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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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  • Storing CO2 in buried volcanoes

    Holford, S. P., Schofield, N., Bunch, M., Bischoff, A., Swierczek, E.
    Contributions to Journals: Conference Articles
  • Observations of reservoir quality alteration in proximity to igneous intrusions for two distinct sandstones units in Scotland

    Duffy, M. H., Farrell, N., Raeside, R., Muirhead, D. K., Healy, D., Brasier, A. T., Schofield, N.
    Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 129, 105071
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Geology and Petroleum Prospectivity of the Sea of Hebrides Basin and Minch Basin, Offshore Northwest Scotland

    Fyfe, L. C., Schofield, N., Holford, S. P., Hartley, A., Heafford, A., Muirhead, D., Howell, J.
    Petroleum Geoscience, vol. 27, no. 4, petgeo2021-003
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Emplacement of the Little Minch Sill Complex, Sea of Hebrides Basin, NW Scotland

    Fyfe, L., Schofield, N., Holford, S. P., Jerram, D. A., Hartley, A.
    Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 178, no. 3, jgs2020-177
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Inside the volcano: Three-dimensional magmatic architecture of a buried shield volcano

    Walker, F., Schofield, N., Millett, J., Jolley, D., Holford, S. P., Planke, S., Jerram, D. A., Myklebust, R.
    Geology, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 243-247
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Linking surface and subsurface volcanic stratigraphy in the Turkana Depression of the East African Rift System

    Schofield, N., Newton, R., Thackrey, S., Watson, D., Jolley, D., Morley, C.
    Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 178, no. 1, ARTN jgs2020-110
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The spatial distribution of igneous centres along the Norwegian Atlantic Margin (Møre and Vøring) and their relationship to magmatic plumbing systems

    Kilhams, B., Chedburn, L., Schofield, N., Lunde, I. L., Romain, H., Jolley, D., Eide, C. H.
    Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 178, no. 5, ARTN jgs2020-192
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • UK oil and gas fields: an overview

    Goffey, G., Gluyas, J., Schofield, N.
    United Kingdom Oil and Gas Fields: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Volume. 1 edition, pp. 3-18, 16 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Palaeogeographical evolution of the Rattray Volcanic Province, Central North Sea

    Quirie, A. K., Schofield, N., Jolley, D. W., Archer, S. G., Hole, M. J., Hartley, A., Watson, D., Burgess, R., Pugsley, J. H., Underhill, J. R., Holford, S. P.
    Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 177, no. 4, pp. 718-737
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • UK Rockall prospectivity: re-awakening exploration in a frontier basin

    Broadley, L., Schofield, N., Jolley, D., Howell, J., Underhill, J. R.
    Petroleum Geoscience, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 247-271
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals