Richard Hallett Ph.D. M.Sc. B.Sc.

Originally from Hampshire, southern England, I established the Chalk Newton Geoscience after spending an career as a specialist geologist in the petroleum industry. I first studied Dorset rocks many years ago in 1982 as a A-level student, and later as an undergraduate and postgraduate at Southampton University. I established Chalk Newton Geoscience in Weymouth, West Dorset to take advantage of the local world-class geology and landscapes on the doorstep. The coastline is of course the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site of East Devon and Dorset. West Dorset is the ideal location from where we can enjoy and study the rocks and landscapes of Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isle of Wight.

I am a member of the Geologists’ Association and a Fellow of The Geological Society and hold a City and Guilds Certificate in Education and Training. Over the years, 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 trained in Mountain Training’s lowland walking leadership scheme and hold an ITC First Certificate in Outdoor First Aid at SCQF Level 6 and trained in HSE management systems (BSI 18001).

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