Chris Jackson, Ann Muggeridge and Jan Cilliers, along with Rebeca Santamaria-Fernandez and Dimitris Sarantaridis from Corporate Partnerships, hosted members of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters’ VISTA board (14th October). VISTA is a basic research programme, fully funded by Statoil, conducted in close collaboration with The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. After a very productive, highly energetic meeting, in which they discussed mechanisms for interacting with industry on large, long-term research projects, they enjoyed a fine, all-expenses paid meal at the Bombay Brasserie…
Chris Jackson, along with Jenny Collier and Mike Mayall, attended the NERC ‘Exploitation in Challenging Environments’ workshop (17th October) in central London to pitch department expertise in oil and gas in the following key areas: (i) Arctic; (ii) Deep water; (iii) Pre salt/Pre basalt imaging; and (iv) High pressure, high temperature. This workshop forms part of NERC’s ‘Oil and Gas Innovation Programme’. Research associated with Lidia Lonergan, Alex Whittaker and Rebecca Bell, who were unable to personally attend the meeting, was also presented.
Hampson, G.J., Duller, R.A., Petter, A.L., Robinson, R.A.J. and Allen, P.A. (2014). Mass-balance constraints on stratigraphic interpretation of linked alluvial-coastal-shelfal deposits: example from Cretaceous Western Interior Basin, Utah and Colorado, USA. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 84, 935-960. DOI: 10.2110/jsr.2014.78
Benoit Massart successfully passed his PhD viva on the 4th of September. His PhD, which was entitled “Improved characterisation and modelling of heterolithic tidal sandstone reservoirs”, was supervised by Matthew Jackson, Gary Hampson, Howard Johnson, Berit Legler (now at Wintershall) and Chris Jackson, and was examined by Philip Ringrose (Statoil) and Cedric John (internal examiner). Many congratulations Benoit! Benoit now works for Statoil in Bergen, Norway.
Abdulaziz Al-Balushi successfully passed his PhD viva on the 9th of September. His PhD, which was entitled “Tectono-Stratigraphic Evolution of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Impact of the Messinian Salinity Crisis on the Petroleum Systems”, was supervised by Al Fraser and Chris Jackson, and was examined by Peter Burgess (Royal Holloway) and Alex Whittaker (internal examiner). Huge congratulations Abdulaziz! Abdulaziz will begin work for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) later this year
Chris Jackson gave an invited talk at the University of Edinburgh as part of their departmental seminar series (25th September). His talk, which was entitled ‘Hot Rocks Beneath Our Feet; Seismic Reflection Imaging of Igneous Geology’, presented a summary of igneous geology-related research undertaken in the BRG over the last four years. A big “thanks!” to Dr Craig Magee who was the PDRA on the related project and who, along with a number of MSci students, generated much of the material that was presented. Nick Schofield (University of Aberdeen) and Simon Holford (University of Adelaide) are also thanked for their input.
Flood, Y.S. and Hampson, G.J. 2014. Facies and architectural analysis to interpret avulsion style and variability: Upper Cretaceous Blackhawk Formation, Wasatch Plateau, Central Utah, USA. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 84, p. 743-762. DOI: 10.2110/jsr.2014.59
Jackson, C.A-L., Rodriguez, C.R., Rotevatn, A. and Bell, R.E. (2014). Geological and geophysical expression of a primary salt weld; an example from the Santos Basin, Brazil. Interpretation. DOI: 10.1190/INT-2014-0066.1.
Licht, A., van Cappelle, M, Abels, H.A., Ladant, J.-B., Trabucho-Alexandre, J., France-Lanord, C., Donnadieu, Y., Vandenberghe, J., Rigaudier, T., Lecuyer, C., Terry, D.O., Adriaens, R., Boura, A., Guo, Z., Aung Naing Soe, Dupont-Nivet, G. and Jaeger, J.-J., (2014). Asian monsoons in a late Eocene greenhouse world. Nature 513, pp. 501-506. DOI:10.1038/nature13704
Maidment, S. C. R., Henderson, D. M. and Barrett, P. M. In press. What drove reversions to quadrupedality in ornithischian dinosaurs? Testing hypotheses using centre of mass modelling. Naturwissenschaften. DOI 10.1007/s00114-014-1239-2
Mannie, A.S., Jackson, C.A-L. and Hampson, G.J. 2014. Shallow marine reservoir development in extensional diapir collapse minibasins: an integrated subsurface case study from the Upper Jurassic of the Cod Terrace, Norwegian North Sea. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 98, p. 2019-2055. DOI: 10.1306/03201413161
Mannie, A.S., Jackson, C.A-L. and Hampson, G.J. 2014. Structural controls on the stratigraphic architecture of net-transgressive shallow-marine strata in a salt-influenced rift basin: Middle-to-Upper Jurassic Egersund Basin, Norwegian North Sea. Basin Research, v. 26, p. 675-700. DOI: 10.1111/bre.12058
Prélat, A., Hodgson, D.M., Hall, M., Jackson, C.A-L., Baunack, C. and Tveiten, B. (2014). Constraining sub-seismic deep-water stratal elements with electrofacies analysis; a case study from the Upper Cretaceous of the Måløy Slope, offshore Norway. Marine and Petroleum Geology. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.07.018.
On 26th September the Basins Research Group Summer Get-Together took place for the first time in the group's history. The evening kicked off with a ping pong tournament at Bounce (“The Home of Ping Pong”) in Holborn. Winners in the categories of best male and best female were Thilo Wrona and Rebecca Bell respectively. Robin Thomas was our best loser and Chris Jackson was awarded with the title 'best fancy dress'. All winners and losers were honoured with trophies, gold medals, a glowing crown-scepter, scented gel pens or gummi bears. The evening continued with dinner at Bounce, a stop-over in an old-fashioned pub and ended around 4am at the nightclub R O X Y. What did we learn from this experience? Let's do it again!
Thanks to Antje and Olly for organising this evening and thanks to everyone for coming along!
Rebecca Bell has become the new Earth Science columnist for the Observer, the Guardian’s Sunday magazine. Her first article on “Why seismologists have a mountain to climb” was published on 7th September and her columns will be a regular feature every 6 weeks. If you have any exciting research about to be published or an idea for an article that you think would be of interest to the general public Becky would love to hear from you!
Hayley Allen successfully passed her PhD viva on the 27th of August. Her PhD, which was entitled “Stratigraphy and Structural Evolution of the Messinian Evaporite Complex in the Eastern Mediterranean”, was supervised by Al Fraser and Chris Jackson, and was examined by Christian Hubscher (University of Hamburg) and Gary Hampson (internal examiner). Huge congratulations Hayley! Hayley will begin work for Shell UK later this year and will be based in London.
Tom Phillips, Antje Lenhart, Han Claringbould, Oliver Duffy and Rebecca Bell attended and gave a series of oral presentations at a MultiRift Project meeting jointly hosted by Statoil Bergen and the University of Bergen. The two-day meeting was attended by collaborators from the Universities of Oslo, Bergen and Manchester, as well Statoil representatives from London, Bergen and Trondheim. Well done all!
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).