Dr Timothy McCormick

Dr Timothy McCormick

Geoscience Data Specialist

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3554

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Boards and committees

  • 2013 – ongoing : The Palaeontographical Society
  • 2013 : IUGS-CGI Geoscience Terminology Working Group

Biography

  • 2008 – ongoing : Geoscience Data Specialist, British Geological Survey
  • 2000 –2008 : Web database specialist, British Geological Survey
  • 1998 –2000 : NERC Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
  • 1996 –1998 : Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, London
  • 1992 –1995 : PhD Palaeontology, University of Glasgow
  • 1986 –1989 : BSc Honours Geological Sciences, Aston University

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2008 – ongoing : Data Science - geological vocabularies and data
  • 2017 – ongoing : Sierra Leone National Minerals Agency
  • 2018 – ongoing : Kenya Directorate of Geological Survey Geodata Centre

Research interests

  • Earth science vocabularies, ontologies and semantic systems
  • Geodata management, especially in the context of developing countries
  • Open source technologies for geodata management and visualization

Skills

  • Geodata management
  • Relational and spatial databases
  • Training - databases, data management

Published outputs

  • British Geological Survey. 2019. The Lexicon of Named Rock Units [online]. Keyworth, Nottingham: British Geological Survey. Available from The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units

Key papers

  • 2011 : McCormick, T. 2011. The British Geological Survey Lexicon of Named Rock Units. 47-53 in Navigating the Geoscience Information Landscape: Pathways to Success. Proceedings of the Geoscience Information Society, Vol. 40 (for 2009). Foote, J B (editor). (Alexandria: Geoscience Information Society.)
  • 2004 : Adrain, J M, Edgecombe, G D, Fortey, R A, Hammer, Ø, Laurie, J R, McCormick, T, Owen, A W, Waisfeld, B G, Webby, B D, Westrop, S R, and Zhou Z-y. 2004. Trilobites. 231-254 in The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event. Webby, B D, Paris, F, Droser, M L, and Percival I G (editors). (New York: Columbia University Press.)
  • 2003 : Owen, A W, and McCormick, T. 2003. Ordovician trilobite biodiversity change in the Anglo-Welsh sector of Avalonia: a comparison of regional and global patterns. 271-280 in Trilobites and their relatives: contributions from the Third International Conference, Oxford 2001. Special Papers in Palaeontology, Vol. 70. (London: Palaeontological Association.)
  • 2002 : McCormick, T, and Fortey, R A. 2002. The Ordovician trilobite Carolinites, a test case for microevolution in a macrofossil lineage. Palaeontology, Vol. 45(2), 229-257.
  • 2001 : McCormick, T, and Owen, A W. 2001. Assessing trilobite biodiversity change in the Ordovician of the British Isles. Geological Journal, Vol. 36, 279-290.
  • 1999 : Johnson, K G, and McCormick, T. 1999. The quantitative description of biotic change using palaeontological databases. 227-247 in Numerical Palaeobiology. Harper, D A T (editor). (London: John Wiley & Sons.)
  • 1999 : McCormick, T, and Fortey, R A. 1999. The most widely distributed trilobite species: Ordovician Carolinites genacinaca. Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 73(2), 202-218.
  • 1999 : McCormick, T, and Owen, A W. 1999. Ordovician biodiversity change in the British Isles: a database approach. II. A case study on the trilobites of the Girvan district. Acta Univ. Carolinae Geologica, Vol. 43(1/2), 527-530.
  • 1999 : Owen, A W, and McCormick, T. 1999. Ordovician biodiversity change in the British Isles: a database approach. I. Rationale and database structure. Acta Univ. Carolinae Geologica, Vol. 43(1/2), 523-526.
  • 1998 : McCormick, T, and Fortey, R A. 1998. Independent testing of a paleobiological hypothesis: the optical design of two Ordovician pelagic trilobites reveals their relative paleobathymetry. Paleobiology, Vol. 24(2), 235-253.