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Christopher Phillips

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Dr. Christopher Phillips

B.A., M.Esc. University of Oxford

Supervisor: Dr. Duncan McIlroy

Ph.D. Thesis Title: Contributions to the ichnology of deep marine turbiditic successions

Chris's work addresses the ichnology of the Gres D'Annot Formation of the French Alps, includes ichnofabric analysis of deep marine sediments from the Nova Scotian slope. In addition, Chris studied ichnofabric production by the thalassinid shrimp Neotrypea californiensis as an analogue to the producers of deep marine Ophiomorpha in the Gres D'Annot Formation- the Ophiomorpha rudis ichnosubfacies.

Chris successfully defended his thesis and is currently working for the NL Geological Survey.


PHILLIPS, C., MCILROY, D. & ELLIOTT, T., 2011 Ichnological characterization of Eocene/Oligocene turbidites from the Grès d'Annot Basin, French Alps, SE France. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 300, 67-83.

PHILLIPS, C. & MCILROY, D. 2010. Ichnofabrics and biologically mediated changes in clay mineral assemblages from a deep-water, fine-grained, calcareous sedimentary succession: an example from the Upper Cretaceous Wyandot Formation, offshore Nova Scotia. Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology, 58, 203-218.

MCILROY, D., TONKIN, N.S., PHILLIPS, C. & HERRINGSHAW, L.G. 2010. Comment on “Ophiomorpha irregulaire, Mesozoic trace fossil that is either well understoodbut rare in outcrop or poorly understood but common in core” by R.G. Bromley and G.K. Pedersen [Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 270 (2008) 295–298]. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 284, p. 392–395.