GSI Research Publications

Peer-reviewed research publications authored/co-authored by GSI staff


  • Delivet, S., B. Van Eetvelt, X. Monteys, M. Ribó and D. Van Rooij (2016). "Seismic geomorphological reconstructions of Plio-Pleistocene bottom current variability at Goban Spur." Marine Geology 378: 261-275

  • McConnell, B., R. Rogers and Q. Crowley (2016). "Sediment provenance and tectonics on the Laurentian margin: implications of detrital zircons ages from the Central Belt of the Southern Uplands–Down–Longford Terrane in Co. Monaghan, Ireland." Scottish Journal of Geology doi:10.1144/sjg2015-013

  • Monteys, X., P. Hung, G. A. Scott, X. Garcia, R. L. Evans and B. P. Kelleher (2016). "The use of multibeam backscatter angular response for marine sediment characterisation by comparison with shallow electromagnetic conductivity." Applied Acoustics 112: 181-191.

  • O'Connor, S., P. O'Connor and M. Long (2016). "Resistivity of Irish glacial deposits. In Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers " Geotechnical Engineering 169(1): 49-66.

  • Pellicer, X., M. Corella, J. P. Gutiérrez, C. Roqué, R. Carbonel, M. Zarroca, J. Guerrero and X. Comas (2016). "Sedimentological and palaeohydrological characterization of Late Pleistocene and Holocene tufa mound palaeolakes using trenching methods in the Spanish Pyrenees." Sedimentology doi:10.1111/sed.12290

  • Riggs, N. and B. McConnell (2016). "Sedimentary response to ignimbrite emplacement across a fluvial – shallow marine transition: Ordovician Mweelrea Formation, South Mayo Trough, western Ireland." Geological Journal doi: 10.1002/gj.2822.

  • Tong, R., A. Purser, J. Guinan, V. Unnithan, J. Yu and C. Zhang (2016). "Quantifying relationships between abundances of cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa and terrain features: A case study on the Norwegian margin." Continental Shelf Research 116: 13-26.


  • Evans, W., S. Benetti, S. F., D. Jackson, P. Dunlop and X. Monteys (2015). "Bedforms on the northwest Irish Shelf: indication of modern active sediment transport and interaction with paleo-glacial sedimentary deposits." Journal of Maps 11(4).

  • Hillier, J. K., M. J. Smith, R. Armugam, I. Barr, C. M. Boston, C. D. Clark, J. Ely, A. Fankl, S. L. Greenwood, L. Gosselin, C. Hattestrand, K. Hogan, A. L. C. Hughes, S. J. Livingstone, H. Lovell, M. McHenry, C. R. Stokes, R. Storrar, N. J. Tate and K. Woodldridge (2015). "Manual mapping of drumlins in synthetic landscapes to assess operator effectiveness." Journal of Maps 11: 719-729.

  • Judge, M. (2015). European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet): Making Fragmented Marine Data Relevant and Accessible. Earthzine, IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society.

  • McConnell, B., R. Rogers and Q. Crowley (2016). "Sediment provenance and tectonics on the Laurentian margin: implications of detrital zircons ages from the Central Belt of the Southern Uplands–Down–Longford Terrane in Co. Monaghan, Ireland." Scottish Journal of Geology.

  • Monteys, X., P. Harris, S. Caloca and C. Cahalane (2015). "Spatial Prediction of Coastal Bathymetry Based on Multispectral Satellite Imagery and Multibeam Data." Remote Sensing 7: 13782-13806.

  • O'Reilly, S. S., P. Pentlavalli, C. C. R. Flanagan, X. Allen, X. Monteys, M. T. Szpak, B. T. Murphy, S. F. Jordan and B. P. Kelleher (2015). "Abundance and diversity of sedimentary bacterial communities in a coastal productive setting in the Western Irish Sea." Continental Shelf Research 12(113).

  • Praeg, D., S. McCarron, D. Dove, C. Ó Cofaigh, G. A. Scott, X. Monteys, L. Facchin, R. Romeo and P. Coxon (2015). "Ice sheet extension to the Celtic Sea shelf edge at the last glacial maximum." Quaternary Science Reviews, Short Communication 111: 107-112.

