Dr Colin North

Dr Colin North
B.Sc. (Hons) PhD CSci CGeol FGS

Senior Lecturer

Dr Colin North
Dr Colin North

Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 273459
The University of Aberdeen School of Geoscience,
Meston Building Room 109,
Kings College, Aberdeen, AB24 3UE

AUDRI Rivers and Related Sediments website


Research Interests

Rivers and their sedimentary record, with special emphasis on dryland environments (AUDRI project)

Continental sedimentary environments in general, and early terrestrial diagenesis

Subsurface hydrocarbon reservoir description, prediction, and quantitative modelling

Analogue outcrop studies


Teaching Responsibilities

Petroleum Data Management MSc - Programme Director

GL5033 Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience (Course Coordinator)

GL5054 Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience (Course Coordinator & tutor)

GL3521 Sedimentology (Course Coordinator & tutor)

GL2510 Field and Laboratory Techniques & Arran Field Trip (Course Coordinator, tutor, field trip leader)

GL2015 Petrology (Sedimentary processes and petrology components)

GL4029 Geological synthesis - case study

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Geological Society of London Council: Secretary (Publications) 2014-2019

AAPG Bulletin: Senior Associate Editor 2012-present; Associate Editor 1999-2012

Chief Editor for AAPG Special Publications, and Chair AAPG publications committee 2011-2015

AAPG: Officer Candidate for post of Elected Editor (2013-16)

GeoscienceWorld Board of Directors: Chair 2010-2014; Treasurer 2009-10; member 2008-9

Journal of Sedimentary Research:
Editor 2004-8, Associate Editor 2000-4

SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology: Member of Council 2004-8

Admin Responsibilities

Disabilities Officer for School of Geosciences

AAPG Student Chapter Faculty Advisor

Membership of Professional Societies

Fellow of the Geological Society of London (1978)

Chartered Geologist (1994) and Chartered Scientist

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1990)

SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) (1989)

International Association of Sedimentologists (1989)

Society of Petroleum Engineers (1990)

Geological Society of America (2003)

American Geophysical Union (2004)

European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (2010)



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Contributions to Journals


  • Neilson, JE., Brasier, AT. & North, CP. (2016). 'Primary aragonite and high-Mg calcite in the late Cambrian (Furongian): Potential evidence from marine carbonates in Oman'. Terra Nova, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 306-315.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ter.12222
    [Online] AURA: Neilson_et_al_accepted.pdf
  • North, CP. & Davidson, SK. (2012). 'Unconfined alluvial flow processes: recognition and interpretation of their deposits, and the significance for palaeogeographic reconstruction'. Earth Science Reviews, vol. 111, no. 1-2, pp. 199-223.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2011.11.008
  • Fordham, AM., North, CP., Hartley, AJ., Archer, SG. & Warwick, GL. (2010). 'Dominance of lateral over axial sedimentary fill in dryland rift basins'. Petroleum Geoscience, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 299-304.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1144/1354-079309-906
  • Davidson, SK. & North, CP. (2009). 'Geomorphological regional curves for prediction of drainage area and screening modern analogues for rivers in the rock record'. Journal of Sedimentary Research, vol. 79, no. 10, pp. 773-792.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2009.080
  • North, CP., Nanson, GC. & Fagan, SD. (2007). 'Recognition of the Sedimentary Architecture of Dryland Anabranching (Anastomosing) Rivers'. Journal of Sedimentary Research, vol. 77, no. 11, pp. 925-938.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.2110/JSR.2007.089
  • North, CP. & Warwick, GL. (2007). 'Fluvial Fans: Myths, Misconceptions, and the End of the Terminal-Fan Model'. Journal of Sedimentary Research, vol. 77, no. 9, pp. 693-701.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2007.072
  • North, CP., Hole, MJ. & Jones, DG. (2005). 'Geochemical correlation in deltaic successions: a reality check'. Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol. 117, no. 5/6, pp. 620-632.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1130/B25436.1
  • Goodall, TM., North, CP. & Glennie, KW. (2000). 'Surface and subsurface sedimentary structures produced by salt crusts'. Sedimentology, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 99-118.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-3091.2000.00279.x
  • North, CP. & Boering, M. (1999). 'Spectral gamma-ray logging for facies discrimination in mixed fluvial-eolian successions: A cautionary tale'. AAPG Bulletin, vol. 83, no. 1, pp. 155-169.
  • Pang, J. & North, CP. (1996). 'Fractals and their applicability in geological wireline log analysis'. Journal of Petroleum Geology, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 339-350.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-5457.1996.tb00438.x
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