Research projects


  • PRACSS 2012-2015 (Predicting Reservoir Architecture in Channelised Slope Systems), focusing on slope channel architecture and channel-associated thin bedded turbidites.
  • PRAX-2 (Predicting Reservoir Architecture in Deep-water Systems) is our current JIP (2015-18), with a holistic approach to deepwater systems, and a significant education and training element. PRAX-2 is the successor project to PRACSS. Co-PIs on this project are:
    • Ben Kneller; Professor at University of Aberdeen
    • Bryan Cronin; Tullow Oil and Honorary Professor at University of Aberdeen;
    • Mike Mayall; formerly leader of the sed/strat network at BP
    • Fabiano Gamberi and Marzia Rovere; investigators at Istituto de Scienze Marine (ISMAR) in Bologna, Italy
    • Juan Pablo Milana; CONICET investigator and faculty member at Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina
  • The BG Fellowship program, in partnership with Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), involves one Brazilian PhD student working full-time in Aberdeen on deepwater systems, and another whose time is split 50:50 between Aberdeen and UFRGS. They are co-funded by BG Group and CNPq (Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) under the Science without Borders program.
  • Ben Kneller has research and student exchange relationships with Department of Earth Resources, China University of Geosciences in Wuhan (Professor Xie Xinong), and Ocean College of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou (Professor Lou Zhanghua).