School of Earth and Environment

Simon Oldfield

Teaching Fellow

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Room: 9.145

Affiliation: Institute of Applied Geoscience


Working in the Basin Structure Group of the Institute of Applied Geoscience at Leeds, my principal research interest is geological controls on fluid movement in the subsurface. Having previous worked in mining and hydrocarbons, application in these fields is often considered in my research.

Graduating from an undergraduate Masters in Geology in 2007 I joined Capita Symonds, supporting geoscience work for the Department of Communities and Local Government (then the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister). We reveiwed application of mineral planning policy in the UK (MPS1), specifically with respect the the aggregates industry. After several months I moved to East Africa to work in mining exploration.

In 2010, I commenced an MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics at the University of Leeds. I was recruited onto the BG Group Graduate Development programme in 2010, completing my MSc thesis with them on stress analysis and elastic dislocation modelling in the Santos Basin. Joining them in 2011, I undertook the two-year graduate develoment programme working in Exploration in the South China Sea, the Integrated Reservoir Modelling Team, US Lower 48 Unconventionals Resources Exploration and as a wellsite and operations geologist with the Knarr Development, Norwegian North Sea.

Outside of work, I enjoy running and multi-day cycling trips.

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  • MGeol Geology
  • MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics


  • GSL (Fellow)
  • AAPG (Member & Former Chapter President)
  • EAGE (Member)
  • PESGB (Member)
  • SEG (Member)

Research Interests

  • Structural geology and geomechanics
  • Controls on fluid flow in the subsurface
  • Seismic forward modelling of complex geometries
  • Fracture analysis and prediction
  • Hydrocarbon exploration, appraisal and production
  • Petroleum geology

Teaching Interests

Currently, my role includes delivery of teaching on modules in:

  • Applied Structural Models
  • Geodynamics
  • Integrated Subsurface Analysis (Reservoir Modelling, Petrophysics and Geophysical Interpretation)
  • Geomechanics & Fault Modelling

These modules are delivered as part of the MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics and MSc Geophysics with Prospect Generation.

I also provide guest lectures on other modules, titled:

  • Drilling and geomechanics
  • Geomechanics in unconventional resources
  • Introduction to reservoir modelling
  • Introduction to unconventional resources

As a PhD student, I was actively engaged in teaching, demonstrating on the following modules:

  • Introductory Geology for BSc Petroleum Engineering
  • Reservoir Engineering for BSc Petroleum Engineering
  • Deformation mechanics and processes for various BSc Geoscience programmes (Geology, Geophysics etc.)
  • Applied Structural Models for MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics
  • Geodynamics for MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics
  • Geomechanics for MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics
  • Sequence Stratigraphy and Hydrocarbon Implications for MSc Exploration Geophysics
  • Spanish Pyrenees Fieldtrip
  • Southwest England Fieldtrip

Support duties

  • UoL Chapter - AAPG Seminar Series Chair: 2015-2017
  • BSG Seminar Series Chair: 2014-2015, in collaboration with Estelle Mortimer
  • Abstract reviewer for AAPG ACE - 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Technical Judge for AAPG ACE - 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Session chair for AAPG ACE 2017 - Crustal Architecture & Rifting (Poster Session)
  • Session chair for AAPG ACE 2015 - Geomechanics of Unconventionals (Poster Session)
  • Session chair for AAPG ACE 2015 - Structure and Tectonics of Unconventionals (Oral Session)
  • First Aid at Work qualified

Project details

Project title

Addressing structural uncertainty through structural and seismic forward modelling.


University of Leeds supervisory team: Prof. Douglas Paton, Dr. Emma Bramham and Dr. Taija Torvela.

Additional collaboration with; Dr. Isabelle Lecomte, University of Bergen and Dr. Emma Finch, University of Manchester.


This project was funded through collaboration with Ecopetrol AS.

Further funding also secured from:

  • Tectonic Studies Group - Student Conference/Fieldwork Bursary
  • World Universities Network - Researcher Mobility Fund
  • PDS UK - Consulting on Uncertainty in Structural Interpretation