School of Earth and Environment



Stephen Flint graduated from the University of Leeds, with a PhD in Sedimentation and Tectonics in 1982, whilst working in the Central Andes. He then spent 4 years  in the research laboratories of Royal Dutch-Shell in the Netherlands, working on sedimentary basins in active plate margins worldwide. In 1989 Stephen joined the University of Liverpool as a Lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences, where he founded the Stratigraphy Group and worked worldwide in collaboration with many universities and national and international oil companies. Stephen was appointed to a Personal Chair in 1997 and served as Dean of Graduate Studies between 2007 and 2010.

In 2012 Stephen moved to The University of Manchester as Professor of Stratigraphy and Associate Dean for Internationalisation, where he is leading strategies on global research collaborations across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Stephen has supervised 29 PhD students and 25 Post-Docs to date and has published 115 papers and edited several books.  He is particularly interested in unravelling palaeo-climatic, sea-level and tectonic records from stratigraphic successions and understanding the architecture of fluvial, coastal and deep water successions. Stephen’s funding base includes oil companies, the European Union and UK Research Councils. He serves on the editorial board of Petroleum Geoscience and is the elected International Councillor for SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology).