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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Sedimentology Research Group

Group Statement

Our research incorporates all aspects of the sedimentary system, from source to sink and from micro- to macro-scales. The group integrates state-of-the-art sedimentological, geochemical and geophysical techniques to understand fundamental and applied aspects of sedimentary rocks and ancient environments. Our research group is supported by UK research councils, by other UK governmental funds and by the oil industry worldwide.


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Conference Paper

  • Krastel, Sebastian, Wynn, Russell B., Feldens, Peter, Schuerer, Anke, Boettner, Christoph, Stevenson, C., Cartigny, Matthieu J. B., Huehnerbach, Veit & Unverricht, Daniel (2016), Flow Behaviour of a Giant Landslide and Debris Flow Entering Agadir Canyon, NW Africa, in Lamarche, G., Mountjoy, J., Bull, S., Hubble, T., Krastel, S., Lane, E., Micallef, A., Moscardelli, L., Mueller, C., Pecher, I. & Woelz, S. eds, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, 41 41: Submarine Mass Movements And Their Consequences. Wellington, Springer, 145-154.
  • Mastbergen, Dick, van den Ham, Geeralt, Cartigny, Matthieu, Koelewijn, Andre, de Kleine, Marco, Clare, Mike, Hizzett, Jamie, Azpiroz, Maria & Vellinga, Age (2016), Multiple Flow Slide Experiment in the Westerschelde Estuary, The Netherlands, in Lamarche, G, Mountjoy, J, Bull, S, Hubble, T, Krastel, S, Lane, E, Micallef, A, Moscardelli, L, Mueller, C, Pecher, I & Woelz, S eds, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research 41: Submarine Mass Movements And Their Consequences. 241-249.
  • Postma, George, Hoyal, David C., Abreu, Vitor, Cartigny, Matthieu J. B., Demko, Timothy, Fedele, Juan J., Kleverlaan, Kick & Pederson, Keriann H. (2016), Morphodynamics of Supercritical Turbidity Currents in the Channel-Lobe Transition Zone, in Lamarche, G, Mountjoy, J, Bull, S, Hubble, T, Krastel, S, Lane, E, Micallef, A, Moscardelli, L, Mueller, C, Pecher, I & Woelz, S eds, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research 41: Submarine Mass Movements And Their Consequences. 469-478.

Journal Article

  • Reynolds, P., Schofield, N., Brown, R.J. & Holford, S.P. (2018). The architecture of submarine monogenetic volcanoes – insights from 3D seismic data. Basin Research 30(S1): 437-451.
  • Vellinga, Age J., Cartigny, Matthieu J. B., Eggenhuisen, Joris T. & Hansen, Ernst W. M. (2018). Morphodynamics and depositional signature of low-aggradation cyclic steps: New insights from a depth-resolved numerical model. Sedimentology 65(2): 540-560.
  • Hizzett, J. L., Hughes Clarke, J. E., Sumner, E. J., Cartigny, M. J. B., Talling, P. J. & Clare, M. A. (2018). Which triggers produce the most erosive, frequent and longest runout turbidity currents on deltas? Geophysical Research Letters 45(2): 855-863.
  • Tian, Shansi, Erastova, Valentina, Lu, Shuangfang, Greenwell, Hugh Christopher, Underwood, Thomas, Xue, Haitao, Zeng, Fang, Chen, Guohui, Wu, Chunzheng & Zhao, Rixin (2018). Understanding model crude oil component interactions on kaolinite silicate and aluminol surfaces: towards improved understanding of shale oil recovery. Energy & Fuels 32(2): 1155-1165.
  • Underwood, Thomas R. & Greenwell, H. Chris (2018). The Water-Alkane Interface at Various NaCl Salt Concentrations: A Molecular Dynamics Study of the Readily Available Force Fields. Scientific Reports 8: 352.
  • Hunt, James E., Cassidy, Michael & Talling, Peter J. (2018). Multi-stage volcanic island flank collapses with coeval explosive caldera-forming eruptions. Scientific Reports 8(1): 1146.
