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Department of Earth Sciences

Academic Staff

Prof. Dave Selby

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42294
Room number: Rm 332

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Biography

2015 - present: Professor in Earth Sciences, Dept of Earth Sciences, Durham University.

2010 — 2015: TOTAL Reader in Petroleum Geosciences, Dept of Earth Sciences, Durham University.

2009: TOTAL Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geosciences, Dept of Earth Sciences, Durham University

2008: Lecturer in Petroleum Geosciences, Dept of Earth Sciences, Durham University

2005 — 2008: Lecturer, Dept of Earth Sciences, Durham University

2004 — 2005: Research Associate, University of Alberta, Canada

1999 — 2004: Post-doctoral fellow, University of Alberta, Canada

1999: PhD (University of Alberta, Canada)

1994: BSc (Southampton University, UK)


Career Research Highlights


Selby has been involved in the development and application of the Re-Os isotope system since 1999. His work initially focused on the systematic development of the Re-Os molybdenite chronometer, research that now allows routine age determinations for molybdenite, which is critical for evaluating the age and genesis of metallic ore deposits worldwide and the timing of fluid flow in terranes. In addition to molybdenite he has shown that Re-Os geochronology using pyrite, bornite, arsenopyrite and chalcopyrite can yield valuable age information for ore systems. Further, Selby has been a pioneer in developing the Re-Os chronometer to obtain depositional ages for sedimentary rocks and the timing of petroleum generation in sedimentary basins. He has coupled this work with PGEs geochemistry to aid in the fingerprinting of an oil to its source.

Current interests include further development of the Re-Os chronometer to sedimentary and petroleum systems, time scale calibration and resolving controversy of the causes of mass extinctions. Additional interests surround Re-Os systematics of sulphide minerals, and the development and application of Ni stable isotopes to petroleum and sedimentary systems.
His research is conducted in the Source Rock and Sulfide Geochronology and Geochemistry Laboratory and Arthur Holmes Laboratory, which forms an integral part of the Durham Geochemistry Centre.
For excellence in contributions to applied and economic aspects of the science Selby has been awarded the William Smith Fund (2009) from The Geological Society of London.

In 2014 he recieved an award for excellence in doctoral supervision.


Conferences and Workshops

2016 — Chaired the session: Development and Application of Nontraditional Isotopes in Studies of Earth History. 2016 Goldschmidt Conference, Yokohama, 26 Jun – 1 Jul 2016.

2014 — Chaired the session: The Middle Paleozoic World, 2015 GSA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Nov 1-4.

2014 — Chaired the session: OAE phenomena contributed from Asian and Western Pacific records. IGCP608 meeting, Waseda Japan, September 4-6, 2014.

2013 — AGU Fall Meeting: Chaired Session: Recent Advances in the Study of Ocean Anoxic Events 

2009 — AGU Fall Meeting: Chaired Session: Empirical and Modelling Reconstructions of the Tempo, Mode, and Origin of Palaeocirculation and Climate Change During the Holocene and Prior Periods

2009  Geochemical Society Goldschmidt Conference Chaired Session: Role of Metals in Understanding the Origins of Petroleum

2006 International Highly Siderophile Elements conference: High temperature and low temperature processes, environment and health issues, University of Durham


Current Research Opportunites


If you are interested in any of my research interests, namely Re-Os isotope geochemistry of ore systems, organic-rich rocks, petroleum geoscience, paleoclimate, macroalgae, and the anthropocene please feel free to contact me. 

Advertised PhD projects:

Holocene Sea-Ice Variability and interaction with the ocean and ice sheet along the West Greenland Margin - Supervised by Dr Jerry Lloyd, Professor Erin McClymont, Prof Colm O’Cofaigh (Department of Geography) and Prof Dave Selby (Department of Earth Sciences) - see https://www.dur.ac.uk/arctic/

Ice sheet – ocean interactions in northeast Greenland: the role of ocean warming on ice stream stability(Ref IAP2-18-42) - http://www.iapetus.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IAP2-18-42_Durham_Lloyd.pdf


Editorial Roles


2010 – present — Editorial Committee, the Journal of Geology and Exploration

2012 – present — Editorial Committee, the Society of Economic Geologists


Fellowships


2008 – 2012 — Royal Society: Industry Fellowship


Membership of Organisations and Societies


Member, Society of Economic Geologists

Member, American Geophysical Union

Member, EARTH TIME Europe

Member, Geological Association of America


Prizes & Awards

2018 — Fellow of the Geological Society

2014 —Durham University award for excellence in doctoral supervision.

2009 — William Smith Fund from the Geological Society of London. Awarded for excellence in contributions to applied and economic aspects of the science.

2003 — Best Paper - Honourable Mention from the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists


Recent and Current Grants

2014 – 2017 — Total Ph.D. Scholarship

2014 – 2015 — NERC Catalyst Research Grant 

2012 – 2014 — CLAIR Group Research Grant

2010 – 2012 — SINDRI Research Grant

2010 – 2014 — NERC STD Grant 

2009 – 2012 — Durham University/Helio Resource Corp. Ph.D. Scholarship

2009 – 2012 — Lundin Petroleum Ph.D. Scholarship

2009 – 2010 — NERC Small Grant

2008 – 2017 — TOTAL Endowment Fund

2008 – 2011 — NERC CASE Studentship

2007 – 2010 — CeREES/TOTAL Ph.D. Scholarship

2006 – 2009 — NERC CASE Studentship

2006 – 2008 — Nuffield Newly Appointed Lecturers Grant

2006 – 2009 — Science Foundation Ireland (Marine Institute) Research Frontiers Programme


Research Interests


• Application of isotope geology to metallic and petroleum ore genesis
• Application of rhenium-osmium isotope to time-scale calibration/isotope stratigraphy/mass extinction/petroleum systems/macroalgae
• Rhenium-osmium isotope studies of organic-bearing sedimentary rocks/sulphide minerals/organic matter including macroalgae
• Developing the laboratory techniques for the extraction of rhenium and osmium from geological samples
• Developmental work for the application of Nickel isotopes to Earth Science


Supervises

Ph.D. Students (current)

Emma Ownsworth (2017-2020) – PhD – Tracking millennial-scale glacial paleoceanography of the Baltic Sea Basin – Sea to Lake and Lake to Sea - ERC-IAPETUS PhD Scholarship

Zeyang Liu (2015-2019) – PhD – Re-Os fractionation in organic rich sedimentary rocks - CSC-Durham Scholarship

Junjie Liu (2017-2019) – PDRA – CO2 precipitation of oil and associated Re-Os systematics - Total Scholarship


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