Professor Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3522
Email: hos-geoggeolenv@le.ac.uk

Personal details

  • Professor of Sedimentology
  • Head of School - Geography, Geology and the Environment
  • Course Director: Geology

As a clastic sedimentologist, my research seeks to understand the processes that controlled deposition and erosion in non-marine and shallow-marine settings preserved in the geological record. My most recent research has focussed on fine-grained sedimentary successions from these settings and examines how these depositional environments evolve spatially and temporally. Current research awards include a NERC Consortium Grant (2012-2016): research at Leicester is providing insights into the environmental conditions that existed during rebuilding of an early Carboniferous ecosystem and contributed to the preferential preservation of early tetrapods. This work builds on earlier research evaluating the global Carboniferous sedimentary record to elucidate the climate response to glacial events.

I lead the European Petrophysics Consortium for the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). Research Associates within the consortium provide expertise in the fields of downhole logging, core petrophysics and core-log integration IODP expeditions for the global research community. I am involved in a number of industry- and NERC-funded projects combining sedimentology and petrophysics for stratigraphic and resource (conventional and unconventional) analysis: ongoing projects at Leicester are funded by NERC’s Oil and Gas Innovation Fund.

Professional activities, awards and invited presentations

 

 

2015-2017 - Member of Geology’s Editorial Board

2015 - Recipient of the Coke Medal of the Geological Society of London

2008-2011 - Member of the NERC Peer Review College

2010-2011 - British Sedimentology Research Group Awards Secretary

2003-2006 - Chair of the British Sedimentological Research Group

2016 -  Invited speaker at the annual Oxford Colloquium

2014 - Invited Keynote 'Exploring the dark recesses of the Carboniferous sedimentary record'. British Sedimentological Research Group Annual Meeting, Nottingham, Abstracts Volume, p.78

2007 - British Sedimentology Research Group Award recognising noteworthy published research in any field of sedimentology.

2007 - Award of Excellence from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists for a Top 10 Poster presentation at the 2007 Annual Convention. "Geochemical Controls on Petrophysical Responses and Properties S.J. Davies, T.S. Brewer, J. Macquaker, & M. Lovell".

2007 - Invited oral and poster presentation. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Conference, USA

2005 - Invited oral presentation. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, USA. National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop “The late Paleozoic Gondwanan Ice Age: Towards a more Refined Understanding of Timing, Duration, and Character”.

2003 - Highly cited paper. SJ Davies and MR Gibling. Architecture of coastal and alluvial deposits in an extensional basin: the Carboniferous Joggins Formation of eastern Canada. was one of three papers that were the most highly cited articles published in the journal Sedimentology in 2003.

2001 - Invited presentation. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Conference, USA. Session: 'Sedimentary responses to tectonics: linking process to stratigraphy.’

Websites

Teaching

  • 1st year Introductory Field Course
  • 2nd year Depositional Processes and Environments
  • 3rd year Controls on Depositional Systems (Module co-ordinator)
  • 1st and 2nd year tutorials
  • Field-based Project Supervisor
  • Masters Research Project Supervisor

Modules covering sedimentological topics are taught as lectures, practicals and through a field-based module in SE Spain. The practical application of sedimentological principles are developed through assessed exercises that require integration of a range of sedimentological data and information to devise a facies and facies association schemes and interpret these in terms of depositional process and environment.

The optional third-year module (GL3069) critically examines the controls (eustasy, tectonics and sediment supply) of sedimentary systems preserved in the geological record and uses examples from active University of Leicester research projects and the recent literature.

I offer a number of Masters Research Projects (open to students studying the Integrated Masters at the University of Leicester).

University-based teaching

  • GL2005 Depositional Processes and Environments

  • GL3069 Controls on Depositional Systems (Module co-ordinator)

Field-based teaching

  • GL2042 Geological Field Methods: Leader on a one-week field course based in SE Spain

Publications

Sedimentology, Sequence Stratigraphy and Climate Change in the Late Palaeozoic

Davies, S.J., Leng, M.J., Macquaker, J.H.S. & Hawkins, K. 2012. Sedimentary process control on carbon isotope composition of sedimentary organic matter in an ancient shallow-water shelf succession. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 13(11), DOI: 10.1029/2012GC004218

Bennett, C. E., Siveter, D. J., Davies, S. J., Williams, M., Wilkinson, I. P., Browne, M., Miller, C. G. 2011. Ostracods from freshwater and brackish environments of the Carboniferous of the Midland Valley of Scotland: the early colonisation of terrestrial water bodies. Geological Magazine, 149, 366-396. (doi:10.1017/S0016756811000719).

