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Miss Elizabeth Atar, BSc MSc (Research)

Ph.D. Student in the Department of Earth Sciences

Contact Miss Elizabeth Atar (email at elizabeth.atar@durham.ac.uk)

Conference Contributions

Atar, E.F.L., März. C., Wagner, T. A., Schnetger. B., Aplin. A., Imber, J., and Lamourex-var, V. Controls on the deposition of the Kimmeridge Clay Formation. British Sedimentology Research Group Annual Meeting, Cambridge, UK (19th December 2016) - oral presentation

Atar, E.F.L., Aplin, A., Imber, J., März. C., and Wagner, T. Global controls on source rock formation. NERC Oil and Gas CDT Annual Conference (7th November 2016), Heriot Watt University, Edinbugh, Scotland - oral presentation

Atar, E.F.L., Armstrong. H., Aplin, A., März. C., Wagner, T. A., Imber, J., Schnetger. B., Herringshaw, L., and Lamourex-var, V. Depositional Environment of the Kimmeridgian Cleveland Basin: a multiscale geochemical approach. Geochemistry Group Research in Progress meeting, Leeds, UK (30 - 31st March 2016) - poster presentation

Atar, E.F.L., Armstrong, H. A., Aplin, A., Imber, J., März. C., and Wagner, T. Spatial and temporal heterogeneities of the Kimmeridge Clay Formation. NERC Oil and Gas CDT Annual Conference (2nd November 2015), Heriot Watt University, Edinbugh, Scotland - poster presentation

Atar, E.F.L, Trabucho-Alexandre, J.P., Jarvis, I., Mattioli, E., Armstrong, H. A., Herringshaw, L. G., Grocke, D. R., and Aplin, A. Upper Pliensbachian and lower Toarcian palaeography and sedimentary environments of northeast England. Yorkshire Geological Society meeting - Mud, glorious mudstone, Durham, UK (31 January 2015) - oral presentation

Atar, E.F.L, Trabucho-Alexandre, J.P., Jarvis, I., Mattioli, E., Armstrong, H. A., Herringshaw, L. G., Grocke, D. R., and Aplin, A. Upper Pliensbachian and Lower Toarcian palaeogeography and sedimentary environments of northeast England. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia (19–22 October 2014), Session No. 105 

Organic-Rich Mud Rocks: Geochemistry, Physical Properties, and Paleo-Environments - oral presentation

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Durham University (2014 – 2018)

‘Multi-scale controls on the spatial and temporal heterogeneities of Upper Jurassic source rocks’. I am conducting a high-resolution multi-proxy geochemical and petrographical study on laterally equivalent sections from North West Europe to the Arctic. I have sampled the Kimmeridge Clay Formation in Dorset and Yorkshire (UK) and the Agardhfjellet Formation in Longyearbyen (Spitzbergen).

Project aims: to constrain the climatic and sedimentological controls on source rock deposition in different palaeoenvironmental settings in the Late Jurassic, and to investigate how they influenced the quantity and quality of organic material in these deposits. Funded by the NERC Oil and Gas Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

Supervisors:
Prof Andy Aplin (Durham University)
Dr Jonny Imber (Durham University)
Prof Tom Wagner (Heriot Watt University)
Dr Christian März (University of Leeds)

NERC Oil and Gas Centre for Doctoral Training Academy (2014 – 2018)
Courses attended:
• Environmental Impacts and Regulation
• Geoinformatics
• Deep Water Sedimentology
• Extending the life of Mature Basins
• Unconventional Hydrocarbons
• Communication Skills
• Petroleum Economics
• Environmental Science - Laboratory Methods
• Exploration in Challenging Environments and Sequence Stratigraphy and Middle East Petroleum Systems
• Petroleum Systems Analysis: Integration of Basin Modelling and Geochemistry in Charge Risking

MSc (Research) – Durham University (2013 - 2014)
Project title: Inorganic geochemistry and palaeoenvironments of the Early Jurassic Cleveland Basin

• 12-month self-funded independent research project
• I wrote a research proposal to investigate the local and regional biogeochemical processes in the Cleveland Basin before, during and after the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event
• High-resolution sample set taken from a core drilled by Fugro for York Potash Ltd
• Major and trace element concentrations at a sampling interval of 20 – 50 cm
• Data was generated in the Department of Geography and Geology, School of Natural and Built Environments, Kingston University, London. Supervised by Professor Ian Jarvis
• I passed the thesis examination with no corrections.

Supervisors:
Dr João Trabucho-Alexandre (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Prof Andy Aplin (Durham University)

BSc (hons) Geology – Durham University (2010 - 2013)

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