  • Stricker, Stephan, Jones, Stuart J., Meadows, Neil & Bowen, Leon (2018). Reservoir quality of fluvial sandstone reservoirs in salt-walled mini-basins: an example from the Seagull field, Central Graben, North Sea, UK. Petroleum Science 15(1): 1-27.
  • Brodie, Mark W., Aplin, Andrew C., Hart, Bruce, Orland, Ian J., Valley, John W. & Boyce, Adrian J. (2018). Oxygen Isotope Microanalysis By Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Suggests Continuous 300-million-year History of Calcite Cementation and Dolomitization in the Devonian Bakken Formation. Journal of Sedimentary Research 88(1): 91-104.
  • Mark, N.J., Schofield, N., Pugliese, S., Watson, D., Holford, S., Muirhead, D., Brown, R. & Healy, D. (2018). Igneous intrusions in the Faroe Shetland basin and their implications for hydrocarbon exploration; new insights from well and seismic data. Marine and Petroleum Geology 92: 733-753.
  • Chang, Jie C., Shulmeister, James, Gröcke, Darren R. & Woodward, Craig A. (2018). Toward more accurate temperature reconstructions based on oxygen isotopes of subfossil chironomid head-capsules in Australia. Limnology and Oceanography 63(1): 295-307.
  • Gudiyor Veerabhadrappa, Manohara, Li, Li, Whiting, Andrew & Greenwell, H. Chris (2018). Ultra-high aspect ratio hybrid materials: The role of organic guest and synthesis method. Dalton Transactions 47(9): 2933-2938.
  • Pope, Ed L., Talling, Peter J. & Ó Cofaigh, Colm (2018). The relationship between ice sheets and submarine mass movements in the Nordic Seas during the Quaternary. Earth-Science Reviews 178: 208-256.
  • Ruengkajorn, Kanittika, Erastova, Valentina, Buffet, Jean-Charles, Greenwell, H. Chris & O'Hare, Dermot (2018). Aqueous Immiscible Layered Double Hydroxides: Synthesis, Characterisation and Molecular Dynamics Simulation. Chemical Communications 54(35): 4394-4397
  • Hattori, G., Trevelyan, J., Augarde, C.E., Coombs, W.M. & Aplin, A.C. (2017). Numerical simulation of fracking in shale rocks: current state and future approaches. Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering 24(2): 281-317.
  • Li, Y., Li, J., Li, X., Selby, D., Huang, G., Chen, L. & Zheng, K. (2017). An Early Cretaceous carbonate replacement origin for the Xinqiao stratabound massive sulfide deposit, Middle-Lower Yangtze Metallogenic Belt, China. Ore Geology Reviews 80: 985-1003.
  • Redden, Hilary, Milledge, John J., Greenwell, H. Christopher, Dyer, Philip W. & Harvey, Patricia J. (2017). Changes in higher heating value and ash content of seaweed during ensiling. Journal of Applied Phycology 29(2): 1037-1046.
  • Obradors-Prats, J., Rouainia, M., Aplin, A. C. & Crook, A. J. L. (2017). Assessing the implications of tectonic compaction on pore pressure using a coupled geomechanical approach. Marine and Petroleum Geology 79: 31-43.
  • Schiener, P., Zhao, S., Theodoridou, K., Carey, M., Mooney-McAuley, K. & Greenwell, H.C. (2017). The nutritional aspects of biorefined Saccharina latissima, Ascophylum nodosum and Palmaria palmata. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery 7(2): 221-235.
  • Kareem, R., Cubillas, P., Gluyas, J., Bowen, L., Hillier, S. & Greenwell, H.C. (2017). Multi-technique approach to the petrophysical characterization of Berea sandstone core plugs (Cleveland Quarries, USA). Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 149: 436-455.
  • Racionero-Gómez, B., Sproson, A.D., Selby, D., Gannoun, A., Gröcke, D.R., Greenwell, H.C. & Burton, K.W. (2017). Osmium uptake, distribution, and 187Os/188Os and 187Re/188Os compositions in Phaeophyceae macroalgae, Fucus vesiculosus: Implications for determining the 187Os/188Os composition of seawater. Geochimica Cosmochimica et Acta 199: 48-57.
