Dr Joyce Neilson

Dr Joyce Neilson

Senior Lecturer

Dr Joyce Neilson
Dr Joyce Neilson

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Geosciences King's College University of Aberdeen Aberdeen AB24 3UE United Kingdom



  • Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK (2017 - present)
  • Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK (2011-2017)
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Aberdeen, UK (2005 - 2011)
  • Independent Consultant, Carbonates (1993-2013)
  • BP Research, UK (1987-1993)
  • Ph.D. student (NERC funded) - An experimental investigation of the controls on carbonate diagenetic textures and mineralogies.  Imperial College, UK (1984-1987)

Research Interests

  • Effect of petroleum filling and fault controlled fluids on burial diagenesis in carbonates.
  • Reservoir quality of Middle Eastern reservoirs (particularly Abu Dhabi)
  • Effect of rock texture (facies and diagenetic alteration) on fracture patterns in carbonates. (Completed Ph.D. student Tom Haines  The Influence of Carbonate Depositional and Diagenetic Textures on Faulting in Carbonates.  Funded by: UoA COPS Studentship, Total and BG)
  • Late Cambrian oceanic chemistry and climate (Oman and Newfoundland).

Current Research

Ph.D. student Elliot Humphrey.  Determining the main controls on fault-associated dolomitisation and their influence on reservoir quality distribution.  Funded by NERC CDT.

Ph.D. student Ebrahim Heydari.  Residual oil below the OWC in the Mishrif, Persian Gulf - an intergrated sedimentological and petrophysical study.  Part funding from Talisman-Sinopec, Helix-RDS, AFES.


Ongoing collaboration with UFRGS, Brazil.  Global controls on mineralogy of oolitic carbonates and early marine cements in the late Cambrian– petrographic and geochemical studies. Implications for ocean chemistry and climate.  Funded by Shell Brazil.

Research Grants

  • NERC CDT Ph.D. funding.
  • Shell-Brazil fieldwork funding Newfoundland.
  • Petrophysics of Fractured Carbonates - Total E&P UK and BG International, brokered by ITF
  • Equipment Grants (AFES)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • GL 2015 - Petrology and Mineralogy
  • GL 3018 - Petroleum Geology.  Course co-ordinator.
  • GL 3521 - Sedimentology
  • M.Sc. IPG - Carbonates


Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • Secretary, Petroleum Group, Geological Society of London (2013-15)
  • Treasurer, Petroleum Group, Geological Society of London  (2010-13)
  • Associate Editor AAPGB (2010-present)




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Contributions to Journals


  • Barili, R., Neilson, J., Brasier, AT., Goldberg, K., Bardola, TP., De Ros, LF. & Leng, M. 'Carbon isotopes, stratigraphy and environmental change: the Middle/Upper Cambrian Positive Excursion (SPICE) in Port-au-Port Group, Western Newfoundland, Canada'. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1139/cjes-2018-0025
    [Online] AURA: Manuscript_June_Version.pdf
  • Starnoni, M., Pokrajac, D. & Neilson, JE. (2017). 'Computation of fluid flow and pore-space properties estimation on micro-CT images of rock samples'. Computers & Geosciences, vol. 106, pp. 118-129.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2017.06.009
    [Online] AURA: 2017_Starnoni_Pokrajac_Neilson_CAGEO_ComputationOfFluidFlow_...
  • 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
  • Haines, TJ., Michie, EAH., Neilson, JE. & Healy, D. (2016). 'Permeability evolution across carbonate hosted normal fault zones'. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 72, pp. 62-82.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.01.008
    [Online] AURA: Haines_et_al_2016_accepted_manuscript.pdf
  • Rice, CM., Mark, DF., Selby, D., Neilson, JE. & Davidheiser-Kroll, B. (2016). 'Age and Geologic Setting of Quartz Vein-Hosted Gold Mineralization at Curraghinalt, Northern Ireland: Implications for Genesis and Classification'. Economic Geology, vol. 111, no. 1, pp. 127-150.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.2113/econgeo.111.1.127
    [Online] AURA: 127.full.pdf
  • Haines, TJ., Neilson, JE., Healy, D., Michie, EAH. & Aplin, AC. (2015). 'The Impact of Carbonate Texture on the Quantification of Total Porosity by Image Analysis'. Computers & Geosciences, vol. 85, no. Part A, pp. 112-125.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2015.08.016
    [Online] AURA: Haines_et_al_Manuscript_Accepted.pdf
  • Evenstar, LA., Hartley, AJ., Archer, SG. & Neilson, JE. 'Climatic and halokinetic controls on alluvial–lacustrine sedimentation during compressional deformation, Andean forearc, northern Chile'. Basin Research, vol. 27.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/bre.12124
    [Online] AURA: Neilson_accepted.pdf
  • Michie, EAH., Haines, TJ., Healy, D., Neilson, JE., Timms, NE. & Wibberley, CAJ. (2014). 'Influence of carbonate facies on fault zone architecture'. Journal of Structural Geology, vol. 65, pp. 82-99.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2014.04.007
  • Agar, S., Geiger, S., Leonide, P., Lamarche, J., Bertotti, G., Gosselin, O., Hampson, G., Jackson, M., Jones, G., Kenter, J., Matthai, S., Neilson, J., Pyrak-Nolte, L. & Whitaker, F. (2013). 'Summary of the AAPG-SPE-SEG Hedberg Research Conference on "Fundamental Controls on flow in Carbonates"'. AAPG Bulletin, vol. 97, no. 4, pp. 533-552.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1306/12171212229
  • Neilson, JE. & Oxtoby, NH. (2008). 'The relationship between petroleum, exotic cements and reservoir quality in carbonates: A review'. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 25, no. 8, pp. 778-790.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2008.02.004
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