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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  • McKellar, Z, Hartley, AJ, Morton, A & Frei, D 2020, '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 , vol. 177, pp. 297-314. [Online] DOI:
  • Mckellar, Z & Hartley, AJ 2020, 'Caledonian foreland basin sedimentation: A new depositional model for the Upper Silurian-Lower Devonian Lower Old Red Sandstone of the Midland Valley Basin, Scotland', Basin Research. [Online] DOI:
  • Bertolini, G, Marques, JC, Hartley, AJ, Da‐Rosa, AAS, Scherer, CMS, Basei, MAS & Frantz, JC 2020, 'Controls on Early Cretaceous desert sediment provenance in south‐west Gondwana, Botucatu Formation (Brazil and Uruguay)', Sedimentology, vol. 67, no. 5, pp. 2672-2690. [Online] DOI:
  • 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 , vol. 177, no. 4, pp. 766-783. [Online] DOI:
  • Hartley, A, Kurjanski, B, Pugsley, JH & Armstrong, JG 2020, 'Ice-Rafting in Lakes in the early Neoproterozoic: dropstones in the Diabaig Formation, Torridon Group, NW Scotland', Scottish Journal of Geology, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 47-53. [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, 'Palaeogeographical evolution of the Rattray Volcanic Province, Central North Sea', Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 177, no. 4, pp. 718-737. [Online] DOI:
  • Burgess, R, Jolley, D & Hartley, A 2020, 'Stratigraphic palynology of the Middle–Late Triassic successions of the Central North Sea', Petroleum Geoscience. [Online] DOI:
  • Gray, E, Hartley, A & Howell, J 2020, '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', Geological Society Special Publications , vol. 494. [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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • Schofield, N, Jolley, D, Holford, S, Archer, S, Watson, D, Hartley, A, Howell, J, Muirhead, D, Underhill, J & Green, P 2018, Challenges of future exploration within the UK Rockall Basin. in M Bowman & B Levell (eds), Petroleum Geology of NW Europe: 50 Years of Learning : Proceedings of the 8th Petroleum Geology Conference. vol. 8, Petroleum Geology Conference series, vol. 8, Geological Society of London, Bath, pp. 211-229, 8th Petroleum Geology Conference, London, United Kingdom, 28/09/15. [Online] DOI:
  • Hartley, A & Evenstar, L 2018, 'Fluvial architecture in actively deforming salt basins: Chinle Formation, Paradox Basin, Utah', Basin Research, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 148-166. [Online] DOI:
  • Hartley, AJ, Owen, A, Weissmann, GS & Scuderi, LA 2018, Modern and ancient amalgamated sandy meander‐belt deposits: recognition and controls on development. in M Ghinassi, L Colombera, NP Mountney , AJH Reesink & M Bateman (eds), Fluvial Meanders and Their Sedimentary Products in the Rock Record. Special Publication- International Association of Sedimentologists, International Association of Sedimentologists, pp. 349-384. [Online] DOI:
  • Hardman, JPA, Schofield, N, Jolley, DW, Holford, SP, Hartley, AJ, Morse, S, Underhill, J, Watson, DA & Zimmer, EH 2018, 'Prolonged dynamic support from the Icelandic plume of the NE Atlantic margin', Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 175, no. 3, pp. 396-410. [Online] DOI:
  • Andrews, SD, Cornwell, DG, Trewin, NH, Hartley, AJ & Archer, SG 2018, 'Reply to the discussion on 'A 2.3 Million Year Lacustrine Record of Orbital Forcing from the Devonian of Northern Scotland', Journal of the Geological Society, London 173, 474-488', Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 175, no. 3, pp. 563. [Online] DOI:
  • Pinter, PR, Butler, RWH, Hartley, AJ, Maniscalco, R, Baldassini, N & Di Stefano, A 2018, 'Tracking sand-fairways through a deformed turbidite system: the Numidian (Miocene) of Central Sicily, Italy', Basin Research, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 480-501. [Online] DOI:
  • 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:
  • McArthur, AD, Hartley, AJ, Archer, SG, Jolley, DW & Lawrence, HM 2016, 'Spatiotemporal relationships of deep-marine, axial, and transverse depositional systems fromthe synrift Upper Jurassic of the central North Sea', AAPG Bulletin, vol. 100, no. 9, pp. 1469-1500. [Online] DOI:
  • Leleu, S, Hartley, AJ, van Oosterhout, C, Kennan, L, Ruckwied, K & Gerdes, K 2016, 'Structural, stratigraphic and sedimentological characterisation of a wide rift system: The Triassic rift system of the Central Atlantic Domain', Earth Science Reviews, vol. 158, pp. 89-124. [Online] DOI:
  • Pinter, PR, Butler, RWH, Hartley, AJ, Maniscalco, R, Baldassini, N & Di Stefano, A 2016, 'The Numidian of Sicily revisited: a thrust-influenced confined turbidite system', Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 78, pp. 291-311. [Online] DOI:
