Senior Lecturer


Contact Details

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Rockall Basin OGA project www.rockallbasin.com

StratLip Research Group: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/geology/research/projects/stratlip.php

Volcanic Margins Research Consortium: http://www.dur.ac.uk/vmrc/people/

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Nick Schofield is a Senior Lecturer in Igneous and Petroleum Geology. He specializes in the seismic and field interpretation of intrusive and extrusive sequences in volcanic terranes and their interaction with hydrocarbon systems. 


Research Interests

  • Seismic Interpretation of Volcanics
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Evolution of Sedimentary Basins affected by Volcanism
  • Sill Complexes
  • Intra-Basaltic hydrocarbon plays
  • Lava field stratigraphy
  • North Atlantic Igneous Province
  • South Australian Volcanism
  • Salt-Igneous interaction


Current Research

Further Info


2015 - DG Roberts/Peter Ziegler Award (Petroleum Geology Confrence)

2014 - 2015  - Clough Award

2013 - Young Author of the Year Award – Geological Society London

2012 - Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Best Paper Award



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Contributions to Journals


  • Hardman, JPA., Schofield, N., Jolley, DW., Holford, SP., Hartley, AJ., Morse, S., Underhill, J., Watson, DA. & Zimmer, EH. (2018). 'Prolonged dynamic support from the Icelandic plume of the NE Atlantic margin'. Journal of the Geological Society , vol 175, no. 3, pp. 396-410.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1144/jgs2017-088
  • Mark, NJ., Schofield, N., Pugliese, S., Watson, D., Holford, S., Muirhead, D., Brown, R. & Healy, D. (2018). 'Igneous intrusions in the Faroe Shetland basin and their implications for hydrocarbon exploration: new insights from well and seismic data'. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol 92, pp. 733-753.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.12.005
  • Reynolds, P., Holford, S., Schofield, N. & Ross, A. 'The importance of subsurface lithology in controlling magma storage v. eruption: an example from offshore southern Australia'. Journal of the Geological Society.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1144/jgs2017-109
    [Link] http://jgs.lyellcollection.org/content/early/2018/03/05/jgs2017-109
  • Eide, CH., Schofield, N., Lecomte, I., Buckley, SJ. & Howell, JA. (2018). 'Seismic interpretation of sill complexes in sedimentary basins: implications for the sub-sill imaging problem'. Journal of the Geological Society , vol 175, no. 2, pp. 193-209.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1144/jgs2017-096
  • Hardman, J., Schofield, N., Jolley, D., Hartley, A., Holford, SP. & Watson, D. 'Controls on the Distribution of Volcanism and Intra-Basaltic Sediments in the Cambo-Rosebank Region, West of Shetland'. Petroleum Geoscience.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1144/petgeo2017-061
  • Reynolds, P., Holford, S., Schofield, N. & Ross, A. (2017). 'The shallow depth emplacement of mafic intrusions on a magma-poor rifted margin: An example from the Bight Basin, Southern Australia'. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol 88, pp. 605-616.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.09.008
  • Muirhead, DK., Bowden, SA., Parnell, J. & Schofield, N. (2017). 'Source rock maturation owing to igneous intrusion in rifted margin petroleum systems'. Journal of the Geological Society , vol 174, no. 6, pp. 979-987.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1144/jgs2017-011
    [Online] AURA: MuirheadSourceRockMaturationIntrusionManuscript_1_.docx
    [Online] AURA: Figure_1_.pdf
    [Online] AURA: Figure_2_1_.pdf
    [Online] AURA: Figure_3.pdf
    [Online] AURA: Figure_4.pdf
    [Online] AURA: Figure_5.pdf
    [Online] AURA: Figure_6.pdf
    [Online] AURA: SRMSTable_1.pdf
    [Online] AURA: SRMSTable_2.pdf
    [Link] http://jgs.lyellcollection.org/content/jgs/174/6/979.full.pdf
  • Reynolds, P., Holford, S., Schofield, N. & Ross, A. (2017). 'Three-Dimensional Seismic Imaging of Ancient Submarine Lava Flows: An Example From the Southern Australian Margin'. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems , vol 18, no. 11, pp. 3840-3853.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/2017GC007178
    [Online] AURA: Reynolds_et_al_2017_Geochemistry_Geophysics_Geosystems.pdf
  • Holford, SP., Schofield, N. & Reynolds, P. (2017). 'Subsurface fluid flow focused by buried volcanoes in sedimentary basins: Evidence from 3D seismic data, Bass Basin, offshore southeastern Australia'. Interpretation, vol 5, no. 3, pp. SK39-50.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1190/INT-2016-0205.1
    [Online] AURA: DA39fi_s1_ln25666354_1222485958_1939656818Hwf1112812461IdV_1...
  • Schmiedel, T., Kjoberg, S., Planke, S., Magee, C., Galland, O., Schofield, N., Jackson, CA.-L & Jerram, DA. (2017). 'Mechanisms of overburden deformation associated with the emplacement of the Tulipan sill, mid-Norwegian margin'. Interpretation, vol 5, no. 3, pp. SK23-SK38.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1190/INT-2016-0155.1
    [Online] AURA: Schmiedel_et_al_2017_Overburden_deformation_mechanisms_Tulip...
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