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 & 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

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.

Further Info

Admin Responsibilities

Director of Integrated Petroleum Geoscience MSc







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  • Scuderi, LA, Weissmann, GS, Hartley, AJ, Yang, X & Lancaster, N 2017, 'Application of Database Approaches to the Study of Earth's Aeolian Environments: Community Needs and Goals', Aeolian Research, vol. 27, pp. 79-109. [Online] DOI:
  • Hartley, AJ, Weissmann, GS & Scuderi, L 2017, 'Controls on the apex location of large deltas', Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 174, pp. 10-13. [Online] DOI:
  • Evenstar, LA, Mather, AE, Hartley, AJ, Stuart, FM, Sparks, RSJ & Cooper, FJ 2017, 'Geomorphology on geologic timescales: Evolution of the late Cenozoic Pacific paleosurface in Northern Chile and Southern Peru ', Earth Science Reviews, vol. 171, pp. 1-27. [Online] DOI:
  • Owen, A, Ebinghaus, A, Hartley, AJ, Santos, MGM & Weissmann, G 2017, 'Multi-scale classification of fluvial architecture: an example from the Palaeocene-Eocene Bighorn Basin, Wyoming', Sedimentology, vol. 64, no. 6, pp. 1572-1596. [Online] DOI:
  • Owen, A, Nichols, GJ, Hartley, AJ & Weissmann, GS 2017, 'Vertical trends within the prograding Salt Wash distributive fluvial system, SW USA', Basin Research, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 64-80. [Online] DOI:
  • Andrews, SD, Cornwell, DG, Trewin, NH, Hartley, AJ & Archer, SG 2016, 'A 2.3 million year lacustrine record of orbital forcing from the Devonian of northern Scotland', Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 173, no. 3, pp. 474-488. [Online] DOI:
  • Evenstar, LA, Hartley, AJ, Archer, SG & Neilson, JE 2016, 'Climatic and halokinetic controls on alluvial–lacustrine sedimentation during compressional deformation, Andean forearc, northern Chile', Basin Research, vol. 27, pp. 634-657. [Online] DOI:
  • Leleu, S & Hartley, AJ 2016, 'Constraints on synrift intrabasinal horst development from alluvial fan and aeolian deposits (Triassic, Fundy Basin, Nova Scotia)', Geological Society Special Publications , vol. 440, pp. 1-23. [Online] DOI:
  • McArthur, AD, Jolley, DW, Hartley, AJ, Archer, SG & Lawrence, HM 2016, 'Palaeoecology of syn-rift topography: A Late Jurassic footwall island on the Josephine Ridge, Central Graben, North Sea', Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, vol. 459, pp. 63-75. [Online] DOI:
  • Schofield, N, Jerram, DA, Holford, S, Archer, S, Mark, N, Hartley, A, Howell, J, Muirhead, D, Green, P, Hutton, D & Stevenson, C 2016, Sills in Sedimentary Basins and Petroleum Systems. in C Breitkreuz & S Rocchi (eds), Physical Geology of Shallow Magmatic Systems. Advances in Volcanology , Springer , Cham, pp. 273-294. [Online] DOI:
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