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Paul Cornick
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Director – Senior Palynologist

Having 25 years’ petroleum industry experience, including 2 years as UK Biostratigraphy Co-ordinator for Amoco Paul established his reputation in North Sea Tertiary Palynology, and can today claim to be one of the most experienced palynologists in the Neogene and Palaeogene of the Central Graben area.  Paul has assisted with the development of over 30 UKCS fields that produce from Eocene and Paleocene sandstone reservoirs, often conducting wellsite operations in order to pick casing points or to monitor reservoir stratigraphy. He has established an Industry leading high resolution palynostratigraphy for the Forties Sandstone Member within the Late Paleocene (now applied in over 20 CNS Fields) and is widely recognised as a leading authority on these sands. In addition, he has spent a good deal of time assisting with stratigraphic data management and integration in oil company offices including a major stratigraphic quality control project focused on the West of Shetlands area and involving a review of over 200 wells including all the Faeroes wells.  While his main focus remains the Eastern North Atlantic margin / North Sea (both Tertiary and Cretaceous), he has also worked on material from the Caspian, the Middle East, Trinidad, the Americas (extensively in the GoM) and New Zealand.

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Marcus Jakeman
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Has 30 years’ experience in petroleum industry consulting, primarily as a palynologist (working on Triassic to Neogene sections of diverse regions), but also as a nannopalaeontologist.  His main area of expertise is the palynology and correlation of the Atlantic margin of West Africa and South America (post-Salt, pre-Salt and equivalent sections), including dual discipline palynological and nannofossil wellsite work.  Having spent 3 years based in Jakarta, Indonesia he is experienced in the Triassic to Cenozoic palynology of the Far East and Australasia and has provided wellsite palynology services on >40 wells in West Irian, east Indonesia and Papua New Guinea on Cretaceous – Middle Jurassic sections.  Also carried out >30 palynology wellsits in the North Sea, Norway and West of Ireland on Tertiary, Cretaceous and Late Jurassic sections.  Marcus is also experienced in nannopalaeontology of the North Sea, having conducted wellsite biosteering of >30 chalk development wells.  In addition, has worked on samples from diverse overseas regions (Middle East, North Africa, South America, Kazakhstan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc.).

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Nick Miles
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Nick has 34 years’ experience in petroleum industry consulting. He is our resident Palaeozoic expert, having extensive experience of the palynology and stratigraphy of the entire Cambrian to Permian succession of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula area as well as Europe and North America. In addition, Nick is experienced in Mesozoic and Palaeogene palynology and has participated in numerous multidisciplinary studies defining sequence stratigraphy in Mesozoic and Palaeogene sections throughout North Africa, West Africa, North America, South America and the North Sea. Nick has particular expertise in the Palaeozoic palynostratigraphy of Algeria (Reggane, Timimoun, Ghadames, Illizi and Berkine Basins), Tunisia (Ghadames Basin) and Libya (Ghadames, Kufrah and Murzuk basins, Cyrenaica Platform) and specialist experience in palynofacies and palynological palaeoenvironmental mapping.

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Nick Butler
B.Sc. M.Sc. Ph.D.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Nick has 25 years’ petroleum industry experience. He completed his Ph.D. on Jurassic palynology of the Brent Province, North Sea in 1992 and went on to gain further Jurassic palynological experience throughout the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, West of Ireland, Barents Sea, Kazakhstan and Eastern Seaboard of America. Some of this work has been published. Nick has also gained significant experience in nannofossil biostratigraphy from international Tertiary and Cretaceous successions. This has encompassed single and multi-well studies from Northwest Europe, the Middle East, West and South Africa, Brazil and the Scotian Shelf. Over the last 21 years, Nick has undertaken in excess of 75 wellsits in the North Sea, West Africa, Papua New Guinea, Qatar and onshore Scotland, utilising both nannofossil and acid/acid-free palynology.

