We welcome our three new PhD students this year: David Redpath, Sophie Pan and Bailey Lathrop. All three will conduct studies focussing on the growth of normal faults. Please take time to check out their new personal pages and research topics on our members page. Expect new findings in structural geology in the coming years!
Stucky de Quay, G., G. G. Roberts, J. S. Watson, and C. A.-L. Jackson (2017), Incipient mantle plume evolution: Constraints from ancient landscapes buried beneath the North Sea, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 18, doi:10.1002/2016GC006769.
Alqahtani, F. A., Jackson, C. A-L., Johnson, H. D., Som, R.B. (2017) Controls on the Geometry and Evolution of Humid-Tropical Fluvial Systems: Insights From 3D Seismic Geomorphological Analysis of the Malay Basin, Sunda Shelf, Southeast Asia. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 87, 17–40.
Duffy, O. B., Nixon, C. W., Bell, R. E., Jackson, C. A-L., Gawthorpe, R. L., Sanderson, D. J., Whipp, P. S. (2017) The topology of evolving rift fault networks: Single-phase vs multi-phase rifts. Journal of Structural Geology, 96, 192–202.
Chris Jackson completed Leg 1 of his Geological Society of America, James B. Thompson, Distinguished Lecturer Tour (28 January–11 February). Chris visited Ohio State, Rutgers, Oklahoma State, University of Hawaii and Colorado School of Mines, presenting a range of talks on salt tectonics, 3D seismic reflection data, and igneous geology. On his tour, Chris visited active volcanoes and watched humpback whales; photos, videos and a day-to-day diary can be found on his blog with updates also posted on Twitter (@seis_matters). The second Leg of his tour begin on April, 15.
On February 28, Chris Jackson later gave a departmental seminar at Leeds University. His talk was entitled ‘How Do Normal Faults Grow?’, presenting material contained in a recent paper he and Rebecca Bell published in a Geological Society of London Special Publication.
Alex Hughes has been at the University of Vermont, Burlington since mid-January processing his Cosmo samples from Southern California. He will be there until the end of March. Jennifer Sawyer-Quye was there for four weeks until mid Feb.
Alex's samples are taken from the Ventura Basin in southern California with the purpose of quantifying seismic hazards in southern California. Jen's samples are from Calabria, southern Italy and are being used to investigate the uplift of the eastern Mediterranean.
The work has focussed on doing column chromatography on the samples to prepare them for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) analysis. Alex and Jen are undertaking AMS at The Australian National Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in Sydney in April.
On January 13th Chris Jackson co-hosted ‘Undersampled Radio’, a geo-podcast regularly hosted by Matt Hall and Graham Gansalle, Chris discussed amongst many, many other random things, his GSA lecture tour, academic publishing trends, and the seemingly thorny issue of whether conference posters have the same kudos as talks. Check out the podcast here. Chris will be returning to Undersampled Radio sometime during his GSA tour...
Antje Lenhart, Tom Phillips, Rebecca Bell and Chris Jackson attended the final meeting of the ‘MultiRift’ project in Bergen, Norway (11th January). The MultiRift project is a multi-institutional (Imperial, Bergen, Manchester), Norwegian Research Council-funded (the Norwegian ‘NERC’) project aimed at understanding the tectono-stratigraphic development of rifts that formed in response to polyphase extension.
Van Cappelle, M., Ravnås, R., Hampson, G.J. & Johnson, H.D., 2017, Depositional evolution of a progradational to aggradational, mixed-influenced deltaic succession: Jurassic Tofte and Ile formations, southern Halten Terrace, offshore Norway. Marine and Petroleum Geology 80, pp. 1-22. doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.11.013.
Chris Jackson began the 1st leg of his Geological Society of America (GSA) Distinguished Lecturer Tour. This leg will last two weeks (28th January-11th February), with Chris giving talks at Ohio State, Rutgers, Oklahoma, Hawaii and Colorado School of Mines. As part of the tour and on behalf of GSA, Chris has been writing a blog, chronicling the background to and preparation for the tour; wi-fi connectivity permitting, he will also be ‘live blogging’ whilst he’s on the road. If you’re into that sort of thing and have a spare five minutes over a cup of tea, please check out his blog at: https://cjackson2013.wordpress.com/author/cjackson2013/. You can also follow Chris on Twitter at @seis_matters. The 2nd leg of the tour will take place in mid-April, with Chris planning visits to El Paso, Virginia, Oregon, Arkansas, Connecticut and Colombia.
Alexander Coleman presented a talk at the PESGB, Petroleum Group and AAPG Petroleum Geoscience Collaboration Showcase at the PETEX Conference (November 15th). His presentation was entitled 'Coupling between Supra- and Sub-Salt Fault Arrays in Salt-Influenced Rifts'.
Alex also judged poster presentations in the North West Europe & Global Geoscience sessions (November 16th), covering a wide range of topics from salt tectonics and mass transport complexes to structural inheritance in rifts.
Chris Jackson visited the Mole Valley Geological Society (November 10th ) to give a talk entitled “The rock that wouldn’t stay still; a brief introduction to evaporites”. He was more-than-ably hosted by Imperial College Emeritus Professor and RSM stalwart, Dick Selley.
In mid-November Chris was also keynote speaker at the Earth Science Research Conference at the University of Plymouth (November 16). His talk was entitled “3D Seismic Reflection Data; Has the Geological Hubble Retained its Focus?”.
Finally, Chris was an invited speaker at The Sedgwick Club, Department of Earth Science, University of Cambridge (November 28), where he gave a talk entitled “Hot Rocks Under Our Feet; Seismic Imaging of Igneous Geology in Sedimentary Basins”.
Isaac Odeh will work on deep-water sediment dispersal and architecture in salt-influenced basins. Isaac will be working on data from the North Sea, provided by Shell UK. He will be co-supervised by Ian Kane (Manchester), David Hodgson (Leeds) and Howard Johnson (Imperial).
Harya Nugraha will be working on multi-scale analysis of Mass-transport complexes (MTCs), specifically subsurface characterisation, prediction, and its impact on hydrocarbon exploration and production.
Nan Wu is also joining us to work on 3D seismic interpretation of MTCs in the Gulf of Mexico. In the future, Nan hopes to find out more MTCs and either characterise or predict them in salt-related basins.
Welcome to new our PhD students, Isaac, Harya, and Nan!
The Basins Research Group (BRG) at Imperial College London focuses on the geodynamic, struc-tural, and stratigraphic evolution of sedimentary basins. This range of ac-tivities is centred around a multidisciplinary group of Earth Scientists who are committed to understand-ing the fundamental geo-logical processes opera-ting in evolving sediment-ary basins, and the application of this under-standing to determining the nature, origin and occurrence of natural resources (see Themes).