Dr Alan Owen

  • Honorary Research Fellow (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)

telephone: 01413305461
email: Alan.Owen@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Having taken (slightly early) retirement, I am now able to concentrate much more on my research than has been possible in recent years.

My wide research expertise encompasses palaeontology (from alpha taxonomy to biodiversity change), palaeobiogeography, Caledonide terrane evolution, stratigraphy and sedimentary geochemistry. This has enabled me to address a wide spectrum of palaeobiological and geological problems and has resulted in 118 published papers and books. I am an editor of the international palaeontological journal Lethaia and a former voting member of the International Subcommission on the Ordovician System and an ex Vice President of the Palaeontological Association. More locally, I am a member of the Fossil Grove Advisory Group and a former President of the Glasgow Geological Society. 

My research falls under four broad themes:

Ordovician-Silurian Biodiversity change

  • Regional biodiversity change at the clade and community level and its implications for understanding the global patterns.
  • The significance of Ordovician deep water and island faunas to understanding biogeographical and evolutionary patterns. Collaborator: Prof David Harper (University of Durham). 

I am a participant in International Geoscience Programme Project 653 "The Onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversity Evernt" was one of the leaders of the highly successful IGCP 503 "Ordovician Palaeogeography & Palaeoclimate" (2004-2009) (http://sarv.gi.ee/igcp503/) which involved over 260 scientists in 35 countries and sought to understand the environmental factors that promoted the Ordovician biodiversification, the end-Ordovician mass extinction and the early Silurian radiation. The project was graded Excellent by the IGCP Board. In addition to my own research contributions to the project, I organised one of the annual meetings and edited Special Issues of the international journals Lethaia and (with Thomas Servais) Palaeo3 comprising papers arising from the project.

Ordovician Biogeography and Caledonide Terrane Evolution

This work provides vital constraints on the recognition and plate tectonic histories of terranes in and around the Iapetus Ocean and on the faults presently bounding them. Current work includes:

  • Biogeography, palaeoecology and taxonomy of faunas from the Leinster terrane and the complex mosaic of terranes in the Iapetus suture zone. Principal collaborators: Drs Mike Romano (University of Sheffield) and Matthew Parkes (National Museum of Ireland), Prof. Dave Harper (University of Durham).
  • Composition, ecology and diversity of faunas in the Girvan area, Midland Valley terrane and in Ordovician limestone clasts in the Midland Valley and Southern Upland terranes. Principal collaborators: Prof Euan Clarkson (University of Edinburgh) & Prof. Dave Harper (University of Durham).

Trilobite Taxonomy, Biology and Evolution

In addition to systematic palaeontology associated with biodiversity, biogeographical and stratigraphical programmes, I am currently engaged in the following projects on trilobites:

  • Structure, chemistry, function and biomineralisation of calcite lenses in the eyes of trilobites and other invertebrates. Collaborators Prof. Martin Lee (University of Glasgow), Dr Clare Torney (Historic Scotland) and Prof. Robert Martin (University of Strathclyde).
  • The fauna of the Slade and Redhill Formation, South Wales. Collaborators Mr Patrick McDermott (Carmarthen) & Dr Lucy McCobb (National Museum of Wales, Cardiff).
  • A deep water trilobite species from the uppermost Ordovician of the Southern Upland terrane. Collaborator Dr Keith Ingham (University of Glasgow).
  • Trilobite abnormalities, injuries and diseases in upper Ordovician trilobites from South Wales. Collaborator Mr Patrick McDermott.

Carboniferous palaeoecology – numerical ("statistical") discrimination of faunal associations; biodiversity patterns.

Collaborators Mr Mark Dean (formerly BGS). Dr Alistair McGowan (Edinburgh), Mr Craig Dooris.


Grants

Owen, A. W. 2008. Biodiversity in the Chaetetes-Band: statistical discrimination £5,375 (British Geological Survey University Funding Initiative).