  • Owen, A, Hartley, AJ, Weissmann, GS & Nichols, GJ 2016, 'Uranium distribution as a proxy for basin-scale fluid flow in distributive fluvial systems', Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 173, no. 4, pp. 569-572. [Online] DOI:
  • Kilhams, B, Hartley, A, Huuse, M & Davis, C 2015, 'Characterizing the Paleocene turbidites of the North Sea: Maureen Formation, UK Central Graben', Geological Society Special Publication, vol. 403, no. 1, pp. 43-62. [Online] DOI:
  • Ebinghaus, A, Jolley, DW & Hartley, AJ 2015, 'Extrinsic forcing of plant ecosystems in a large igneous province: The Columbia River flood basalt province, Washington State, USA', Geology, vol. 43, no. 12, pp. 1107-1110. [Online] DOI:
  • Weissmann, GS, Hartley, AJ, Scuderi, LA, Nichols, GJ, Owen, A, Wright, S, Felicia, AL, Holland, F & Anaya, FML 2015, 'Fluvial geomorphic elements in modern sedimentary basins and their potential preservation in the rock record: A review', Geomorphology, vol. 250, pp. 187-219. [Online] DOI:
  • Owen, A, Nichols, GJ, Hartley, AJ, Weissmann, GS & Scuderi, LA 2015, 'Quantification of a distributive fluvial system; the Salt Wash DFS of the Morrison Formation, SW USA', Journal of Sedimentary Research, vol. 85, no. 5, pp. 544-561. [Online] DOI:
  • Hartley, AJ, Owen, A, Swan, A, Weissmann, GS, Holzweber, BI, Howell, J, Nichols, G & Scuderi, L 2015, 'Recognition and importance of amalgamated sandy meander belts in the continental rock record', Geology, vol. 43, no. 8, pp. 679-682. [Online] DOI:
  • Hartley, AJ & Leleu, S 2015, 'Sedimentological constraints on the late Silurian history of the Highland Boundary Fault, Scotland: Implications for Midland Valley Basin development', Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 172, no. 2, pp. 213-217. [Online] DOI:
  • Thomas, R & Hartley, AJ 2015, Seismic geomorphology and sequence stratigraphy as tools for the prediction of reservoir facies distribution: An example from the Paleocene and earliest Eocene of the South Buchan Graben, Outer Moray Firth Basin, UKCS. in Geological Society Special Publication. 1 edn, vol. 403, Geological Society Special Publication, no. 1, vol. 403, Geological Society of London, pp. 99-132. [Online] DOI:
  • Evenstar, LA, Stuart, FM, Hartley, AJ & Tattitch, B 2015, 'Slow Cenozoic uplift of the western Andean Cordillera indicated by cosmogenic 3He in alluvial boulders from the Pacific Planation Surface', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 42, no. 20, pp. 8448-8455. [Online] DOI:
  • Owen, A, Jupp, PE, Nichols, GJ, Hartley, AJ, Weissmann, GS & Sadykova, D 2015, 'Statistical estimation of the position of an apex: Application to the geological record', Journal of Sedimentary Research, vol. 85, no. 2, pp. 142-152. [Online] DOI:
  • McKie, T, Rose, PTS, Hartley, AJ, Jones, DW & Armstrong, TL 2015, Tertiary deep-marine reservoirs of the North Sea region: An introduction. in T McKie, PTS Rose, AJ Hartley, DW Jones & TL Armstrong (eds), Tertiary Deep-Marine Reservoirs of the North Sea Region. 1 edn, vol. 403, Special Publications, Geological Society of London, London, pp. 1-16. [Online] DOI:
  • Andrews, SD & Hartley, AJ 2015, 'The response of lake margin sedimentary systems to climatically driven lake level fluctuations: Middle Devonian, Orcadian Basin, Scotland', Sedimentology, vol. 62, no. 6, pp. 62. [Online] DOI:
  • Davidson, SK & Hartley, AJ 2014, 'A quantitative approach to linking drainage basin area and distributive fluvial system area in modern and ancient endorheic basins', Journal of Sedimentary Research, vol. 84, no. 11, pp. 1005-1020. [Online] DOI:
  • Addy, S, Soulsby, C & Hartley, AJ 2014, 'Controls on the distribution of channel reach morphology in selectively glaciated catchments', Geomorphology, vol. 211, pp. 121-133. [Online] DOI:
  • Ebinghaus, A, Hartley, AJ, Jolley, DW, Hole, MJ & Millett, J 2014, 'Lava–Sediment Interaction and Drainage-System Development In A Large Igneous Province: Columbia River Flood Basalt Province, Washington State, U.S.A', Journal of Sedimentary Research, vol. 84, no. 11, 84, pp. 1041-1063. [Online] DOI:
  • Holzweber, BI, Hartley, AJ & Weissmann, GS 2014, 'Scale invariance in fluvial barforms: implications for interpretation of fluvial systems in the rock record', Petroleum Geoscience, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 211-223. [Online] DOI:
  • Mather, AE, Hartley, AJ & Griffiths, JS 2014, 'The giant coastal landslides of Northern Chile: Tectonic and climate interactions on a classic convergent plate margin', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 388, pp. 249-256. [Online] DOI:
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