Dr Stuart M. Clarke

Title: Lecturer in Basin Analysis and Sedimentology
Phone: (+44) 01782 7 33171
Email: s.m.clarke@keele.ac.uk
Location: William Smith Building : WS 1.23
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I first came to Keele in 1992 as an undergraduate student studying Geology and Electronic Engineering. I quickly found a love for geology and specialised in Single Honours Geology to BSc level. Following graduation in 1995 I spent a couple of years in the oil industry before returning to Keele in 1999 to study for a PhD in faulting, fault zones and hydrocarbon flow through three dimensional sedimentary basins. It was through this work that I developed a long standing interest in three-dimensional numerical modelling of many aspects of sedimentary basins, including the construction of three-dimensional models from field outcrop and remotely sensed subsurface data, but particularly structural geological aspects of interest to the hydrocarbons industry.

Following graduation with a doctorate in 2001, I joined the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh as a survey geologist and numerical modeller and spent 6 years as a field geologist mapping the Carboniferous sediments of the Northumberland Trough and Aston Block in Northern England. During this time I was able to further develop my research interests in three-dimensional modelling and combine them with survey work to examine basin analysis problems in northern England and elsewhere. This research has lead to the development of commercial fault seal analysis and hydrocarbon flow modelling software that I now use to assess and risk the hydrocarbon potential of plays on behalf of British Geological Survey / BERR and commercial oil companies.

I was appointed Lecturer in Geology at Keele in 2008 and now teach basin analysis and sedimentology at all levels, and geological surveying and map-making on fieldtrips throughout the undergraduate course.

My main research areas are the three-dimensional modelling of structural and sedimentological aspects of geological basins from limited subsurface data, and the risking of hydrocarbon potential based on the geology and geological uncertainties. This work has lead to the development of algorithms to examine various aspects of faults and fault zones, their effects on hydrocarbon migration through faulted sediments, geological uncertainty and the risking of potential hydrocarbon accumulations. These algorithms now form a commercial software package that combines structural geometric modelling with sedimentology, hydrocarbon flow modelling and stochastic hydrocarbon accumulation risk analysis.

I am a member of the Basin Analysis Research Group.

Selected Publications

  • Bladon AJ, Clarke SM, Burley SD. 2014. Complex rift geometries resulting from inheritance of pre-existing structures: Insights and regional implications from the Barmer Basin rift. JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, vol. 71, 136-154. link> doi>
  • Clarke SM. 2010. Permian, Triassic and Jurassic: deserts, rivers and shallow seas. In British Regional Geology: Northern England. Stone P, Millward D, Molyneux SG, Thomas JE (Eds.). (8th ed.). British Geological Society.
  • CLARKE S. 2007. Evolution of the rocks and landscape in the district. In Northumberland National Park geodiversity audit and action plan. Lawrence DJD, Arkley SL, Everest JD, Clarke SM, Millward D, Hyslop EK, Thompson GL, Young B (Eds.). British Geological Survey.
  • CLARKE S. 2007. Geological Structures. In Northumberland National Park geodiversity audit and action plan. Lawrence DJD, Arkley SLB, Everest JD, Clarke SM, Millward D, Hyslop EK, Thompson GL, Young B (Eds.). British Geological Survey.
  • WILLIAMS GD, Clarke SM, Hughes D, Littler M. 2006. Modelling the effects of stratigraphical uncertainty on fault seal and trap-fill in faulted structures. Petroleum Geoscience, vol. 12(2), 143-156. doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Pickett E, Young B, Lawrence DJD, Clarke SM, Everest J, Thompson G, Young R. 2006. Ancient Frontiers - Exploring the geology and landscape of the Hadrian's Wall area. British Geological Survey.

