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Continental Margins Research Group

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We are a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London investigating the geodynamics, syn- and post-rift evolution of continental margins with an existing focus on the Atlantic margins, from the Falkland Plateau to the Norwegian Sea. The group is ideally balanced to undertake integrative studies of continental rift processes and basin evolution using analytical, numerical, and physical simulations, regional geological analyses, and case studies.

The academic members have extensive experience in petroleum geosciences research in collaboration with industry partners. The COMPASS continental margins research project is fully integrated in the internationally established Petroleum Geoscience research group and MSc petroleum geosciences teaching programmes.


Jürgen Adam
Structural analysis, geomechanics, fault and fracture mechanics, physical simulation of tectonic processes from basin to reservoir scale, salt tectonics, tectono-depositional systems.

Peter Burgess
Seismic stratigraphy, coupled tectonic-stratigraphic forward modelling, and petroleum systems analysis.

Graeme Eagles
Geodynamic and plate-kinematic modelling of plate boundary evolution, continental break-up and ocean basin formation.

Marta Pérez-Gussinyé
Tectonics of rifts and passive continental margins using interpretation of seismic multi-channel and wide-angle data and dynamical modelling.

Dan Le Heron
Regional geological analysis and sedimentological and stratigraphic outcrop studies.

Jason Morgan
Computational geodynamic modelling of 3-D plume, asthenosphere and subduction-influenced vertical motions and magmatism from global to basin length-scales.

Paola Vannucchi
Marine geology, plate margin evolution, structural analysis of faults, role of fluids and mechanics of seismogenesis.

Ian Watkinson
Strike-slip faults and shear zones, deformation and exhumation of metamorphic terranes and Ar-Ar thermochronology.


Contact: cmrg@es.rhul.ac.uk


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