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  • Lecturer in Geology and Petroleum Geology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland (since July 2014)
  • Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Tübingen, Germany (2010-2014). "Habilitation" (Dr. habil, equivalent to DSc) in the German University system (2014)
  • Research Intern, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, USA (2009)
  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain (2008-2009)
  • Part-time teaching fellow, National University of Distance Education (UNED), Spain (2006-2009)
  • PhD grant holder, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain (2003-2007). Graduated with a PhD in Structural Geology (2008)

Research Interests

  • Experimental, field and numerical studies of deformation localisation and fracturing in anisotropic materials.
  • Basin- and crustal-scale flow of hydrothermal fluids.
  • Analysis of structural, depositional and diagenetic controls on dolomite distribution. Reactivity of dolomitising fluids and controls on permeability in carbonates.
  • Deformation mechanisms and microstructures in polycrystalline aggregates. Full-field numerical simulation of viscoplastic deformation coupled with recrystallisation processes.
  • Study of vein dynamics, vein growth and fracture sealing.
  • Mechanical stratigraphy in carbonates. Improvement of methods to acquire and upscale statistical properties of fracture networks.
  • Numerical simulation of carbonate diagenesis and reactive transport.
  • Field and numerical studies of ductile tectonic structures such as folds, shear bands, porphyroblasts/-clasts, pinch-and-swell, etc.

Teaching Responsibilities

I currently contribute to teaching the following courses:

  • GL2015 - Petrology and Mineralogy (BSc in Geology and Petroleum Geology)
  • GL3027 - Structural Geology and Tectonics (BSc in Geology and Petroleum Geology)
  • GL3029 - Petroleum Geology and Reservoir Characterisation (BSc in Reservoir Engineering)
  • GL3026 - Field and mapping techniques 1 (BSc in Geology and Petroleum Geology)
  • GL4023 - Geological Mapping Project (BSc in Geology and Petroleum Geology)
  • GL5033 and GL5534 - Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience (MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering, MSc in Oil and Gas Computing, MSc in Petroleum Engineering and MSc in Reservoir Engineering)
  • GL5522 - Reservoir Sedimentology and Structure (MSc in Reservoir Engineering)
  • GL5019 - Characterisation of Complex Reservoirs (MSc in Petrophysics and Formation Evaluation)
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External Responsibilities

Associate editor of Marine and Petroleum Geology


We are organising the 21st International Conference on Deformation Mechanisms, Rheology and Tectonics (DRT 2017).

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Contributions to Journals


  • Martín-Martín, JD., Gomez Rivas, E., Gómez-Gras, D., Travé, A., Ameneiro, R., Koehn, D. & Bons, PD. (2018). 'Activation of stylolites as conduits for overpressured fluid flow in dolomitized platform carbonates'. Geological Society Special Publications , vol 459, pp. 157-176.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1144/SP459.3
  • Gomez Rivas, E., Griera, A., Llorens, M-G, Bons, PD., Lebensohn, RA. & Piazolo, S. (2017). 'Subgrain Rotation Recrystallization During Shearing: Insights From Full-Field Numerical Simulations of Halite Polycrystals'. Journal of Geophysical Research, vol 122, no. 11, pp. 8810-8827.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/2017JB014508
  • Llorens, MG., Griera, A., Steinbach, F., Bons, PD., Gomez-Rivas, E., Jansen, D., Roessiger, J., Lebensohn, RA. & Weikusat, I. (2017). 'Dynamic recrystallization during deformation of polycrystalline ice: Insights from numerical simulations'. Philosophical transactions of the royal society a-Mathematical physical and engineering sciences, vol 375, no. 2086, 20150346.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2015.0346
  • Healy, D., Rizzo, RE., Cornwell, DG., Farrell, NJC., Watkins, H., Timms, NE., Gomez-Rivas, E. & Smith, M. (2017). 'FracPaQ: A MATLAB™ toolbox for the quantification of fracture patterns'. Journal of Structural Geology, vol 95, pp. 1-16.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2016.12.003
    [Online] AURA: 1_s2.0_S0191814116302073_main.pdf
  • Piris, G., Griera, A., Gomez-Rivas, E., Herms, I. & Goula, X. (2017). 'Induced Seismicity in pressurised single fractures: A numerical approach'. Geogaceta, vol 61, pp. 95-98.
  • Koehn, D., Rood, MP., Beaudoin, N., Chung, P., Bons, PD. & Gomez Rivas, E. (2016). 'A new stylolite classification scheme to estimate compaction and local permeability variations'. Sedimentary Geology, vol 346, pp. 60-71.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2016.10.007
    [Online] AURA: Koehn_et_al_2016_author_version.pdf
  • Gomez Rivas, E. & Griera, A. (2015). 'On the material dependence of experimental shear fracture orientation'. Science China Earth Sciences, vol 58, no. 12, pp. 2357-2362.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/s11430-015-5217-0
    [Online] AURA: Gomez_Rivas_Griera_SCEC_2015_authors_version.pdf
    [Link] http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11430-015-5217-0
  • Sachau, T., Bons, PD. & Gomez Rivas, E. (2015). 'Transport efficiency and dynamics of hydraulic fracture networks'. Frontiers in Physics, vol 3, 63.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3389/fphy.2015.00063
    [Online] AURA: Sachau_et_al_Frontiers_in_Physics_2015.pdf
    [Link] http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fphy.2015.00063/abstract
  • Martín-Martín, JD., Trave, A., Gomez Rivas, E., Salas, R., Sizun, J-P, Verges, J., Corbella, M., Stafford, SL. & Alfonso, P. (2015). 'Fault-controlled and stratabound dolostones in the Late Aptian-earliest Albian Benassal Formation (Maestrat Basin, E Spain): petrology and geochemistry constrains'. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol 65, pp. 83–102.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2015.03.019
    [Online] AURA: Martin_Martin_et_al_2015_JMPG.pdf
    [Link] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264817215001130
  • Gomez Rivas, E., Griera, A. & Llorens, M-G (2015). 'Fracturing of ductile anisotropic multilayers: influence of material strength'. Solid earth, vol 6, pp. 497-514.
    [Online] DOI: 10.5194/se-6-497-2015
    [Online] AURA: Gomez_Rivas_et_al_2015_Solid_Earth.pdf
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