Michael Shotton


Currently working as part of the Basin Structure Group 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 furthering aspects of my MSc, namely in understanding 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 going forward.

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

Student education

I am actively involved in demonstrating on the following modules, all relating to MSc Geology in Subsurface Intelligence

  • Introduction to Reservoir Geology
  • Reservoir Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Reservoir Geophysics
  • Reservoir Fluids and Petrophysics
  • Integrated Sub-Surface Analysis of Hydrocarbon Reservoirs (both MSc Geology, and MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics)

I was also actively involved in demonstrating these modules, or similar, on the MSc Geophysics in Prospect Generation in the previous academic year (2017/2018)

Research groups and institutes

  • Basin Structure
  • Institute of Applied Geoscience