School of Earth and Environment

Andrea Ortiz-Karpf Dr Andrea Ortiz-Karpf


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Room: 8.07 3 SCR


Andrea obtained the title of Geologist from the "Universidad Nacional de Colombia" in 2004 and joined BP shortly after. She went through their graduate programme focusing in exploration geology and sedimentology. In 2009, after completing a one year placement in Calgary, she joined the Offshore Exploration Team in Colombia and in 2011 was promoted to Senior Exploration Geologist. In 2012 she began her PhD research in the University of Leeds under the supervision of Dr. David Hodgson and Prof. Bill McCaffrey. Andrea's research uses geological interpretation of shallow 3D seismic data to investigate the response of channel- levee complexes and mass transport complexes to irregular bathymetry.


  • BsC Universidad Nacional de Colombia (1999- 2004)
  • 5 year geology program. Graduated first in class.
  • Undergraduate Dissertation: Quaternary landscape evolution of the Fuquene Lake Basin, Eastern Cordillera, Colombia. (Prof. Gustavo Sarmiento)


  • BSRG
  • AAPG
  • AAPG Visiting Geoscientist for Europe and Latin America

Research Interests

I am mainly interested in the interaction between deep water deposits and irregular substrates and how the later are reflected in the geometry and evolution of channel-levee complexes and MTCs. Currently I am using shallow 3D seismic data from the Magdalena Fan, Caribbean Sea, Offshore Colombia to investigate the relationship between irregular substrates, MTC emplacement and cahnnel avulsions.

Teaching Interests

Seismic interpretation, petroleum geology, sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy and seismic stratigraphy

Support duties

Demonstrating for geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering modules both at undergraduate and masters levels.