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!
Alex Whittaker, Gareth Roberts, Gary Hampson, Gaia Stucky de Quay and Chris Jackson visited Statoil UK to discuss their ongoing research related to source-to-sink analysis of sedimentary basins (Thursday November 1st).
Dave Hodgson (Leeds) visited the BRG to talk to MTC-obsessed students, Harya Nugraha, Nan Wu and Mike Steventon, as well as Dutch clinoform fiend, Daan Beelen. He left suitably impressed (Monday 14th November)
Isaac Odeh and Chris Jackson visited Shell UK in Aberdeen to discuss Isaac's PhD project (deep-water sediment dispersal and architecture in salt-influenced basins). They met with teams from across their Central North Sea assets, with Chris and Ian Kane (Manchester) presenting the project background, aims and objectives (Tuesday 29th November)
Chris Jackson burrowed deep into the Natural History Museum to give a talk to the London Branch of the Open University Geological Society (20th October). Despite epic projector and lectern issues, he eventually gave a talk entitled ‘The rock that wouldn’t stay still; a brief introduction to evaporites’. He is now the very proud owner of a £20 Waterstones gift voucher.
Chris Jackson returned to his alma mater, the University of Manchester, to give a talk to the AAPG Student Chapter (27th October). His talk was entitled ‘The internal structure and composition of salt diapirs: What do we know, what might we want to know and why might it be important?’
Chris Jackson presented at the weekly Earth and Planets (E&P) seminar (19th October). His talk was entitled “How Do Normal Faults Grow?”. Don’t ask him what the answer is. He doesn’t yet know, but is working hard to find out.
Dr Joanna Faure-Walker from UCL visited Imperial College to present the weekly departmental seminar. She gave an awesome talk entitled “Fault slip-rates and geometries, from surface observations to seismic hazard”, which got many of the BRG members hyper-excited. Joanna spent time with Becky, Alex and Chris, discussing collaborative projects focused on normal fault growth, landscape evolution and earthquake hazards.
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).