  • Pope, E. L., Talling, P. J., Carter, L., Clare, M. A. & Hunt, J. E. (2017). Damaging sediment density flows triggered by tropical cyclones. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 458: 161-169.
  • Erastova, Valentina, Degiacomi, Matteo T., O'Hare, Dermot & Greenwell, H. Chris (2017). Understanding surface interactions in aqueous miscible organic solvent treated layered double hydroxides. RSC Advances 7(9): 5076-5083.
  • Gröcke, D.R., Sauer, P.E., Bridault, A., Drucker, D.G., Germonpré, M. & Bocherens, H. (2017). Hydrogen isotopes in Quaternary mammal collagen from Europe. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 11: 12-16.
  • Them II, T.R., Gill, B.C., Caruthers, A.H., Gröcke, D.R., Tulsky, E.T., Martindale, R.C., Poulton, T.P. & Smith, P.L. (2017). High-resolution carbon isotope records of the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event (Early Jurassic) from North America and implications for the global drivers of the Toarcian carbon cycle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 459: 118-126.
  • Stricker, S., Jones, S. J. & Sathar, S. (2017). Overpressure preventing quartz cementation? - A reply. Marine and Petroleum Geology 79: 337-339.
  • Goodarzi, M., Rouainia, M., Aplin, A.C., Cubillas, P. & de Block, M. (2017). Predicting the elastic response of organic-rich shale using nanoscale measurements and homogenisation methods. Geophysical Prospecting 65(6): 1597–1614.
  • Scarlato, P., Mollo, S., Del Bello, E., von Quadt, A., Brown, R.J., Gutierrez, E., Martinez-Hackert, B. & Papale, P. (2017). The 2013 eruption of Chaparrastique volcano (El Salvador): Effects of magma storage, mixing, and decompression. Chemical Geology 448: 110-122.
  • Cu, Y., Wang, G., Jones, S.J., Zhou, Z., Ran, Y., Lai, J., Li, R. & Deng, L. (2017). Prediction of diagenetic facies using well logs – A case study from the upper Triassic Yanchang Formation, Ordos Basin, China. Marine and Petroleum Geology 81: 50-65.
  • Symons, W.O., Sumner, E.J., Paull, C.K., Cartigny, M.J.B., Xu, J.P., Maier, K.L., Lorenson, T.D. & Talling, P.J. (2017). A new model for turbidity current behavior based on integration of flow monitoring and precision coring in a submarine canyon. Geology 45(4): 367-370.
  • Jutzeler, M., Manga, M., White, J.D.L., Talling, P.J., Proussevitch, A., Le Friant, A. & Ishizuka, O. (2017). Submarine deposits from pumiceous pyroclastic density currents traveling over water: An outstanding example from offshore Montserrat (IODP 340). Geological Society of America Bulletin 129(3-4): 392-414.
  • Yuan, Guanghui, Cao, Yingchang, Gluyas, Jon & Jia, Zhenzhen (2017). Reactive transport modeling of coupled feldspar dissolution and secondary mineral precipitation and its implication for diagenetic interaction in sandstones. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 207: 232-255.
  • Yuan, Guanghui, Cao, Yingchang, Zhang, Yongchao & Gluyas, Jon (2017). Diagenesis and reservoir quality of sandstones with ancient “deep” incursion of meteoric freshwater——An example in the Nanpu Sag, Bohai Bay Basin, East China. Marine and Petroleum Geology 82: 444-464.
  • Eggenhuisen, Joris T., Cartigny, Matthieu J. B. & de Leeuw, Jan (2017). Physical theory for near-bed turbulent particle suspension capacity. Earth Surface Dynamics 5(2): 269-281.