Owen, A. W. 2008. Biodiversity in the Chaetetes-Band: statistical discrimination £5,375 (British Geological Survey University Funding Initiative).

Owen, A. and Lee, M. 2007-2010. Mineral eyes - lessons from the natural world, £63,000 (The Leverhulme Trust). Co-investigator: Professor Robert Martin (Physics, University of Strathclyde)

Owen, A. W. 2004. Carboniferous palaeontology: statistical discrimination - extension, £2,023 (British Geological Survey).

Owen, A. W. 2003-2004. Carboniferous palaeontology: statistical discrimination £1,767 (British Geological Survey).

Owen, A. W. 2003. The composition and significance of a recovery fauna following the End Ordovician mass extinction £2,260 (EU/COBICE [Copenhagen Biosystematics Centre]).

Owen, A. W. 1998-2001. Biodiversity Change in the Ordovician of the British Isles £107,806 (NERC GR3/11834).

Owen, A. W. 1997-1999. Biostratigraphy, provinciality and geothermometry of limestone clasts in conglomerates from the Midland Valley, Scotland £13,952 (NERC GR9/2834). Co-Investigator: H. A. Armstrong (University of Durham).

Owen, A. and Lee, M. 2007-2010. Mineral eyes - lessons from the natural world, £63,000 (The Leverhulme Trust). Co-investigator: Professor Robert Martin (Physics, University of Strathclyde)

Owen, A. W. 2004. Carboniferous palaeontology: statistical discrimination - extension, £2,023 (British Geological Survey).


Teaching

 




Additional information

I have been the External Examiner on the BSc Geology and similar degrees at University College Cork and at the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff. I have been an PhD examiner / opponent at the Universites of Birmingham, Oxford, Oslo, Tromsø, Lund, Uppsala and Tallinn.


All publications

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2018

McCobb, L. M.E., McDermott, P. D. and Owen, A. W. (2018) The taphonomy of a trilobite fauna from an uppermost Katian echinoderm Lagerstätte in South West Wales. Lethaia, (doi:10.1111/let.12265) (Early Online Publication)

Bennett, C. E. et al. (2018) Oxygen isotope analysis of the eyes of pelagic trilobites: testing the application of sea temperature proxies for the Ordovician. Gondwana Research, 57, pp. 157-169. (doi:10.1016/j.gr.2018.01.006)

2014

Torney, C., Lee, M. R. and Owen, A. W. (2014) Microstructure and growth of the lenses of schizochroal trilobite eyes. Palaeontology, 57(4), pp. 783-799. (doi:10.1111/pala.12088)

2012

Owen, A.W. and Bruton, D.L. (2012) The only known cyclopygid–‘atheloptic’ trilobite fauna from North America: the upper Ordovician fauna of the Pyle Mountain Argillite and its palaeoenvironmental significance. Geological Magazine, 149(6), pp. 964-988. (doi:10.1017/S0016756812000015)

Lee, M. , Torney, C. and Owen, A.W. (2012) Biomineralisation in the Palaeozoic oceans: evidence for simultaneous crystallisation of high and low magnesium calcite by phacopine trilobites. Chemical Geology, 314-17, pp. 33-44. (doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.04.033)

2011

Harper, D.A.T., Li, J., Munnecke, A., Owen, A.W., Servais, T. and Sheehan, P.M. (2011) Concluding IGCP 503: towards a holistic view of ordovician and silurian earth systems. Episodes, 34(1), pp. 32-38.

