About us

The Stratigraphy Group was founded at the University of Liverpool in 1990. Following relocation in 2012 the Stratigraphy Group is now based between the Universities of Manchester and Leeds. The two sites lie approximately 60 km apart; approximately one hour using road or rail links.

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The split site allows us to link directly into a leading process sedimentology laboratory at Leeds that has a long tradition of flume tank-based research, while Manchester provides direct expertise in mudrocks, carbonates, seismic interpretation and other areas of petroleum geoscience. Planned future projects will be jointly supervised, as previously at Liverpool. We will be developing new research projects around shale gas, mixed clastic-carbonate systems and investigating key sedimentological scenarios from outcrop using flume tank experiments.

Over the years the Strat Group has undertaken outcrop and sub-surface studies around the world, all focussed on stratigraphic prediction through understanding the external controls on depositional systems and the filling of sedimentary basins. Our approach takes a holistic source-to-sink view of depositional systems and includes interaction with geomorphologists, oceanographers and geophysicists. Projects worth over £10M have been supported by most of the world’s oil companies, mining companies, the European Union and the UK Natural Environment Research Council.

The group has graduated 29 PhDs to date and has been home to 21 Post-Docs and 8 research assistants. Outputs include over 120 peer-reviewed papers, one text book and the editing of several Special Publications. Some 300 conference presentations have been given worldwide and a large number of confidential company research reports have been authored. The Group is directed by Professor Stephen Flint and Dr David Hodgson and collaborates with Universities, public and private research institutions and industry around the world.

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