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Steve Donovan

Prof. Dr. S.K. (Steve) Donovan Permanent Researcher - Geology

Palaeozoic and Mesozoic invertebrates

Phone: +31 (0)71 5687642
Fax: +31 (0)71 5687666

Research interests

My research is centred upon two fossil groups, the echinoderms (spiny skinned animals, mainly the echinoids (sea urchins) and crinoids (sea lilies)), and trace fossils (burrows, borings, tracks, trails, etc.).

I am managing editor of Scripta Geologica (The Netherlands), and a member of the editorial boards of Ichnos (USA) and Geological Journal (UK).


Naturalis Repository

Recent publications (peer reviewed papers are marked thus *): 


Donovan, S.K. 2008. On accuracy in references. Learned Publishing21: 74-75.

Donovan, S.K. 2008. Publication diversity. Journal of Scholarly Publishing., 39: 294-300.

* Donovan, S.K. 2008. Professor Trevor A. Jackson. Geological Journal43: 521-524.

* Donovan, S.K. 2008. The ‘Forbidden Theory of Mountain Uplift’ of Charles Taylor Trechmann (1884-1964): a tectonic theory of the 1950s in context. Geological Journal43: 605-619.

* Donovan, S.K., Jagt, J.W.M. & Lewis, D.N. 2008. Ichnology of Late Cretaceous echinoids from the Maastrichtian type area (The Netherlands, Belgium) - 1. A healed puncture wound in Hemipneustes striatoradiatus (Leske). Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum34: 73-76.

* Donovan, S.K. & Lewis, D.N. 2008. A crinoid crown from the Wenlock (Silurian) of Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, England. Scripta Geologica136: 63-72.

* Donovan, S.K. & Lewis, D.N. 2008. A conundrum from the Llandovery (Lower Silurian) of Devil’s Dingle, Shropshire. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society57: 75-78.

* Donovan, S.K., Lewis, D.N., Crabb, P. & Widdison, R.E. 2008. A field guide to the Silurian Echinodermata of the British Isles: Part 2 – Crinoidea, minor groups and discussion.Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society57: 29-60.

* Donovan, S.K., Lewis, D.N. & Veltkamp, C.J. 2008. The cladid crinoid Gissocrinus Angelin from Wenlock Edge, Shropshire (Silurian). Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society,57: 69-74.

* Donovan, S.K., Lewis, D.N., Widdison, R.E. & Fearnhead, F.E. 2008. Ever since Ramsbottom: Silurian crinoids of the British Isles since 1954. In Ausich, W.I. & Webster, G.D. (eds), Echinoderm Paleobiology: 330-345. Indiana University Press, Bloomington.

* Donovan, S.K. & Pawson, D.L. 2008. A new species of the sessile crinoid Holopusd’Orbigny from the tropical western Atlantic, with comments on holopodid ecology (Echinodermata: Crinoidea: Holopodidae). Zootaxa1717: 31-38.

* Donovan, S.K. & Pickerill, R.K. 2008. The Paleogene Richmond Formation of Jamaica: not an impact-related succession. Scripta Geologica136: 107-111.

* Jackson, T.A., Scott, P.W., Donovan, S.K., Pickerill, R.K., Portell, R.W. & Harper, D.A.T. 2008. The volcaniclastic turbidites of the Grand Bay Formation, Carriacou, Grenadines, Lesser Antilles. Caribbean Journal of Science44: 116-124.

* Portell, R.W. & Donovan, S.K. 2008. Campanile trevorjacksoni sp. nov. (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from the Eocene of Jamaica: at last, a name for the first fossil used in intercontinental biostratigraphic correlation (de la Beche 1827). Geological Journal43: 542-551.

* Stemann, T.A. & Donovan, S.K. 2008. Paleo-channel or sinkhole? Reinterpretation of an enigmatic structure near Discovery Bay, north central Jamaica. Caribbean Journal of Science44: 242-245. 


* Bruijn, H. de, Hoek Ostende, L.W. van den & Donovan, S.K. 2007. Mirrabella, a new name for the genus Mirabella De Bruijn et al. 1987 (Mammalia), preoccupied by MirabellaEmeljanov 1982 (Insecta). Contributions to Zoology76: 279-280.

* Ciampaglio, C.N., Donovan, S.K. & Weaver, P.G. 2007. A new bourgueticrinid (Crinoidea) from the Castle Hayne Formation (Eocene) of southeastern North Carolina, USA. Swiss Journal of Geoscience100: 243-249.

