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Nick Schofield is a Reader/Assoc. Prof. in Igneous and Petroleum Geology. He specializes in the seismic and field interpretation of intrusive and extrusive sequences in volcanic terranes and their interaction with hydrocarbon systems.

He is at the forefront of allowing the industry to understand the challenging volcanic geology in the subsurface around the UKCS, Atlantic Margin, East Africa and Australasia 


Fully Funded PhD (UK students only) - "The Ups and Downs of the Faroe-Shetland Basin"





Research Overview

  • Seismic Interpretation of Volcanics
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Evolution of Sedimentary Basins affected by Volcanism
  • Sill Complexes
  • Intra-Basaltic hydrocarbon plays
  • Lava field stratigraphy
  • North Atlantic Igneous Province
  • South Australian Volcanism
  • Salt-Igneous interaction


Current Research


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  • 3D seismic imaging of the shallow plumbing system beneath the Ben Nevis Monogenetic Volcanic Field: Faroe-Shetland Basin

    McLean, C. E., Schofield, N., Brown, D. J., Jolley, D. W., Reid, A.
    Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 174, no. 3, pp. 468-485
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Regional Magma Plumbing and emplacement mechanisms of the Faroe-Shetland Sill Complex: Implications for magma transport and petroleum systems within sedimentary basins

    Schofield, N., Holford, S., Millett, J., Brown, D., Jolley, D., Passey, S. R., Muirhead, D., Grove, C., Magee, C., Murray, J., Hole, M., Jackson, C. A., Stevenson, C.
    Basin Research, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 41-63
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Basin-scale architecture of deeply emplaced sill complexes: Jameson Land, East Greenland

    Eide, C. H., Schofield, N., Jerram, D. A., Howell, J. A.
    Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 174, no. 1, pp. 23-40
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Lateral magma flow in mafic sill complexes

    Magee, C., Muirhead, J. D., Karvelas, A., Holford, S. P., Jackson, C. A. L., Bastow, I. D., Schofield, N., Stevenson, C. T. E., McLean, C., McCarthy, W., Shtukert, O.
    Geosphere, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 809-841
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Distribution, chronology and causes of Cretaceous - Cenozoic magmatism along the magma-poor rifted southern Australian margin: Links between mantle melting and basin formation

    Meeuws, F. J. E., Holford, S. P., Foden, J. D., Schofield, N.
    Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 73, pp. 271-298
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Frontier exploration and the North Atlantic Igneous Province: new insights from a 2.6 km offshore volcanic sequence in the NE Faroe–Shetland Basin

    Millett, J. M., Hole, M. J., Jolley, D. W., Schofield, N., Campbell, E.
    Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 173, no. 2, pp. 320-336
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Palaeogene Basaltic Tuffs in the Faroe-Shetland Basin and their Impact on the Petroleum System

    Watson, D., Schofield, N., Jolley, D. W., Hardman, J. P. A., Archer, S., Mark, N. J., Muirhead, D. K.
    Janet Watson: The Future of Hydrocarbon Exploration
    Contributions to Conferences: Posters
  • Sills in Sedimentary Basins and Petroleum Systems

    Schofield, N., Jerram, D. A., Holford, S., Archer, S., Mark, N., Hartley, A., Howell, J., Muirhead, D., Green, P., Hutton, D., Stevenson, C.
    Physical Geology of Shallow Magmatic Systems. Breitkreuz, C., Rocchi, S. (eds.). Springer, pp. 273-294, 22 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • The Impact of Igneous Intrusions on the Petroleum System: Implications on Reservoir Quality, Source Rock and Exploration

    Mark, N. J., Muirhead, D. K., Schofield, N., Watson, D., Pugliese, S., Holford, S. P., Healy, D.
    Janet Watson: The Future of Hydrocarbon Exploration
    Contributions to Conferences: Posters
  • Mobilizing Salt: Magma-Salt Interactions

    Schofield, N., Alsop, I., Warren, J., Underhill, J., Lehné, R., Beer, W., Lukas, V.
    Geology, vol. 42, no. 7, pp. 599-602
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals