Professor Adrian Hartley

Professor Adrian Hartley
Professor of Sedimentology

Chair in Geology & Petroleum Geology

Professor Adrian Hartley
Professor Adrian Hartley

Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 273712
The University of Aberdeen Meston Building Room 110
Department of Geology & Petroleum Geology
School of Geosciences
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 3UE
Scotland, UK

Research Interests

  • All aspects of clastic sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy. A particular interest is the application of geomorphology to the rock record in continental environments.
  • Evolution of the Central Andes: using stratigraphic, sedimentological and structural data to reconstruct the timing and cause of climate change and uplift in the Central Andes.
  • Stratigraphic development of clastic sedimentary successions in Large Igneous Provinces.
  • Application of all aspects of clastic sedimentology in the exploration for, and the exploitation of, hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Current Research

Fluvial System Research Group. A Joint Industry Project currently funded by BG, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Total. The project links with Albuquerque and Royal Holloway and aims to develop a predictive model of distributive fluvial systems (DFS) and associated environments based on remote sensing imagery and outcrop studies.  Research is focussed on outcrop based studies in various parts of the world and involves building 3D models of different aspects of distributive fluvial systems, "ground-truthed" using datasets derived from remotely sensed imagery and modern day systems.

StratLIP a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the sedimentological and volcanic evolution of LIP's.


Gary Weissmann & Louis Scuderi, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Gary Nichols, Nautilus

Anne Mather, University of Plymouth



Teaching Responsibilities

Level 1 GL1005 Earth Through Geological Time

Level 3 GL3025 Stratigraphy

Level 3 GL3026 Helmsdale/Skye Fieldtrip Course Coordinator

Level 4 GL4023 Mapping Project

Level 4 GL4522 Birth, Growth and Death of Supercontinents

Level 5 Integrated Petroleum Geoscience MSc sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy. Leader of Utah Fieldtrip, Sicily fieldtrip.

Further Info

Admin Responsibilities

Director of Integrated Petroleum Geoscience MSc

Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Geosciences






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Contributions to Journals


  • Pinter, PR., Butler, RWH., Hartley, AJ., Maniscalco, R., Baldassini, N. & Di Stefano, A. (2018). 'Tracking sand-fairways through a deformed turbidite system: the Numidian (Miocene) of Central Sicily, Italy'. Basin Research, vol 30, no. 3, pp. 480-501.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/bre.12261
    [Online] AURA: Pinter_et_al_2018_Basin_Research.pdf
  • Hardman, JPA., Schofield, N., Jolley, DW., Holford, SP., Hartley, AJ., Morse, S., Underhill, J., Watson, DA. & Zimmer, EH. (2018). 'Prolonged dynamic support from the Icelandic plume of the NE Atlantic margin'. Journal of the Geological Society , vol 175, no. 3, pp. 396-410.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1144/jgs2017-088
  • Hartley, A. & Evenstar, L. (2018). 'Fluvial architecture in actively deforming salt basins: Chinle Formation, Paradox Basin, Utah'. Basin Research, vol 30, no. 1, pp. 148-166.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/bre.12247
    [Online] AURA: Hartley_Evenstar_Chinle_revision_1.pdf
    [Online] AURA: Chinle_figs.pdf
  • Hartley, AJ., Owen, A., Weissmann, GS. & Scuderi, LA. (in press). 'Modern and Ancient Amalgamated Sandy Meander-Belt Deposits: Recognition and Controls on Development'. Special Publication- International Association of Sedimentologists.
  • Hardman, J., Schofield, N., Jolley, D., Hartley, A., Holford, SP. & Watson, D. 'Controls on the Distribution of Volcanism and Intra-Basaltic Sediments in the Cambo-Rosebank Region, West of Shetland'. Petroleum Geoscience.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1144/petgeo2017-061
  • Owen, A., Ebinghaus, A., Hartley, AJ., Santos, MGM. & Weissmann, G. (2017). 'Multi-scale classification of fluvial architecture: an example from the Palaeocene-Eocene Bighorn Basin, Wyoming'. Sedimentology, vol 64, no. 6, pp. 1572-1596.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/sed.12364
    [Online] AURA: for_Pure.docx
  • Evenstar, LA., Mather, AE., Hartley, AJ., Stuart, FM., Sparks, RSJ. & Cooper, FJ. (2017). 'Geomorphology on geologic timescales: Evolution of the late Cenozoic Pacific paleosurface in Northern Chile and Southern Peru'. Earth Science Reviews, vol 171, pp. 1-27.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.04.004
    [Online] AURA: Evenstar_et_al._2017.pdf
  • Owen, A., Nichols, GJ., Hartley, AJ. & Weissmann, GS. (2017). 'Vertical trends within the prograding Salt Wash distributive fluvial system, SW USA'. Basin Research, vol 29, no. 1, pp. 64-80.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/bre.12165
    [Online] AURA: Owen_et_al_2015_Basin_Research_Salt_Wash.pdf
  • Hartley, AJ., Weissmann, GS. & Scuderi, L. (2017). 'Controls on the apex location of large deltas'. Journal of the Geological Society , vol 174, pp. 10-13.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1144/jgs2015-154
    [Online] AURA: Controls_on_the_apex_location_of_large_deltas.pdf
  • Pinter, PR., Butler, RWH., Hartley, AJ., Maniscalco, R., Baldassini, N. & Di Stefano, A. (2016). 'The Numidian of Sicily revisited: a thrust-influenced confined turbidite system'. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol 78, pp. 291-311.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.09.014
    [Online] AURA: 1_s2.0_S0264817216303191_main.pdf
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