Ken Amor

Ken Amor

Stipendiary Lecturer in Geography, Jesus College and Visiting Researcher
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 272124

My research interests focus on the chromium geochemical cycle and the information Cr-isotopes can disclose on the cause and mechanism of rapid perturbations in palaeo-environments leading to mass extinctions. This may become a powerful redox indicator when coupled with other geochemical proxies.

Chromium isotopes may also be used to detect the signature of large meteorite impacts in the geological record such as the Stac Fada suevite in North-West Scotland. The 2008 paper “A Precambrian proximal ejecta blanket from Scotland” can be found here:

for Tori Herridge’s blog (TV science presenter and NHM mammoth expert) on a  Channel 4 documentary about the NW Scotland asteroid impact 1.2 billion years ago follow this link:

Walking Through Time: Scotland’s Lost Asteroid… the backstory



UNIQ Summer schools (2011 – 2016),

Pathways (2014 and 2017),

Jesus College Schools outreach program (2017),

Oxford and Cambridge Schools Conferences (2011 – 2016),

Oxford Regional Teachers Conference (2011 – 2016),

Oxford Maths and Science Teachers Conference, (2011,  2014 – 2017),

So you think you like Physics (2015),

Stargazing Live (2013 – 2014),

Lesser spotted science days (2013),

Careers Day at BGS (2012),

Oxfordshire Science Festival (2013)

Leeds Astronomical Society (2016),

Stratford upon Avon Astronomical society (2014),

Meteorite Talk at OUNHM (2014),

BBC Sky at Night Broadcast June 2014 ‘Impacts’,

Forthcoming for 2017, Geography Day at OUNHM, Sept 2017, Reading Geological Society, Sept 2017.



Huw S. Groucutt, Eleanor M.L. Scerria, Ken Amor, Ceri Shipton, Richard P. Jennings, Ash Parton, Laine Clark-Balzan, Abdullah Alsharekh, Michael D. Petraglia. (2017) Middle Palaeolithic raw material procurement and early stage reduction at the Jubbah Oasis, Saudi Arabia. Archaeological Research in Asia, 9, 44 – 62.


Zhang, Q., Amor, K., Galer, S.J.G., Porcelli, D. and Thompson, I., (submitted) Cr isotope fractionation during metal-mineral-microbe interactions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.


Zhang, Q., Amor, K., Galer, S.J.G., Thompson, I. and Porcelli, D. (submitted) Chromium isotope proxy for bacterial reduction process. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.


Amor, K., Hesselbo, S.P., Porcelli, D., Thackrey, S. and Parnell, J., (2008) A Precambrian proximal ejecta blanket from Scotland. Geology, 36 (4), 303 – 306.


Wignall, P.B., Zonneveld, J-P., Newton, R.J., Amor, K., Sephton, M.A. & Hartley, S. (2007). The end-Triassic mass extinction record of Williston Lake, British Columbia. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 253, 385 – 406.


Sephton, M.A., Amor, K., Franchi, I.A., Wignall, P.B., Newton, R. and Zonneveld, J-P., (2002), Carbon and nitrogen isotope disturbances and an end-Norian (Late Triassic) extinction event. Geology, 30 (12), 1119 – 1122.