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Professor M E Tucker, BSc (Dunelm)1968, PhD (Reading)1971

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Professor of Geological Sciences in the Department of Earth Sciences

Contact Professor M E Tucker (email at m.e.tucker@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

BSc Durham 1968, PhD Reading 1971, Chartered Geologist C Geol 1987.
Lectureships at University of Sierra Leone 71-72, University of Wales at Cardiff 73-74, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne 75-82, and Durham University 83-87; then Senior Lecturer 87-89, Reader 89-93 and Professor 93- at Durham University, then Master University College Durham (50% Univ College, 50% Dept of Earth Sciences).

Conferences and workshops

A. Conferences:
1. 2003 - 12th Bathurst Conference;
2. Feb 2006 - GeolSoc’s Lyell Meeting.

B. Sessions:
2006 Internat Sed Congress, Japan 2006 and editorial duties

Editorial Roles

1. Sedimentary Geology since 2003
2. Editorial Board Facies since 2000

Fellowships

1. 2005 - Gledden Senior Research Fellowship University of Western Australia 2005;
2. Associate Professor Institute Francais du Petrole;

Invited Keynotes

1. 2002 - Presidential address Internat Sed Congress Jo'Berg
2. 2003 - keynote Internat Ass Sed conf Croatia
3. 2003 - invited short course 3rd Latin-American Sed conf Belem Brazil

Membership of Organisations and Societies

1. Member of EPSRC College 2003-2007
2. President International Association of Sedimentologists 1998-2002

Prizes & Awards

IAS Distinguished Speaker 2005-2006

Research Interests

  • Carbonate sequence stratigraphy, sedimentology and diagenesis. Carbonate platforms of all ages and all parts of the world - more recently Europe, Middle East, China and Western Australia.
  • Carbonate petroleum reservoirs, prediction of facies and porosity.
  • Permian and Carboniferous strata of NE England, facies and cycles, and analogues of North Sea reservoirs.
  • Quaternary carbonate sediments of the Red Sea (Egypt) and western Australia: facies and diagenesis of highstand reefal and grainy carbonates in the context of sea-level and climate changes. Sedimentology, stratigraphy, isotope + trace element geochemistry
  • Millennial-scale cycles in carbonate successions: are beds cycles?
  • Slope carbonates: depositional processes and cycles. Role of hyperpycnal flows.
  • Dolomites and dolomitization: the role of bacteria
  • Permo-Carboniferous basins in South America: carbonate-evaporite strata and hydrocarbon potential
  • Late Precambrian carbonates from the Lesser Himalaya: depositon and diagenesis of Kroll oolites and original mineralogy of ooids.

Indicators of Esteem

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  • conf convened: Lyell
  • Conferences Convened: IAS mmmmm
  • Keynotes, lectures, short courses given, and symposia convened, at various international meetings, recently::
  • Lectures at confeences: IAS Congress

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Mei, M. & Tucker, M.E. (2006). Sequence stratigraphic framework and relative sea-level changes of the Upper Palaeozoic strata of the Dianqiangui Basin and its adjacent areas in Southwest China. In Proceedings of the XVth Internation Congress on Carboniferous and Permian Stratigraphy. Wong, Th. Utrecht: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Science. 1-14.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Mastandrea, A., Perri, E., Russo, F., Spadafora, A & Tucker, M.E. (2006). Microbial primary dolomite from a Norian carbonat platform, Northern Calabria, Southern Italy. Sedimentology 53: 465-480.
  • Tucker, M.E. & George, A. (2005). Oz's first Great Barrier Reef: the Devonian of the Canning Basin, Western Australia. Geoscientist 15(12): 4-7.
  • Tucker, M.E. & Marshall, J. (2004). Diagenesis and geochemistry of Upper Muschelkalk (Triassic) build-ups and associated facies in Catalonia (NE Spain): a paper dedicated to Francesc Calvet. Geologica Acta 2: 257-269.

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Admissions & college affairs: University College
  • Regional Heritage: Durham Castle
  • The Earth: Rocks & natural forces: sedimentology
  • The Earth: Rocks & natural forces: fossils, limestones, sandstones
  • The Earth: Rocks & natural forces: geology of northeast England
  • The Earth: Rocks & natural forces: sand and mud
  • The Earth: Animals: dinosaur footprints