Bennett, C. E., Williams, M. Leng, M. J., Siveter, D. J., Davies, S. J., Sloane, H. J., Wilkinson, I. P. 2011. Diagenesis of fossil ostracods: implications for stable isotope based palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 305, 150-161.

Davies, S.J., 2008, The record of Carboniferous sea-level change in low latitude sedimentary successions from Britain and Ireland during the onset of the ate Paleozoic ice age, in, Fielding, C.R., Frank, T.D., and Isbell, J.L., eds., Resolving the Late Paleozoic Ice Age in Time and Space: Geological Society of America Special Paper 441, 187-204.

Waters, C.N., and Davies, S.J., 2006, Carboniferous: extensional basins, advancing deltas and coal swamps, in Brenchley, P.J. and Rawson, P.F. eds., The Geology of England and Wales: The Geological Society London, 173-224.

Calder, J.H., Gibling, M.R., Scott, A.C., Davies, S.J., & Hebert, B.L. 2006. A fossil lycopsid forest succession in the classic Joggins section of Nova Scotia: paleoecology of a disturbance-prone Pennsylvanian wetland. In: Wetlands through time. (Edited by S. Greb and W.A. DiMichele). Geological Society of America Special Paper. Geological Society of America Special Paper, 399,169-196.

Falcon-Lang, H.J., Benton, M.J., Braddy, S.J. & Davies, S.J. 2006. The Pennsylvanian tropical biome reconstructed from the Joggins formation of Nova Scotia Canada. Journal of the Geological Society, 561-576.

Davies, S.J. Gibling, M.R. Rygel, M.C., Calder, J.H. &  Skilliter, D.M. 2005. The Joggins Formation of Nova Scotia: stratigraphic framework and sedimentological log of the historic fossil cliffs. Atlantic Geology, 41, 115-141.

Davies, S.J. & Gibling, M.R. 2003. Architecture of coastal and alluvial deposits in an extensional basin: the Carboniferous Joggins Formation of eastern Canada. Sedimentology, 50, 415-439.

Brettle, M.J., McIlroy, D., Elliott, T., Davies S.J. & Waters C.N., 2002. Identifying cryptic tidal influences within deltaic successions: an example from the Marsdenian (Namurian) interval of the Pennine Basin, UK. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 159, 379-391

Guion, P.D., Gutteridge & Davies, S.J. 2000. Carboniferous sedimentation and volcanism on the Laurussian margin. In: The Geological History of Britain and Ireland. N.H. Woodcock & R. Strachan (eds) Blackwell Science.

McLean, D. & Davies, S. J. 1999 Constraints on the application of palynology to the correlations of Euramerican Late Carboniferous clastic hydrocarbon reservoirs. In: Biostratigraphy in exploration and development geology (Edited by Jones, R. W. & Simmons M.D.) 152. Special Publication, Geological Society, 201-218.

Hampson, G.J., Davies, S. J., Elliott, T., Flint, S. S. & Stollhofen, H. 1999. Incised valley fill sandstone bodies in Upper Carboniferous fluvio-deltaic strata: recognition and reservoir characterisation of Southern North Sea analogues.  In: Petroleum Geology of NW Europe: Proceedings of the 5th Conference. (Edited by Fleet, A.J. & Boldy, S.A.R.). The Geological Society, London. 771-788.

Davies, S. J., Hampson, G. J., Elliott, T. & Flint, S. S. 1999. Continental scale sequence stratigraphy of the Upper Carboniferous and its applications to reservoir prediction. In: Petroleum Geology of NW Europe: Proceedings of the 5th Conference. (Edited by Fleet, A.J. & Boldy, S.A.R.). The Geological Society, London. 757-770.

