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.
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Seshane Mahlo completed a BSc (Geology) and MSc (Petroleum Engineering) and Omieari Briggs completed an MSc (Petroleum Geoscience) at Imperial College. Research contained in this paper includes material generated during their independent projects.
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Between 13th-16th of November, Marijn van Capelle attended the BSRG postgraduate fieldtrip titled ‘Fluvio-deltaic to deep marine systems in the South Pyrenean Foreland Basin‘. The trip focussed on the Tremp-Graus and Ainsa Basins in the Pyrenees, and was led by Marco Fonnesu (University College Dublin) and Miquel Poyatos-More (University of Manchester).
Dan Collins co-led two one-day field trips for Brunei Shell Petroleum staff on 16th October and 3rd November. Participants from a range of disciplines included exploration and production geoscientists, petroleum engineers, petrophysicists, production technologists and business leaders. The trips focused on outcrops of the shallow marine Belait Formation in the Jerudong area of Brunei, which form part of Dan's PhD on mixed-process shoreline systems and are direct analogues to producing subsurface reservoirs in Brunei. Themes covered ranged in scale from petrographic impacts on reservoir quality, through the impact of facies changes to waterflood design, to seismic scale reservoir architecture!
Between 29th September and 1st October, Marijn van Capelle went on the Applied Ichnology and Sedimentology course taught by George Pemberton (University of Alberta) at TNO in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Marijn has also written a short article on this ichnology course in this month’s issue of Geo.brief, the newsletter of the KNGMG (Koninklijk Nederlands Geologisch Mijnbouwkundig Gezelschap: Royal Dutch Geological and Mining Engineering Society).
This month we welcome 4 new PhD students into the BRG. Alex Coleman, who recently graduated from the University of Southampton, will be working on a PhD project entitled “Fault-related folding in extensional basins” supervised by Chris Jackson and Olly Duffy. Gaia Stucky de Quay, who graduated from UCL, will be working on a PhD entitled “Uplift and erosion of ancient buried landscapes“ supervised by Gareth Roberts and Chris Jackson. Stephen Watkins who graduated from IC and has already completed an MSci project in the BRG group will be working on the PhD project “Quantifying the ability of the sedimentary record to document tectonic and climatic events in the Gulf of Corinth, central Greece” with Rebecca Bell and Alex Whittaker. Sam Brooke, who gradated from the University of Liverpool, will be working on a PhD project titled "Constraining landscape sensitivity to climate change: from past data to future models?", supervised by Alex Whittaker and John Armitage (Royal Holloway).
More details on their projects will be available via their websites in due course. Welcome to the BRG!
The BRG also welcomes this month 6 MSci students who will be completing their final year research projects as part of the group. These projects address a wide range of themes relating to structural geology, sedimentology and surface processes. You can find out more about their project titles on the group members page!
Pete Fitch, Antje Lenhart, Tom Phillips, Adamu Suleiman and Marijn van Capelle all acted as demonstrators/co-leaders during the Wessex Basin fieldtrip. The trip was led/co-led by Gary Hampson, Alistair Fraser, Howard Johnson and Peter Fitch and was attended by MSc Petroleum Geoscience, Geophysics and Engineering students.
Chris Jackson attended and co-led the LOBE 2 sponsors’ fieldtrip to the Neuquén Basin, Argentina (18th-25th October). The trip was organised and co-led by consortium leaders from the universities of Manchester (Prof. Stephen Flint) and Leeds (Prof. David Hodgson), in addition to researchers from La Plata (Dr Ernesto Schwarz). The fieldtrip focused on the sedimentology and stratigraphy of Lower Jurassic, early post-rift deep-water deposits and was attended by 20 participants representing 11 major oil companies.
Chris Jackson gave invited talks at University College Dublin (7th October – Departmental Seminar Series), University of Manchester (9th October – AAPG Student Chapter Talk) and University of Leeds (13th October – AAPG Student Chapter Talk). His talk, which he gave at all three institutions, was entitled ‘Geology of the 5/22-1 exploration well, Rockall Trough, offshore NW Ireland: the role of break-up magmatism on trap development and reservoir quality’, presenting some of the preliminary results arising from Craig Magee’s and Chris’ work on seismic reflection and borehole data from offshore Ireland. Nick Schofield (University of Aberdeen) is also thanked for his input.
Rebecca Bell also gave a Keynote talk at the Seis-Mix meeting in Barcelona on 13-17th October entitled “Characterising the seismic behaviour of subduction zones using active source seismic methods”.
On Sunday 12th November, the ESE Rockrunners took to the streets of London to take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon. It was a perfect day for the run, with a wonderful atmosphere around the course that must have spurred the team on….as they finished a fantastic 17th out of 184 ‘corporate’ teams! Special mention should go to Tom Phillips and Chris Jackson, who ably ‘repped’ for the BRG hood…
In total, charity donations totalled £748 for Rockwatch, £3000 for the Royal Parks Foundation, and a few hundred for a string of other charities including Mind, Wateraid, RNLI, Stroke Association, British Heart Foundation, Arthritis UK and Médecins Sans Frontières. Thanks to everyone that took part and supported us…. and if you would still like to donate, the justgiving page for Rockwatch is: https://www.justgiving.com/Rockrunners2014/
Many congratulations all!
Rebecca Bell’s next Earth Science column for the Observer "Nuclear waste must be out of sight, but not out of mind" is now online!
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).