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Prof Mark Allen, Bsc (Durham) 1987; PhD (Leicester (1991)

Contact Prof Mark Allen (email at m.b.allen@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

2016 - present — Deputy Head of Science Faculty (Postgraduate)

2015 - 2016 — Academic Director, NERC IAPETUS Doctoral Training Partnership

2014 - present — Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Durham

2013 – 2015  — Deputy Director, Natural Sciences, University of Durham

2005 – 2014  — Reader, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Durham

2003 – 2004  — Deputy Chief Geologist, CASP. Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

1993 – 2004  — Geologist, CASP, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

1990 – 1993  — Computer Officer, Leicester University

1991  — PhD, Leicester

1987  — BSc Hons 1st class: Durham


Career Research Highlights


My research has focused on interdisciplinary studies of Eurasian orogenic belts and sedimentary basins, notably the interactions of deformation, climate and sedimentation in tectonically active regions such as the Caspian, and the Zagros mountains of Iran. I also study aspects of petroleum systems at all scales from the regional, to the effects of fault systems and sedimentary architecture on fluid migration. My PhD involved a lot of igneous geochemistry, and I have recently returned to this subject by looking at the young volcanic rocks of the Iranian plateau. This includes being the PI of a NERC funded project on Orogenic Plateau Magmatism. I use many techniques and disciplines within Earth Sciences, including field-based structural geology and clastic sedimentology, remote sensing, geomorphology, basin modelling, regional synthesis, igneous geochemistry and seismic interpretation. I work closely with specialists in many other fields, including seismology, microstructures, fluid inclusions, heavy mineral provenance studies, isotopic geochemistry/geochronology and gravity/magnetics.


Committee and Society Service


2005 – 2010— Secretary, Northern Regional Group of the Geological Society

2001 – 2006 — Geological Society Petroleum Group committee member


Conferences and Workshops


2012, 2013 —Organiser of Convergent Margin session theme - EGU General Assembly

2011 — Geological Society of London Coupling of Tectonics and Surface Processes, Convenor.

2010 — Orogenic Plateaux session, Convenor - EGU General Assembly

2009 — Arctic and Russia session, Co-convenor. Petroleum Geology Conference #VII


Editorial Roles

2017 - present - Editor, Solid Earth

2003 – 2017 — Editor-in-chief of Geological Magazine

2005 – present — Editorial board member, Tectonophysics

2006 – 2012 — Editorial Board Member, Petroleum Geoscience

2006 — UK national correspondent for ICGP Project 480 “Tectonics of Central Asia”


Keynotes

2018 - Invited speaker, Caltech, California


2011 – "Interactions of Tectonics and Climate in Eurasia" - University of Michigan Smith Lecture Series

2008 – International Union of Geological Sciences 33rd International Geological Congress

2004 – AAPG Hedberg meeting on lacustrine sedimentation, Baku


Prizes & Awards


2004 — AAPG Jules Braunstein Award


Recent and Current Grants


2011 – 2014 — ‘Orogenic Plateau Magmatism’ NERC Standard Grant NE/H021620/1 PI, Co-Is: Davidson, J.P., and Van Hunen, J.


Indicators of Esteem

  • 2018: Invited speaker, Caltech:
  • 2017: Editor, Solid Earth:
  • 2016: Degree programme External Examiner, University of Oxford:
  • 2014: Editor-in-Chief, Geological Magazine:
  • 2014: Member of NERC peer review college:
  • 2013: Co-ordinator, Convergent Tectonic settings sessions, EGU:
  • 2013: Degree programme External Examiner, University of Cambridge:
  • 2011: Smith Lecturer, University of Michigan:
  • 2006: UK national correspondent for ICGP Project 480 “Tectonics of Central Asia”:
  • 2005: Editorial board member, Tectonophysics, from Dec 2005:
  • 2004: AAPG Jules Braunstein Award:
  • 2004: Keynote speaker: AAPG Hedberg meeting on lacustrine sedimentation, Baku, 2004:
  • 2003: Editor of Geological Magazine since February 2003:
  • 2001: Geological Society Petroleum Group committee member:

Research Interests

  • Eurasian orogenic belts and sedimentary basins, notably the interactions of deformation, climate and sedimentation in tectonically active regions such as the Caspian and the Zagros mountains.
  • Petroleum systems at all scales from the regional, to the effects of fault systems and sedimentary architecture on fluid migration.

