Dr Rachel Brackenridge

Dr Rachel Brackenridge


Dr Rachel Brackenridge
Dr Rachel Brackenridge

Contact Details

The University of Aberdeen 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 Interests


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


Course Director, MSc Integrated Petroleum Geoscience (Sept 2020 onwards).

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