Professor Adrian Hartley

Professor Adrian Hartley
Professor of Sedimentology

Chair in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Professor Adrian Hartley
Professor Adrian Hartley

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Meston Building Room 110, Department of Geology & Geophysics, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, AB24 3UE, Scotland, UK

Internal Memberships and Affiliations







Research Overview

  • All aspects of clastic sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy. A particular interest is the application of geomorphology to the rock record in continental environments.
  • Evolution of the Central Andes: using stratigraphic, sedimentological and structural data to reconstruct the timing and cause of climate change and uplift in the Central Andes.
  • Stratigraphic development of clastic sedimentary successions in Large Igneous Provinces.
  • Application of all aspects of clastic sedimentology in the exploration for, and the exploitation of, hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Current Research

Triassic JIP Phase 2 & 3. A joint indstry project funded by BP, JX Nippon, Total, CNOOC & Neptune Energy looking at the provenance, sedimentology and biostratigraphy of the Triaasic succession in the Central North Sea. The aim is to better predict reservoir distribution and quality in these improtant reservoir units. 

Fluvial System Research Group. A Joint Industry Project currently funded by BG, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Total. The project links with Albuquerque and Royal Holloway and aims to develop a predictive model of distributive fluvial systems (DFS) and associated environments based on remote sensing imagery and outcrop studies.  Research is focussed on outcrop based studies in various parts of the world and involves building 3D models of different aspects of distributive fluvial systems, "ground-truthed" using datasets derived from remotely sensed imagery and modern day systems.


Gary Weissmann & Louis Scuderi, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Amanda Owen, University of Glasgow

Anne Mather, University of Plymouth

Laura Evenstar, University of Brighton



Teaching Responsibilities

Level 3 GL3525 Torridon/Gairloch Fieldtrip Course Coordinator

Level 4 GL4023 Mapping Project

Level 5 Integrated Petroleum Geoscience MSc sedimentology, Utah Fieldtrip, Pyrenees fieldtrip.



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  • A Multidisciplinary Approach to Sediment Provenance Analysis of the Late Silurian-Devonian Lower Old Red Sandstone succession, Northern Midland Valley Basin, Scotland

    McKellar, Z., Hartley, A. J., Morton, A., Frei, D.

    Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 177, pp. 297-314

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Caledonian foreland basin sedimentation: A new depositional model for the Upper Silurian-Lower Devonian Lower Old Red Sandstone of the Midland Valley Basin, Scotland

    Mckellar, Z., Hartley, A. J.

    Basin Research

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Controls on Early Cretaceous desert sediment provenance in south‐west Gondwana, Botucatu Formation (Brazil and Uruguay)

    Bertolini, G., Marques, J. C., Hartley, A. J., Da‐Rosa, A. A. S., Scherer, C. M. S., Basei, M. A. S., Frantz, J. C.

    Sedimentology, vol. 67, no. 5, pp. 2672-2690

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Ice-Rafting in Lakes in the early Neoproterozoic: dropstones in the Diabaig Formation, Torridon Group, NW Scotland

    Hartley, A., Kurjanski, B., Pugsley, J. H., Armstrong, J. G.

    Scottish Journal of Geology, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 47-53

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Palaeogeographical evolution of the Rattray Volcanic Province, Central North Sea

    Quirie, A. K., Schofield, N., Jolley, D. W., Archer, S. G., Hole, M. J., Hartley, A., Watson, D., Burgess, R., Pugsley, J. H., Underhill, J. R., Holford, S. P.

    Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 177, no. 4, pp. 718-737

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Stratigraphic palynology of the Middle–Late Triassic successions of the Central North Sea

    Burgess, R., Jolley, D., Hartley, A.

    Petroleum Geoscience

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The influence of stratigraphy and facies distribution on reservoir quality and production performance in the Triassic Skagerrak Formation of the UK and Norwegian Central North Sea

    Gray, E., Hartley, A., Howell, J.

    Geological Society Special Publications , vol. 494

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Tidal estuarine deposits of the transgressive Naturita Formation (Dakota Sandstone): San Rafael Swell, Utah, U.S.A.

    Phillips, S. P., Howell, J. A., Hartley, A. J., Chmielewska, M.

    Journal of Sedimentary Research, vol. 90, no. 8, pp. 777-795

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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