Rebecca Bell and Alex Whittaker have been awarded a grant from the Royal Society for a project entitled “Recovering high precision records of uplift and climate change from the sedimentary record”. This grant will allow them to conduct field work in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, together with Stephen Watkins, to investigate sediment flux into the gulf. Congratulations!
Oliver Duffy, Rebecca Bell, Han Claringbould, Antje Lenhart and Tom Phillips hosted a two-day workshop on Fault Analysis Techniques on the 4th and 5th December 2014. The workshop, part of the multi-institutional MultiRift research project, was attended by MultiRift collaborators from the University of Bergen along with fellow BRG members. The workshop examined the different techniques commonly used to analyse faults and fault networks using a mix of presentations and practical Petrel and paper-based exercises.
Godspower Onyenanu, who recently graduated with his MSc from the University of Manchester, will be working on a PhD project entitled “Characterisation and modelling of heterogeneity in thinly bedded, shallow-marine sandstone reservoirs” supervised by Gary Hampson, Pete Fitch and Matt Jackson. Welcome to the BRG!
Daniel Collins recently completed a 4-month internship at Brunei Shell Petroleum. The main focus of the internship was to classify reservoir quality in heterolithic, shallow marine, reservoir units through integrating core, outcrop, petrophysical, production and seismic data. In addition to field trips, Dan also co-led 4 one day core workshops for various asset teams encompassing a number of different cores. The internship work supplements Dan's PhD field studies of Miocene strata in Brunei and eastern Sarawak, Malaysia (Miri and Lambir).
Craig Magee presented an invited talk in the ‘Continental Volcanic Rifted Margin’ session at AGU in December entitled, “Constraining the role of magma before, during and after the break-up of continents using seismic reflection data”. He also presented a poster on, “Reconstructing the birth, life and death of ancient monogenetic basalt volcanoes using seismic reflection data”.
Chris Jackson gave December’s London Lecture Series talk at Burlington House, Geological Society of London (10th November). His talk was entitled “Terra Infirma; What Has Salt Tectonics Ever Done For Us”. Further details and a video recording of the talk can be viewed here: https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/salttectonics. See below the break for the abstract!
Rebecca Bell’s latest Earth Science column for the Observer "Stegosaurus gets a Hollywood Makeover" is now online.
Antje Lenhart, Tom Phillips and Adamu Suleiman attended the PETEX conference at ExCel London from 18th-20th November. They each presented a poster at the conference's Petroleum Geoscience Research Collaboration Showcase. Their research was well-received, and there were also plenty of opportunities for networking. Well done all!
Chris Jackson gave a keynote presentation at the FORCE Salt Tectonics meeting in Stavanger Norway (13th November). His talk, which was entitled “Salt-Influenced Rift Basins; structure, stratigraphy and new models”, presented material arising from the Salt-Influenced Rift Basins (SIRB) project. FORCE is a forum for improved oil and gas exploration and on the Norwegian continental shelf (http://www.force.org/About-FORCE/Membership/).
Chris Jackson gave an invited presentation at the Applied Geodynamic Laboratory (AGL) Annual General Meeting held at the Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin (14th November). His talk was entitled “Geological and geophysical characterisation of a salt weld; Santos Basin, offshore Brazil”, including material arising from Clara Rodriguez’s PhD, and work conducted in collaboration with Dr Rebecca Bell. The associated publication can be viewed here: http://library.seg.org/doi/abs/10.1190/INT-2014-0066.1.
Chris Jackson gave an invited presentation at the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) Evening Lecture in Aberdeen (18th November). 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?”, drawing on research undertaken whilst he was on sabbatical in 2013. An associated publication can be viewed here: http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/42/4/307.abstract?sid=3d1110a9-ffd9-4f41-9c0f-d8c83b95cf85.
Chris Jackson gave an invited presentation at the Eastern Mediterranean Research Symposium held at IFP Energies nouvelles, Paris, France (24th November). His talk, which was entitled “When the water went away; an overview of Messinian Salinity Crisis-related research at Imperial College”, presented material arising from the PhD projects of Hayley Allen and Abdulaziz Al-Balushi (both co-supervised by Al Fraser), in addition to MSci student Ciprian Verdes.
Chris Jackson, along with collaborator David Hodgson from the University of Leeds, gave a series of invited presentations at BG Group’s ‘Lunch-and-Learn’ seminar series (7th November). The presentations focused on the seismic expression, stratigraphy and sedimentology of mass-transport complexes (MTCs) and their impact on petroleum systems development along passive margins.
Susie Maidment gave a talk at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Verterbrate Palaeontology entitled ‘Red blood cells and collagen fibres preserved in 75 million year old dinosaur specimens’.
Dan Collins gave a invited talk to the Petroleum Geology community in Brunei Shell Petroleum entitled: 'Outcrop insights for subsurface shoreface reservoirs'. Dan also attended and presented aspects of his ongoing internship work at the Borneo Geoscience Forum on 27th November for Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei Shell Geoscientists.
As of the 4th of December, Susie’s new Stegosaurus (or more officially, the Natural History Museum's new stegosaur) is going on display at the Exhibition Road entrance to the NHM! This is the most complete specimen of Stegosaurus ever found, one of the very few dinosaur specimens at the NHM that is real, and the only specimen of this species on display in Europe. Impressive stuff! Susie has working on it for over a year and has lots of papers forthcoming. If you like dinosaurs (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) you’re strongly encouraged to pop in to the NHM and take a look!
On the 7th of November, Antje Lenhart and Rebecca Bell visited the NPD core repository in Stavanger, as part of Antje's PhD research. Along with Haakon Fossen (University of Bergen), they looked at cores from basement to develop an understanding of the different types of crystalline rocks which underlie the North Sea rift.
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).