  • Cui, Yufeng, Jones, Stuart J., Saville, Christopher, Stricker, Stephan, Wang, Guiwen, Tang, Longxun, Fan, Xuqiang & Chen, Jing (2017). The role played by carbonate cementation in controlling reservoir quality of the Triassic Skagerrak Formation, Norway. Marine and Petroleum Geology 85: 316-331.
  • Gröcke, D.R., Racionero-Gómez, B., Marschalek, J.W. & Greenwell, H.C. (2017). Translocation of isotopically distinct macroalgae: a route to low-cost biomonitoring? Chemosphere 184: 1175-1185.
  • Chang, J.C., Shulmeister, J., Gröcke, D.R. & Woodward, C. (2017). Towards more accurate temperature reconstructions based on oxygen isotopes of subfossil chironomid head-capsules in Australia. Limnology & Oceanography in press.
  • Azpiroz-Zabala, Maria, Cartigny, Matthieu, Talling, Peter, Parsons, Daniel, Sumner, Esther, Clare, Michael, Simmons, Stephen, Cooper, Cortis & Pope, Ed (2017). Newly recognized turbidity current structure can explain prolonged flushing of submarine canyons. Science Advances 3(10): e1700200.
  • Mathias, S.A., Greenwell, H.C., Withers, C., Erdogan, A., McElwaine, J. & MacMinn, C. (2017). Analytical solution for clay plug swelling experiments. Applied Clay Science 149: 75-78.
  • Tang, L., Jones, S. J. & Gluyas, J. (2017). Facies Architecture of the Fluvial-Aeolian Buchan Formation (Upper Devonian) and Its Implications on Field Exploration: A Case Study from Ardmore Field, Central North Sea, UK. International Journal of Geosciences 8(7): 902-924.
  • Jones, S. J. (2017). Goo, glue, and grain binding: Importance of biofilms for diagenesis in sandstones. Geology 45(10): 959-960.
  • Clare, M.A., Vardy, M.E., Cartigny, M.J.B., Talling, P.J., Himsworth, M.D., Dix, J.K., Harris, J.M., Whitehouse, R.J.S. & Belal, M. (2017). Direct monitoring of active geohazards: emerging geophysical tools for deep-water assessments. Near surface geophysics 15(4): 427-444.
  • Day-Stirrat, Ruarri J., Aplin, Andrew C., Kurtev, Kuncho D., Schleicher, Anja M., Brown, Andrew P. & Środoń, Jan (2017). Late diagenesis of illite-smectite in the Podhale Basin, southern Poland: Chemistry, morphology, and preferred orientation. Geosphere 13(6): 2137-2153.
  • Obradors-Prats, J., Rouainia, M., Aplin, A. C. & Crook, A. J. L. (2017). Hydromechanical modeling of stress, pore pressure and porosity evolution in fold-and-thrust belt systems. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 122(11): 9383-9403.
  • Erastova, Valentina, Degiacomi, Matteo T., Fraser, Donald & Greenwell, H. Chris (2017). Mineral Surface Chemistry Control for Origin of Prebiotic Peptides. Nature Communications 8(1): 2033.
  • Allin, Joshua R., Hunt, James E., Clare, Michael A. & Talling, Peter J. (2017). Eustatic sea-level controls on the flushing of a shelf-incising submarine canyon. GSA Bulletin 130(1-2): 222-237.
  • Santha, Nipada, Cubillas, Pablo, Saw, Adrian Brooksbank, Harry & Greenwell, Hugh Christopher (2017). Chemical Force Microscopy Study on the Interactions of COOH Functional Groups with Kaolinite Surfaces: Implications for Enhanced Oil Recovery. Minerals 7(12): 250.
  • Grove, Clayton, Jerram, Dougal A., Gluyas, Jon G. & Brown, Richard J. (2017). Sandstone Diagenesis in Sediment–lava Sequences: Exceptional Examples of Volcanically Driven Diagenetic Compartmentalization in Dune Valley, Huab Outliers, Nw Namibia. Journal of Sedimentary Research 87(12): 1314-1335.
