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
Office Address

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

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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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  • A depositional model for the Mid-Westphalian A to late Westphalian B coal measures of South Wales

    Hartley, A. J.
    Journal - Geological Society (London), vol. 150, no. 6, pp. 1121-1136
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Mega‐debris flow deposits from the Oligo‐Miocene Pindos foreland basin, western mainland Greece: implications for transport mechanisms in ancient deep marine basins

    Sedimentology, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 1003-1012
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Palaeomagnetic, geochronological and geological constraints on the tectonic evolution of the Mejillones Peninsula, northern Chile

    Hartley, A. J., Turner, P., Rex, D. C., Flint, S.
    Geological Journal, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 59-74
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Tectonic controls on the development of a semi-arid alluvial basin as reflected in the stratigraphy of the Purilactis Group (upper cretaceous-eocene), northern Chile

    Hartley, A. J., Flint, S., Turner, P., Jolley, E. J.
    Journal of South American Earth Sciences, vol. 5, no. 3-4, pp. 275-296
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Debris flow and slump deposits from the Upper Carboniferous Bude Formation of SW England: Implications for Bude Formation facies models

    Hartley, A.
    Geoscience in South-West England, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 424-426
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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