Richard Hallett Ph.D. M.Sc. B.Sc. (Principal Officer and Geologist)

I started Chalk Newton Geoscience after spending a my geological career specialising in stratigraphy, sedimentology and micropalaeontology. I first studied Dorset rocks in 1982 as a A-level student, and later as an undergraduate and postgraduate at Southampton University. Chalk Newton Geoscience is based in Weymouth, West Dorset and takes advantage of the world-class geology and landscapes of Mesozoic rocks in this Wessex-Channel Sedimentary Basin. Our classroom is the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site of East Devon and Dorset, and further afield we have the surrounding areas of Cornwall, Somerset and the Isle of Wight.

I am a member of the Geologists’ Association and a Fellow of The Geological Society. I have undertaken geological field studies in France, Spain, USA, Tunisia, Indonesia and the Sultanate of Oman as well as in England, Wales and Scotland.

I have a City and Guilds Certificate in Education and Training (ISCED Level 3). All outdoor activities have a small a risk to health and safety. To understand and reduce these risks, I am trained in HSE management systems BSI 18001, trained and qualified as a lowland leader (ISCED Level 3) awarded by Mountain Training, and trained in outdoor first aid (ISCED Level 3), awarded by ITC First.

In Kimmeridge Bay, examining megapolygonal structure on the Flats Stone Band. Were these formed by diagenetic volume change or tectonic deformation?