* Collins, J.S.H. & Donovan, S.K. 2007. New decapod crustaceans from the Paleogene of Jamaica. Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum33 (for 2006): 59-65.

Donovan, S.K. 2007. Tea and biscuits, or tea and posters? Thinking in the abstract.Palaeontological Association Newsletter, #64: 74-75.

Donovan, S.K. 2007. The importance of resubmitting rejected papers. Journal of Scholarly Publishing38: 151-155.

* Donovan, S.K. 2007. Collectors, curators and the fossil record: a reply to Hope (2004).Scottish Journal of Geology43: 75-77.

* Donovan, S.K. 2007. No Echinolampas marker band in the Miocene of Jamaica? Supporting evidence from Poland. Caribbean Journal of Science43: 147-150.

* Donovan, S.K. 2007. H.L. ‘Hal’ Dixon (1941-2005) and the fossil echinoids of Jamaica.Caribbean Journal of Science43: 279-282.

* Donovan, S.K. 2007. A cautionary tale: razor shells, acorn barnacles and palaeoecology.Palaeontology50: 1479-1484.

* Donovan, S.K., Fearnhead, F.E. & Lewis, D.N. 2007. Crinoids. In Clarkson, E.N.K., Harper, D.A.T., Taylor, C.M. & Anderson, L.I. (eds), Silurian Fossils of the Pentland Hills, Scotland: 172-180. Palaeontological Association Field Guides to Fossils11.

* Donovan, S.K., Fearnhead, F.E. & Underwood, C.J. 2007. Recent borings in limestone cobbles from Marloes Bay, southwest Wales. Lethaia40: 233-236.

* Donovan, S.K. & Harper, D.A.T. 2007. Rare borings in Pleistocene brachiopods from Jamaica and Barbados. Caribbean Journal of Science43: 59-64.

* Donovan, S.K., Harper, D.A.T. & Håkansson, E. 2007. The root of the problem: palaeoecology of distinctive crinoid attachment structures from the Silurian (Wenlock) of Gotland. Lethaia40: 313-320.

* Donovan, S.K., Portell, R.W. & Domning, D.P. 2007. Contrasting patterns and mechanisms of extinction during the Eocene-Oligocene transition in Jamaica: 247-273. InRenema, W. (ed.), Biogeography, Time and Place: Distributions, Barriers and Islands.Springer, Dordrecht.

* Donovan, S.K. & Stemann, T.A. 2007. Where have all the sponges gone? The significance of spicules from the Upper Pliocene Hopegate Formation of Jamaica. Caribbean Journal of Science42 (for 2006): 239-243.

* Fearnhead, F.E. & Donovan, S.K. 2007. A cladid crinoid (Echinodermata) from the Llandovery (Lower Silurian) of the Girvan district, SW Scotland. Scottish Journal of Geology,43: 79-82, 180.

* Fearnhead, F.E. & Donovan, S.K. 2007. New crinoids (Echinodermata) from the Llandovery (Lower Silurian) of the British Isles. Palaeontology50: 905-915.

* Fearnhead, F.E. & Donovan, S.K. 2007. A robust crinoid from the Llandovery (Lower Silurian) of Norbury, Shropshire: systematics, palaeoecology and taphonomy. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association118: 339-345.

* Harper, D.A.T. & Donovan, S.K. 2007. Fossil brachiopods from the Pleistocene of the Antilles. Scripta Geologica135: 213-239.

* Lewis, D.N. & Donovan, S.K. 2007. A standardized method of describing fossils, using Echinoidea as an example. Scripta Geologica134: 109-118.

* Lewis, D.N., Donovan, S.K., P. Crabb & Gladwell, D.J. 2007. A field guide to the Silurian Echinodermata of the British Isles: Part 1 - Eleutherozoa and Rhombifera. Scripta Geologica134: 27-59.

MacGillivray, C.M.I. (prepared for publication by S.K. Donovan). 2007. A Relative Potential Erosion Detection (PED) model for the upper Buff Bay catchment, parish of Portland, Jamaica: A geographical information system application. Scripta Geologica Special Issue,6: 202 pp.

Principal publications 2001-2006 (peer reviewed papers are marked thus *):

Please contact the author when you are interested in one of the articles above and it is not available online or in the repository [Repository].