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Neil Campion
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Neil has 22 years’ experience in petroleum industry consulting, following on from research in Carboniferous palynology. He established his reputation in North Sea Tertiary Palynology, having considerable experience in the Central and Viking Graben areas. In addition he has worked North Sea Jurassic and Cretaceous sections. Neil spent several years managing an international biostratigraphy team, where he helped transfer biosteering skills acquired in the North Sea to the Middle Eastern market. He then spent 2 years working on integrated play fairway and petroleum systems databases for Eastern Indonesia, Australia, West and Northwest Africa. Primarily working the North Sea and Norwegian Sea, he has developed a high resolution palynological framework for Late Cretaceous sequences that is now being applied successfully to subdivide major clastic prone intervals. Most recently he has used his experience to help develop a detailed palynological framework for the Early Tertiary section in the Gulf of Mexico, primarily focussed at subdividing the clastic reservoirs of the Wilcox Group. In addition, he continues to work on North Sea Tertiary intervals, and clastic Early Cretaceous sequences from the Middle East. He also has experience in Palaeozoic Shale gas projects from the USA and Europe, Cretaceous Tar Sands from Canada and Cretaceous sections from West Africa. Neil is available for onshore wellsite palynological assignments and has recently worked at wellsite in Caithness, onshore Scotland and Poland.

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Paul Blanks
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Paul ‘B’ has 16 years’ experience in the petroleum industry. He acquired a M.Sc. in Palynology at Sheffield (1997) and went on to work as a palynologist, wellsite micropalaeontologist, geologist and wellsite geologist. He has substantial wellsite experience within the North Sea and Middle East. Paul joined PetroStrat in 2006 and has concentrated on Palynology, focussing on North Sea Tertiary palynostratigraphy (involving frequent wellsite assignments and numerous routine studies) and also on North African Palaeozoics. Paul has gained considerable experience working on Palaeozoic sections from Tunisia, Libya and Morocco, usually working alongside Nick Miles, and has conducted a number of Palaeozoic wellsites in Morocco and Poland.

 

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Peter Jones
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Peter has 18 years’ experience in petroleum industry consulting. During his career he has worked on the palynology of Cenozoic and Mesozoic sections from many parts of the world, including Egypt, the South China Sea and Papua New Guinea. Peter’s main area of expertise is the palynology and stratigraphy of the Tertiary and Cretaceous of the South Atlantic margin – he has worked on and coordinated single well and multi-well projects throughout the West African margin, including both pre- and post-Salt studies. His experience also extends to the other side of the Atlantic, with projects in Peru, Ecuador and especially Brazil. Peter has provided wellsite palynological services in Gabon, Papua New Guinea and offshore Peru.

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Anja Oosting
M.Sc. Ph.D.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Anja joined PetroStrat in August 2013 . She has nearly 13 years’ experience in petroleum industry consulting. Her PhD was a collaboration between Utrecht University in the Netherlands and James Cook University in Australia and was completed in 2004. The project entailed palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic changes in Australia during the Early Cretaceous, correlating palynological and geochemical data from Australian sequences with ammonite calibrated Tethyan and Boreal sections. Her principal expertise is the Cretaceous from the North Sea, Australia and Africa and she is involved in studies on Early Cretaceous sequences from the Middle East, Africa and northern Europe. During her career Anja has participated in single and multi-well studies on the Jurassic, Cretaceous and Cenozoic from various regions, including the North Sea (UK, Norwegian, Dutch & Danish sectors), West of Shetlands, Faroe Islands, Ireland, Canada, Greenland, Africa (Angola/Cabinda, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Mauretania, Morocco, South Africa, Tanzania), South America (Brazil), Falkland Islands, Australia and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Claire Murphy
M.Sc.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Claire joined Petrostrat in August 2010 and has worked within the petroleum industry for over 15 years in total. She attained a M.Sc. in Micropalaeontology at Southampton University (1990) specialising in palynology (thesis; palynology of the Albian/Cenomanian of the Anglo-Paris Basin) and then worked on a research project at Trinity College, Dublin, in which she investigated the organic content of potential Palaeozoic sources rocks from NW Europe. Claire then worked in several biostratigraphic consultancy teams including a brief period of time in Australia at SANTOS (South Australian National Oil Company), with a wide range of experience of an international nature. Her primary area of expertise, however is tropical Tertiary palynology of wells from West Africa (Nigeria, equatorial Guinea, Cameroon), the Caribbean (Trinidad) and the Gulf of Thailand. This work focuses largely on the use of biostratigraphical analyses for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, in these often nearshore/deltaic and onshore/offshore transitional successions. Claire has also worked extensively on the Cretaceous of West Africa (Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Congo and Cameroon). Other Cretaceous successions worked include North West Australia, Norwegian North Sea and the West of Shetlands, in addition to Tertiary and Mesozoic sections from Pakistan, Vietnam, Yemen, onshore Italy, Egypt, Morocco, Papua New Guinea and the Permo-Triassic of the Cooper Basin and S. Australia.

