Dick Selley's research has been in the application of sedimentology to petroleum exploration and production, particularly in developing techniques for diagnosing the depositional environments of petroleum reservoirs to predict their geometry. This research has largely been superseded by advances in seismic imaging.
His research on UK shale gas resources, carried out over 30 years ago and first published in 1987 and in 2005, 2012 and 2016 has become of renewed interest. He has now aquired a reputation as a notorious 'Fracademic'.
Now in the springtime of his senility Dick is researching the impact of geology and climate change on viticulture with all the collateral conviviality that such demanding research necessarily entails.