Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Reader in Sedimentary Geology



+44 (0)20 7594 6475g.j.hampson




1.42Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Research Interests

My research interests lie in the understanding of depositional systems and their preserved stratigraphy, and in applying this knowledge to the characterisation of rocks and fluid flow in hydrocarbon reservoirs.



Director of Petroleum Geoscience MSc course, Imperial College London (2013-present)

Reader in Sedimentary Geology, Imperial College London (2011-present)

Senior Lecturer in Sedimentary Geology, Imperial College London (2005-2011)

Lecturer in Sedimentary Geology, Imperial College London (2000-2005)

PDRA, Imperial College London (1997-1999)  

Royal Society ESEP Research Fellow, University of Würzburg, Germany (1996)

RA, University of Liverpool (1995)

PhD, Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy, University of Liverpool (1991-1995)

BA, Natural Sciences (Geology), University of Cambridge (1988-1991)


Recent Measures of Esteem

2016: AAPG Allan P. Bennison Distinguished Lecturer for Africa Region. Talks given at University of Western Cape (South Africa), Petro SA (South Africa), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa); University of Tunis El Manar (Tunisia), University of Nairobi (Kenya). AAPG-NAPE short course given at Lagos (Nigeria).

2015: EAGE Norman Falcon Award for the paper: Fitch, P.J.R., Jackson, M.D., Hampson, G.J., and John, C.M., 2014, Interaction of stratigraphic and sedimentological heterogeneities with flow in carbonate ramp reservoirs: impact of fluid properties and production strategy: Petroleum Geoscience, v. 20, p. 7-26.

2014: Guest Editor, Petroleum Geoscience thematic issue: Fundamental Controls on Flow in Carbonates.

2013: AAPG J.C. "Cam" Sproule Memorial Award for the paper: Deveugle, P.E.K., Jackson, M.D., Hampson, G.J., Farrell, M.E., Sprague, A.S., Stewart, J., and Calvert, C.S., 2011, Characterization of stratigraphic architecture and its impact on fluid flow in a fluvial-dominated deltaic reservoir analog: Ferron Sandstone Member, Utah: AAPG Bulletin, v. 95, p. 693-727.

2012: AAPG Award of Excellence of Poster Presentation for the poster: Fitch, P.J.R., Jackson, M.D., Hampson, G.J., and John, C.M., 2012, Investigating the impact of stratigraphic and sedimentological heterogeneities on flow in carbonate reservoir models, using a hierarchical approach with experimental design: AAPG/SEPM Annual Meeting (Long Beach, USA).

2011: Rector's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Imperial College London

2011: Award for Teaching Excellence in Engineering Education, Imperial College London

2010: Wiley-Blackwell Prize for the Editors' Choice of Best Paper in Sedimentology for the paper: Hampson, G.J., 2010, Sediment dispersal and quantitative stratigraphic architecture across an ancient shelf: Sedimentology, v. 57, p. 96-141.

2010: SEPM Excellence of Poster Presentation for the poster: Legler, B., Johnson, H.D., Hampson, G.J., Jackson, M.D., Jackson, C.A-L., El-Barkooky, A.N., Ravnas, R., Alsop, D., and Le Varlet, X., Characterization of a tide-dominated heterolithic reservoir analog: the Eocene Dir Abu Lifa Member (Western Desert, Egypt): AAPG/SEPM Annual Meeting (New Orleans, USA).

2007: SEPM Oustanding Paper in Journal of Sedimentary Research (Honorable Mention) for the paper: Wells, M.R., Allison, P.A., Piggott, M.D., Gorman, G.J., Hampson, G.J., Pain, C.C., and Fang, F., 2007, Numerical modeling of tides in the late Pennsylvanian Midcontinent seaway of North America with implications for hydrography and sedimentation: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 77, p. 843-865.


External Positions

Editorial board, Sedimentology (2013-2015)

Editorial board, Journal of Sedimentary Research (2011-present)

Editorial board, Basin Research (2010-2015)

Editorial board, Journal of the Geological Society (2005-2013)

Secretary, British Sedimentological Research Group (BSRG) (2004-2011)

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Patruno S, Hampson GJ, Jackson CA-L, et al., 2015, Quantitative progradation dynamics and stratigraphic architecture of ancient shallow-marine clinoform sets: a new method and its application to the Upper Jurassic Sognefjord Formation, Troll Field, offshore Norway, Basin Research, Vol:27, ISSN:0950-091X, Pages:412-452

Flood YS, Hampson GJ, 2015, Quantitative Analysis of the Dimensions and Distribution of Channelized Fluvial Sandbodies Within A Large Outcrop Dataset: Upper Cretaceous Blackhawk Formation, Wasatch Plateau, Central Utah, U.S.A, Journal of Sedimentary Research, Vol:85, ISSN:1527-1404, Pages:315-336

HAMPSON GARYJ, ROYHAN GANI M, SAHOO HIRANYA, et al., 2012, Controls on large-scale patterns of fluvial sandbody distribution in alluvial to coastal plain strata: Upper Cretaceous Blackhawk Formation, Wasatch Plateau, Central Utah, USA, Sedimentology, Vol:59, ISSN:0037-0746, Pages:2226-2258

Helland-Hansen W, Hampson GJ, 2009, Trajectory analysis: concepts and applications, Basin Research, Vol:21, ISSN:0950-091X, Pages:454-483

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