Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Senior Teaching Fellow



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G.29Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






Peter is an integrated petroleum geoscientist and engineer with interests and experience in petrophysics, statistical applications, sedimentology & stratigraphy, subsurface modelling and flow simulation.

As a Senior Teaching Fellow in Petroleum Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering his time is focused on the two taught masters courses. Peter teaches the "Introduction to Petroleum Geology" and "Well Log Petrophysics" courses, leads petroleum engineering aspects of the Wytch Farm Field Development Project (Phase 1 to 3) and contributes to a number of other lecture courses. Peter co-leads field courses to the Wessex Basin for Petroleum Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering, and Metal and Energy Finance MSc students. He also co-leads the West Texas / Oman carbonate field course for the Petroleum Geoscience students.

Peter is the Postgraduate (Taught) Tutor for ESE, supporting masters students with pastoral and personal/professional development aspects throughout their time at Imperial. As Deputy Course Director for Petroleum Engineering Peter works with academic and professional services staff to maintain smooth running of the course, with focus on admissions, coordinating groups projects, and industry liaison for independent research projects. He is also a Mental Health First Aider, and co-ordinates MSc elements of the ESE Mental Health Awareness Team. Peter is the Postgraduate disabilities offices for ESE.

By supervising MSc research projects Peter continues to explore his interests in (1) the characterisation of complex hydrocarbon reservoirs through their sedimentological and petrophysical properties; particularly the application of geostatistical techniques to the identification and quantification of key features (heterogeneities) in the subsurface, and (2) investigate which heterogeneities are important controls on fluid flow through carbonate rocks at different scales, and in various hydrocarbon production scenarios; looking to identify what geological and physical property heterogeneities should be captured in subsurface reservoir models. Following completion of his MEd, Peter continues to explore his educational research interests in student perceptions of learning, use of digital technology in supporting their learning, and academic transitions. 


  • Master's in Education (University Learning & Teaching), Imperial College London (2015-2019)
  • Senior Teaching Fellow, Imperial College London (2015-Present)
  • Research Fellow, Imperial College London (2012-2015)
  • Research intern, ExxonMobil Ustream Research, Houston (2012)
  • PDRA, Imperial College London: Outcrop modelling, carbonate heterogeneities and fluid flow (2010-2012)
  • PGRA, Univesity of Leicester, "Physical Properties of Cenozoic Carbonate Sediments - determining cyclicity & heterogeneity from core and downhole data (IODP Exp. 320)". (2009)
  • Physical Properties Specialist, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program: Expedition 320 - Pacific Equatorial Age Transect (2009)
  • Intern, Baker Hughes INTEQ, Geoscience Application and Engineering, Houston (2007)
  • PhD, University of Leicester / BG Group: "Heterogeneity in the Petrophysical Properties of Carbonate Reservoirs" (2005-2010)
  • Research Assistant, University of Leicester: Aggregate industrial project - "Waste minimization by the application of integrated technology" (2005)
  • M.Geol Geology, University of Leicester (2000-2004)



Onyenanu G, Hampson GJ, Fitch P, et al., 2019, Effects of erosional scours on reservoir properties of heterolithic, distal lower shoreface sandstones, Petroleum Geoscience, Vol:25, ISSN:1354-0793, Pages:235-248

Jackson CA-L, Zhang Y, Herron D, et al., 2019, Subsurface expression of a salt weld, Gulf of Mexico, Petroleum Geoscience, Vol:25, ISSN:1354-0793, Pages:102-111

Onyenanu GI, Jacquemyn CEMM, Graham GH, et al., 2018, Geometry, distribution and fill of erosional scours in a heterolithic, distal lower shoreface sandstone reservoir analogue: Grassy Member, Blackhawk Formation, Book Cliffs, Utah, USA, Sedimentology, Vol:65, ISSN:0037-0746, Pages:1731-1760

Debbabi Y, Jackson MD, Hampson GJ, et al., 2017, Viscous crossflow in layered porous media, Transport in Porous Media, Vol:117, ISSN:1573-1634, Pages:281-309


Bell RE, Orme H, Lenette K, et al., Geometry and kinematics of accretionary wedge faults inherited from the structure and rheology of the incoming sedimentary section; insights from 3D seismic reflection, EGU General Assembly

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