  • Newport, Leo P., Aplin, Andrew C., Gluyas, Jon G., Greenwell, H. Christopher & Gröcke, Darren R. (2016). Geochemical and lithological controls on a potential shale reservoir: Carboniferous Holywell Shale, Wales. Marine and Petroleum Geology 71: 198-210.
  • Grégoire, Brian, Erastova, Valentina, Geatches, Dawn L., Clark, Stewart J., Greenwell, H. Christopher & Fraser, Donald G. (2016). Insights into the Behaviour of Biomolecules on the Early Earth: The Concentration of Aspartate by Layered Double Hydroxide Minerals. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 176: 239-258.
  • Sciscio, L., Tsikos, H., Roberts, D.L., Scott, L., van Breugel, Y., Sinninghe Damste, J.S., Schouten, S. & Gröcke, D.R. (2016). Miocene climate and vegetation changes in the Cape Peninsula, South Africa: evidence from biogeochemistry and palynology. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 445: 124-137.
  • Stricker, S. & Jones, S.J. (2016). Enhanced porosity preservation by pore fluid overpressure and chlorite grain coatings in the Triassic Skagerrak, Central Graben, North Sea, UK. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 435: 321-341.
  • Stricker, S., Jones, S. J., Sathar, S., Bowen, L. & Oxtoby, N. (2016). Exceptional reservoir quality in HPHT reservoir settings: examples from the Skagerrak Formation of the Heron Cluster, UK, North Sea. Marine and Petroleum Geology 77: 198-215.
  • Racionero-Gómez, B., Sproson, A.D., Selby, D., Gröcke, D.R., Redden, H. & Greenwell, H.C. (2016). Rhenium uptake and distribution in phaeophyceae macroalgae, Fucus vesiculosus. Royal Society Open Science 3(5): 160161.
  • Sathar, S. & Jones, S.J. (2016). Fluid overpressure as a control on sandstone reservoir quality in a mechanical compaction dominated setting: Magnolia Field, Gulf of Mexico. Terra Nova 28(3): 155-162.
  • Stricker, S, Jones, S.J. & Grant, N. (2016). Importance of vertical effective stress for reservoir quality in the Skagerrak Formation, Central Graben, North Sea. Marine and Petroleum Geology 78: 895-909.
  • Zahida, M.A., Chunmeia, D., Lina, C., Gluyas, J., Jones S.J., Zhang,X., Munawara,M.J. & Maa, C. (2016). Sequence Stratigraphy, sedimentary facies and reservoir quality of Es4s, southern slope of Dongying Depression, Bohai Bay Basin, East China. Marine and Petroleum Geology 77: 448-470.
  • Underwood, T., Erastova, V. & Greenwell, H. C. (2016). Wetting Effects and Molecular Adsorption at Hydrated Kaolinite Clay Mineral Surfaces. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120(21): 11433-11449.
  • Reynolds, P., Brown, R.J., Thordarson, T. & Llewellin, E. (2016). The architecture and shallow conduits of Laki-type pyroclastic cones: insights into a basaltic fissure eruption. Bulletin of Volcanology 78(5): 36.
  • Mathia, E.J., Bowen, L., Thomas, K.M. & Aplin, A.C. (2016). Evolution of porosity and pore types in organic-rich, calcareous, Lower Toarcian Posidonia Shale. Marine and Petroleum Geology 75: 117-139.
  • Goulty, N.R., Sargent, C., Andras, P. & Aplin, A.C. (2016). Compaction of diagenetically altered mudstones - Part 1: Mechanical and chemical contributions. Marine and Petroleum Geology 77: 703-713.
  • Obradors-Prats, J., Rouainia, M., Aplin, A.C. & Crook, A.J.L. (2016). Stress and pore pressure histories in complex tectonic settings predicted with coupled geomechanical-fluid flow models. Marine and Petroleum Geology 76: 464-477.
  • Chamberlain, K.J., Barclay, J., Preece, K., Brown, R.J., Davidson, J.P. & EIMF (2016). Origin and evolution of silicic magmas at ocean islands: Perspectives from a zoned fall deposit on Ascension Island, South Atlantic. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 327: 349-360.