Owen, A.W. and Romano, M. (2011) Deep shelf trilobite biofacies from the upper Katian (Upper Ordovician) of the Grangegeeth Terrane, eastern Ireland. Geological Journal, 46(5), pp. 416-426. (doi:10.1002/gj.1280)

2010

Dean, M.T., Owen, A., Bowdler-Hicks, A. and Akhurst, M.C. (2010) Trophic structure and spatial distribution of macrofaunas in the Hurlet and Index limestones (Carboniferous: upper Viséan and lower Serpukhovian) of Ayrshire, Scotland. Scottish Journal of Geology, 46(2), pp. 169-180. (doi:10.1144/0036-9276/01-417)

Servais, T. and Owen, A. (2010) Early Palaeozoic Palaeoenvironments and the ‘explosion’ of diversity in marine species, genera and families. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 29(3-4), pp. 95-98. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.05.044)

Servais, T., Owen, A., Harper, D.A.T., Kroeger, B. and Munnecke, A. (2010) The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE): the palaeoecological dimension. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 294(3-4), pp. 99-119. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.05.031)

Dean, M.T., Owen, A., Bowdler-Hicks, A. and Akhurst, M. (2010) Discriminating faunal assemblages and their palaeoecology based on museum collections: the Carboniferous Hurlet and Index limestones of western Scotland, UK. Scottish Journal of Geology, 46(1), pp. 45-57.

2009

Armstrong, H.A., Baldini, J., Challands, T.J., Gröcke, D.R. and Owen, A.W. (2009) Response of the inter-tropical convergence zone to Southern Hemisphere cooling during upper ordovician glaciation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 284(3-4), pp. 227-236. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2009.10.001)

Servais, T., Harper, D.A.T., Munnecke, A., Owen, A.W. and Sheehan, P.M. (2009) Understanding the great ordovician biodiversification event (GOBE): influences of paleogeography, paleoclimate, or paleoecology. GSA Today, 19(4), pp. 4-10. (doi:10.1130/GSATG37A.1)

Challands, T.J., Armstrong, H.A., Maloney, D.P., Davies, J.R., Wilson, D. and Owen, A.W. (2009) Organic-carbon deposition and coastal upwelling at mid-latitude during the Upper Ordovician (Late Katian): a case study from the Welsh Basin, UK. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 273(3-4), pp. 395-410. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2008.10.004)

Harper, D.A.T., Owen, A.W. and Bruton, D.L. (2009) Ordovician life around the Celtic fringes: diversifications, extinctions and migrations of brachiopod and trilobite faunas at middle latitudes. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 325, pp. 157-170. (doi:10.1144/SP325.8)

2008

Owen, A.W., Harper, D.A.T. and Heath, R.A. (2008) A route to recovery: the early Silurian shallow-water shelly fauna in the northern Oslo basin. Lethaia, 41(2), pp. 173-184. (doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.2008.00109.x)

Stewart, S.E. and Owen, A.W. (2008) Probing the deep shelf: a Lagerstätte from the upper ordovician of Girvan, southwestern Scotland. Lethaia, 41(2), pp. 139-146. (doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.2008.00117.x)

Owen, A.W. and Bruton, D.L. (2008) The environmental significance and fate of the trilobite fauna of the Pyle Mountain Argillite (upper ordovician), Maine. In: Rábano, I., Gozalo Gutiérrez, R. and García-Bellido, D. (eds.) Advances in Trilobite Research. Series: Publicaciones del Instituto Geológico y Minero de España. Serie Cuadernos del Museo Geominero (9). Instituto Geológico y Minero de España: Madrid, Spain, pp. 283-287. ISBN 9788478407590

Torney, C., Lee, M.R. and Owen, A.W. (2008) Peering into the eyes of trilobites using EBSD. In: Rollett, A.D. (ed.) Materials processing and texture : a collection of papers presented at the 15th International Conference on Textures of Materials (ICOTOM 15) June 1-6, 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hoboken. ISBN 9780470408346

Torney, C., Lee, M.R. and Owen, A.W. (2008) An electron backscatter diffraction study of geesops: a broader view of trilobite vision? In: Fourth International Trilobite Conference, Toledo, Spain, 16 - 24th June 2008,

2007

Lee, M. , Torney, C. and Owen, A. (2007) Magnesium-rich intralensar structures in schizochroal trilobite eyes. Palaeontology, 50, pp. 1031-1037. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2007.00710.x)

Owen, A. (2007) The last hurray for the Trinucleidae (Trilobita). Acta Palaeontologica Sinica, 46(supp), pp. 364-369.

