• Dept of Earth and Environmental Science, Williamson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester

    M139PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

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PhD Opportunities

Fully funded PhD studentships advertised throughout the year: Visit the North Africa Research Group website for details:  www.narg.org.uk




BSc Geology (Chelsea College, Univ. of London) 1984; PhD Subsurface Analysis of Permo-Carboniferous Glacial Sediments, Canning Basin, WA. (Bristol) 1990;

My group

PhD Students

Current PhDs:

  1. James Lovell-Kennedy (4th year): Triassic (TAGI) source to sink, High Plateaux, Morocco
  2. Ian Mounteney (3rd year): Cretaceous Source to Sink, MSGBC Basin, Senegal
  3. Selin Coskun (3rd year): 3D seismic tectonostratigraphy and depositional systems, offshore Senegal 
  4. Hannah Rawson (3rd Year): Controls on kerogen kinetics and source rock distribution, Porcupine Basin, Ireland
  5. Ashong Erieshibe (3rd year): Deepwater Niger Delta, regional tectonstratigraphy, geochemistry using surface samples and extensiove 3D. Defining the petroleum systems
  6. Taufik Muhamad Andrianto (2nd year): Regional tectonics style,Tarakan Basin, Indonesia



Completed PhDs

  1. 2000: Dr Mohammed Sher (now with Pakistan Petroleum Limited):  Seismic interpretation and sequence stratigraphy of the offshore Indus basin of Pakistan.   PPL Funded
  2. 2005: Dr Stefan Lubeseder (now working for Wintershall, Germany): Third order sequence stratigraphic framework for the Palaeozoic reservoirs of North Africa. NARG Funded
  3. 2006: Dr Ruth Underdown (now a teacher in Manchester): Assessing the impact of regional unconformities on the maturation and migration of hydrocarbons within the Ghadames Basin, North Africa.  NARG Funded
  4. 2006: Dr Nadine Mader (now working for Maersk, Norway): Sedimentology, third order sequence stratigraphy and controlling factors on facies distribution in the Triassic of North Africa. NARG Funded
  5. 2008: Dr Joe Martin (now working in Shell International ): Sedimentology, provenance and ice-sheet dynamics of the Late Palaeozoic glaciation in Oman and the Canning Basin (West Australia): An integrated outcrop and subsurface study of the Permo-Carboniferous glaciogenic suites of Arabia and Western Australia.  NERC / Shell Funded
  6. 2009: Dr Mustafa Karer (now with Haliburton Libya): Nubian Sandstones, Hameitmat Trough, Sirte Basin Libya, Evaluating the sedimentology, reservoir characteristics and distribution, and the interbedded igneous units, their origin, distribution and impact on reservoir quality. Libya Gov. Funded
  7. 2009: Dr Ivan Fabuel Perez (now in Exxon, Houston): 3D Modelling of Late  Triassic Continental mixed fluvial systems; integrating LIDAR with high resolution sedimentology of fluvial facies: High Atlas, Morocco  NARG Funded
  8. 2009: Dr Xian Bin Zeng (now with Melrose Resources, Edinburgh) Characteristing deep water slope systems, offshore Vietnam
  9. 2010: Dr Victoria Catterall (now with ExxonMobil, Houston):  Evolution and morphology or deepwater channels, offshore Nile Delta, Egypt.  NERC / BG Group Case funded
  10. 2011: Dr Xavier Van Lanen (now with Statoil, Norway): Quantitative Outcrop Analysis / Integrated Reservoir Modelling of Triassic Fluvial Facies, Minas Basin, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Shell International funded
  11. 2011: Dr Myron Thomas (now with Shell International): Sedimentology of the Nummidian Flysch – Narg Sponsored
  12. 2011: Dr Anh Le Ngoh (now Lecturing Hanoi University): Stratigraphic evolution and plumbing in the Cameroon Margin, West Africa Vietnam Gov. Univ Manchester and Sterling Energy sponsored.
  13. 2012: Dr Laurent Petitpierre (now with Statoil): Sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Early Carboniferous Marar Formation in Western Libya. NARG sponsored.
  14. 2012: Dr Jonathan Wood (now with Shell International): Sedimentological characterization and regional palaeo-environmental implications of the Messak Fm, SW Libya. Narg Sponsored
  15. 2014: Dr Jalal Al Hinai (now with PDO Oman): Permo-Carboniferous glacial systems of the Canning Basin, Western Australia: controls on ice sheet dynamics and sedimentation (PDO Oman Sponsored)
  16. 2014: Richard Newport (now with Shell International): Controls of dolomitisation in Late Cretaceous carbonates.
  17. 2016: Dr Georgina Heldreich: Controls on Geobody Geometries within the Fluvio-Deltaic Mungaroo Formation, NW Australia: developing improved reservoir models in fluvio deltaic channels sequences.(Funded by Shell International, now a PostDoc at Heriot Watt))
  18. 2017 Kara English (Final Year): Diagenesis and thermal history of the Illizi Basin during the Ordovician, Algeria . (Funded by Petroceltic)
  19. 2017 Tim Luber (Final year): Passive Margin evolution and controls on depositional facies: Early Cretaceous of the Atlantic margin (Morocco): (NARG Funded) now with Statoil (Equinor)
  20. 2018 Mohammed Salem (Passed with corrections): Controls on carbonate reservoir development, Kotla Graben, Sirt Basin, Libya. (Libyan Gov. Funded now Lecturer Benghazi University, Libya)
  21. 2018 Remi Charton (Tu Delft): Phanerozoic Vertical Movements in Morocco. (NARG Funded, now post doc)
  22. 2018 Angel Arantegui Controls on Early Cretaceous facies evolution in southern Morocco along the of the Atlantic margin (NARG funded, now Adminstrator NHS).
  23. 2018 Ginney Bradley, Reservoir Architecture of pre land plant depositional systems: Tumblagooda Fm, Western Australia (Nerc Oil Gas DTP Funded, now a research associate)
  24. 2018: Leonardo Muniz Pichel, Atlantic margin Salt development. (Brazil Gov Funded, now a postdoc, IC)
  25. 2019 Jianpeng Wang, Cenomanian / Turonoian Source rock development, offshore Morocco. (Chinese Gov Funded, now a PostDoc)
  26. 2020 Aude Dival-Arnould : Controls on stratigraphic development and reservoir distribution of shelf margin carbonates: Jurassic Atlantic margin - western Morocco (NARG funded, now PostDoc)
  27. 2020 Max Casson:Tectono-stratigraphic evolution of the MSGBC basin, NW Africa (NARG funded, joined Equinor).
  28. 2021 Emmanuelle Roquette (2021): New constraints on Jurassic-Cretaceous source to sink systems along the central Atlantic margin of Morocco
  29. 2021 Nawwar Al-Sinawi (2021): Dolomitization of Jurassic carbonates in the Western High Atlas of Morocco: processes and implications for reservoir properties (joined PDO Oman)
  30. 2023 Orrin Bryers: Early Cretaceous Stratigraphy and depositional systems, coral carpets, Essaouira Agadir Basin, Morocco


