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Research interests

I have a diverse range of interests in sedimentary geology and marine geology, including:

  • Sediment routing and source-to-sink sedimentary processes

  • Basin evolution, particularly sheared (transform) or obliquely rifted margins

  • Ocean gateways and their impact on thermohaline circulation, climate and deep-water sediment routing

  • The evolution of deep-water fold-and-thrust belts, particularly the interaction of sedimentary and tectonic processes

  • Marine geohazards, particularly tsunamigenic faults and above-grade (unstable) slopes


The best way to understand many of these processes is to take a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating 2D and 3D seismic data, other geophysical data, sedimentological fieldwork and geomorphological observations. I’m particularly interested in testing models built from seismic observations using borehole data, including data acquired through the International Ocean Discovery Programme (IODP).

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sediment Earth & Environmental Sciences
Neogene Earth & Environmental Sciences
routing Earth & Environmental Sciences
river Earth & Environmental Sciences
apatite Earth & Environmental Sciences
basin Earth & Environmental Sciences
seismic stratigraphy Earth & Environmental Sciences
thermochronology Earth & Environmental Sciences

Research Output 2009 2019

  • 5 Article
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Erosion and deposition beneath the Subantarctic Front since the Early Oligocene

Nicholson, U. & Stow, D., 26 Jun 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 9296.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
circumpolar current

The sedimentary and tectonic evolution of the Amur River and North Sakhalin Basin: new evidence from seismic stratigraphy and Neogene–Recent sediment budgets

Nicholson, U., van der Es, B., Clift, P. D., Flecker, R. & Macdonald, D. I. M., Mar 2016, In : Basin Research. 28, 2, p. 273-297 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

seismic stratigraphy
sediment budget
tectonic evolution

Quaternary landscape evolution over a strike-slip plate boundary: Drainage network response to incipient orogenesis in Sakhalin, Russian far east

Nicholson, U., VanLaningham, S. & Macdonald, D. I. M., Jun 2013, In : Geosphere. 9, 3, p. 588-601 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

landscape evolution
drainage network
plate boundary

Tying catchment to basin in a giant sediment routing system: a source-to-sink study of the Neogene–Recent Amur River and its delta in the North Sakhalin Basin

Nicholson, U., Poynter, S., Clift, P. D. & Macdonald, D. I. M., 15 Jul 2013, Sediment Provenance Studies in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production. Scott, R. A., Smyth, H. R., Morton, A. C. & Richardson, N. (eds.). London: Geological Society, Vol. 386. p. 163-193 31 p. (Geological Society, London, Special Publications; vol. 386).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Zircon and apatite thermochronology of the Nankai Trough accretionary prism and trench, Japan: Sediment transport in an active and collisional margin setting

Clift, P. D., Carter, A., Nicholson, U. & Masago, H., Jun 2013, In : Tectonics. 32, 3, p. 377-395 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

accretionary prism
sediment transport