Dr John Millett

Dr John Millett
Dr John Millett
Dr John Millett

BSc Hons, PhD

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Geosciences



Abdelmalak, M.M., Planke, S., Polteau, S., Hartz, E.H., Faleide, J.I., Tegner, C., Jerram, D.A., Millett, J.M., Myklebust, R., 2018. Breakup volcanism and plate tectonics in the NW Atlantic. Tectonophysics, online first. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2018.08.002


Angkasa, S.A., Jerram, D.A., Millett, J.M., Svensen, H.H., Planke, S., Taylor, R.A., Schofield, N., Howell, J., 2017. Mafic intrusions and associated hydrothermal venting through lava piles: linking onshore and offshore examples from the North Atlantic Igneous Province. AAPG Interpretation, 5(3), SK83-SK101.


Ebinghaus, A., Hartley, A.J., Jolley, D.W., Hole, M.J. & Millett, J.M. 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, 84, 1041-1063.


Greenfield, L., Millett, J.M., Howell, J., Jerram, D.A., Watton, T., Healy, D., Hole, M.J. and Planke, S., 2019. The 3D facies architecture and petrophysical properties of hyaloclastite delta deposits: An integrated photogrammetry and petrophysical study from southern Iceland. Basin Research, online first.


Hafeez, A., Planke, S., Jerram, D.A., Millett, J.M., Maharjan, D., Prestvik, T., 2017. Upper Paleocene ultramafic igneous rocks offshore Mid-Norway: re-interpretation of the Vestbrona Formation as a sill complex. AAPG Interpretation, 5(3), SK103-SK120.


Hole, M.J. and Millett, J.M., 2016. Controls of Mantle Potential Temperature and Lithospheric Thickness on Magmatism in the North Atlantic Igneous Province. Journal of Petrology, 57(2), pp.417-436.


Hole, MJ., Millett, J.M., Jolley, D.W. & Rogers, N. 2015. Rifting and Mafic Magmatism in the Hebridean Basins. Journal of the Geological Society, doi:10.1144/jgs2014-100


Iyer, K., Schmid, D.W., Planke, S., and Millett, J.M., 2017. Modelling Hydrothermal Venting in Volcanic Sedimentary Basins: Impact on Hydrocarbon Maturation and Paleoclimate. Earth and Planetary Science Letter, 467, 30-42.


Jerram, D.A., Millett, J.M., Kück, J., Thomas, D., Planke, S., Haskins, E., Lautze, N. and Pierdominici, S., 2019. Understanding volcanic facies in the subsurface: a combined core, wireline logging and image log data set from the PTA2 and KMA1 boreholes, Big Island, Hawaii. Scientific Drilling, online first.


Jolley, D.W., Passey, S.R., Hole, M.J. and Millett, J.M. 2012. Large-scale magmatic pulses drive plant ecosystem dynamics. Journal of the Geological Society. v.169, pp. 703-711.


Kästner, F., Giese, R., Planke, S., Millett, J.M. and Flóvenz, Ó.G., 2018. Seismic imaging in the Krafla high-temperature geothermal field, NE Iceland, using zero-and far-offset vertical seismic profiling (VSP) data. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. Available online 21 February 2018.


Kjoberg, S., Schmiedel, T., Planke, S., Svensen, H.H., Millett, J.M., Jerram, D.A., Galland, O., Lecomte, I., Schofield, N., and Helsem, A., 2017. 3D structure and formation of hydrothermal vent complexes at the Paleocene-Eocene transition, the Møre Basin, Mid-Norwegian Margin. AAPG Interpretation, 5(3), SK65-SK81.


Li, S., Vaziri, V., Kapitaniak, M., Millett, J.M. and Wiercigroch, M., 2020. Application of Resonance Enhanced Drilling to coring. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, p.106866.


