Big congratulations to Aruna, who passed her PhD viva! Her PhD was entitled "The rise and fall of diapirs during regional extension and its influence on the deposition of a net-transgressive coastal-plain-to-shallow-marine succession: Middle-to-Upper Jurassic, Norwegian Central Graben", and was supervised by Gary Hampson and Chris Jackson. The external examiner was Professor Adrian Hartley and the internal examiner was Professor Al Fraser. Aruna has started a job at Premier Oil in Stavanger, Norway. Congratulations and good luck Aruna!
Susie Maidment has made the news this month for her work at a new vertebrate microsite at Ardingly College, West Sussex. A wide range of Early Cretaceous fossils have been found at the site, including the remains of plants, shells, turtles, fish, crocodiles and dinosaurs! Susie has also helped organise a ‘big dig’ with local residents of the area to try to find more material. Well done Susie!
Chris Jackson has taken up a position as a Visiting Research Scientist in the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory (AGL) in the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG), University of Texas at Austin. This position, which arises from his sabbatical in 2013, will see Chris continuing to collaborate with researchers on salt tectonics during twice-yearly visits to Austin.
Matt Reeve, Rebecca Bell and Chris Jackson's paper on "Origin and significance of intra-basement seismic reflections offshore western Norway" was the third most downloaded paper for the Journal of the Geological Society of London in January with 112 downloads. Congratulations all!
On January 30th Chris Jackson presented an invited talk (Impacts of igneous intrusions on hydrocarbon prospectivity in sedimentary basins; concepts and examples) at the Aberdeen Geological Society (AGS).
Chris Jackson has also been invited to give a talk as part of the Geological Society of London Lecture Series (formerly the Shell London Lecture Series). These are public lectures and accordingly attract academics and industry professionals, as well members of the public interested in 'science'. The talk, which will be given on December 10th, is entitled "Terra Infirma: What Has Salt Tectonics Ever Done For Us?", and will celebrate salt as a rock type, a thing of natural beauty, and a key element in many petroleum systems.
Adamu Suleiman has recently completed his fieldwork in the Upper Benue Trough area of northeast Nigeria as part of his PhD project. This included collection of a range of structural measurements, sedimentological data and samples from 16 different localities in the area, and further work on the data will be carried out back at Imperial College.
Magee, C., McDermott, K.G., Stevenson, C.T.E & Jackson, C. A.-L. In press (online release). Influence of crystallised igneous intrusions on fault nucleation and reactivation during continental extension. Journal of Structural Geology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.02.003.
A special issue of Basin Research entitled “Deep Water Continental Margins” is out this month edited by Tiago Alves, Chris Jackson, Rebecca Bell and Tim Minshull. This thematic set explores themes such as the evolution of deep-water margins and their role as recorders of plate boundary forces, tectonics and magmatism. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bre.2014.26.issue-1/issuetoc
Both Adamu Suleiman and Antje Lenhart have now passed their 9-month PhD examinations. Congratulations both!
Howard Johnson and Daniel Collins recently co-led a Nautilus Geoscience field course, examining Oligo-Miocene deltaic to deepwater outcrop successions in NW Borneo.
Marijn van Cappelle is working at the Shell core store in Stavanger and the Statoil core store in Bergen for three weeks. He is looking at the Jurassic Tilje, Tofte and Ile Formations of the Halten Terrace, offshore mid-Norway, in order to compare these formations with the results from his fieldwork on the Sego Sandstone in Utah, USA. Gary Hampson and Howard Johnson will also be visiting him during his work. The project is organized through Rodmar Ravnås (Norske Shell). Amazingly, he's had 11 days straight without any rain...
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).