Dr Stephen McCarron

Geography, ICARUS

Lecturer

Rhetoric House
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(01) 7086147

Biography

Dr Stephen McCarron is a member of the international Quaternary research community, conducting research into Irish onshore and offshore sediment sequences. Since 2005 he has been teaching physical geography courses at Maynooth University in the Department of Geography and managing the Irish Sediment Core Research Facility (ISCORF).  He has most recently been part of the Local Organising Committee for the 20th International INQUA Congress, held in Dublin in July 2019, which attracted in excess of 2300 iQuaternary researchers to Ireland.

Research Interests

My research involves the search for geological evidence of former ice sheet extents and dynamics on the island of Ireland and on its continental shelf. I am actively involved in a number of research projects with several research teams on aspects of the glacial records associated with past Irish Ice Sheets both onshore and offshore Ireland.
To this end I established a research laboratory at Maynooth University in 2009 to facilitate the analysis of sediment cores from palaeoclimatic archives. The Irish Sediment Core Research Facility (ISCORF) is a nationally accessible geoscience focussed laboratory comprising equipment, expertise, working and storage space dedicated to the analysis of sediment core physical properties. The lab clusters around a GeoTek Multi Sensor Core Logger (MSCL), a grouping of geophysical sensors that allow the rapid, non-invasive high precision quantification of sediment seismic velocity, magnetic susceptibility, bulk density, colour/visual reflectance and electrical resistivity.
   