Millett, J.M., 2014. Geochemical stratigraphy and correlation within the Faroe Islands Basalt Group with developments in the analysis of Large Igneous Province deposits from well data (Doctoral dissertation, University of Aberdeen).


Millett, J.M., Hole, M.J. & Jolley, DW. 2014. A fresh approach to ditch cutting analysis as an aid to exploration in areas affected by large igneous province volcanism. In: Exploration and Exploitation West of Shetlands. Eds. Cannon, S. & Ellis, D. Geological Society of London Special Publication. 397.


Millett, J.M., Hole, M.J., Jolley, D.W. and Passey, S.R., 2017. Geochemical stratigraphy and correlation within Large Igneous Provinces: the final preserved stages of the Faroe Islands Basalt Group. Lithos, 286, pp.1-15.


Millett, J.M., Hole, M.J., Jolley, D.W., Schofield, N. and Campbell, E., 2016. Frontier exploration and the North Atlantic Igneous Province: new insights from a 2.6 km offshore volcanic sequence in the NE Faroe–Shetland Basin. Journal of the Geological Society, 173(2), pp.320-336.


Millett, J.M., Planke, S., Kästner, F., Blischke, A., Hersir, G.P., Halldórsdóttir, S., Flóvenz, Ó.G., Árnadóttir, S., Helgadóttir, H.M., Vakulenko, S. and Buryak, S., 2018. Sub-surface geology and velocity structure of the Krafla high temperature geothermal field, Iceland: Integrated ditch cuttings, wireline and zero offset vertical seismic profile analysis. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. Online 30 March 2018


Millett, J.M., Wilkins, A.D., Campbell, E., Hole, M.J., Taylor, R.A., Healy, D., Jerram, D.A., Jolley, D.W., Planke, S., Archer, S.G. and Blischke, A., 2016. The geology of offshore drilling through basalt sequences: Understanding operational complications to improve efficiency. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 77, pp.1177-1192.


Millett, J.M., Manton, B.M., Zastrozhnov, D., Planke, S., Maharjan, D., Bellwald, B., Gernigon, L., Faleide, J.I., Jolley, D., Walker, F. and Abdelmalak, M.M., 2019. Basin Structure and Prospectivity of the NE Atlantic Volcanic Rifted Margin: Cross-border examples from the Faroe-Shetland, Møre and Southern Vøring Basins. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 495, online first.


Polteau, S., Mazzini, A., Hansen, G., Planke, S., Jerram, D. A., Millett, J.M., Abdelmalak, M.M., Blichske, A., Myklebust, R. 2018. The pre-breakup stratigraphy and petroleum system of the Southern Jan Mayen Ridge revealed by seafloor sampling. Tectonophysics, online first.


Planke, S., Millett, J.M., Maharjan, D., Jerram, D.A., Abdelmalak, M.M., Groth, A., Hoffmann, J., Berndt, C., and Myklebust, R., 2017. Igneous seismic geomorphology of buried lava fields and coastal escarpments on the Vøring volcanic rifted margin. Interpretation, 5(3), SK161-SK177.


Reynolds, P., Planke, S., Millett, J.M., Jerram, D.A., Trulsvik, M., Schofield, N., and Myklebust, R., 2017. Hydrothermal vent complexes offshore Northeast Greenland: a potential role in driving the PETM. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 467, 72-78.


Rossetti, L.M., Healy, D., Hole, M.J., Millett, J.M., de Lima, E.F., Jerram, D.A. and Rossetti, M.M., 2019. Evaluating petrophysical properties of volcano-sedimentary sequences: A case study in the Paraná-Etendeka Large Igneous Province. Mar. & Pet. Geo., 102, 638-656.


Schofield, N., Holford, S., Millett, J.M., Brown, D., Jolley, D., R Passey, S., Muirhead, D., Grove, C., Magee, C., Murray, J. and Hole, M., 2015. Regional magma plumbing and emplacement mechanisms of the Faroe‐Shetland Sill Complex: implications for magma transport and petroleum systems within sedimentary basins. Basin Research.


