Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Postgraduate



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Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






Fieldwork, Hatta, UAE



    I am currently a PhD student working on the effects of Salt tectonics, Basement fabrics and Multiple rift phases on the growth and style of faulting. To do this I am using seismic and well data from the Egersund basin and surrounding areas as a case study. This location has a complex history involving reactivation of Caledonian and Proterozoic basement features, multiple rift events and the presence of the Zechstein salt acting as a detachment horizon.

Throughout this work I intend to address the interplay between these factors and the combined role that they play in the growth of fault systems and  the formation of sedimentary basins


2009-2013     -           MEarthSci, University of Oxford

June – Sept 2012    -           Geo-ecological Problems of the Preduraliye region, International Programme – Perm State University, Russia

Oct 2013 – Present  -           PhD student, Imperial College London


2013 Masters Research Project – “Subsidence history and structure of the UAE foreland basin and underlying passive margin”


2010 – Keith Cox Mapping award for best 2nd year mapping exercise


2011 – Cerler, Spanish Pyrenees – Mapping Project

2012- Perm and surrounding areas – Geology of Permski Krai and the problems associated with resource extraction

2013 – Musandam, Dibba, Abu Dhabi – Outcrop analogues of subsurface passive margin sediments and exposed thrust sheets associated with ophiolite emplacement.

Teaching Assistant

Earth Materials – Prof Peter Doyle

Seismic Interpretation – Dr Chris Jackson, Dr Lidia Lonergan

Wytch Farm Appraisal project – Dr Gary Hampson 



Phillips TB, Jackson CA-L, Bell RE, et al., 2016, Reactivation of intrabasement structures during rifting: A case study from offshore southern Norway, Journal of Structural Geology, Vol:91, ISSN:0191-8141, Pages:54-73


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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