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Please join us as we welcome Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor and Head of Discipline Earth Sciences, Earth, Ocean, and Ecological Sciences, University of Liverpool.
Interpretations of strata take many useful forms, but when interpretations and even observations are heavily influenced by conceptual models, problems can occur. This talk shows how quantitative stratigraphy can help tackle this problem. Examples of quantitative stratigraphy show how interpretations can be tested with statistical methods to ensure they are robust. Modelling examples show how numerical forward models can help determine how robust our favorite conceptual models really are, and explore alternatives that can suggest new, equally plausible interpretations for strata. These techniques are particularly important in industrial applications of stratigraphy, where predictions that properly account for uncertainty are of key importance.
Pete trained as a geologist as an undergraduate and completed a PhD in numerical forward modelling of passive margin strata at Oxford University from 1990 to 1994. He then did two postdocs, the first at the California Institute of Technology working on numerical modelling of mantle convection and cratonic strata, the second at Liverpool University working on an outcrop and subsurface data study of the Jurassic strata of the Neuquen basin in Argentina He worked as a lecturer for four years in Cardiff University before joining Shell E&P in 2002 where he worked in research and in exploration new venture teams on a diverse array of projects including the mega-regional geology of the Arctic, African margin petroleum systems, and carbonate seismic stratigraphy. He returned to academia as professor of sedimentary geology in Royal Holloway in 2010 to teach and research in sedimentary basin analysis, petroleum geology and sequence stratigraphy, and was awarded the Aberconway Medal by the Geological Society of London in 2013 in recognition of his contribution to research in applied petroleum geology. Pete moved back to Liverpool University in 2016 and is now Head of Discipline in Earth Sciences there, teaching sedimentology, stratigraphy, especially in the field, and continuing to develop and teach statistical methods and numerical forward modelling to explore the nature of heterogeneity and environmental change recorded in carbonate and siliciclastic strata.