Alex Coleman has begun a placement at DEA Norge AS in Oslo, Norway. His work will revolve around a series of salt-influenced leads and prospects in the Barents Sea and Arctic Continental Shelf, in preparation for the upcoming 23rd license round. In particular, Alex will be undertaking seismic interpretation, basin modelling and 3D structural reconstruction - ultimately, to shed light on the geological history of the province.
Thomas Phillips has started an internship in the idyllic town of Reading at BG Group looking at the interplay between rifting and Salt tectonics in the Central North Sea.
Matthew Reeve has recently been elected as the student representative of the Petroleum Group Committee. The Petroleum Group is one of the specialist groups of the Geological Society of London, and aims to advance the study and understanding of petroleum geology. Matt's role will involve attending regular committee meetings at the Geolsoc, helping organise upcoming events and developing links between academia and industry.
Susannah Maidment spoke at the Hoop & Toy hosted Pint of Science event about 'Sophie: The world's most complete Stegosaurus'.
Alqahtani, F.A., Johnson, H.D., Jackson, C.A-L., Som, R.B., (2015). Nature, origin and evolution of a Late Pleistocene incised valley-fill, Sunda Shelf, Southeast Asia. Sedimentology 62, 1198-1232. DOI: 10.1111/sed.12185
Chris Jackson, Gary Hampson and Lidia Lonergan led an MSc Petroleum Geoscience field trip to Utah, aided by demonstrators Carl Jacquemyn, Susannah Maidment, Daisy Rood, Adamu Suleiman, Carl McDermott and Alex Coleman. Principally focusing upon sequence stratigraphy, clastic sedimentology, structural geology and salt tectonics of some world-class exposures.
Susannah Maidment spent three weeks in the field in Utah studying the Morrison Formation and collecting magnetostratigraphic samples and ashes for radiometric dating, ably assisted by Chris Dean (ESE PhD student).
Daniel Collins and Marijn van Cappelle received $1,200 from the SEPM Foundation and £330 from the GeolSoc Annie Greenly Fund for sedimentological fieldwork on Jura (Scotland).
Daniel Collins presented a poster entitled: ‘Storm-ﬂood coastal systems in relation to delta front-shoreface facies models: applications to Miocene successions in the Baram Delta Province, NW Borneo' at EGU in Vienna and at the AAPG GTW in Wellington, New Zealand, on Modern Depositional Systems as Analogues for Petroleum Reservoirs.
Mitch D'Arcy presented a poster at EGU entitled "Estimating alluvial fan surface ages using Landsat 8 multispectral imagery" co-authored by Philippa Mason, Alex Whittaker and Duna Roda Boluda.
Daniel Collins presented a talk entitled 'The Potential Impact of Evolving Basin Physiography and Tidal Dynamics on the Mangrove Biome and Hydrocarbon Charge System in the Tertiary South China Sea' at the AAPG GTW in Wellington, New Zealand, on Modern Depositional Systems as Analogues for Petroleum Reservoirs. Daniel also received a Chevron-AAPG student award of $1500 to attend the GTW.
Rebecca Bell gave an invited talk at EGU entitled ‘Fault zone structure and seismic reflection characteristics in zones of slow slip and tsunami earthquakes’. She also presented a poster on ‘Strain migration during multiphase extension: observations from the northern North Sea’
Rebecca Bell was also appointed to the programme committee for extensional tectonics at EGU.
Thomas Phillips presented a talk at EGU entitled 'Basement structure controls on the geometry and evolution of rift systems - insights from offshore S. Norway using 3D seismic reflection data'
Johan Claringbould presented a talk entitled "Diachronous growth of normal fault systems in multiphase rift basins: Structural evolution of the East Shetland Basin, northern North Sea”.
Duna Roda Boluda presented a talk entitled "Sediment supply and grain size export from normal fault footwalls in Southern Italy"
Mitch D'Arcy presented a talk entitled "Debris flow grain size scales with sea surface temperatures over glacial-interglacial timescales"
Alex Whittaker conveened the session "Interactions between tectonics and surface processes from mountain belts to basins" co-organized between the geomorphology and structural geology divisions.
Duna Roda Boluda, between the 16th of February and 7th of March, visited SUERC (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre) to utilise their cosmogenic nuclide facilities. Beryllium-10 analysis was conducted on 15 samples to obtain catchment-averaged erosion rate data for normal fault-bounded catchments in Southern Italy. The analyses were funded by a NERC grant of £13,000 pounds that she and supervisor Alex Whittaker obtained last June.
Chris Jackson visited VNG Norge in Stavanger, Norway to discuss the tectono-stratigraphic of the Halten Terrace area, with a particular emphasis on the structural style and stratigraphic development of the area in response to Late Jurassic rifting. He visited the core store to look at a lot (>500 m) of spectacular core taken through the deep-water syn-rift reservoir intervals of the Pil and Bua discoveries, before giving a presentation on work arising from the Statoil-funded Salt-Influenced Rift Basins (SIRB) project. The view from the presentation room was stunning and, it seems, the Norwegians like to name their hotel meeting rooms after oil fields…
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).