Geology & Petroleum Geology

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Organization profile

Organisation profile

Geology has been taught at Aberdeen for more than 150 years, with degrees awarded since 1892. Today we are a forward-looking and vibrant department at the centre of the European Oil Capital. We undertake cutting-edge research across a range of topics, frequently in association with industry partners. Our research has a special focus on the evolution of sedimentary basins which host many of the world's significant resources, over a broad spectrum of scales and geoscientific disciplines. The strength of our faculty and our strategic linkage to industry allows us to offer a variety of highly relevant and accredited undergraduate and post graduate programmes (both taught and research orientated), together with professional development courses for industry personnel.

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basin Earth & Environmental Sciences
sandstone Earth & Environmental Sciences
outcrop Earth & Environmental Sciences
sediment Earth & Environmental Sciences
tectonics Earth & Environmental Sciences
rock Earth & Environmental Sciences
fluid Earth & Environmental Sciences
thrust Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1969 2019

A fractal model of effective thermal conductivity for porous media with various liquid saturation

Qin, X., Cai, J., Xu, P., Dai, S. & Gan, Q. Jan 2019 In : International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 128, p. 1149-1156 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Comparative pore surface area in primary and secondary porosity in sandstones

Nolansnyder, D. R. & Parnell, J. Jan 2019 In : Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 172, p. 489-492 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
secondary porosity
surface area

Failure to predict igneous rocks encountered during exploration of sedimentary basins: a case study of the Bass Basin, Southeastern Australia

Watson, D., Holford, S., Schofield, N. & Mark, N. Jan 2019 In : Marine and Petroleum Geology. 99, p. 526-547 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

igneous rocks
sedimentary basin
igneous rock


electron microscopy
high vacuum
field emission
ground penetrating radar
seismic reflection
electrical resistivity
Sedimentary rocks


VSA Database

Butler, R. W. H. (Creator), University of Aberdeen, 1 Jan 2014



EAGE 2018 Nigel Anstey Award

Kim Senger (Recipient), John Millett (Recipient), Sverre Planke (Recipient), Kei Ogata (Recipient), Christian Haug Eide (Recipient), Marte Festøy (Recipient), Olivier Galland (Recipient) & Dougal A Jerram (Recipient), 11 Jun 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Fellow of the Geological Society

Luca de Siena (Recipient), 1 Sep 2015

Prize: Election to learned society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Luca de Siena (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2011 2015

  • 6 Invited talk
  • 2 Peer review of manuscripts
  • 1 Workshop, seminar, or course
  • 1 Examination

Press / Media

The hunt for life on Mars: new findings on rock ‘chimneys’ could hold key to success

Alexander Thomas Brasier, David Wacey & Mike Rogerson


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Articles in 'The Conversation'

Ethiopia could be sitting on one of world’s great untapped gold deposits

Liam Adam Bullock


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Articles in 'The Conversation'

Rumbling from ocean trenches could be sign that Japan faces mega earthquake

Luca de Siena


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Articles in 'The Conversation'