Books

  Year Publication
2019 The Quaternary Geology of Killiney Bay.
McCarron, S. (2019) The Quaternary Geology of Killiney Bay. Dublin, Ireland: Irish Quaternary Association. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2019 'Geophysical and geochemical analysis of shallow gas and an associated pockmark field in Bantry Bay, Co. Cork, Ireland'
S.F.Jordan, S.S.O'Reilly, D.Praeg, D.Dove, L.Facchin, R.Romeo, M.Szpak, X.Monteys, B.T.Murphy, G.Scott, S.McCarron, B.P.Kelleher (2019) 'Geophysical and geochemical analysis of shallow gas and an associated pockmark field in Bantry Bay, Co. Cork, Ireland'. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 225 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'On the Timing and Nature of the Multiple Phases of Slope Instability on Eastern Rockall Bank, Northeast Atlantic'
Georgiopoulou, A.; Krastel, S.; Finch, N.; Zehn, K.; McCarron, S.; Huvenne, V. A. I.; Haughton, P. D. W.; Shannon, P. M. (2018) 'On the Timing and Nature of the Multiple Phases of Slope Instability on Eastern Rockall Bank, Northeast Atlantic'. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, [DOI] [Details]
2018 'A Plio-Pleistocene sediment wedge on the continental shelf west of central Ireland: The Connemara Fan'
McCarron S.;Praeg D.;Ó Cofaigh C.;Monteys X.;Thébaudeau B.;Craven K.;Saqab M.;Cova A. (2018) 'A Plio-Pleistocene sediment wedge on the continental shelf west of central Ireland: The Connemara Fan'. Marine Geology, 399 :97-114 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Trough geometry was a greater influence than climate-ocean forcing in regulating retreat of the marine-based Irish-Sea Ice Stream'
Small D.;Smedley R.;Chiverrell R.;Scourse J.;Cofaigh C.;Duller G.;McCarron S.;Burke M.;Evans D.;Fabel D.;Gheorghiu D.;Thomas G.;Xu S.;Clark C. (2018) 'Trough geometry was a greater influence than climate-ocean forcing in regulating retreat of the marine-based Irish-Sea Ice Stream'. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 130 (11-12):1981-1999 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Irish Ice Sheet dynamics during deglaciation of the central Irish Midlands: Evidence of ice streaming and surging from airborne LiDAR'
Delaney C.;McCarron S.;Davis S. (2018) 'Irish Ice Sheet dynamics during deglaciation of the central Irish Midlands: Evidence of ice streaming and surging from airborne LiDAR'. Geomorphology, 306 :235-253 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Ice sheet extension to the Celtic Sea shelf edge at the Last Glacial Maximum'
Praeg, D;McCarron, S;Dove, D;O Cofaigh, C;Scott, G;Monteys, X;Facchin, L;Romeo, R;Coxon, P (2015) 'Ice sheet extension to the Celtic Sea shelf edge at the Last Glacial Maximum'. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS, 111 :107-112 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'Deglaciation of the Dungiven basin, north-west Ireland'
McCarron S. (2014) 'Deglaciation of the Dungiven basin, north-west Ireland'. IRISH JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, 31 :43-71 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2009 'Cosmogenic Be-10 chronology of the last deglaciation of western Ireland, and implications for sensitivity of the Irish Ice Sheet to climate change'
Clark, J;McCabe, AM;Schnabel, C;Clark, PU;McCarron, S;Freeman, SPHT;Maden, C;Xu, S (2009) 'Cosmogenic Be-10 chronology of the last deglaciation of western Ireland, and implications for sensitivity of the Irish Ice Sheet to climate change'. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 121 :3-16 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2007 'Using GIS to map the evolution of the Gaeltacht'
Na Bhradaigh E.;McCarron S.;Walsh J.;Duffy P. (2007) 'Using GIS to map the evolution of the Gaeltacht'. Irish Geography, 40 (1):99-108 [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'Portable X-Ray Fluorescence as a Rapid Technique for Surveying Elemental Distributions in Soil'
Radu, T;Gallagher, S;Byrne, B;Harris, P;Coveney, S;McCarron, S;McCarthy, T;Diamond, D (2013) 'Portable X-Ray Fluorescence as a Rapid Technique for Surveying Elemental Distributions in Soil'. Spectroscopy Letters, 46 :516-526 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'Sedimentological models of glacially influenced deposition along the western Irish continental shelf'
Dr Stephen G McCarron (2012) 'Sedimentological models of glacially influenced deposition along the western Irish continental shelf'. QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL, 279-280 :315-316 [Details]
1999 'Landform modification along a palaeo-ice stream, north central Ireland'
Knight, J., McCarron, S.G. and McCabe, A.M. (1999) 'Landform modification along a palaeo-ice stream, north central Ireland'. Annals of Glaciology, 28 :161-167 [IR Link] [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2017 Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies
Coxon, P.; McCarron, S.G.; Mitchell, F.M (Ed.). (2017) Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies Paris: Atlantis Press. [Details]
2010 The Beara Peninsula
McCarron, S.G.; Stefanini, B (Ed.). (2010) The Beara Peninsula Dublin: Irish Quaternary Association. [Details]
2008 Field Guide to the north of Ireland
Whitehouse, N., Roe, H.M., McCarron, S. and Knight, J (Ed.). (2008) Field Guide to the north of Ireland London: Quaternary Research Association. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 'Introduction: Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies'
Coxon, P;McCarron, S;Mitchell, F (2017) 'Introduction: Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies' In: ADVANCES IN IRISH QUATERNARY STUDIES. PARIS: ATLANTIS PRESS. [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies Preface'
Coxon, P;McCarron, S;Mitchell, F (2017) 'Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies Preface' In: ADVANCES IN IRISH QUATERNARY STUDIES. PARIS: ATLANTIS PRESS. [Details]
2013 'A Holocene Pollen Diagram from Lough Avullin, Clare Island, Western Ireland'
Pete Coxon, Ryan Corcoran, Paul Gibson and Stephen McCarron (2013) 'A Holocene Pollen Diagram from Lough Avullin, Clare Island, Western Ireland' In: New Survey of Clare Island Volume 7: Plants and Fungi. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
2013 'Glacial Geology and Geomorphology: Introduction'
Dr Stephen G McCarron (2013) 'Glacial Geology and Geomorphology: Introduction' In: North Mayo. Dublin: IQUA. [Details]
2013 'Offshore Evidence'
Dr Stephen G McCarron (2013) 'Offshore Evidence' In: North Mayo. Dublin: IQUA. [Details]
2012 'Spaced and Timed in the New York Marathon'
Dr Stephen G McCarron (2012) 'Spaced and Timed in the New York Marathon' In: 0 at 40, Celebrating 40years of Geography at NUI Maynooth. Maynooth, Ireland: Dept. of Geography, NUI Maynooth. [IR Link] [Details]
