School of Earth and Environment

Nigel Mountney Prof Nigel Mountney

Chair in Sedimentology

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Room: G05 28 University Road

Affiliation: Institute of Applied Geoscience

Fluvial Research Group


My research expertise lies in the fields of sedimentology, stratigraphy and basin analysis, with emphasis on the study of non-marine clastic successions and their complex evolution within a variety of tectonic basin settings and under the influence of a variety of climatic regimes. I specialise in the development of models for the prediction and quantification of stratigraphic architectures (e.g. Mountney, 2006a,b; Mountney and Jagger, 2004; Mountney and Thompson, 2002) and have considerable experience in the joint application of subsurface and outcrop sedimentological data for the development of models to predict fluid flow in hydrocarbon reservoirs, to assist in the search for new hydrocarbon fields, and to enhance the recovery potential of existing fields (e.g. Howell and Mountney, 1997; 2001). I have been PI or Co-I on over 30 separate awards made by a range of research councils and charitable sponsors including the NERC, the Royal Society, the Nuffield Foundation, the European Science Foundation and Earthwatch, as well as from major industrial sponsors including Shell, Conoco, Exxon-Mobil, BG, E.On-Ruhrgas, StatoilHydro, RWE, Arco, Talisman, Cal Energy, Ichron and the Namibian Government. I am a member of the Sedimentology Research Group, which undertakes a broad range of research into modern and ancient surface processes using field-based, subsurface, experimental and theoretical approaches, and I am an active member of the Centre for integrated Petroleum Engineering and Geoscience at Leeds. Research output has been published in over 30 journal articles and forms the basis of invited contributions to 3 book chapters (e.g. Mountney, 2005, 2006a). In addition, I have co-authored Sedimentary Structures (Collinson et al. 2006), a research-based text book, and given numerous invited keynote addresses at international conferences. In 2005 I received the British Sedimentological Research Group award for Outstanding Contribution to Published Research in Any Field of Sedimentology, one of only two awards made annually by the national body representing sedimentary research.