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Allen, M.B. (2010). Roles of strike-slip faults during continental deformation: examples from the active Arabia–Eurasia collision. In The Evolving Continents: Understanding Processes of Continental Growth. Kusky, T. M., Zhai, M.-G. & Xiao, W. London: Geological Society, London. 338: 329-344.
  • Hinds, D., Simmons, M.D., Allen, M.B. & Aliyeva, E. (2007). Architecture variability within the Pereriva and Balakhany suites of the Neogene Productive Series, Azerbaijan: implications for reservoir quality. In AAPG Studies in Geology 55: Oil and Gas of the Greater Caspian area. Yilmaz, P.O. & Isaksen, G. Tulsa, Oklahoma: AAPG.
  • Allen, M.B., Walker, R., Jackson, J., Blanc, E.J-P., Talebian, M. & Ghassemi, M.R. (2006). Contrasting styles of convergence in the Arabia-Eurasia collision: Why escape tectonics does not occur in Iran. In Postcollisional tectonics and magmatism in the Mediterranean region and Asia: GSA Special Paper 409. Dilek, Y. & Pavlides, S. Boulder, Colorado: Geological Society of America. 579-589.
  • Kroonenberg, S.B, Simmons, M. D, Alekseevski, N.I, Aliyeva, E, Allen, M.B, Aybulatov, D.N, Baba-Zadeh, A, Badyukova, E.N, Hinds, D.J, Huseynov, D, Ibrahimov B, Mamedov, P, Overeem, I, Povalishnikova, E.N, Rusakov, G.V, Suleymanova, S & Svitoch, A.A (2005). Two deltas, two basins, one river, one sea: the modern Volga delta as an analogue of the Neogene Productive Series, South Caspian Basin. In SEPM memoir on deltaic sedimentation.
  • Allen, M.B, Macdonald, D. I. M, Zhao Xun, Vincent, S.J & Brouet-Menzies, C (1998). Transtensional deformation in the evolution of the Bohai Basin, northern China. In Continental Transpressional and Transtensional Tectonics. London: Spec. Rep. of the Geol. Soc. 135: 215-229.

Journal Article

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Earth Sciences: Causes of earthquakes in Eurasia
  • Tectonics: Causes of earthquakes in Eurasia
  • Earth Sciences: Oil and gas resources in Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa
  • Oil and gas: Oil and gas resources in Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa

Selected Grants

  • 2011: Orogenic plateau magmatism (£391367.16 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2010: EGU Conference Attendance Grant (£1250.00 from )
  • 2007: ABSHERON RESERVOIR STUDY (£3000.00 from BP Exploration Ltd)
  • 2007: S.E. ASIA CROSS SECTION CONTRACT (£17975.00 from Geospatial Research Ltd)
  • 2007: SUBSIDENCE MECHANISMS OF ACCRETIONARY (£60000.00 from Statoil ASA)
  • 2007: VOLCANISM IN NW IRAN (£600.00 from The Royal Society)
  • 2006: ACG PRODUCED WATER PROJECT (£11980.00 from BP Exploration (Shah Deniz) Ltd)
  • 2006: ACG PRODUCED WATER PROJECT (£14168.26 from BP Exploration (Shah Deniz) Ltd)
  • 2005: BP-funded study, Absheron Peninsula, Azerbaijan
  • 2005: GEOLOGICAL STUDY OF ABSHERON PENINSULA (£16800.00 from BP Exploration Operating Company Ltd)
  • 2005: Geological Study of the on shore area Absheron Pen (£36000.00 from BP Exploration Operating Company Ltd)
  • 2005: Neftex Black Sea Greater Caspian 3rd order (£21000.00 from Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd)
  • 2005: Neftex study of Eurasian tectonics
  • 2005: West Eurasia 3rd Order stratigraphic database (£33000.00 from Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd)
  • 2004: Neftex study of the Middle East and North Africa
  • 2003: West Siberian Basin Project - basin evolution and provenance patterns
  • 2002: Central Caspian study - Mesozoic palaeogeographic evolution
  • 2002: South Caspian study - basin evolution and hydrocarbon modelling
  • 2001: Zagros Project - structural evolution
  • 2000: Azerbaijan project - Structure and stratigraphy of the South Caspian Basin

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