Mike Shotton

Mike Shotton


I have very recently (November 2019) begun my PhD project within the Basin Structure Group at Leeds, investigating passive margin architectures and evaluating pre-existing models (magmatic vs. non-magmatic) through the use of potential fields and seismic data.

Previously, I was working within the Institute of Applied Geosciences as a Teaching Fellow, primarily helping to deliver MSc Geology with Focus on Subsurface Intelligence. Previously I was primarily helping to deliver MSc Geophysics in Prospect Generation, ran in the previous academic year (2017/2018)

Having previously completed my BSc (Hons) at Leeds in Geological Sciences, graduating in 2014, I then completed MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics part-time over two years (graduating in 2016) while working with Schlumberger (formerly Rock Deformation Research), specialising in their Petrel plugins (Structural and Fault Analysis, Guru)

Research interests

Primarily I am interested in aiming to understand basin evolution and furthering understanding and evaluation of rift margins (both magmatic and non-magmatic). Linking structural interpretations from seismic data back into aspects of gravity modelling (through use of powerful tools such as potential fields data) and petroleum systems modelling to provide a more holistic view of rift margins is of particular interest, and will theoretically comprise a significant chunk of my research project. Attempting to characterise rifted margins through observations of the style of crust (thickness, composition) rather than process driven is a goal which is very exciting and novel, and fits well with current objectives of the Basin Structure Group.


  • BSc (Hons), Geological Sciences, University of Leeds
  • MSc, Structural Geology with Geophysics, University of Leeds

Research groups and institutes

  • Basin Structure
  • Institute of Applied Geoscience