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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 research focuses on the systematic development and application of the Re-Os isotope system to economic geology (e.g., sulfide Re-Os geochronology), chronology of sedimentary and petroleum systems, paleoclimate, paleoceanography, macroalgae, and the anthropocene.
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. He is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. In 2014 he received 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 IAPETUS2 PhD projects (https://www.iapetus2.ac.uk):

Tracking past sea level and environmental changes via novel isotope geochemistry - Supervised by Dr Jerry Lloyd (Department of Geography) and Prof Dave Selby (Department of Earth Sciences), Prof Bill Austin (University of St Andrews) - email Jerry Lloyd or Dave Selby for details

Geochemical relationships of strategic metals of the newly discovered porphyry-epithermal ore deposits, Taca-Taca system, Argentina (CASE PARTNER) - Supervised by Prof Dave Selby (Department of Earth Sciences), Dr Laura Maydagan (Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina), First Quantum Minerals Ltd. email Dave Selby for details

 


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/past glaciations etc
• 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


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


Research Groups

Department of Earth Sciences

Selected Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 2011: Establishing causes of sea-level change and oceanic anoxia in the Late Cretaceous: regional versus global patterns (£569600.19 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2009: Characterizing mantle input during the Cenomanian/Turonian oceanic anoxic event using osmium isotopes (£35498.68 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2006: Nuffield Newly Appointed Lecturers (2006-2008)
  • 2006: SFI Research Frontiers Programme (2006-2009)
  • 2005: Royal Society - Fine-Scale Rhenium-Osmium Time Scale Calibration
  • 2004: American Chemical Society - Rhenium-Osmium (Re-Os) isotope and geochemical systematics of natural hydrocarbons
  • 2002: Alberta Ingenuity Associateship - A new tool for geological age determination of hydrocarbons: Development of the Rhenium–Osmium radioisotope system.
  • 2002: NSERC - A new tool for geological age determination of sulfide mineralization: Further development of the Rhenium–Osmium chronometer
  • 2001: CCI Research Grant - A new tool for geological age determination of gold mineralization: Rhenium-Osmium dating of Tintina Gold Belt deposits, Yukon
  • 2001: Yukon Geology Program - Re-Os Dating of the Tintina Gold Belt Deposits, Yukon and Alaska