Professor Adrian Hartley

Professor Adrian Hartley
Professor of Sedimentology

Chair in Geology & Petroleum Geology

Professor Adrian Hartley
Professor Adrian Hartley

Contact Details

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

Research Interests

  • 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

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.

StratLIP a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the sedimentological and volcanic evolution of LIP's.


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

Gary Nichols, Nautilus

Anne Mather, University of Plymouth



Teaching Responsibilities

Level 1 GL1005 Earth Through Geological Time

Level 3 GL3025 Stratigraphy

Level 3 GL3026 Helmsdale/Skye Fieldtrip Course Coordinator

Level 4 GL4023 Mapping Project

Level 4 GL4522 Birth, Growth and Death of Supercontinents

Level 5 Integrated Petroleum Geoscience MSc sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy. Leader of Utah Fieldtrip, Sicily fieldtrip.

Further Info

Admin Responsibilities

Director of Integrated Petroleum Geoscience MSc

Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Geosciences






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  • Butler, RWH, Pinter, PR, Maniscalco, R & Hartley, AJ 2020, 'Deep-water sand-fairway mapping as a tool for tectonic restoration: decoding Miocene central Mediterranean palaeogeography using the Numidian turbidites of southern Italy', Journal of the Geological Society . [Online] DOI:
  • Quirie, AK, Schofield, N, Jolley, DW, Archer, SG, Hole, MJ, Hartley, A, Watson, D, Burgess, R, Pugsley, JH, Underhill, JR & Holford, SP 2020, 'Palaeogeographic evolution of the Rattray Volcanic Province, Central North Sea', Journal of the Geological Society . [Online] DOI:
  • Evenstar, LA, Mather, AE & Hartley, AJ 2020, 'Using spatial patterns of fluvial incision to constrain continental-scale uplift in the Andes', Global and Planetary Change, vol. 186, 103119. [Online] DOI:
  • McKellar, Z, Hartley, AJ, Morton, A & Frei, D 2019, 'A Multidisciplinary Approach to Sediment Provenance Analysis of the Late Silurian-Devonian Lower Old Red Sandstone succession, Northern Midland Valley Basin, Scotland', Journal of the Geological Society . [Online] DOI:
  • Owen, A, Hartley, AJ, Ebinghaus, A, Weissmann, GS & Santos, MGM 2019, 'Basin-scale predictive models of alluvial architecture: Constraints from the Palaeocene–Eocene, Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, USA', Sedimentology, vol. 66, no. 2, pp. 736-763. [Online] DOI:
  • Hardman, J, Schofield, N, Jolley, D, Hartley, A, Holford, S & Watson, D 2019, 'Controls on the Distribution of Volcanism and Intra-Basaltic Sediments in the Cambo-Rosebank Region, West of Shetland', Petroleum Geoscience, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 71-89. [Online] DOI:
  • Hartley, A, Kurjanski, B, Pugsley, JH & Armstrong, JG 2019, 'Ice-Rafting in Lakes in the early Neoproterozoic: Dropstones in the Diabaig Formation, Torridon Group, NW Scotland', Scottish Journal of Geology. [Online] DOI:
  • Santos, MGM, Hartley, AJ, Mountney, NP, Peakall, J, Owen, A, Merino, ER & Assine, ML 2019, 'Meandering rivers in modern desert basins: implications for channel planform controls and prevegetation rivers', Sedimentary Geology, vol. 385, pp. 1-14. [Online] DOI:
  • Quirie, AK, Schofield, N, Hartley, A, Hole, MJ, Archer, SG, Underhill, JR, Watson, D & Holford, SP 2019, 'The Rattray Volcanics: Middle Jurassic fissure volcanism in the UK Central North Sea', Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 176, pp. 462-481. [Online] DOI:
  • Corbett, PWM, Owen, A, Hartley, A, Pla-Pueyo, S, Barreto, D, Hackney, C & Kape, S 2019, 'The geoengineering approach to the study of rivers and reservoirs', Geological Society Special Publications , vol. 488, pp. 1-13. [Online] DOI:
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