Hampson, G. J., Elliott, T. & Davies, S.J. 1997.  The application of sequence stratigraphy to Upper Carboniferous fluvio-deltaic strata of the onshore U.K. and Ireland: implications for the southern North Sea.  Journal of the Geological Society of London. 154, 719-733.

Davies, S. J. & McLean, D. 1996. Spectral gamma ray and palynological characterisation of marine bands in the Kinderscoutian (Namurian, late Carboniferous) of the Pennine Basin. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 51, 103-114.

Davies, S. J. & Elliott, T. 1996. Spectral gamma ray characterisation of high resolution sequence stratigraphy: examples from Upper Carboniferous fluvio-deltaic systems, County Clare, Ireland. In: High resolution sequence stratigraphy: Innovations and applications (Edited by Howell, J. A. & Aitken, J.F.) 104. Special Publication, Geological Society, 25-35.

Mudstone sedimentology and geochemistry

Könitzer, S.F., Davies, S.J., Stephenson, M.H. & Leng, M.J., 2014. Depositional controls on mudstone lithofacies in a basinal setting: implications for the delivery of sedimentary organic matter. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 84, 198-214. doi: 10.2110/jsr.2014.18

Hawkins, K. Davies, S.J., Mullins, G.L. & Macquaker, J.H.S. Miospore distribution and sedimentological facies evolution as an insight to changing terrestrial paleoequatorial floral communities during a Pennsylvanian glacio-eustatic sea level cycle. Reviews in Palynology and Palaeobotany. doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2013.05.002 Published online 18.05.13.

Davies S.J., Leng, M.J., Macquaker, J.H.S. & Hawkins, K., 2012. Sedimentary process control on carbon isotope composition of sedimentary organic matter in an ancient shallow-water shelf succession. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 13(11), doi:10.1029/2012GC004218

Könitzer, S.F., Leng, M.J., Davies, S.J., Stephenson, M.H. 2012 An assessment of geochemical preparation methods prior to organic carbon concentration and carbon isotope ratio analyses of fine-grained sedimentary rocks. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 13, Q0AI02   DOI: 10.1029/2012GC004094

Macquaker, J.H.S, Keller, M. & Davies, S.J., 2010, Algal blooms and “marine snow”: mechanisms that enhance preservation of organic carbon in ancient fine-grained sediments. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 80, 934-942

Rigby, S. & Davies S.J. 2001. Volcanically mediated plankton blooms in the Central Belt of the Southern Uplands during the Llandovery. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences, 91, 457-470.

Davies, S. J. & Pickering, K. T. 1999. Stratigraphic control on mudrock chemistry, Kimmeridge Boulder Bed succession, NE Scotland. Chemical Geology, 156, 5-23.

Sedimentation in rift and transpressional basins (Mongolia, North Sea)

Cunningham, W.D., Davies, S.J. & McLean, D. 2009. Exhumation of a Cretaceous metamorphic core complex within a late Cenozoic restraining bend, Altan Uul, southern Mongolia. Journal of the Geological Society, Journal of the Geological Society,166, 321-333.

Howard, J.P., Cunningham, W.D. & Davies, S.J. 2006. Competing processes of clastic deposition and compartmentalized inversion in an actively evolving transpressional basin, western Mongolia. Journal of the Geological Society, 163, 657-670.

Cunningham, W.D., Davies, S.J. & Badarch, G. 2003. Crustal architecture and active growth of the Sutai Range, Western Mongolia: A major intracontinental, intraplate restraining bend. Journal of Geodynamics, 36, 169-191

Howard, J.P., Cunningham, W.D., Davies, S.J., Dykstra, A.H. & Badarch, G. 2003. The stratigraphic and structural evolution of the Dzereg Basin, western Mongolia: clastic sedimentation, transpressional faulting and basin destruction in an intraplate, intracontinental setting. Basin Research, 15, 46-72.

McLeod, A. E, Underhill, J. R. & Davies, S.J. & Dawers, N. H. 2002. The influence of fault array evolution on synrift sedimentation patterns: Controls on deposition in the Strathspey-Brent -Statfjord halfgraben, northern North Sea. American Association of Petroleum Geology Bulletin, 86, 1061–1093.

