Professor Colin Jago

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I am the Dean of College of Natural Sciences and a Professor in the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University. I completed my BSc (in Petroleum Geology) and PhD (on the sedimentology of modern beach and estuarine sediments of Carmarthen Bay, SW Wales) at Imperial College, University of London. I was then a postdoctoral fellow at the Wellcome Marine Laboratory, University of Leeds (1970-3), a research assistant in the Department of Oceanography, University of Southampton (1973-4), and a Royal Society Research Fellow at University College Galway, Ireland and Université de Perpignan, France (1974-6). I took up my post here in 1977.

Research Interests

My research interests encompass the sedimentary processes of continental margins from estuaries to continental slopes. My work has focussed on measuring lateral and vertical fluxes of sedimentary material (e.g. rate of infilling of estuarine sediments, settling flux of suspended matter on the shelf, cross-margin flux of suspended matter) and their relation to physical forcing (e.g. turbulence, resuspension, advection). These processes require an interdisciplinary approach and I am especially interested in biota-sediment interactions and their control of benthic-pelagic coupling: influence of micro- and macro-fauna on seabed properties and erosion rate, mediation of particle aggregation and settling flux by plankton. I also have an interest in sedimentary processes in the tropical lagoons of Mauritius. All of these studies have required the design and/or application of novel acoustic and optical technologies for remotely sensing sediment properties.

Research Groups

Research Themes

Research Grants Awarded

'Processes of vertical exchange in shelf seas', European Union, MAST III (with J H Simpson, S E Jones), 1998-2001, £400K.

'Cohesive sediment transport in estuaries', European Union, MAST III (with S E Jones, A J Bale), 1998-2000, £24K.

'Suspended sediment flux across the shelf break', Natural Environment Research Council (with S E Jones), 1994-8, £100K.

'Biologically-mediated particle aggregation and dynamics', Natural Environment Research Council (with G Novarino), 1995-7, £128K.

Suspended sediment flux across the coastal boundary zone', Natural Environment Research Council (with D Huntley), 1994-7, £85K.

'Geophysical assessment of microbiological controls of the properties of cohesive shelf sediment deposits', Natural Environmental Research Council, 1992-5 (with S E Jones, J Latchford), £165K.

'Suspended sediment dynamics in the Ria de Vigo, Spain', British Council, 1991-3, £5K.

'Controls of erodibility of soft cohesive sediments', Natural Environment Research Council, 1990-3 (with A G Davies), £73K.

'Seafloor properties and suspended sediment fluxes in the southern North Sea', Natural Environment Research Council, 1988-91, £43K.

'Hydraulic and acoustic properties of estuarine sediments', Natural Environment Research Council, 1984-7, £38K.


Peer Reviewed Journal Papers

Howlett, E.R., D.G. Bowers, J. Malarkey and C.F. Jago, 2015.
Stratification in the presence of an axial convergent front: Causes and implications. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 161, 1-10.
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Malarkey, J., C.F. Jago, R. Hübner and S.E. Jones, 2013.
A simple method to determine the settling velocity distribution from settling velocity tubes. Continental Shelf Research, 56, 82-89.

Roberts, M.J., Scourse, J.D., Bennell, J.D., Huws, D.G. and Jago, C.F. 2011.
Devensian Late-glacial and Holocene relative sea- level change in North Wales. Journal of Quaternary Science 26, 141-155. doi: 10.1002/jqs.1443.

Jago CF, Kennaway GM, Novarino G, Jones SE, (2007).
Size and settling velocity of suspended flocs during Phaeocystis bloom in the tidally suspended Irish Sea, NW European shelf. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 345, 51-62, 2007.

Jago, C.F., Ishak, A.K., Jones, S.E. and Goff, M.R.G. (2006)
An ephemeral turbidity maximum generated by resuspension of organic-rich matter in a macrotidal estuary, S.W. Wales. Estuaries and Coasts, 29, 197-208.

Jago, C.F., Jones, S.E., Sykes, P. and Rippeth, T.P. (2006)
Temporal variation of suspended particulate matter and turbulence in a high energy, tide-stirred coastal ocean: Relative contributions of resuspension and dissaggregation. Continental Shelf Research, 26, 2019-2028.

Daby, D., Turner, J. and Jago, C. (2002).
Microbial and nutrient pollution of coastal bathing waters in Mauritius. Environment International: 27: 555-566.

Jago, C.F. and Bull, C.F.J. (2000)
Quantification of errors in transmissometer–derived concentration of suspended particulate matter in the coastal zone: implications for flux determinations. Marine Geology, 169, 273–286.

Bunt, J., Larcombe, P. and Jago, C.F. (1999)
Considerations in the use of optical instruments for SPM determination in varying marine environments. Continental Shelf Research, 19, 1199–1220.

Wood, R.G., Black, K.S. and Jago, C.F. (1998)
Measurements and preliminary modelling of current velocity over an intertidal mudflat, Humber estuary, UK. In: Black, K.S., Paterson, D.M. and Cramp, A. [eds.], Sedimentary Processes in the Intertidal Zone, Geological Soc. London, Spec. Publ., 139, 167–175.

Jago, C.F. and Jones, S.E. (1998)
Observation and modelling of the dynamics of benthic fluff resuspended from a sandy bed in the southern North Sea. Continental Shelf Research, 18, 1255–1282.

Jones, S.E., Jago, C.F., Bale, A.J., Chapman, D., Howland, R.J.M. and Jackson, J. (1998)
Aggregation and resuspension of suspended particulate matter at a seasonally stratified site in the southern North Sea: physical and biological controls. In: The North Sea Sediment Resuspension Experiment (SERE) [eds. Morris, A.W., Jago, C.F., Howarth, M.J. and Bale,A.J.], Continental Shelf Research, 18, 1283–1310.

Morris, A.W., Jago, C.F., Howarth, M.J. and Bale, A.J. [eds.] (1998)
The North Sea sediment resuspension experiment (SERE). Continental Shelf Research, 18, 1201–1418.

Rowden, A.A., Jago, C.F. and Jones, S.E. (1998)
Influence of benthic macrofauna on the geotechnical and geophysical properties of surficial sediment, North Sea. In: The North Sea Sediment Resuspension Experiment (SERE) [eds.Morris, A.W., Jago, C.F., Howarth, M.J. and Bale, A.J.], Continental Shelf Research, 18, 1347–1363.

Book Chapters

Turner, J.R., Jago, C., Daby, D. and Klaus, R. (2000)
The Mascarene Region, In:Seas at The Millennium, An Environmental Assessment, [Ed.]Sheppard, C.R.C., Elsevier Science, Chapter 70, pp. 243–258.

Turner, J.R., Jago, C., Daby, D. and Klaus, R. (2000)
The Mascarene Region. In: Sheppard, C.R.C. (ed.) Seas at The Millennium, An Environmental Assessment, chapter 70, pp. 243–258, Pergamon – Elsevier Science.

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