  • Clare, M.A., Hughes Clarke, J.E., Talling, P.T., Cartigny, M.J.B. & Pratomo, D.G. (2016). Preconditioning and triggering of offshore slope failures and turbidity currents revealed by most detailed monitoring yet at a fjord-head delta. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 450: 208-220.
  • Pope, E.L., Talling, P.J., Hunt, J.E., Dowdeswell, J.A., Allin, J.R., Cartigny, M.J.B., Long, D., Mozzato, A., Stanford, J.D., Tappin, D.R. & Watts, M. (2016). Long-term record of Barents Sea Ice Sheet advance to the shelf edge from a 140,000 year record. Quaternary Science Reviews 150: 55-66.
  • Arnoud Slootman, Matthieu J.B. Cartigny, Andrea Moscariello, Massimo Chiaradia & Poppe L. de Boer (2016). Quantification of tsunami-induced flows on a Mediterranean carbonate ramp reveals catastrophic evolution. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 444: 192.
  • de Leeuw, Jan, Eggenhuisen, Joris T. & Cartigny, Matthieu J. B. (2016). Morphodynamics of submarine channel inception revealed by new experimental approach. Nature Communications 7: 10886.
  • Symons, William O., Sumner, Esther J., Tailing, Peter J., Cartigny, Matthieu J. B. & Clare, Michael A. (2016). Large-scale sediment waves and scours on the modern seafloor and their implications for the prevalence of supercritical flows. Marine Geology 371: 130-148.
  • Goodarzi, M., Rouainia, M. & Aplin A. C. (2016). Numerical evaluation of mean-field homogenisation methods for predicting shale elastic response. Computational Geosciences 20(5): 1109-1122.
  • Underwood, T., Erastova, V. & Greenwell, H.C. (2016). Ion Adsorption at Clay Mineral Surfaces: The Hofmeister Series for Hydrated Smectite Minerals. Clays and Clay Minerals 64(4): 472-487.
  • Redfern, R., Gröcke, D.R., Millard, A.R., Ridgeway, V., Johnson, L. & Hefner, J.T. (2016). Going south of the river: a multidisciplinary analysis of ancestry, mobility and diet in a population from Roman Southwark, London. Journal of Archaeological Science 74: 11-22.
  • Jørkov, M.L.S. & Gröcke, D.R. (2016). Investigating adult diet during Industrialization in Copenhagen based on stable isotope analysis of bone collagen and hair keratin. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 9(7): 1327-1341.

Chapter in book

  • Plint, A.G., Hooper, E.A., Grifi, M.D., Walaszczyk, I., Landman, N., Gröcke, D.R. & Jarvis, I. (2017). Integrated, high-resolution allostratigraphic, biostratigraphic and carbon-isotope correlation of Coniacian strata (Upper Cretaceous), western Alberta and northern Montana. In Allostratigraphy and biostratigraphy of the Upper Cretaceous (Coniacian-Santonian) Western Canada Foreland Basin. Landman, Neil H., Plint, A. Guy. & Walaszczyk, Ireneus New York: American Museum of Natural History. 414: 9-52.
  • Arzani, N. & Jones, S.J. (2016). Upstream controls on evolution of dryland alluvial megafans: Quaternary examples from the Kohrud Mountain Range, central Iran. In Geology and Geomorphology of Alluvial and Fluvial Fans: Terrestrial and Planetary Perspectives. Ventra, D. & Clarke, L. E. The Geological Society, London. 440.
  • Durant, AJ & Brown, RJ (2016). Ash Aggregation in Volcanic Clouds. In Volcanic Ash. Mackie, S, Cashman, K,, Ricketts, H, Rust, A & Watson, M Elsevier. 53-66.
  • Aplin, A.C. & Moore, J.K.S. (2016). Observations of pore systems of natural siliciclastic mudstones. In Filling the Gaps - From Microscopic Pore Structures to Transport Properties in Shales. Schäfer, Thorsten, Dohrmann, Reiner & Greenwell, H.C. Clay Minerals Society. 21: 33-44.