanic time-markers for Marine Isotopic Stages 6 and 5 in Southern Ocean sediments and Antarctic ice cores: implications for tephra correlations between palaeoclimatic records. Quaternary Science Reviews 27: 518-540

Ivanochko TS, Ganeshram RS, Brummer G-JA, Ganssen GM, Jung SJA, Moreton SG, Kroon D (2005) Variations in Tropical convection as an amplifier of global climate change at the millennial scale. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 235(1-2): 302-314

Moreton SG, Rosqvist GC, Davies SJ, Bentley MJ (2004) Radiocarbon reservoir ages from freshwater lakes, South Georgia, Sub-Antarctic: Modern analogues from particulate organic matter and surface sediments. Radiocarbon 46(2): 621-626

Howe JA, Moreton SG, Morri C, Morris P (2003) Multibeam bathymetry and the depositional environments of Kongsfjorden and Krossfjorden, western Spitzbergen, Svalbard. Polar Research 22(2): 301-316

Pike J, Moreton SG, Allen CS (2001) Data report: Microfabric analysis of postglacial sediments from Palmer Deep, western Antarctic Peninsula. In: Barker PF, Camerlenghi A, Acton GD & Ramsay ATS (eds) Procedings of the ODP, Scientific Results 178. Ocean Drilling Program, College Station, Texas. p [online]

Pike J, Bernhard JM, Moreton SG, Butler IB (2001) Microbioirrigation of marine sediments in dysoxic environments:  Implications for early sediment fabric formation and diagenetic processes. Geology 29(10): 923-926

Moreton SG (2000) Quaternary tephrochronology of the Scotia Sea and Bellingshausen Sea, Antartica. In. Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education.

Moreton SG, Smellie JL (1998) Identification and correlation of distal tephra layers in deep-sea sediment cores, Scotia Sea, Antarctica. Journal of Glaciology 27: 285-289