Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

TOTAL Chair in Geological Fluid Mechanics



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1.34Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






Chair in Geological Fluid Mechanics, Imperial College London, 2016-date

TOTAL Chair in Geological Fluid Mechanics, Imperial College London, 2011-2016

Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London,  2006-2011

Lecturer, Imperial College London,  2002-2006

Research Associate, Imperial College London,  1997-2002

PhD, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool,  1993-1997

BSc, Physics, Imperial College,  1990-1993


Investigation, prediction, quantification, and measurement of transport processes in heterogeneous geological porous media, using field, experimental, mathematical and numerical techniques.

Research Groups and Laboratories

Novel methods for reservoir monitoring, modelling and simulation (NORMS)

ICL Laboratory for Reservoir Physics

Recent Measures of Esteem

2011-2016 Chair sponsored by TOTAL

2015 EAGE Norman Falcon Award

2012 Invited committee member, session chair and presenter, joint AAPG-SPE-SEG Hedburg conference on Fundamental Controls on Flow in Carbonates, 8-13 July, Provence, France

2011 SPE Regional Outstanding Achievement Award

2010-2011 AAPG Distinguished Lecturer

Invited conference presentations

2017 'Zeta potential changes at mineral-brine and oil-brine interfaces control improved oil recovery during ‘smart’ waterflooding', Annual IOR Norway Meeting, Stavanger, Norway

2016 'Zeta potential in oil-water-carbonate systems and its impact on recovery during controlled salinity waterflooding', 9th International Conference on Porous Media (Interpore 2017), Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2016 'Escaping the Tyranny of the Grid - Reservoir Modelling and Simulation Using Adaptive Unstructured Meshing', workshop on 'Do you believe your data? Or uncertainties in our geoscience workflows' 79th EAGE Conference and Exhibition, Paris, France

2015 'What outcrops can tell us about reservoir behaviour', Norwegian Petroleum Society conference on Reservoir Characterisation: From Appraisal to Tail Production

2014 'Representing small- to intermediate-scale heterogeneities in reservoir models', CSPG-AAPG Oil Sands & Heavy Oil Symposium, Calgary, Canada

2014 'Feedback Control of Intelligent Completions Yields Improved Production', SPE Workshop on Integrated Intelligent Completions, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2013 'Opportunities and challenges for the application of SP measurements to monitor subsurface flow', Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco

2012  'Flow and Fracture in Deformable Porous Media: a Magmatic Perspective', Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco

2009 ‘Fluid flow monitoring in hydrocarbon reservoirs using downhole measurements of streaming potential’, General Assembly of the European Geoscience Union (EGU), Vienna.

2009 Keynote presentation on ‘From mantle to magma chamber: melt segregation as a mechanism for chemical differentiation’, Annual Meeting of the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group of the Geological Society.

Other Significant Activities

2017 Co-convenor, session chair and speaker, Royal Society Theo Murphy International Scientific Meeting on 'Magma Reservoir Architecture and Dynamics', Kavli Royal Society Centre, UK

2017 Co-convenor, workshop on 'Geoscience & Reservoir Integration in Studies: Tools and Methods, 79th EAGE Conference and Exhibition, Paris, France

2014 - 2017, Co-Chair, AAPG Distinguished Lecture Committee

2015 Invited committee member and session chair, SPE Forum on How Can We Double Carbonate Reservoir Recovery?, 23-26 Feb, Istanbul

2013 Invited committee member, second EAGE Workshop on Permanent Reservoir Monitoring, 2-5 July, Stavanger, Norway

2011 Invited committee member and session chair, SPE Applied Technology Workshop on Integrated Characterisation and Development of Fractured Reservoirs, 28-30 November, Abu Dhabi

2009-2011 Lead convenor, session EMRP10 at the EGU General Assembly

Plenary Lectures

'Reservoir Modeling for Flow Simulation Using Surfaces, Adaptive Unstructured Meshes and Control-Volume-Finite-Element Methods' presented in the Plenary Session of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Reservoir Simulation Symposium, 2013

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

MacAllister DJ, Jackson MD, Butler AP, et al., 2018, Remote Detection of Saline Intrusion in a Coastal Aquifer Using Borehole Measurements of Self-Potential, Water Resources Research, Vol:54, ISSN:0043-1397, Pages:1669-1687

Saunders JH, Jackson MD, Pain CC, 2008, Fluid flow monitoring in oilfields using downhole measurements of electrokinetic potential, Geophysics, Vol:73, ISSN:0016-8033

Jackson MD, Al-Mahrouqi D, Vinogradov J, 2016, Zeta potential in oil-water-carbonate systems and its impact on oil recovery during controlled salinity water-flooding, Scientific Reports, Vol:6, ISSN:2045-2322

Jackson MD, Percival JR, Mostaghiml P, et al., 2015, Reservoir Modeling for Flow Simulation by Use of Surfaces, Adaptive Unstructured Meshes, and an Overlapping-Control-Volume Finite-Element Method, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, Vol:18, ISSN:1094-6470, Pages:115-132

Solano JMS, Jackson MD, Sparks RSJ, et al., 2014, Evolution of major and trace element composition during melt migration through crystalline mush: Implications for chemical differentiation in the crust, American Journal of Science, Vol:314, ISSN:0002-9599, Pages:895-939

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