Owen, A. (2007) Trilobite diversity in Avalonia prior to the end Ordovician extinction - the peak before the trough. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 245, pp. 264-271. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2006.02.024)

2003

Owen, A. and McCormick, T. (2003) Ordovician trilobite biodiversity change in the Anglo-Welsh sector of Avalonia: A comparison of regional and global patterns. Trilobites and their Relatives, pp. 271-280.

2002

Armstrong, H. and Owen, A. (2002) Euconodont paleobiogeography and the closure of the Iapetus Ocean. Geology, 30, pp. 1091-1094.

Bowdler-Hicks, A., Ingham, J. and Owen, A. (2002) The taxonomy and stratigraphical significance of the Anglo-Welsh Cryptolithinae (Trinucleidae, Trilobita). Palaeontology, 45, pp. 1075-1105.

Owen, A. (2002) Euconodont diversity changes in a cooling and closing Iapetus Ocean. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 194, pp. 85-98.

2001

Armstrong, H. and Owen, A. (2001) Terrane evolution of the paratectonic Caledonides of northern Britain. Journal of the Geological Society, 158, pp. 475-486.

Armstrong, H.A. and Owen, A.W. (2001) Terrane evolution of the paratectonic Caledonides of northern Britain. Journal of the Geological Society, 158(3), pp. 475-486. (doi:10.1144/jgs.158.3.475)

McCormick, T. and Owen, A. (2001) Assessing trilobite biodiversity change in the Ordovician of the British Isles. Geological Journal, 36, pp. 279-290.

2000

Armstrong, H.A., Owen, A.W. and Clarkson, E.N.K. (2000) Ordovician limestone clasts in the Lower Old Red Sandstone, Pentland Hills, southern Midland Valley Terrane. Scottish Journal of Geology, 36, pp. 33-37. (doi:10.1144/sjg36010033)

1999

Armstrong, H.A., Owen, A.W. and Floyd, J.D. (1999) Rare earth geochemistry of Arenig cherts from the Ballantrae Ophiolite and Leadhills Imbricate Zone, southern Scotland: implications for origin and significance to the Caledonian Orongeny. Journal of the Geological Society, 156(3), pp. 549-560.

Owen, A.W., Armstrong, H.A. and Floyd, J.D. (1999) Rare earth element geochemistry of upper Ordovician cherts from the Southern Uplands of Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society, 156(1), pp. 191-204.

Owen, A.W., Armstrong, H.A. and Floyd, J.D. (1999) Rare earth element geochemistry of upper Ordovician cherts from the Southern Uplands of Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society, 156(1), pp. 191-204. (doi:10.1111/1475-4762.00004)

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Number of items: 34.

Articles

McCobb, L. M.E., McDermott, P. D. and Owen, A. W. (2018) The taphonomy of a trilobite fauna from an uppermost Katian echinoderm Lagerstätte in South West Wales. Lethaia, (doi:10.1111/let.12265) (Early Online Publication)

Bennett, C. E. et al. (2018) Oxygen isotope analysis of the eyes of pelagic trilobites: testing the application of sea temperature proxies for the Ordovician. Gondwana Research, 57, pp. 157-169. (doi:10.1016/j.gr.2018.01.006)

Torney, C., Lee, M. R. and Owen, A. W. (2014) Microstructure and growth of the lenses of schizochroal trilobite eyes. Palaeontology, 57(4), pp. 783-799. (doi:10.1111/pala.12088)

Owen, A.W. and Bruton, D.L. (2012) The only known cyclopygid–‘atheloptic’ trilobite fauna from North America: the upper Ordovician fauna of the Pyle Mountain Argillite and its palaeoenvironmental significance. Geological Magazine, 149(6), pp. 964-988. (doi:10.1017/S0016756812000015)

