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Nick Schofield is a Reader/Assoc. Prof. 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.

He is at the forefront of allowing the industry to understand the challenging volcanic geology in the subsurface around the UKCS, Atlantic Margin, East Africa and Australasia 


Fully Funded PhD (UK students only) - "The Ups and Downs of the Faroe-Shetland Basin"





Research Overview

  • 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


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  • Regional Magma Plumbing and emplacement mechanisms of the Faroe-Shetland Sill Complex: Implications for magma transport and petroleum systems within sedimentary basins

    Schofield, N., Holford, S., Millett, J., Brown, D., Jolley, D., Passey, S. R., Muirhead, D., Grove, C., Magee, C., Murray, J., Hole, M., Jackson, C. A., Stevenson, C.

    Basin Research, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 41-63

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Distribution, chronology and causes of Cretaceous - Cenozoic magmatism along the magma-poor rifted southern Australian margin: Links between mantle melting and basin formation

    Meeuws, F. J. E., Holford, S. P., Foden, J. D., Schofield, N.

    Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 73, pp. 271-298

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Palaeogene Basaltic Tuffs in the Faroe-Shetland Basin and their Impact on the Petroleum System

    Watson, D., Schofield, N., Jolley, D. W., Hardman, J. P. A., Archer, S., Mark, N. J., Muirhead, D. K.

    Janet Watson: The Future of Hydrocarbon Exploration

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Sills in Sedimentary Basins and Petroleum Systems

    Schofield, N., Jerram, D. A., Holford, S., Archer, S., Mark, N., Hartley, A., Howell, J., Muirhead, D., Green, P., Hutton, D., Stevenson, C.

    Physical Geology of Shallow Magmatic Systems. Breitkreuz, C., Rocchi, S. (eds.). Springer, pp. 273-294, 22 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • The Impact of Igneous Intrusions on the Petroleum System: Implications on Reservoir Quality, Source Rock and Exploration

    Mark, N. J., Muirhead, D. K., Schofield, N., Watson, D., Pugliese, S., Holford, S. P., Healy, D.

    Janet Watson: The Future of Hydrocarbon Exploration

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

  • Mobilizing Salt: Magma-Salt Interactions

    Schofield, N., Alsop, I., Warren, J., Underhill, J., Lehné, R., Beer, W., Lukas, V.

    Geology, vol. 42, no. 7, pp. 599-602

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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