Davies S.J., Dawers N.H., McLeod A.E., & Underhill J.R. 2000. The structural and sedimentological evolution of early synrift successions: the Middle Jurassic Tarbert Formation, North Sea. Basin Research, 12, 343-366.

Outcrop and subsurface log analysis

Tudge, J.T., Lovell, M.A., Davies, S.J. & Millar, M. 2014. A novel integrated approach to estimating hydrocarbon saturation in the presence of pore-lining chlorites Petroleum Geoscience, 20, 201-209; doi: 10.1144/petgeo2013-044.

Fitch P., Davies S.J., Lovell M.A., Pritchard T., 2013. Reservoir Quality and Reservoir Heterogeneity: Petrophysical Application of the Lorenz Coefficient. Petrophysics, 54, 465-474.

Inwood J., Lofi J., Davies, S.J., Basile C., Bjerum C., Mountain G., Proust J-N, Otsuka H. & Valppu H. 2013. Statistical classification of log response as an indicator of facies variation during changes in sea level: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 313. Geosphere. doi: 10.1130/GES00913.1

Tudge J., Lovell, M.A., Davies, S.J., Harvey, P.K., & Saito, S. 2008. Petrophysically determined lithofacies at the Nankai Trough Accretionary Prism: NanTroSEIZE, IODP Expedition 314. Journal of the Geological Society, 166, 961 – 968

Hampson, G.J., Davies, W., Davies, S.J., Howell, J.A. & Adamson, K.R. 2005. Use of spectral gamma-ray data to refine subsurface fluvial stratigraphy: late Cretaceous strata in the Book Cliffs, Utah, USA. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 162, 603-621

Love, S. E., Gould, S. & Davies, S.J. 2004 Inter-tuff correlation and architecture within the Moor Cliffs Formation, Lower Old Red Sandstone, southwest Wales: a multi-disciplinary approach for reservoir characterization. Geological Journal, 39, Special Issue. The Lower Old Red Sandstone of the Anglo-Welsh Basin. Edited by Williams, B.P.J., Marriott,S. & Hillier. R.D. 299-314.

Davies, S. J. & McLean, D. 1996. Spectral gamma ray and palynological characterisation of marine bands in the Kinderscoutian (Namurian, late Carboniferous) of the Pennine Basin. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 51, 103-114.

Davies, S. J. & Elliott, T. 1996. Spectral gamma ray characterisation of high resolution sequence stratigraphy: examples from Upper Carboniferous fluvio-deltaic systems, County Clare, Ireland. In: High resolution sequence stratigraphy: Innovations and applications (Edited by Howell, J. A. & Aitken, J.F.) 104. Special Publication, Geological Society, 25-35.

Research

As a clastic sedimentologist, my research seeks to understand the processes that controlled deposition and erosion in non-marine and shallow-marine settings preserved in the geological record. My most recent research has focused on fine-grained sedimentary successions from these settings and examines how these depositional environments evolve spatially and temporally. Current research awards include a NERC Consortium Grant (2012-2016): research at Leicester is providing insights into the environmental conditions that existed during rebuilding of an early Carboniferous ecosystem and contributed to the preferential preservation of early tetrapods. This work builds on earlier research evaluating the global Carboniferous sedimentary record to elucidate the climate response to glacial events.

I lead the European Petrophysics Consortium for the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). Research Associates within the consortium provide expertise in the fields of downhole logging, core petrophysics and core-log integration IODP expeditions for the global research community. I am involved in a number of industry- and NERC-funded projects combining sedimentology and petrophysics for stratigraphic and resource (conventional and unconventional) analysis: ongoing projects at Leicester are funded by NERC’s Oil and Gas Innovation Fund.

