Dr Erwan Le Ber

Erwan Le BerIODP Research Associate

Direct Contact:
: 0116 252 3327
E: elb51@le.ac.uk

Research Interests

I am a research associate working with the ECORD Science Operator (ESO) and the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). My role as part ESO is to collect petrophysical data on cores and downhole logging data. Since I joined in 2015, I have been involved in 4 IODP expeditions, on the operational side:
  • IODP/ESO 357 onshore, core physical properties
  • IODP/ESO 364 offshore and onshore, core physical properties and downhole wireline logging
  • IODP/ESO 381 offshore and onshore, core physical properties and downhole wireline logging
  • IODP/CDEX 358, logging while drilling
My research interests include cluster analysis/machine learning and sedimentology.
After a BSc in environmental engineering and an MSc in geological resources in France, I obtained a PhD at the Royal Holloway University of London. My doctoral research focused on Neoproterozoic strata from Namibia and Zambia, I have been looking at the macro and microfacies of microbial carbonates.


  • McNeill et al. (Le Ber, E.). 2019. High-resolution record reveals climate-driven environmental and sedimentary changes in an active rift. Scientific Reports, 9.
  • Shillington et al. (Le Ber, E). 2019. Expedition 381 Preliminary Report: Corinth Active Rift Development. International Ocean Discovery Program.
  • McNeill et al (Le Ber. E). 2019. Corinth Active Rift Development. Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program, 381.
  • Lofi, J. et al. (Le Ber, E.). 2018. Drilling and logging related non geological features illustrated from IODP-ICDP Expedition 364 downhole logs and borehole images. Scientific Drilling, 6, 1–13.
  • Christeson, G. L., and IODP Expedition 364 scientists (Le Ber, E.). 2018. Extraordinary rocks from the peak ring of the Chicxulub impact crater: P-wave velocity, density, and porosity measurements from IODP/ICDP Expedition 364. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 495, 1-11.
  • Morgan, J. V., Gulick, S. P. S., and IODP Expedition 364 scientists (Le Ber, E.). 2016. The formation of peak rings in large impact craters. Science, 354, 878-882.
  • Le Ber, E., Le Heron, & Oxtoby, N. H. (2015). Influence of microbial framework on Cryogenian microbial facies, Rasthof Formation, Namibia. In: Bosence, D. W. J., Gibbons, K. A., Le Heron, D. P., Morgan, W. A., Pritchard, T. & Vining, B. A. (eds) Microbial Carbonates in Space and Time: Implications for Global Exploration and Production. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 418.
  • Le Ber, E., Le Heron, D.P., Winterleitner, G., Bosence, D.W.J., Vining, B.A., Kamona, F. (2013). Microbialite recovery in the aftermath of the Sturtian glaciation: Insights from the Rasthof Formation, Namibia. Sedimentary Geology, 294, 1-12.
  • Le Heron, D.P., Busfield, M.E., Le Ber, E., Kamona, A.F. (2013). Ironstones and diamictites in the Chuos Formation of northern Namibia: implications for Cryogenian glaciation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoecology, Palaeoclimatology., 369, 48-57.

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