  • Ruth, M. K., S. Plest, L. Callard, A. G. Cooper, A. J. Long, R. J. Quinn, F. Belknap, R. Edwards, D. Jackson, J. T. Kelley, L. D., G. A. Milne and X. Monteys (2015). "Late Quaternary evolution and sea-level history of a glaciated marine embayment, Bantry Bay, SW Ireland." Marine Geology 369: 251–272.

  • Szpak, M. T., X. Monteys, S. S. O'Reilly, M. K. S. Lilly, G. A. Scott, K. M. Hart, S. McCarron and B. P. Kelleher (2015). "Occurrence,characteristics and formation mechanisms of methane generated micro-pockmarks in Dunmanus Bay, Ireland " Continental Shelf Research 103: 45-59.

  • Thébaudeau, B., X. Monteys, S. McCarron, R. O'Toole and S. Caloca (2015). "Seabed geomorphology of the Porcupine Bank, West of Ireland." Journal of Maps 1-12 10.1080/17445647.2015.1099573


  • Crowley, Q., K. Heron, N. Riggs, B. Kamber, D. Chew, B. McConnell and K. Benn (2014). "Chemical abrasion applied to LA-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon geochronology." Minerals 4: 503-518.

  • Davies, J. S., K. L. Howell, H. A. Stewart, J. Guinan and N. Golding (2014). "Defining biological assemblages (biotopes) of conservation interest in the submarine canyons of the South West Approaches (offshore United Kingdom) for use in marine habitat mapping." Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 104: 208-229.

  • Garcia, X., X. Monteys, R. L. Evans and M. T. Szpak (2014). "Constraints on a shallow offshore gas environment determined by a multidisciplinary geophysical approach: The Malin Sea, NW Ireland." Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 15(4).

  • Hooper, J. R. and N.-T. Group (2014). Tectonostratigraphic Atlas of the North-East Atlantic Region ISBN 978-87-7871-378-0

  • Lark, R. M., E. L. Amder, M. R. Cave, K. V. Knights, M. M. Glennon and R. P. Scanlon (2014). "Mapping trace element deficiency by cokriging from regional geochemical soil data: A case study on cobalt for grazing sheep in Ireland." Geoderma 226-227: 64-78.

  • McConnell, B., M. Parkes, Q. Crowley and A. Rushton (2014). "No Exploits back-arc basin in the Iapetus suture zone of Ireland." Journal of the Geological Society, London 172: 740-747.

  • Mouchi, V., Q. Crowley, A. L. Jackson, F. McDermott, X. Monteys, M. de Rafélis, J. L. Rueda and F. Lartaud (2014). "Potential seasonal calibration for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction using skeletal microstructures and strontium measurements from the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa." Journal of Quaternary Science 29(8).

  • O'Reilly, S. S., K. Hryniewicz, C. T. S. Little, X. Monteys, M. T. Szpak, B. T. Murphy, S. F. Jordan, C. C. R. Allen and B. P. Kelleher (2014). "Shallow water methane-derived authigenic carbonate mounds at the Codling Fault Zone, western Irish Sea." Marine Geology 357: 139-150.

  • O'Reilly, S. S., M. T. Szpak, P. V. Flanagan, X. Monteys, B. T. Murphy, S. F. Jordan, C. C. R. Allen, A. J. Simpson, S. M. Mulligan, S. Sandron and B. P. Kelleher (2014). "Biomarkers reveal the effects of hydrography on the sources and fate of marine and terrestrial organic matter in the western Irish Sea." Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 136: 157-171.

  • Pellicer, X., R. Linares, F. CGutiérrez, X. Comas, C. Roqué, R. Carbonel, M. Zarroca and J. A. P. Rodríguez (2014). "Morpho-stratigraphic characterization of a tufa mound complex in the Spanish Pyrenees using ground penetrating radar and trenching, implications for studies in Mars." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 388: 197-210.

  • Tedd, K., C. Coxon, B. Misstear, D. Daly, M. Craig, A. Mannix and N. Hunter-Williams (2014). "An integrated pressure and pathway approach to the spatial analysis of groundwater nitrate: A case study from the southeast of Ireland." Science of The Total Environment 476-477: 460-476.


