Simon Kelly graduated from Oxford University (1971), and completed his Ph.D. on Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary bivalves in eastern England at Queen Mary College, London University (1977). After teaching at London University (1977-1979) and Cambridge University (1979-1984) he became a consultant at CASP (1985), with a period as palaeontologist with the British Antarctic Survey (1988-1994). His principal research has been into the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, specialising in molluscan biostratigraphy and palaeo-ecology, with particular interests in hardground and vent faunas. He recently used bivalves to date the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary Mjølnir impact crater in the Barents Sea.
At CASP he is currently involved in fieldwork and integrated biostratigraphic studies in Greenland, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Arctic Canada. He is Curator of the CASP Geological Collections. He is also writing the Joint Nature Conservation Council review volume on the Marine Early Cretaceous sites of England.
- Kaim, A. and Kelly, S.R.A. (2009). "Mass occurence of hokkaidoconchid gastropods in the Upper Jurassic methane seep carbonate from Alexander Island, Antarctica". Antarctic Science 21 (3): p279-284
- Nøhr-Hansen, H., Kelly, S.R.A., Whitham, A.G., Larsen, M. and Jolley, D. (2007). "Developments in the stratigraphy of the pre-basaltic sedimentary succession of the Kangerlussuaq Basin. Volcanic basins of the North Atlantic. Integration of data and conclusions. Phase II report for the Sindri Group. March 2007". Danmarks og Grønlands Geologiske Undersøgelse Rapport 17: p1-57
- Nøhr-Hansen, H., Larsen, M., Kelly, S.R.A. and Whitham, A.G. (2006). "Biostratigraphy zonation (palynology and macrofossil) for the Upper Cretaceous - Lower Palaeogene based on the sedimentary succession in Kangerlussuaq, southern East Greenland". Danmarks og Grønlands Geologiske Undersøgelse Rapport 3: p1-90