Senior Lecturer


Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Room 103, Meston Building


  • 2017 - Senior Lecturer in Geophysics and Subsurface Geology-University of Aberdeen
  • 2011-2017 Lecturer in Geophysics-University of Aberdeen
  • 2010 -2011. Fixed term Lecturer- University of Aberdeen
  • 2008-2010  Research assistant (Deep water structures) - University of Aberdeen
  • 2007-2008  Research assistant (Industry funded) - Applied Geophysics group - University of Pisa
  • 2005-2007  Research assistant (Himalayan Project and CARG Project) - University of Pisa .
    2006- Visiting researcher U Autonoma Barcelona (Microstructure Analogue Modelling)
  • 2002-2005 PhD Student (tectonophysics/shear zone modeling) -University of Pisa 
  • 2002-2004 Visiting PhD student - Tectonophysic group- Mainz university.
  • 2001 Laurea in Earth Science - University of Pisa

Research Interests

  • Interpretation of seismic datasets, seismic image processing, structural and metamorphic geology
  • Seismic imaging of thrusts, faults, fractures and deformed rocks
  • Seismic intepretation of deep water structures and pre-salt reservoir (Campos/Mucuri)
  • Seal bypass seismic charecterization using time lapses data
  • Fabric and deformation analysis of ductile shear zones and basement tectonic


Numerous collaborations, recently: N.McArdle (Statoil), G.Paton (ffA), J.Kuchle & R.Alvarenga& K.Goldberg (UFRGS), P.Vannucchi (RHU), L.Jovine (U.Sao Paolo), Musumeci & Mazzarini (U.Pisa) J.Imber (Durham), I.Lecomte (University of Bergen), A. Bistacchi (Milano Bicocca)


Research Grants

-  PI-Structural evolution of the East Shetland Basin, North Sea.-PI D.Iacopini; co-I A.Hurst. RGD1302 Taqa Bratani 1/10/1130/09/12 22k

- PI-Deep water rift, Brasil project.  P.I :Iacopini, D. RGG074,  UFRGS/BG. 2012-2013. 26k

- co-I Integrating 4D Seismic Monitoring and CSEM Survey at The Sleipner Underground CO2 Storage Site. 2013-2016.  Niger Delta Development Corporation, PhD studentship (£59K).(co-I Bond, R.Stephenson co-I)

- co-I Interpretation of Aeromagnetic Anomalies of Niger Delta Sedimentary Basin 2011-2014. PhD studentship (£59K) (R.Stephenson co-PI)

- PI Using attribute analysis to enhance deformation signals in 4D seismic reflection data. 2014-2018- £53k Gazprom/intertek/Norgemltd Funded. PhD studentship.(co-I C.Bond, R.Butler)

- PI The seismic response of hydraulically-fractured, poorly-consolidated mudstone and sandstone- LPDA Funded Project.2017-2021 (co-I, Hurst, Healy and Lecomte (Bergen). 138k.

- co-I . Estudo geologico integrado da Formacao Mucuri, da Bacia do Espirito Santo- UFRGS/Shell. 2018-2019.


- British Council - EU eramsus Teaching exchange: Pisa University, Milano Bicocca 2013-2016. 2.5 k

-   University of Aberdeen Principal Excellence Fund (£ 1.2k)-2014

- University of Aberdeen H2020 support fund - 2.5 k- 2015



Teaching Responsibilities

Programme Director

Integrated Petroleum Geology  Msci

Course coordinator:

GL5011: Geophysics and Petrophysics (Msci IPG)

GL5527: Seismic reflection processing and quantitative interpretation (Msci Geophysics)

GL4529: Surface and Subsurface Digital Imaging (Bsc Petroleum Geology)




Further Info

External Responsibilities

External Examiner (PhD): Cardiff, Cagliari, Chieti, Stavanger, Heriot Watt.

Visiting Lecturer (Docente esterno)  2011- 2017  - University of Pisa . Course module: elementi di esplorazione petrolifera. Funded by Erasmus staff exchange.

Site Survey Evaluator (Marine Geophysics) for the SEP-IODP Panel. 2018

Admin Responsibilities

Program Director of the Integrated Petroleum Geoscience Msc

SeisLab Manager


PhD students

Current PhD Students :

- Ali Jihad - Evolution of Seal bypass structures in the Loyal field using 4D seismic survey . (with Clare Bond) 2014-2018- Gazprom/intertek/Norgemltd Funded

-Cui Zihua -Seismic modelling of fluid pipe rock structures 2016-2019. (with I.Lecomte (Bergen) and J.Howell)- CSC (China Scholarship Council).