  • Flanagan, P. V., B. P. Kelleher, S. S. O'Reilly, M. T. Szpak, X. Monteys, P. P. Kelly, A. N. Ku;akova, L. A. Kulakov and C. C. R. Allen (2013). ": A Depth Resolved Insight into Benzoyl CoA Reductase and Benzoate Dioxygenase Gene Copy Numbers within a Marine Sediment Associated with Methane Seepage." Open Journal of Marine Science 3(4).

  • Glennon, M. M., P. Harris, R. T. Ottesen, R. P. Scanlon and P. J. O'Connor (2013). "The Dublin SURGE Project: geochemical baseline for heavy metals in topsoils and spatial correlation with historical industry in Dublin, Ireland." Environmental Geochemistry and Health 36(2): 235-254.

  • Hunter-Williams, N. H., B. Misstear, B. D. Daly and M. Lee (2013). "Development of a national groundwater recharge map for the Republic of Ireland." Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 46(4): 493-506.

  • Knights, K. V. and R. P. Scanlon (2013). "Tellus: regional-scale baseline geochemical mapping of soil, stream sediment and stream water for the island of Ireland." Mineral Magazine 77: 1482.

  • Roqué, C., R. Linares, M. Zarroca, J. Rosell, X. Pellicer and J. P. Gutiérrez (2013). "Chronology and paleoenvironmental interpretation of talus flatiron sequences in a sub-humid mountainous area: Tremp Depression, Spanish Pyrenees." Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 38: 1513-1522.

  • Tong, R., A. Purser, V. Unnithan and J. Guinan (2013). "Multivariate statistical analysis of distribution of deep-water gorgonian corals in relation to seabed topography on the Norwegian margin." PloS one 7(8): e43534.

  • Wheeler, A. J., B. Murton, J. Copley, A. Lim, J. Carlsson, P. C. Collins, B. CoDorschel, G. D., M. Judge, V. Nye, J. A. Benzie, A. Antoniacomi, M. Coughlan and K. Morris (2013). "Moytirra: discovery of the first known deep-sea hydrothermal vent field on the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge north of the Azores." Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 14(10): 4170–4184.


  • Mazzini, A., A. Akhmerzhanov, X. Monteys and M. Ivanov (2012). "The Porcupine Bank Canyon coral mounds: Oceanographic and topographic steering of deep-water carbonate mound development and associated phosphatic deposition." Geo-Marine Letters 32(3).

  • O'Reilly, S. S., S. Hurley, N. Coleman, X. Monteys, M. T. Szpak, T. O'Dwyer and B. P. Kelleher (2012). "Chemical and physical features of living and non-living maerl rhodoliths." Aquatic Biology 15(3): 215-224.

  • Pellicer, X., W. P. Warren, P. Gibson and R. Linares (2012). "Construction of an evolutionary deglaciation model for the Irish midlands based on the integration of morphostratigraphic and geophysical data analyses." Journal of Quaternary Science 27: 807-818.

  • Pellicer, X., M. Zarroca and P. Gibson (2012). "Time-lapse resistivity analysis of Quaternary sediments in the Midlands of Ireland." Journal of Applied Geophysics 82: 46-58.

  • Szpak, M. T., X. Monteys, S. S. O'Reilly, A. J. Simpson, X. Garcia, W. Evans, C. C. R. Allen, D. J. McNally, D. Courtier-Murias and B. P. Kelleher (2012). "Geophysical and geochemical survey of a large marine pockmark on the Malin Shelf, Ireland." Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 13(1).

  • Tedd, K., B. Misstear, C. Coxon, B. D. R. Daly and N. Hunter-Williams (2012). "Hydrogeological insights from groundwater level hydrographs in southeast Ireland." Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 45(1): 19-30.

  • Tedd, K., B. Misstear, C. Coxon, D. Daly and N. Hunter-Williams (2012). "Hydrogeological insights from groundwater level hydrographs in southeast Ireland. ." Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 45: 19-30.


