Professor Adrian Hartley

Professor Adrian Hartley
Professor Adrian Hartley
Professor Adrian Hartley

Professor of Sedimentology

Chair in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

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+44 (0)1224 273712
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Meston Building Room 110, Department of Geology & Geophysics, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, AB24 3UE, Scotland, UK

School of Geosciences

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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 applied to subsurface resources.

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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  • Tectonic signatures in arid continental basins: an example from the Upper Miocene-Pleistocene, Calama Basin, Andean forearc, northern Chile

    May, G., Hartley, A. J., Stuart, F. M., Chong, G.
    Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, vol. 151, pp. 55-77
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Slumps, debris flows and sandy deep-water channel systems: implications for the application of sequence stratigraphy to deep water clastic sediments

    Cronin, B., Owen, D., Hartley, A., Kneller, B.
    Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 155, no. 3, pp. 429-432
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Miocene gypcretes from the Calama Basin, northern Chile

    Hartley, A. J., May, G.
    Sedimentology, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 351-364
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Integrated whole-rock trace element geochemistry and heavy mineral chemistry studies: Aids to the correlation of continental red-bed reservoirs in the Beryl Field, UK North Sea

    Preston, J., Hartley, A., Hole, M., Buck, S., Bond, J., Mange, M., Still, J.
    Petroleum Geoscience, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 7-16
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Characterization of deep marine clastic systems

    Hartley, A., Prosser, J.
    Geological Society Special Publication, vol. 94, pp. 1-3
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Sedimentology of the Cretaceous Greensand, Quadrants 48 and 49, North Celtic Sea Basin: a progradational shoreface deposit

    Hartley, A.
    Geological Society Special Publications , vol. 93, pp. 245-257
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Tectonic implications of late Cenozoic sedimentation from the Coastal Cordillera of northern Chile (22-24°S)

    Hartley, A. J., Jolley, E. J.
    Journal - Geological Society (London), vol. 152, no. 1, pp. 51-63
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The sedimentological record of a late Jurassic transgression: Rona Member (Kimmeridge Clay Formation equivalent), West Shetland Basin, UKCS

    Verstralen, I., Hartley, A., Hurst, A.
    Geological Society Special Publications , vol. 94, pp. 155-176
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Reservoir characteristics of a braid-plain depositional system: The Upper Carboniferous Pennant Sandstone of South Wales

    Jones, J. A., Hartley, A. J.
    Geological Society Special Publication, vol. 73, pp. 143-156
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • 1. Reservoir Characterisation of Deep‐Marine Clastic Systems: Aberdeen, UK.

    Prosser, J., Hartley, A.
    Journal of Petroleum Geology, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 483
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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