Dr Rachel Brackenridge

Dr Rachel Brackenridge
Dr Rachel Brackenridge

Dr Rachel Brackenridge



Rm. 145, Meston Building, Kings College, Aberdeen, AB24 3FX


The dominant research theme to my work is 'Deepwater Sedimentary Systems: Resources, Hazards and Climate’. This has been focused on the interaction of ocean currents with the sea floor and the resulting deposits, named contourites.  My PhD research focused on characterising sand-rich contourite depositional systems, and their importance as potential hydrocarbon reservoirs. My research is now focused on the how the distribution of these deposits are controlled by global climate and how bottom currents interact with the continental margins with respect to margin architecture and geohazards. 

The application of geoscience is central to my research. Gaining a number of years of experience in the petroleum industry has given me a good multidisciplinary understanding of the evolution of extensional settings through to passive margins. Frontier basins and plays have been the main focus of past work. Following my postdoctoral research on the UK Central North Sea, energy stability and energy equality has become an important driver to my work. 


Research Overview


Deepwater Sedimentary Systems: Sedimentology; Contourites; Mixed systems; Strat. Traps; Ocean Currents; Climate; Geohazards; Tsunamigenic Submarine Landslides; Passive Margins; Sequence Stratigraphy; Source-to-Sink; Sediment Transport; Machine Learning. 

Petroleum Geology & GeoEnergy: Petroleum Exploration; Regional Geology; Frontier Basins; Frontier Plays; Play Mapping; Deep Water Plays; Geohazards; Big Data; Risking.

Past Research Projects


Teaching Responsibilities


Programme Director, MSc Integrated Petroleum Geoscience.

Course Coordinator, ‘Geophysics & Petrophysics’ (Level 5), Lecturing Exploration Geophysics.


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  • Contourite porosity, grain size and reservoir characteristics

    Yu, X., Stow, D. A. V., Smillie, Z., Esentia, I., Brackenridge, R., Xie, X., Bankole, S., Ducassou, E., Llave, E.
    Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 117, 104392
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Contourites along the Iberian continental margins: conceptual and economic implications

    Llave, E., Hernández-Molina, F., García, M., Ercilla, G., Roque, C., Juan, C., Mena, A., Preu, B., Van Rooij, D., Rebesco, M., Brackenridge, R., Jane, G., Gómez-Ballesteros, M., Stow, D.
    Geological Society Special Publications , vol. 476, pp. 403-436
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Indonesian Throughflow as a preconditioning mechanism for submarine landslides in the Makassar Strait

    Brackenridge, R., Nicholson, U., Sapiie, B., Stow, D., Tappin, D. R.
    Geological Society Special Publications , vol. 500, pp. 195-217
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Structural and Stratigraphic Evolution of the Mid North Sea High Region of the UK Continental Shelf

    Brackenridge, R. E., Underhill, J. R., Jamieson, R., Bell, A.
    Petroleum Geoscience, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 154-173
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Textural characteristics and facies of sand-rich contourite depositional systems

    Brackenridge, R., Stow, D. A. V., Hernández-Molina, F., Jones, C., Mena, A., Alejo, I., Ducassou, E., Llave, E., Ercilla, G., Nombela, M. A., Perez-Arlucea, M., Frances, G.
    Sedimentology, vol. 65, no. 7, pp. 2223-2252
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Controls on Lower Carboniferous (Dinantian) Prospectivity in the Mid North Sea High Region

    Booth, M., Underhill, J. R., Jamieson, R., Brackenridge, R.
    AAPG Search and Discovery , 11050
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Defining Prospective Play Fairways over the Southern Flank of the UK Mid North Sea High

    Brackenridge, R., Underhill, J. R., Jamieson, R.
    AAPG Search and Discovery , 11052
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Middle Miocene reworked turbidites in the Baiyun Sag of the Pearl River Mouth Basin, northern South China Sea margin: processes, genesis, and implications

    Gong, C., Wang, Y., Zheng, R., Hernández-Molina, F. J., Li, Y., Stow, D., Xu, Q., Brackenridge, R.
    Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, vol. 128, pp. 116-129
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Oceanographic processes and morphosedimentary products along the Iberian margins: A new multidisciplinary approach

    Hernández-Molina, F. J., Wahlin, A., Bruno, M., Ercilla, G., Llave, E., Serra, N., Roson, G., Puig, P., Rebesco, M., Van Rooij, D., Roque, D., Gonzalez-Pola, C., Sanchez, F., Gomez-Romero, M., Preu, B., Schwenk, T., Hanebuth, T. J., Sánchez Leal, R., García-Lafuente, J., Brackenridge, R. E., Juan, C., Stow, D. A. V., Sánchez-González, J. M.
    Marine Geology, vol. 378, pp. 127-156
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Evolution of the gulf of Cadiz margin and southwest Portugal contourite depositional system: Tectonic, sedimentary and paleoceanographic implications from IODP expedition 339

    Hernández-Molina, F., Sierro, F., Llave, E., Roque, C., Stow, D. A. V., Williams, T., Lofi, J., Van der Schee, M., Arnáiz, A., Ledesma, S., Rosales, C., Rodríguez-Tovar, F. J., Pardo-Igúzquiza, E., Brackenridge, R. E.
    Marine Geology, vol. 377, pp. 7-39
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


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