2009 'Cenozoic: Tertiary and Quaternary (until 11,700 years before 2000)'
Coxon, P. and McCarron, S.G. (2009) 'Cenozoic: Tertiary and Quaternary (until 11,700 years before 2000)' In: The Geology of Ireland, 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Introduction: glacial geology and geomorphology of the North of Ireland'
McCarron, S.G. (2008) 'Introduction: glacial geology and geomorphology of the North of Ireland' In: Field Guide to the north of Ireland. London: Quaternary Research Association. [Details]
2004 'Pleistocene glaciations in Ireland'
Knight, J., Coxon, P., McCabe, A.M. and McCarron, S.G. (2004) 'Pleistocene glaciations in Ireland' In: Quaternary Glaciations – Extent and Chronology. Holland: Elsevier B.V. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'The ridges of the northern Porcupine Bank, west of Ireland: discussion on their structure, sedimentology and potential subglacial origin'
Thébaudeau, B., McCarron, S., Monteys, X., Renken S. (2016) 'The ridges of the northern Porcupine Bank, west of Ireland: discussion on their structure, sedimentology and potential subglacial origin' EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, 18 . [Details]
2016 'The Seabed and Shallow Geology Mapping of the Porcupine Bank, West of Ireland'
Thébaudeau, B., Monteys, X., McCarron, S. (2016) 'The Seabed and Shallow Geology Mapping of the Porcupine Bank, West of Ireland' AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting Abstracts, . [Details]
2009 'Why study the long term climate history of Ireland?'
McCarron, S.G. (2009) 'Why study the long term climate history of Ireland?' Milieu, 32 :8-9. [IR Link] [Details]
2007 '‘Good Cubans do not need ..’ or some reflections on a changing Cuba'
McCarron, S.G. (2007) '‘Good Cubans do not need ..’ or some reflections on a changing Cuba' Milieu, 30 :35-38. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2012 Gravity flow deposits in the deep rockall trough, northeast atlantic
Georgiopoulou A.;Benetti S.;Shannon P.;Haughton P.;McCarron S. (2012) Gravity flow deposits in the deep rockall trough, northeast atlantic Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences - 5th International Symposium , pp.695-707 [DOI] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA).
Stephen McCarron, Zsuzsanna Tóth, Andrew Wheeler, Stefan Wenau, Stephen Davis, Aaron Lim, Volkhard Spiess (2019) 20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA). [Oral Presentation], Geomorphological and seismostratigraphic evidence for multidirectional polyphase glaciation of the northern Celtic Sea, Dublin, Ireland , 24-JUL-19 - 31-JUL-19 [Details]
2019 20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA).
Stephen McCarron, Mudasar Saqab, Kieran Craven, Daniel Praeg, Benjamin Thebaudeau, Xavier Monteys (2019) 20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA). [Poster Presentation], Quaternary ice sheet limits on the continental shelf west of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland , 24-JUL-19 - 31-JUL-19 [Details]
2019 20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA).
Daniel Praeg, Stephen McCarron, Dayton Dove, Daniela Accettella, Andrea Cova, Lorenzo Facchin, Xavier Monteys (2019) 20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA). [Poster Presentation], Submarine geomorphology of the Celtic Sea continental shelf and the southern extent of glaciation on the Atlantic margin of Europe, Dublin, Ireland , 24-JUL-19 - 31-JUL-19 [Details]
2019 20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA).
Cathy Delaney, Kathryn Adamson, Lorna Linch, Stephen Davis, Stephen McCarron (2019) 20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA). [Oral Presentation], Reconstructing the Last Irish Ice Sheet in the Irish Midlands: Mapping Hummocky Topography using LiDAR and Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR), Dublin, Ireland , 24-JUL-19 - 31-JUL-19 [Details]
2016 European Geosciences Union Congress.
Thébaudeau, B., McCarron, S.G., Monteys, X., Renken, S. (2016) European Geosciences Union Congress. [Poster Presentation], The ridges of the northern Porcupine Bank, west of Ireland: discussion on their structure, sedimentology and potential subglacial origin, Vienna, Austria [Details]
2016 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.
Tóth, Z., Wheeler, A. J., McCarron, S.G., Monteys, X. (2016) American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. [Poster Presentation], Esker ridges and seismostratigraphic evidence for a southerly ice flow extending onto the present nearshore continental shelf of the Celtic Sea, SE Ireland, New Orleans, USA [Details]
2017 European Geosciences Union Congress.
Craven, K.F., McCarron, S.G., Monteys, X. (2017) European Geosciences Union Congress. [Poster Presentation], A regional seismostratigraphy for Quaternary deposits on the Malin Shelf, northwest of Ireland, Vienna, Austria [Details]
2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.
Craven, K.F., Monteys, X., McCarron, S.G. (2017) American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. [Poster Presentation], Supervised classification of continental shelf sediment off western Donegal, New Orleans, USA [Details]
2009 IQUA Spring Meeting.
(2009) IQUA Spring Meeting. [Oral Presentation], Progress in Evaluating Ireland's Offshore Archives, TCD Dublin [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2000 Late Devensian Glaciation of the North of Ireland.
McCarron, S.G. (2000) Late Devensian Glaciation of the North of Ireland. University of ulster: Thesis [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Quaternary Research Association Member 25-MAR-94 /
Irish Quaternary Association Member 25-MAR-94 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Trinity College Dublin Contract Lecturer 01-SEP-03 / 31-MAY-05
Geological Survey of Ireland Project Geologist 01-FEB-98 / 31-JAN-01
University of Ulster Research Assistant 01-APR-94 / 31-MAR-97

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2001 University of Ulster D.Phil
1993 University of Leicester M.Sc.
1992 Queen's University of Belfast B.Sc.

Reviews

  Journal Role
Irish Journal Of Earth Sciences Editor
Quaternary Science Reviews Reviewer
Journal Of Quaternary Science Reviewer
Earth Surface Processes And Landforms Reviewer
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology Reviewer
Journal Of Maps Reviewer

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Dr Daniel Praeg. Geo-Azur, France Co-PI FRANCE
Prof. Andy Wheeler, iCRAG & BEES UCC Co-PI IRELAND
Dr Cathy Delaney Manchester Metropolitan University Co-PI UNITED KINGDOM
Mr Xavier Monteys. Geological Survey of Ireland INFOMAR programme officer IRELAND