Dr Rachel Brackenridge

Dr Rachel Brackenridge
Dr Rachel Brackenridge
Dr Rachel Brackenridge

Senior Lecturer

Email Address
Office Address

Rm. 145, Meston Building, Kings College, Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

School of Geosciences


The dominant research theme to my work is 'Deepwater Sedimentary Systems: Resources, Hazards and Climate’. This has been focused on the interaction of ocean currents with the sea floor and the resulting deposits, named contourites.  My PhD research focused on characterising sand-rich contourite depositional systems, and their importance as potential hydrocarbon reservoirs. My research is now focused on the how the distribution of these deposits are controlled by global climate and how bottom currents interact with the continental margins with respect to margin architecture, geohazards and pollutant (microplastic) dispersion. 

The application of geoscience is central to my research. Gaining a number of years of experience in the petroleum industry has given me a good multidisciplinary understanding of the evolution of extensional settings through to passive margins. Frontier basins and plays have been the main focus of past work. Following my postdoctoral research on the UK Central North Sea, energy stability and energy equality has become an important driver to my work. Current research examines the utilisation of the subsurface for the Energy Transition 


Research Overview


Sedimentary Systems: Sedimentology; Contourites; Mixed systems; Strat. Traps; Ocean Currents; Climate; Geohazards; Tsunamigenic Submarine Landslides; Passive Margins; Sequence Stratigraphy; Source-to-Sink; Sediment Transport; Machine Learning, Microplastics. 

Petroleum Geology & GeoEnergy: Petroleum Exploration; Regional Geology; Frontier Basins; Frontier Plays; Play Mapping; Deep Water Plays; Geohazards; Big Data; Risking, Salt Cavern Storage, Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS).

Past Research Projects


Teaching Responsibilities

Programme Director, MSc Sustainable Energy Geoscience.

Course Coordinator, GL5011 ‘Geophysics & Petrophysics’ (Level 5).

Course Coordinator GL5301 'Borehole Geophysics and 4D Reservoir Modelling' (Level 5)

Course coordinator GL5572 'Subsurface Storage and Sequestration' (Level 5)



GG1010: Creating the Anthropocene: 'The Growth of Energy’ 

GG1512: The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 'Clean and Affordable Energy'

GP3501: Interpretation of Seismic Reflection Data. 'Seismic Stratigraphy', 'Seismic Mapping', and 'Seismic Facies

GL4034: Applied Geological Synthesis

GL5011: Geophysics & Petrophysics. 'Exploration Geophysics Fundamentals

GL5572: Subsurface Storage & Sequestration. 'Subsurface Storage Fundamentals'

GL5913: Projects in Energy Geoscience. 'Report Writing


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