Research Group: Geophysics, Rock Physics and Borehole and Palaeobiology, Palaeoenvironments and Palaeoclimates

Current research

  • understanding the processes that controlled deposition and erosion in non-marine and shallow-marine settings from the geological record
  • examining the spatial and temporal evolution of non-marine and shallow-marine fine-grained depositional systems
  • investigating how processes on mud-dominated ancient shallow marine shelves influence the production, concentration and distribution of organic matter
  • determining the environmental conditions that existed during rebuilding of an early Carboniferous ecosystem and how conditions contributed to the preferential preservation of early tetrapods

These research themes are addressed by combining detailed sedimentological analysis (at outcrop, core and thin section scales), with other approaches including stable-isotope geochemistry, whole rock geochemistry, palynology and palaeontology. A major NERC-funded project "The Mid-Palaeozoic biotic crisis: setting the trajectory of tetrapod evolution", involving Research Associate Dr Carys Bennett, forms a cornerstone of sedimentological research in the group and builds on the research on Carboniferous fine-grained depositional systems by PhD students Jennifer Graham and Sven Koenitzer and Researcher Janet Sherwin.

Projects, primarily PhD research, undertaken in collaboration with Professor Mike Lovell link petrophysics to sedimentology to enable a better understanding of complex solid-fluid chemical systems. Integrated projects address major research challenges such as understanding conventional and unconventional gas reservoirs. Using data generated from expeditions, IODP Research Associates are addressing how the physical properties of sediments, particularly through periods of major climate change, are influence by the evolution of depositional systems.

My papers examining the sedimentary responses to tectonics are regularly cited and make significant contributions to our understanding of the development of depositional systems; in high subsidence settings (e.g. Davies & Gibling 2003), as indicators of fault evolution and displacement rates (e.g. Davies et al. 2000) and in transpressional basin settings (e.g. Howard, Cunningham, Davies, Dykstra & Badarch 2003). Research upported by NERC (co-investigator on a multidisciplinary CONNECT B NERC research grant with Dickson Cunningham, Richard England & Peter Maguire)  identified ancient extensional basins and unravelled their sedimentary evolution, subsequent uplift and recent transpressional deformation in Mongolia. Collaborative papers resulting from this work include Cunningham, Davies & Mclean 2008 and Cunningham, Davies & Badarch 2005.

Research awards

2015 Recipient of the Coke Medal of the Geological Society of London

2007 British Sedimentology Research Group Award recognising noteworthy published research in any field of sedimentology.

2007 Award of Excellence from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists for a Top 10 Poster presentation at the 2007 Annual Convention. "Geochemical Controls on Petrophysical Responses and Properties S.J. Davies, T.S. Brewer, J. Macquaker, & M. Lovell".

Research grants

From 2008 to date, I have generated over £8.4 million in funding from NERC, industry, the British Geological Survey, Nuffield and the Royal Society, amongst others. Grants support research projects, equipment and staff, including Postdoctoral Research Associates, Researchers, PhD students and Masters students.

2008-2017 NERC/ECORD ongoing until 2019: Provision of logging and petrophysical research for the Mission Specific Platforms within the International Ocean Discovery Program.

2012-2017 NERC Consortium Grant: The Mid-Palaeozoic biotic crisis: setting the trajectory of tetrapod evolution. Consortium lead by Dr Jenny Clack (University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge) and involving the Universities of Leicester and Southampton, the British Geological Survey and the National Museum of Scotland (NE/J020729/1)

2016-2017 NERC UK-IODP Moratorium Award: A Petrophysical Predictor for Degree of Serpentinzation (NE/N01684X/1; RP14G0245)

2016 NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities Steering Committee (NIGFSC) Grant IP-1614-0516 In-kind analyses. Understanding the Distribution of Organic Matter in the Bowland Shale, Craven Basin UK

2016 NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities Steering Committee (NIGFSC) Grant IP-1566-1115 In-kind analyses. Understanding the Effects of Modern Weathering on the Organic Geochemical Characteristics of Organic-rich Mudstone and Siltstone Successions

2015 NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities Steering Committee (NIGFSC) Grant. IP-1476-1114 In-kind analyses. Equatorial sea surface temperature seasonality in the Mississippian (Carboniferous) derived from brachiopod shell carbonate.

2014-2015 NERC Knowledge Exchange Funding Embedding a petrophysical vocabulary and petrophysical concepts within the petroleum geoscience community; towards a virtual learning capability NE/M007200/1. With Professor Mike Lovell (Lead)

2014-2017 NERC Knowledge Exchange Funding A guide to petrophysical models for shale gas reservoirs based on sensitivity analysis of key variables (NE/M007197/1). With Professor Mike Lovell (Lead)

2015-2016 NERC Knowledge Exchange Funding CASCADE - UK Carboniferous Shale Resource Assessment, Characterization and Development Evaluation (NE/M007286/1) Prof Kevin Taylor (Manchester - Lead)

2008-2014 Columbia University: Provision of logging and petrophysical research for the Riserless Vessel (JOIDES Resolution) in the International Ocean Discovery Program.

2009 NERC IODP Post-Cruise: Lithostratigraphy determination and mineralogical variation of subduction input sediments from wireline log data: NanTroSEIZE IODP Expedition 322. With Professor Mike Lovell; for Joanne Tudge (NE/H013636/1)

2009 NERC IODP Post-Cruise: Physical Properties of Cenozoic Carbonate sediments: determining cyclicity and heterogeneity from core and downhole data (IODP Expedition 320). With Professor Mike Lovell (NE/H003258/1)

2007 NERC IODP Post-Cruise Support: Lithostratigraphy determination and characteristics from logging while drilling data: NanTroSEIZE IODP expedition 314. With Professor Mike Lovell

2007 Royal Society Conference Grant to attend GSA in Denver, 2007

2007 GSA International Travel Grant to attend GSA in Denver, 2007

2004 NERC CONNECT B "Geological and geophysical investigations into active processes of intracontinental transpressional basin development" (with Dr Cunningham (PI), Professors England & Maguire)

2003 UK Commonwealth Fellowship for Dr Farooqui

2000 University Research Grant “Vegetation-sedimentation interactions on palaeoequatorial Carboniferous floodplains”

2000 Nuffield Awards to Newly Appointed Lecturers in Science, Engineering and Mathematics. “The spatial and temporal response of low latitude marine systems to high frequency sea-level fluctuations driven by climate change.”

1998 BGS Contract Grant. “High resolution biostratigraphy in the Llandovery of the Southern Uplands” with Dr. Susan Rigby

Supervision

Present and recent PhD students

I have supervised 17 PhD and and 20 masters students to date. Students have been working on a range of sedimentological research topics and, in collaboration with Professor Mike Lovell, on reservoir characterization projects combining petrophysics and sedimentology. PhD students are supported by NERC, the British Geological Survey and a range of industry partners including Exxon Mobil, Conoco-Phillips, BG Group, Weatherford and the London Petrophysical Society.

2014 to date - Joe Emmings Controls on UK lower Namurian shale gas prospectivity: understanding the temporal and spatial distribution of organic matter in siliciclastic mudstones. (with Dr Gawen Jenkin (University of Leicester, Professor Melanie Leng (NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory Facilities, BGS) Professor Mike Stephenson, and Dr Chris Vane (all British Geological Survey). NERC CENTA Doctoral Training Programme Studentship.

2013 to date - Kieran Blacker Evaluating 3D sedimentary architecture as a fundamental control on geotechnical and physical properties (Dogger Bank Round 3 Windfarm zone). (with Dr Jennifer Inwood (University of Leicester); Dr Carol Cotterill (BGS); Professor Richard W England and Professor Mike A Lovell (University of Leicester); Dr Leo R James (RPS Energy)

2013 to date - Leah Nolan Equatorial sea surface temperature seasonality in the Mississippian (Carboniferous) derived from brachiopod shell carbonate (with Professor Melanie Leng (NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory Facilities, BGS), Professor Mike Stephenson & Dr Vanessa Banks (British Geological Survey); Professor Lucia Angiolini (University of Milano).

2010 to 2014 - David Hartigan. The influence of mineralogy, geochemistry and sedimentology on petrophysical properties in fine-grained successions (with Prof Mike Lovell (University of Leicester); Dr Tim Pritchard (BG-group, Reading)

2010 to 2014 - Joao Afonso. Electrical resistivity measurements in coal: assessment of coal-bed methane content, reserves and coal permability. (with Professor Mike Lovell (University of Leicester), Mr Roger Samworth (Weatherford)

2010 - 2013 - Sven Koenitzer. Primary biological controls on UK lower Namurian shale gas prospectivity: understanding a major potential UK gas resource (with Dr M. J. Stephenson (British Geological Survey), Professor  M. Leng (University of Leicester/NERC Isotopes Geoscience Laboratory), Dr Sarah Gabbott (UoL), Dr J.H.S. Macquaker, Dr C. Vane (BGS) & Dr D. Millward (BGS). Now with Panterra Geoconsultants, Netherlands.

2010 - 2013 - Sam Matthews. Petroacoustic Modelling of Heterogenous Sandstone Reservoirs (with Prof. Mike Lovell (University of Leicester), Dr Tim Pritchard (BG-group, Reading). At BP from January 2014.

2008 - 2012 - Jennifer Graham. Controls on temporal & spatial distribution of organic matter in siliciclastic mudstones: implications for source rock development in shale gas plays. (With Dr Mike Norry, Dr Joe Macquaker and Dr. Kevin Bohacs (ExxonMobil). NERC Case Award with ExxonMobil. Now a Geoscientist with Chemostrat, Houston, USA.

2008 -2011 - Irfan Jan. Investigating the palaeoenvironments and narrow palaeoclimate zones of the Palaeotethyan Permo-Carboniferous icehouse: the boulder beds of the Salt Range, Pakistan. (Dr. Mike Stephenson (BGS), Prof. Melanie Leng (NIGL), Dr Jan Zalasiewicz (UoL), Dr. Lucia Angiolini (Milano) and Prof. Fasl Rabbi Khan (Peshawar). Now a lecturer at NCEG, Peshawar, Pakistan

2005 - 2010 - Joanne Tudge. Low Resistivity Pay - Investigation into a Chlorite-Rich Reservoir Co-supervisor with Prof Mike Lovell ConocoPhillips/LPS Funded. Includes 8-month internship as a logging scientist on theNanTroSEIZE IODP expedition 314 followed by a period as a NERC-Funded Postgraduate Research Assistant.

2005-2010 - Peter Fitch. Petrophysical properties of carbonates: enhanced interpretation of complex reservoirs through integrated studies. Full time PhD. Lead Supervisor with Prof. M.A. Lovell. NERC CASE with BG-Group includes 5-month internship at Baker INTEQ, USA. Now a Teaching & Research Fellow at Imperial College.

2005 -2009 - Carys Bennett. Lower Carboniferous ostracods and isotopes of the Midland Valley, Scotland: testing for the ecological shift into non-marine environments. NERC CASE with the BGS. Co-supervisor with David Siveter & Mark Williams. Now working a NERC Research Associate at Leicester

2002-2006 - Clare Maher. An investigation of depositional mechanisms of pyroclastic density currents using detailed fabric analysis. Co-supervisor with Dr. M.J. Branney. Now working as a geoscientist for Neftex.

2000-2003 - James Howard. Multi-disciplinary, field-based studies of sedimentary basin evolution along seismically active strike slip fault systems in the Mongolian Altai. Lead supervisor with Dr. W.D. Cunningham. Funded by Leicester Geologists Alumni Society. Now working as a geoscientist for CASP.

1999-2002 - Matthew Hooper. Understanding basin evolution in strike-slip settings. NERC CASE Studentship with the BGS (Edinburgh). Now working in the environmental/geotechnical sector.

1997–2000 - Matthew Brettle. Development of a high resolution sequence stratigraphic framework for the Kinderscoutian and Marsdenian intervals of the Pennine Basin. Co-supervised with T. Elliott (Liverpool) and C. Waters (BGS Keyworth). BGS/Liverpool University studentship. Included two three month periods in industry with Esso and Mobil. Now working for Premier Oil, Aberdeen.

1998–2001 - Nadia Al-Abry. The role of active normal faulting in controlling deep-water sedimentation, Upper Jurassic Magnus Sandstone Member Northern North Sea. Co-supervisor with John Underhill (Edinburgh), PDO (Shell) funded. Now working as a geophysicist with PDO in Oman.

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