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Research interests

Deepwater sedimentary systems: pioneer in the field with major research programme coordination and international cooperation; land-based, marine-based and subsurface interests; furthering knowledge of deep-water processes, facies and architecture. Petroleum geoscience: incorporating sedimentary genetic units, reservoir characterisation, seismic interpretation, petrophysical and geotechnical rock properties. Contourites and paleocirculation: including how these are linked with climate and past environmental change; currently Co-Chief Scientist for IODP Expedition 339 on Mediterranean Outflow. Muds and shales: including modern, ancient and subsurface fine-grained sedimentary systems, from micro-scale to basin-scale; and black shale deposition. Research and knowledge exchange Director of Research for Institute of Petroleum Engineering – with research interests across the breadth of the Oil and Gas energy sector including exploration geoscience, reservoir development, production engineering, and beyond into marine renewables and carbon capture and storage. Programme coordination for ECOSSE Edinburgh Consortium for Subsurface Science and Engineering) – coordinating subsurface energy and environmental research across Heriot Watt University IPE, Edinburgh University Geoscience, the British Geological Survey (Edinburgh) and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre. Group leader for IPE Petroleum Geoscience Theme. Over 200 research publications including 8 books, 6 key synthesis volumes, and 50 industrial/NGO reports – see full listing of publications. Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Organisation and delivery of regular in-service training short courses and field courses for the oil industry, as well as for national geological surveys. These have mostly centred around my specialist research area of deep-water sedimentary systems, as well as geoscience education and natural hazards. Currently a NExT instructor for Schlumberger petroleum geoscience courses; and masterclasses with NExT, EAGE and UNISTRAT.

Biography

Professor Stow is a leading sedimentologist, geologist and oceanographer of international standing with an extensive record of scientific publications, including over 200 scientific papers and reports, numerous books and edited volumes. He specialises in the deep sea and on deep-sea deposits now thrown up onto land. In pursuing this scientific quest he has sailed on all the world's major oceans, visited or worked in more than 50 countries and lectured extensively throughout the world. He has worked in and with the oil industry, particularly in their ongoing quest for deep-sea oil and gas and on new and tight reservoir targets; led a major international mission for scientific drilling into the deep Indian Ocean seafloor; and is currently co-chief scientist for IODP Leg 339 on Mediterranean Outflow research. He also maintains strong interest in the field of geoscience and development, with recent visits to Indian Kashmir, Assam and Sri Lanka, concerning hazard mitigation, geoscience education and marine management. His enthusiasm for the popularisation of ocean and earth sciences is expressed through lectures, writing and broadcast, including his recent books Oceans: An Illustrated Reference (2004) and Vanished Ocean (OUP, 2010). He is currently Director of Research and Professor of Petroleum Geoscience at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University, and Director of the Edinburgh Collaborative of Subsurface Science and Engineering (ECOSSE). Employment 2008-present: ECOSSE Chair & Professor, Heriot-Watt University; Director of Research, Institute of Petroleum Engineering 1989-2008: Professor Ocean & Earth Science (from 2000), previously Reader, and Head of Academic Studies, School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton University 2006: Visiting Professor, Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia, Malaga, Spain; Spanish Misitry of Education and Science, Mobility Award. 1998-2000: Royal Society Industrial Research Fellow, BP, Sunbury; working within the Deepwater Research team 1984-1989: Lecturer then Reader, Nottingham University 1984: Associate Professor, Bordeaux University, France 1980-1984: Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow (1982-84); NERC Research Fellow (1980-82), Edinburgh University 1977-1980: Exploration Geologist then Senior Sedimentologist, British National Oil Corporation (Britoil), Glasgow Education and awards 1977: PhD Marine Geology, Dalhousie University, Canada 1976: MA Cambridge University, UK 1974: BA Natural Science Tripos, Cambridge University, UK Royal Society Industrial Research Fellowship National Teaching Fellowship Geological Society William Smith Award Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellowship Natural Environmental Research Council Research Fellowship Royal Society John Murray Travelling Fellowship Dalhousie Postgraduate Fellowship Commonwealth Scholarship Exhibition, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge Royal Institution Australian Science Scholarship

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Research Output 1978 2017

Coccolithophore and benthic foraminifera distribution patterns in the Gulf of Cadiz and western Iberian margin during Integrated Ocean drilling program (IODP) expedition 339

Balestra, B., Grunert, P., Ausin, B., Hodell, D., Flores, J-A., Alvarez-Zarikian, C. A., Hernández-Molina, F-J., Stow, D., Piller, W. E. & Paytan, A. 8 Feb 2017 In : Journal of Marine Systems. 170, p. 50–67 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

water
Water
outflow
gulfs
margins

An integrated approach to reservoir quality prediction of untapped Oligocene reservoir offshore western Niger Delta

Obinna, C., Anaevune, A., Lewis, H. & Stow, D. 2016 SPE Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition 2016. Society of Petroleum Engineers , SPE-184273-MS

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

quartz
Quartz
cementation
Oligocene
porosity

Contourite vs gravity-flow deposits of the Faro Drift (Gulf of Cadiz) during the Pleistocene: Sedimentological and mineralogical approaches

Alonso, B., Ercilla, G., Casas, D., Stow, D., Rodríguez-Tovar, F. J., Dorador, J. & Hernández-Molina, F-J. 1 Jul 2016 In : Marine Geology. 377, p. 77–94 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

contourite
Deposits
lithofacies
Pleistocene
Catchments

Evolution of the gulf of Cadiz margin and southwest Portugal contourite depositional system: Tectonic, sedimentary and paleoceanographic implications from IODP expedition 339

Hernández-Molina, F. J., Sierro, F. J., Llave, E., Roque, C., Stow, D. A. V., Williams, T., Lofi, J., Van der Schee, M., Arnaiz, A., Ledesma, S., Rosales, C., Rodríguez-Tovar, F. J., Pardo-Igúzquiza, E. & Brackenridge, R. E. 1 Jul 2016 In : Marine Geology. 377, p. 7–39 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

tectonics
contourite
sedimentation
outflow
basin

Microstructure of mudrock and the choice of representative sample

Bankole, S. A., Stow, D. A. V., Lever, H. & Buckman, J. 2 May 2016 5th EAGE Shale Workshop: Quantifying Risks and Potential. EAGE Publishing BV, p. 99-103 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

mudstone
microstructure
contourite
thin section
microscopy