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Guy Harrington
B.Sc. M.Phil. Ph.D. FLS
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Guy joined PetroStrat in March 2015 after 11 years at The University of Birmingham. He started his career in palynology with an M.Phil. from Cambridge University before studying Paleogene palynology from North America (Mississippi, Alabama and Wyoming) for a Ph.D. at Sheffield University. Before Birmingham, he held academic research positions at Sheffield University, University College Cork and the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution where he is still a research associate. Previous work has included projects on the Shetlands-Faroe basins, Rockall, NW Pacific (Japan), Gulf of Mexico, Canadian Arctic and US western interior basins. He has published widely on the Paleogene of North America, especially the Wilcox Group of the GoM and the Western Interior basins. The Hodson Award from the Palaeontological Association was awarded in 2007 for his early-career work in palaeontology. From 2014-15 he was a joint Senior Lecturer on secondment with the British Geological Survey helping to underpin biostratigraphic work there. He has served on the board of the Paleontological Association and the Palaeontographical Society as well as prolonged service as Organiser for the Linnean Society Palynology Specialist Group. He has served as a Director-at-Large for AASP The Palynological Society and is currently President. He is an associate editor for the journal Paleoceanography.

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Frédéric de Ville de Goyet
B.Sc. M.Sc
Staff Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Frédéric de Ville de Goyet joined PetroStrat in July 2009 having completed a M.Sc. in Palaeopalynology at Liège University (Belgium), in 2006. This involved an integrated multidisciplinary study of the palynology, palaeoenvironments, and detailed biostratigraphy of the megaspores of the Givetian (Middle Devonian) outcrops in Belgium, and from a borehole in Libya; some of this work has been published. Since joining PetroStrat, Frédéric has worked on Cretaceous and Tertiary well material from West Africa (Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Benin, Liberia), East Africa (Tanzania), South America (French Guinea, Brazil) and on North Sea and Gulf of Mexico Tertiary. Fully certified for offshore work, he has now completed numerous assignments offshore in West Africa (Ghana, Liberia, Benin) and in the North Sea (UK sector).

 

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Jenny Sheppard
B.Sc. Ph.D.
Staff Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Jenny has over 6 years’ experience in petroleum industry consulting, specialising mainly in detailed Late Cretaceous palynology, stratigraphy and correlation in West Africa, including numerous single and multi-well studies from Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia and Nigeria. She has also, since 2012, gained experience in West African Tropical Tertiary palynology (Cameroon) and the Mid-Late Cretaceous palynology of South Africa (Orange Basin), East Africa and South America. Prior to joined the company in October 2009 Jenny completed a B.Sc. Earth Science (2004) and a Ph.D. (2009) at University College Cork, Ireland. Her final year B.Sc. dissertation included a palynological study of the Pabay Shale Formation (Early Jurassic), SW Raasay, northern Scotland. Her Ph.D. was a multidisciplinary study of the palynology, ichnology, palaeoenvironments and detailed biostratigraphy of Tournaisian (Mississippian) outcrops in southern Ireland and South Wales. Results from both her undergraduate dissertation and her doctorate have been published.