  • Coveney, S. and X. Monteys (2011). "Integration potential of INFOMAR airborne LIDAR bathymetry with external onshore LIDAR data sets." Journal of Coastal Research 62: 19-29.

  • Pellicer, X. and P. Gibson (2011). "Electrical resistivity and Ground Penetrating Radar for the characterisation of the internal architecture of Quaternary sediments in the Midlands of Ireland." Journal of Applied Geophysics 75(638-647).

  • Zarroca, M., J. Bach, R. Linares and X. Pellicer (2011). "Electrical methods (VES and ERT) for identifying, mapping and monitoring different saline domains in a coastal plain region (Alt Empordà, Northern Spain)." Journal of Hydrology 28(407-422).


  • Bloomer, S., X. Monteys, R. Chapman and X. Garcia (2010). "Multifrequency classification and characterization of single beam echosounder data collected from offshore Ireland." Canadian Acoustics 38(3).

  • Harper, D. A. T., M. Parkes and B. McConnell (2010). "Late Ordovician (Sandbian) brachiopods from the Mweelrea Formation,South Mayo, western Ireland: stratigraphic and tectonic implications." Geological Journal 45: 445-450.

  • McConnell, B., Q. Crowley and N. Riggs (2010). "Laurentian origin of the Ordovician Grangegeeth volcanic arc terrane, Ireland." Journal of the Geological Society, London 167: 469-474.


  • Guinan, J., C. Brown, M. F. J. Dolan and A. J. Grehan (2009). "Ecological niche modelling of the distribution of cold-water coral habitat using underwater remote sensing data." Ecological Informatics 4: 83-92.

  • Guinan, J., A. J. Grehan, M. F. J. Dolan and C. Brown (2009). "Quantifying relationships between video observations of cold-water coral and seafloor terrain in Rockall Trough, west of Ireland." Marine Ecology Progress Series 375: 125-138.

  • McConnell, B., N. Riggs and Q. Crowley (2009). "Detrital zircon provenance and Ordovician terrane amalgamation, western Ireland." Journal of the Geological Society, London 166: 473-484.

  • McConnell, B., N. Riggs and Q. Crowley (2010). "Comment on “Detrital U–Pb zircon dating of lower Ordovician syn-arc-continent collision conglomerates in the Irish Caledonides” by Peter D. Clift, Andrew Carter, Amy E. Draut, Hoang Van Long, David M. Chew, Hans A. Schouten, Tectonophysics 479 (2009), 165–174 (doi: 10.1016/j. tecto. 2008.07. 018)." Tectonophysics 490(1): 136-137.


  • Dolan, M. F. J., A. J. Grehan, J. Guinan and C. Brown (2008). "Modelling the local distribution of cold-water corals in relation to bathymetric variables: Adding spatial context to deep-sea video data." Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 55: 1564-1579.

  • Misstear, B., C. Briwn and N. Hunter-Williams (2008). "Groundwater recharge to a fractured limestone aquifer overlain by glacial till in County Monaghan, Ireland." Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology(41): 465-476.


  • Feely, M., D. Selby, J. Conliffe and M. Judge (2007). "Re–Os geochronology and fluid inclusion microthermometry of molybdenite mineralisation in the late-Caledonian Omey Granite, western Ireland." Applied Earth Science 116(3): 143-149.

  • Wilson, M. F. J., B. O'Connell, C. Brown, J. Guinan and A. J. Grehan (2007). "Multiscale terrain analysis of multibeam bathymetry data for habitat mapping on the continental slope." Marine Geodesy 30: 3-35.


  • Connelly, D. P., J. T. Copley, B. J. Murton, K. Stansfield, P. A. Tyler, C. R. German, C. L. A. Van Dover, D. , M. Furlong, N. Grindley, N. Hayman, V. Huhnerbacj, M. Judge, T. Le Bas, S. McPhail, A. Meier, K. Nakamura, V. Nye, M. Pebody, R. B. Pederson, S. Plouviez, C. Sands, R. C. Searle, P. Stevenson, S. Taws and S. Wilcox (2012). "Hydrothermal vent fields and chemosynthetic biota on the world’s deepest seafloor spreading centre." Nature Communications 3, Art.620, doi:10.1038/ncomms1636.