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I teach at both undergraduate and MSc level, and lead field courses and tutorials

MSc Teaching

Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience: module leader

Prospect Evaluation and Petroleum Economics: module leader

NE England Field Course: Leader

Mallorca Field Course: Leader

Morocco Field Course: Leader

MSc Research Projects; typically 5-6 per year


Module Leader for EART34102 Geoenergy (3rd Years) 

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Professor of Petroleum Geoscience,  Director of the Energy Geoscience MSc Programmes  at the University of Manchester.  Director of the North Africa Research Group, funded by a consortium of international oil companies.  For details of North Africa Research Group go to http://narg.org.uk.

Also co-founder of the Centre for Masters Training (CMT) in Energy Transition (www.energy-transition.co.uk)

Background:  I graduated from Chelsea College, University of London with a BSc (Hons) in Geology and joined Fina as a geologist working on North Sea exploration.  After 3 years I undertook a PhD at Bristol University on the Sedimentology of the Glaciogenic Permo-Carboniferous Grant Group of the Canning Basin, Western Australia.  After completing my PhD. I returned to the oil industry for 10 years with Fina and later Amerada Hess, working in the UK, North Africa and S.E Asia.  Working in exploration in international new ventures globally.  Since 1998 I have been an academic (initially at Oxford Brookes University and since 2004 at the University of Manchester). I continue to have close links to the energyindustry, supervising funded PhDs, running the leading North Africa Reserach Group and as a consultant working with leading companies on a variety of projects.

I am a Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS), and Chartered Geologists (CGeol), a member of the AAPG, PESGB, IAS and EAGE, I am Editor in Chief of Petroleum Geoscience and of Geoenergy (both Geological Socierty of London / EAGE Journals, and on the editorial board of the and Journal of Petroleum Geology

Research: I founded the North Africa Research Group: established to undertake broad basin analysis projects in North Africa (http://www.narg.org.uk/).  

Research interests:

My research interests cover a broad spectrum from basin analysis and modelling, applied clastic sedimentology (fluvial and glacial), petroleum system analysis, regional geology of North Africa and SE Asia.



Research interests

Sedimentology, ancient glacial systems, basin analysis, petroleum geoscience

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, Subsurface Facies Analysis of the Permo-Carboniferous Grant Group, Canning Basin, NW Australia., University of Bristol

31 Jul 0001

Award Date: 1 Jul 1990

External positions

External Examiner, Universiti Teknologi Petronas

1 Jan 20211 Jan 2024

External Examiner, University of Aberdeen

1 Jan 20211 Jan 2024

External Examiner, University College Dublin

1 Sept 20161 Sept 2019

External Examiner, University Of Malaya

1 Jun 20151 May 2018

Areas of expertise

  • QE Geology
  • Petroleum
  • sedimentology
  • Seismic
  • Basin Analysis
  • Energy

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy
  • Manchester Energy


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