My research interests are in sedimentology and stratigraphy and particularly understanding palaeoclimate change, detecting past changes in sea-level and advancing our understanding of geological time. I have worked for the Open University for over 20 years based at the main campus in Milton Keynes. Prior to this I was the Elf postdoctoral fellow at Durham University and studied for my D.Phil at Oxford University.
I am passionate about helping undergraduates and postgraduates to learn and develop new skills. I have been at the forefront of developing new methods for more effective education for over two decades. Most recently I devised and led a project on innovative methods of bringing the educators and students closer together in distance education so that students are better supported and more engaged. This has initated entirely new approaches to teaching across the University and several strategic University projects.
In 2018 I was presented with an Open University Teaching Award for Excellence in Innovation and I joined the University Senior Team to contribute my expertise in teaching. I am currently the employability lead for the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems and academic champion for Agile ways of working.
Current postions and service within the international scientific community
Past services to the international scientific community
My research focuses on sea-level change, the development and application of sequence stratigraphy and palaeoclimate change including de-oxygenation of the oceans. I currently have research projects in the following areas:
I started the Palaeoenvironmental Change Research Group and oversee the running of a suite of laboratories for the preparation of sedimentary deposits for sedimentological, palaeontological and stable isotopic analyses.
Postgraduate and postdoctoral opportunities
I have a lot of experience of post-graduate supervision through my own students and setting up and then serving as the postgraduate tutor for the department for over 10 years. I have a team of postgraduate students, and also host and mentor post doctoral researchers. I advertise new PhD projects each year. Please do get in touch if you are interested in working with me as either a PhD student or a postdoctoral fellow. In the coming year I will have PhD projects on the following topics but also welcome other ideas:
All of my research students have gone on to successful careers in academia, the oil industry, teaching or the charity sector. My current research students are: Julie Harrald, Carrie Walker and Joe McNeil.
Current contributions to university research management and strategy
I teach a broad range of Earth Science disciplines including: sedimentology, stratigraphy, palaeoclimatology, palaeontology, field skills, earth system science, basin analysis, geophysics and general geology. I have contributed towards pedagogy, science communication, project work and led 9 course teams.
Current contributions to the Open University teaching management and strategy
Current undergraduate modules
S309 Earth processes. Academic lead and core author of this level 3, 60 credit course on Earth processes. Through my leadership this innivative flagship course has developed and tested a brand new way of producing and presenting online modules at the Open University. The KPIs from the student survey are 7-15% higher than the average for the univeristy at level 3. The module is presented every year starting in October.
S831 [More information to come soon]
S209 Earth Science, author of material on sedimentology, sedimentary environments, home and field based project work, residential field work. Also led work on the learning outcomes and assessment strategy. This module is presented every year starting in October.
Other recent undergraduate modules that have led and contributed to
S369 The Geological Record of Environmental Change. Academic lead and author of 1/3 of the module.
SXG288 Practical Science: Earth and Environment. Academic lead and author for Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils in the field as well as contributing to the topic Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks in the Field.
Linked undergraduate qualifications: All of these modules contribute towards the BSc in Natural Sciences and are included in the Earth Science pathway. More information on our qualifications for current OU students can be found on the Qualification website.
COE, A. L., ARGLES, T. W., ROTHERY, D. A. & SPICER, R. A. 2010. Geological Field Techniques (edited by: Angela L. Coe), Wiley-Blackwell and The Open University, 323pp. (ISBN 9781444330625) (Website and link to other resources)
COE, A. L., BOSENCE, D., CHURCH, K. D., FLINT, S. S., HOWELL, J. A. & WILSON, R. C. L. 2003. The Sedimentary Record of Sea-Level Change (edited by: Angela L. Coe). Cambridge University Press and The Open University, 288pp. (ISBN 978 0 521 53842 4) (Website and link to resources)
I have external collaborations with Professor Stephen Hesselbo (Univeristy of Exeter), Dr Graham Weedon (MET Office, Wallingford), Professor Andy Wheeler (Univeristy of Cork), Dr Bryony Caswell (Hull University) Professor Sarah Davies (Leicester University), Dr Wes Fraser (Oxford Brooks) and Dr Barry Lomax (Nottingham University).
I am currently collaborating with Professor Caroline Slomp (Utrect University, Holland), Dr William Gosling (Amsterdam University, Holland), Professor Jim Ogg (Purdue University, USA), Dr Manuela Fehr (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland), Dr David Kemp (China University of Geosciences, Wuhun, China). Professor Dhirendra Pandey (Manipal Centre for Natural Sciences, Karnataka, India) and Ronny Schonberg (Tuebingen University, Germany).
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