  • McConnell, B. and P. Kennan (2002). "Petrology and geochemistry of the Drogheda Granite." Irish Journal of Earth Sciences 20: 53-60.

  • McConnell, B., J. Menuge and J. Hertogen (2002). "Andesite petrogenesis in the Ordovician Borrowdale Volcanic Group of the English Lake District by fractionation, assimilation and mixing." Journal of the Geological Society, London 159: 417-424.

  • McConnell, B., B. O'Brien and G. Nowlan (2002). "Late Middle Ordovician olistostrome formation and magmatism along the Red Indian Line, the Laurentian arc—Gondwanan arc boundary, at Sops Head, Newfoundland." Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 39: 1625-1633.

  • McConnell, B. and K. P. (2002). "Petrology and geochemistry of the Drogheda Granite." Irish Journal of Earth Sciences 20: 53-60.

Pre 2002

  • McConnell, B. (2000). "The Ordovician Volcanic Arc and Marginal Basin of Leinster." Irish Journal of Earth Sciences 18: 41-49.

  • McConnell, B., J. H. Morris and P. Kennan (1999). A comparison of the Ribband Group (southeastern Ireland) to the Manx Group (Isle of Man) and Skiddaw Group (northwestern England). In sight of the suture: the geology of the Isle of Man in its Iapetus Ocean context. N. H. Woodcock, D. G. Quirk, W. R. Fitches and R. P. Barnes, Geological Society, London, Special Publications 160.

  • McConnell, B. and J. H. Morris (1997). "Initiation of Iapetus subduction under Irish Avalonia." Geological Magazine 134: 213-218.

  • Nixon P.H.,Gummer P.K., Halbura S., Leahy K.& Finlay S. (1993) “Kimberlites-Sturgeon Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.” Russian Academy of Sciences Geology & Geophysics, Allerton Press New York; Vol 34 No. 12.

  • Branney, M. J., B. P. Kokelaar and B. McConnell (1992). "The Bad Step Tuff; a lava-like rheomorphic ignimbrite in a calc-alkaline piecemeal caldera, English Lake District." Bulletin of Volcanology 54: 187-199.

  • Finlay S. (1992) “Mining & the Environment in Ireland - a challenging debate.” Minerals, Metals & the Environment, Elsevier Applied Science, Institution of Mining & Metallurgy 260-276

  • Finlay S. & Grennan E. (1992) “The Greening of Irish Exploration”. Irish Association for Economic Geology. In Bowden, A.A., Earls, G., O'connor, P.G. & Pyne, J.F. (eds.) The Irish Minerals Industry 1980-1990. Irish Association for Economic Geology, Dublin, 1-6.

  • McConnell, B. (1991). "Geochemistry and mineralogy of volcanic host rocks as indicators of massive sulphide genesis at Avoca , southeast Ireland." Irish Journal of Earth Sciences 11: 43-52.

  • McConnell, B., C. J. Stillman and J. Hertogen (1991). "An Ordovician basalt to peralkaline rhyolite fractionation series from Avoca, Ireland." Journal of the Geological Society, London 148: 711-718.

  • Woodham C., Finlay S., & Holman R. (1989) “Gold Exploration in the Dalradian of Northern Ireland.” Institution of Mining & Metallurgy, Transactions of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, Section B: Applied Earth Science, 98, 63-65.

  • Ashton J.H., Downing D., & Finlay S. (1986) “The Geology of the Navan Orebody.” In Geology & Geneses of Mineral Deposits in Ireland; Andrew, C.J., Crowe, R.W.A., Finlay, S., Pennell, W.M. & Pyne, J. (eds.) Irish Association for Economic Geology, Dublin, 243-280.

  • Finlay S., Romer D.M., & Cazalett P. (1984) “Lithogeochemical Studies around the Navan Orebody, Ireland.” In Prospecting in Areas of Glaciated Terrain; Institution of Mining & Metallurgy, London, 35-56

  • Romer, D.M. & Finlay, A.D.S. (1984) “Soil gas investigation at Navan Orebody, Ireland”. Prospecting in Areas of Glaciated Terrain, Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, London, 153-158.