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Janine Pendleton
B.Sc. Ph.D. FLS
Staff Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Janine joined PetroStrat in September 2012, after submitting her Ph.D. in Carboniferous palynology and palaeobotany at the University of Sheffield, U.K. (part funded by the National Museum Wales, Cardiff). Her multi-disciplinary Ph.D. focussed on the neglected Bristol Coalfield of south-west Britain, incorporating both traditional biostratigraphic dating, as well as more novel in-depth studies of sedimentological facies and their effect on vegetational palaeoecology. She is actively involved in on-going work to expand and refine Carboniferous biozonation schemes of Western Europe, specialising in the Namurian-aged Bowland Shale Formation. Large parts of her Ph.D. have already been published in a series of papers, with plans to publish the concluding part soon. She has since extended her commercial knowledge to encompass the rest of the Palaeozoic of the Euramerica palaeocontinent, and is gaining experience with the disparate palynological assemblages from Gondwana (Middle East, South America). She has completed over ten offshore deployments in the North Sea, both Central and Southern North Sea, as well as onshore Eastern Europe.

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Graeme Martin
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Staff Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Graeme joined the PetroStrat team in February 2014 with five years’ industrial experience. He completed a B.Sc. in Geological Sciences at the University of Leeds (2007) and a M.Sc. in Micropalaeontology at University College London (2008). His Palynology based M.Sc. project focused on improving biostratigraphic resolution around the Jurassic/Triassic boundary at Kuhjoch, Austria, a candidate GSSP section at the time. Graeme worked as a Palynologist for two years in an Aberdeen consultancy, before entering an offshore career as a Mud-Logger then Data Engineer / Unit Manager, working in the southern North Sea and East Africa, where he was involved in a number of casing picks without the presence of a well site geologist. Since joining PetroStrat Graeme has gained experience in Early Cretaceous and Jurassic palynology, stratigraphy and correlation of the North Sea (UK, Norwegian and Danish sectors), Mexico and Ireland.

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Marisa Borges
B.Sc. Ph.D.
Staff Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Marisa joined PetroStrat in March 2012 after submitting her Ph.D. in Geology at the University of the Algarve, Portugal. Her Ph.D. focussed on dinoflagellate cysts biostratigraphy of the Jurassic fill of the Algarve Basin and the Carrapateira outlier in southern Portugal; it also investigated stable isotopes of carbon and oxygen from the carbonate sequences. The results of her thesis have been published and she successfully defended her thesis in September 2012. In 2006, before completing her Ph.D., but having completed her degree in Biology and Geology (teacher training) at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, she taught secondary school pupils in High School for two years. Since joining PetroStrat, Marisa has been working on the palynology and biostratigraphy of Tertiary sections from Gulf of Mexico, Late Cretaceous sections from West Africa and Jurassic sections from the North Sea, South America and Middle East (Qatar). Fully certified for offshore work, she has already conducted wellsite palynology in offshore USA (Gulf of Mexico).

 

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Marcel Polling
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Staff Stratigrapher – Palynologist

Marcel joined PetroStrat in September 2013 having completed a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences and a M.Sc. in Biogeology at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands). During his studies his main interest were the periods of extreme global warmth in the Tertiary, having studied the ‘Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM)’ and the ‘Middle Eocene Climatic Optimum (MECO)’. Marcel also completed a research project at the University of California in Santa Cruz (USA), where he created a high-resolution stable isotope record on a cored Eocene section from a well on the Walvis Ridge (ODP Leg 208, offshore SW Africa). From this work, Marcel has been included as a co-author in several peer-reviewed papers. Since joining PetroStrat, Marcel has mainly been working on Tertiary well sections from the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and Gulf of Mexico areas and has gained significant wellsite experience in the UK sector. He has recently worked on Jurassic palynology from the GoM.

Palynology

Paul Cornick
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Director – Senior Palynologist
Marcus Jakeman
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Nick Miles
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Nick Butler
B.Sc. M.Sc. Ph.D.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Neil Campion
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Paul Blanks
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Peter Jones
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Anja Oosting
M.Sc. Ph.D.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Claire Murphy
M.Sc.
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Guy Harrington
B.Sc. M.Phil. Ph.D. FLS
Senior Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Frédéric de Ville de Goyet
B.Sc. M.Sc
Staff Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Jenny Sheppard
B.Sc. Ph.D.
Staff Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Janine Pendleton
B.Sc. Ph.D. FLS
Staff Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Graeme Martin
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Staff Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Marisa Borges
B.Sc. Ph.D.
Staff Stratigrapher – Palynologist
Marcel Polling
B.Sc. M.Sc.
Staff Stratigrapher – Palynologist
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