- Taiwo Olusoji - 2017-2020 Fold and thrust belts control of channel dynamics and submarine landslides-2017-2020 . with V.Maselli (Aberdeen).  PTDF Funded project

-Pertiwi, Raisya Noor -2017-2021-The seismic response of hydraulically-fractured, poorly-consolidated mudstone and sandstone- LPDA Funded Project. (co-I, Hurst, Healy and Lecomte (Bergen))

Completed PhD students

Daniele Maestrelli. 2014-2017 - Funded by Doctorate school, Universita di Pisa. (Sani, Bonini, Univ Florence) (as co supervisor)

Leonard Onuba- mapping of the basement lineament of the Cenozoic Niger Delta Basin using high-resolution aeromagnetic data 

- Roy Bonfa Pitrus Reconstruction and Analysis of the CO2 Plume Architecture and Reservoir Geometry of the Utsira Formation, Using 4D Survey Data from the Sleipner Field. 2013-2017.(

Mentored Msci and PhD students visiting the SeisLab since 2013

- Renata Alvarenga (UFRGS, PhD BG funded) August-October 2013

- Fabrizio Cocco (PhD, Cagliari Univ) . Feb-May 2013

- Paolo Paradisi (Msci, Pisa univ). Feb-June 2013 (Erasmus Placement)

- Paolo Pace (PhD, Uni Chieti) Feb-May 2014

- Nawal De Freslon (Msci, Uni Strasbourg)- 2014.((Erasmus Placement)

- Daniele Maestrelli (PhD, Uni Pisa-Florence) April-July 2015(Erasmus Placement)

- A.Lapadat (PhD, Uni Durham) February 2015.

- Daniele Pavani (PhD, USP, Sao Paolo) September 2015

- S. DiStefano (PhD, Catania Univ) September-October 2015

- R. Garone (Msci- Pisa University) - 2017,2018.


Certificate of excellence in reviewing - Journal of Structural Geology  Elsevier 2014.



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Contributions to Journals


  • Maestrelli, D., Iacopini, D., Jihad, A., Bond, CE. & Bonini, M. (2017). 'Seismic and structural characterization of fluid escape pipes using 3D and partial stack seismic from the Loyal field (UK): A multiphase and repeated intrusive mechanism'. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 88, pp. 489-510.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.08.016
    [Online] AURA: 1_s2.0_S0264817217303252_main.pdf
  • Bitrus, PR., Iacopini, D. & Bond, CE. (2016). 'Defining the 3D geometry of thin shale units in the Sleipner reservoir using seismic attributes'. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 78, pp. 405-425.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.09.020
    [Online] AURA: Manuscript_revised.pdf
  • Jovane, L., Picanco Figueiredo, J., Pavani Alves, D., Iacopini, D., Giorgioni, M., Vannucchi, P., Silva de Moura, D., Hilario Bezerra, F., Vital, H., Rios, I. & C.Molina, E. (2016). 'Seismostratigraphy of the Ceará Plateau: Clues to Decipher the Cenozoic Evolution of Brazilian Equatorial Margin'. Frontiers in Earth Science, vol. 4, 90.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2016.00090
    [Online] AURA: feart_04_00090.pdf
  • Lapadat, A., Imber, J., Yielding, G., Iacopini, D., McCaffrey, KJW., Long, JJ. & Jones, RR. (2016). 'Occurence and development of folding related to normal faulting within a mechanically heterogeneous sedimentary sequence: a case study from Inner Moray Firth,Uk'. Special Publication - Geological Society of London, vol. 439, pp. 1-22.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1144/SP439.18
    [Online] AURA: lapadatet_al._2016.pdf
  • Alvarenga, R., Kuchle, J., Iacopini, D., Ene, P., Scherer, C. & Goldberg, K. (2016). 'Reconhecimento e análise das fácies sísmicas nas sucessões rift das bacias de Campos e Santos'. Pesquisas em Geociências, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 325-341.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.22456/1807-9806.78248
    [Online] AURA: 78248_324701_1_SM.pdf
  • Iacopini, D., Butler, RWH., Purves, S., McArdle, N. & De Freslon, N. (2016). 'Exploring the seismic expression of fault zones in 3D seismic volumes'. Journal of Structural Geology, vol. 89, pp. 54-73.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2016.05.005
    [Online] AURA: SDZ_Iacetal_JSG2016_finadraft.pdf
  • Alvarenga, R., Iacopini, D., Kuchle, J., Scherer, C. & Goldberg, K. (2016). 'Seismic characteristics and distribution of hydrothermal vent complexes in the Cretaceous Offshore Rift Section of the Campos Basin, Offshore Brazil'. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 74, pp. 12-25.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.03.030
  • Pace, P., Scisciani, V., Calamita, F., Butler, RWH., Iacopini, D., Esestime, P. & Hodgson, N. (2015). 'Inversion structures in a foreland domain: Seismic examples from the Italian Adriatic Sea'. Interpretation, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. SAA161-SAA176.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1190/INT-2015-0013.1
  • Iacopini, D., Butler, RWH. & Purves, S. (2015). 'Imaging thrust and fault zones using 3D seismic image processing techniques'. Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana, vol. 22, pp. 112-114.
    [Link] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282986400_Imaging_thrust_and_fault_zones_using_3D_seismic_image_processing_techniques
  • Ene, P., Kuchle, J., Alvarenga, R., Iacopini, D. & Goldberg, K. (2015). 'Half-Graben Complex Evolution: the Rift Section of Campos Basin Based on Seismic Stratigraphic Analysis'. Pesquisas em Geociências, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 45-59.
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