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


  • Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK (as of October, 2011)
  • 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 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.  Study of  local versus global controls on mineralogy of oolitic carbonates – petrographic and geochemical studies.  Funded by Shell Brazil.

Research Grants

  • Petrophysics of Fractured Carbonates - Total E&P UK and BG International, brokered by ITF
  • Microscope Equipment Grants (AFES)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • GL 2015 - Petrology and Mineralogy
  • GL 3018 - Petroleum Geology
  • 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


  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2008.02.004
  • Neilson, JE., Oxtoby, N., Simmons, M., Simpson, I. & Fortunatova, N. (1998). 'The relationship between petroleum emplacement and carbonate reservoir quality; examples from Abu Dhabi and the Amu Darya Basin'. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol 15, pp. 57-72.
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