Senger, K., Millett, J.M., Planke, S., Ogata, K., Eide, C., Festøy, M., Galland, O., Jerram, D., 2017. Effects of igneous intrusions on the petroleum system: a review. First Break, 35(6), 47-56. EAGE Nigel Anstey Award 2018.


Walker, F., Schofield, N., Millett, J.M., Jolley, D., Hole, M. and Stewart, M., 2020. Paleogene volcanic rocks in the northern Faroe–Shetland Basin and Møre Marginal High: understanding lava field stratigraphy. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 495.

Conference Contributions

Complications when drilling basalt: What’s the difference? Drilling Volcanics Conference, invited talk, Faroe Islands, 2015.

Volcanic development of the NE Faroe-Shetland Basin: insights from 2.6 km of volcanic rocks penetrated by the Lagavulin exploration well. 2nd Jóannes Rasmussen Conference, Faroe Islands, 2015.

Offshore drilling through basaltic sequences: geological heterogeneity and its implications for drilling complications. VMSG, Norwich, 2015.

Magmatic dynamics and stratigraphy within the Faroe Islands Basalt Group: Can we correlate basalt? VMSG, Edinburgh, 2014.

Geochemical stratigraphy and correlation within the Faroe Islands Basalt Group: Temporal and Spatial Evolution of Mantle Sources during Continental Rupture. Goldschmidt, Florence, Italy, 2013.

Exploration within Large Igneous Provinces: Well data and what to do with it. Devex, Aberdeen, 2013.

Volcanic stratigraphy from ditch cutting analysis. 4th Faroe Islands Exploration Conference, Faroe Islands, 2012.

Geochemical stratigraphy within the Faroe Islands Basalt Group. 4th Faroe Islands Exploration Conference, Faroe Islands, 2012.

Can lava geochemistry be utilized to aid predictive stratigraphy offshore? PESGB West of Shetlands Conference: Exploration to Exploitation, London, 2011.


Research Overview

I currently hold an Honorary Research Fellow position with Aberdeen University studying a number of aspects of Large Igneous Province volcanism including stratigraphy, geochemistry and deposit distributions in space and time.

A strong current focus on areas of volcanic research applications to resource exploration, development and drilling both off and onshore.

Research on the Faroe Islands Basalt Group geochemical stratigraphy and its implications to geochemical correlation within the Faroe Shetland basins and Large Igneous Provinces as a whole.

Developments in well based analysis of volcanic stratigraphy using both ditch cuttings and petrophysical well log data.

Involved in well log and cuttings analysis of Krafla (Iceland) geothermal wells as part of the IMAGE (Integrated Methods for Advanced Geothermal Exploration) EU project.

Field facies analysis and mapping within volcanic terrains and the interaction of volcanism with sedimentary basin drainage systems.

Current project work utilizing laboratory petrophysics measurements (porosity, permeability, ultrasonic P/S wave velocities, UCS, triaxial strength testing) to better understand the heterogeneity within key volcanic facies with a focus on confining pressures up to common exploration depths.

About to begin project work on Hawaii geothermal wells incorporating wireline logging data (aquisition through the VMAPP project) with lab based petrophysics in collaboration with the Humu‘ula Groundwater Research Project (HGRP), University of Hawaii.

Member of the StratLIP research group University of Aberdeen.

Current Research

Areas of active research: Faroe Islands, Isle of Mull, Hawaii, Isle of Skye, Washington State USA, Iceland, UKCS, Norwegian/East Greenland conjugate margin, Neuquen Basin Argentina.


ISOR Iceland Geosurvey: IMAGE/VMAPP Projects

GFZ Potsdam: VMAPP/IMAGE Projects

CEED, Oslo University: VMAPP/MIMES/DIPS projects

University of Hawaii: Humu‘ula Groundwater Research Project

CASP: Simon Passey