Lee, M. , Torney, C. and Owen, A.W. (2012) Biomineralisation in the Palaeozoic oceans: evidence for simultaneous crystallisation of high and low magnesium calcite by phacopine trilobites. Chemical Geology, 314-17, pp. 33-44. (doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.04.033)

Harper, D.A.T., Li, J., Munnecke, A., Owen, A.W., Servais, T. and Sheehan, P.M. (2011) Concluding IGCP 503: towards a holistic view of ordovician and silurian earth systems. Episodes, 34(1), pp. 32-38.

Owen, A.W. and Romano, M. (2011) Deep shelf trilobite biofacies from the upper Katian (Upper Ordovician) of the Grangegeeth Terrane, eastern Ireland. Geological Journal, 46(5), pp. 416-426. (doi:10.1002/gj.1280)

Dean, M.T., Owen, A., Bowdler-Hicks, A. and Akhurst, M.C. (2010) Trophic structure and spatial distribution of macrofaunas in the Hurlet and Index limestones (Carboniferous: upper Viséan and lower Serpukhovian) of Ayrshire, Scotland. Scottish Journal of Geology, 46(2), pp. 169-180. (doi:10.1144/0036-9276/01-417)

Servais, T. and Owen, A. (2010) Early Palaeozoic Palaeoenvironments and the ‘explosion’ of diversity in marine species, genera and families. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 29(3-4), pp. 95-98. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.05.044)

Servais, T., Owen, A., Harper, D.A.T., Kroeger, B. and Munnecke, A. (2010) The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE): the palaeoecological dimension. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 294(3-4), pp. 99-119. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.05.031)

Dean, M.T., Owen, A., Bowdler-Hicks, A. and Akhurst, M. (2010) Discriminating faunal assemblages and their palaeoecology based on museum collections: the Carboniferous Hurlet and Index limestones of western Scotland, UK. Scottish Journal of Geology, 46(1), pp. 45-57.

Armstrong, H.A., Baldini, J., Challands, T.J., Gröcke, D.R. and Owen, A.W. (2009) Response of the inter-tropical convergence zone to Southern Hemisphere cooling during upper ordovician glaciation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 284(3-4), pp. 227-236. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2009.10.001)

Servais, T., Harper, D.A.T., Munnecke, A., Owen, A.W. and Sheehan, P.M. (2009) Understanding the great ordovician biodiversification event (GOBE): influences of paleogeography, paleoclimate, or paleoecology. GSA Today, 19(4), pp. 4-10. (doi:10.1130/GSATG37A.1)

Challands, T.J., Armstrong, H.A., Maloney, D.P., Davies, J.R., Wilson, D. and Owen, A.W. (2009) Organic-carbon deposition and coastal upwelling at mid-latitude during the Upper Ordovician (Late Katian): a case study from the Welsh Basin, UK. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 273(3-4), pp. 395-410. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2008.10.004)

Harper, D.A.T., Owen, A.W. and Bruton, D.L. (2009) Ordovician life around the Celtic fringes: diversifications, extinctions and migrations of brachiopod and trilobite faunas at middle latitudes. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 325, pp. 157-170. (doi:10.1144/SP325.8)

Owen, A.W., Harper, D.A.T. and Heath, R.A. (2008) A route to recovery: the early Silurian shallow-water shelly fauna in the northern Oslo basin. Lethaia, 41(2), pp. 173-184. (doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.2008.00109.x)

Stewart, S.E. and Owen, A.W. (2008) Probing the deep shelf: a Lagerstätte from the upper ordovician of Girvan, southwestern Scotland. Lethaia, 41(2), pp. 139-146. (doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.2008.00117.x)

Lee, M. , Torney, C. and Owen, A. (2007) Magnesium-rich intralensar structures in schizochroal trilobite eyes. Palaeontology, 50, pp. 1031-1037. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2007.00710.x)

Owen, A. (2007) The last hurray for the Trinucleidae (Trilobita). Acta Palaeontologica Sinica, 46(supp), pp. 364-369.

