Dr Stephen McCarron

Geography, ICARUS

Lecturer

Rhetoric House
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(01) 7086147

Biography

Dr Stephen McCarron has been an active member of the national and international Quaternary geoscience research community since 1994. He currently teaches Physical Geography at Maynooth University Department of Geography, and conducts research in onshore and offshore glacial sediments.  In 2009 he established and currently manages the Irish Sediment Core Research Facility (ISCORF) within the ICARUS climate change research cluster. Before that he was involved in research projects at the University of Ulster and the Minerals Section, Geological Survey of Ireland; in the Junior Mining Sector, Ireland and has also taught GIS in Trinity College Dublin.

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.
   

Contract Researchers

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
2182622 Mapping Malin: A geological interpretation of the Malin Shelf Post Doctorate
1195176 Mapping the shallow geology of the Porcupine Bank, west of Ireland Post Doctorate

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
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]
1999 'Ice-flow stages and glacial bedforms in north central Ireland: a record of rapid environmental change during the last glacial termination'
McCabe, A.M., Knight, J. and McCarron, S.G. (1999) 'Ice-flow stages and glacial bedforms in north central Ireland: a record of rapid environmental change during the last glacial termination'. Journal of the Geological Society, 156 :63-72 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
1998 'Evidence for Heinrich Event 1 in the British Isles'
McCabe, A.M., Knight, J. and McCarron, S.G. (1998) 'Evidence for Heinrich Event 1 in the British Isles'. JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, 13 :549-568 [DOI] [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
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
2009 IQUA Spring Meeting.
(2009) IQUA Spring Meeting. [Oral Presentation], Progress in Evaluating Ireland's Offshore Archives, TCD Dublin [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2001 Late Devensian Glaciation of the North of Ireland.
McCarron, S.G. (2001) Late Devensian Glaciation of the North of Ireland. University of ulster: Thesis [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Quaternary Research Association Member /
Irish Quaternary Association Member /

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. Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Co-PIs
Prof. Andy Wheeler BEES University College Cork PI IRELAND
Dr Cathy Delaney Manchester Metropolitan University PI UNITED KINGDOM
Mr Xavier Monteys. Geological Survey of Ireland Co-applicant for offshore collection of bathymetric and geophysical data from the Western Irish contintal shelf;