Journal Articles

  • Bladon AJ, Clarke SM, Burley SD. 2014. Complex rift geometries resulting from inheritance of pre-existing structures: Insights and regional implications from the Barmer Basin rift. JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, vol. 71, 136-154. link> doi>
  • WILLIAMS GD, Clarke SM, Hughes D, Littler M. 2006. Modelling the effects of stratigraphical uncertainty on fault seal and trap-fill in faulted structures. Petroleum Geoscience, vol. 12(2), 143-156. doi>
  • WILLIAMS GD, Burley SD, Clarke SM. 2005. A three-dimensional approach to fault seal analysis: fault block juxtaposition & argillaceous smear modelling. Basin Research, vol. 17(2), 269-288. doi>
  • Clarke SM, Burley SD, Williams GD, Richards AJ & Meredith DJ. 2004. Four dimensional modelling of sedimentary basin architecture and hydrocarbon flow. Bolletino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata. Instituto Nationale di Oceanografia Sperimentale., vol. 45(N1), 194-198.
  • Cain T, Leslie A, Clarke SM, Kelly, M, Krabbendam M. 2016. Evidence for pre-Caledonian discontinuities in the Achnashellach Culmination, Moine Thrust Zone: the importance of a pre-thrust template in influencing fold and thrust belt development. Scottish Journal of Geology.
  • Bladon AJ, Burley SD, Clarke SM, Beaumont H. 2015. Geology and regional significance of the Sarnoo Hills, eastern rift margin of the Barmer Basin, NW India. BASIN RESEARCH, vol. 27(5), 636-655. link> doi>

Chapters

  • Clarke SM. 2010. Permian, Triassic and Jurassic: deserts, rivers and shallow seas. In British Regional Geology: Northern England. Stone P, Millward D, Molyneux SG, Thomas JE (Eds.). (8th ed.). British Geological Society.
  • CLARKE S. 2007. Evolution of the rocks and landscape in the district. In Northumberland National Park geodiversity audit and action plan. Lawrence DJD, Arkley SL, Everest JD, Clarke SM, Millward D, Hyslop EK, Thompson GL, Young B (Eds.). British Geological Survey.
  • CLARKE S. 2007. Geological Structures. In Northumberland National Park geodiversity audit and action plan. Lawrence DJD, Arkley SLB, Everest JD, Clarke SM, Millward D, Hyslop EK, Thompson GL, Young B (Eds.). British Geological Survey.
  • Clarke SM, Burley SD, Williams GD, Richards AJ, Meredith D, Egan SS. 2006. Integrated 4D modelling of sedimentary basin architecture and hydrocarbon migration. In Analogue and numerical modelling of crustal scale processes. Butler SJH and Schreurs G (Eds.). (vol. 253).
  • Clarke SM, Burley SD, Williams GD. 2005. Dynamic fault seal analysis and flow pathway modelling in three-dimensional basin models. In Proceedings of the 6th Petroleum Geology conference: NW Europe and Global Perspectives. Dore A and Vining B (Eds.). Geological Society.

Other

  • Ford JR, Powell JH, Waters CN, Clarke SM, O'Connor EA, Pitfield PEJ, Bramhil Khlil A. 2004. A recent suty of the Neoproterozoic and Palaeozoic Taudeni Basin of north-central Mauritania.
  • CLARKE S. NY74NE (Mohope) Bedrock, Superficial, Artificial & Mass-Movement Geology.
  • CLARKE S. NY74SE (Nenthead) Bedrock, Superficial, Artificial & Mass-movement Geology.
  • CLARKE S. NY75NE (Whitfield) Bedrock, Superficial, Artificial & Mass-movement Geology.
  • CLARKE S. NY75SE (Ninebanks) Bedrock, Superficial, Artificial & Mass-movement Geology.
  • CLARKE S. NY76SE (Allen Gorge) Bedrock, Superficial, Articicial & Mass-movement Geology.
  • CLARKE S. NY76SW (S) (Cawfields) Bedrock, Superficial, Artificial & Mass-movement Geology.

Year 1

  • ESC-10004 Introductory Petrology (Sedimentology)

Year 2

  • ESC-20002 Reconstructing Ancient Sedimentary Environments
  • ESC-200012 Advance Feildwork Skills

Year 3

  • ESC-30003 Advanced Sedimentology: Basin Analysis, Sequence Stratigraphy & Petroleum Geology
  • ESC-30026 Independent fieldwork