Owen, A. (2007) Trilobite diversity in Avalonia prior to the end Ordovician extinction - the peak before the trough. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 245, pp. 264-271. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2006.02.024)

Owen, A. and McCormick, T. (2003) Ordovician trilobite biodiversity change in the Anglo-Welsh sector of Avalonia: A comparison of regional and global patterns. Trilobites and their Relatives, pp. 271-280.

Armstrong, H. and Owen, A. (2002) Euconodont paleobiogeography and the closure of the Iapetus Ocean. Geology, 30, pp. 1091-1094.

Bowdler-Hicks, A., Ingham, J. and Owen, A. (2002) The taxonomy and stratigraphical significance of the Anglo-Welsh Cryptolithinae (Trinucleidae, Trilobita). Palaeontology, 45, pp. 1075-1105.

Owen, A. (2002) Euconodont diversity changes in a cooling and closing Iapetus Ocean. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 194, pp. 85-98.

Armstrong, H. and Owen, A. (2001) Terrane evolution of the paratectonic Caledonides of northern Britain. Journal of the Geological Society, 158, pp. 475-486.

Armstrong, H.A. and Owen, A.W. (2001) Terrane evolution of the paratectonic Caledonides of northern Britain. Journal of the Geological Society, 158(3), pp. 475-486. (doi:10.1144/jgs.158.3.475)

McCormick, T. and Owen, A. (2001) Assessing trilobite biodiversity change in the Ordovician of the British Isles. Geological Journal, 36, pp. 279-290.

Armstrong, H.A., Owen, A.W. and Clarkson, E.N.K. (2000) Ordovician limestone clasts in the Lower Old Red Sandstone, Pentland Hills, southern Midland Valley Terrane. Scottish Journal of Geology, 36, pp. 33-37. (doi:10.1144/sjg36010033)

Armstrong, H.A., Owen, A.W. and Floyd, J.D. (1999) Rare earth geochemistry of Arenig cherts from the Ballantrae Ophiolite and Leadhills Imbricate Zone, southern Scotland: implications for origin and significance to the Caledonian Orongeny. Journal of the Geological Society, 156(3), pp. 549-560.

Owen, A.W., Armstrong, H.A. and Floyd, J.D. (1999) Rare earth element geochemistry of upper Ordovician cherts from the Southern Uplands of Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society, 156(1), pp. 191-204.

Owen, A.W., Armstrong, H.A. and Floyd, J.D. (1999) Rare earth element geochemistry of upper Ordovician cherts from the Southern Uplands of Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society, 156(1), pp. 191-204. (doi:10.1111/1475-4762.00004)

Book Sections

Owen, A.W. and Bruton, D.L. (2008) The environmental significance and fate of the trilobite fauna of the Pyle Mountain Argillite (upper ordovician), Maine. In: Rábano, I., Gozalo Gutiérrez, R. and García-Bellido, D. (eds.) Advances in Trilobite Research. Series: Publicaciones del Instituto Geológico y Minero de España. Serie Cuadernos del Museo Geominero (9). Instituto Geológico y Minero de España: Madrid, Spain, pp. 283-287. ISBN 9788478407590

Torney, C., Lee, M.R. and Owen, A.W. (2008) Peering into the eyes of trilobites using EBSD. In: Rollett, A.D. (ed.) Materials processing and texture : a collection of papers presented at the 15th International Conference on Textures of Materials (ICOTOM 15) June 1-6, 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hoboken. ISBN 9780470408346

Conference Proceedings

Torney, C., Lee, M.R. and Owen, A.W. (2008) An electron backscatter diffraction study of geesops: a broader view of trilobite vision? In: Fourth International Trilobite Conference, Toledo, Spain, 16 - 24th June 2008,

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