Dr John Counts
- Postdoctoral researcher
John Counts is a postdoctoral researcher in the iCRAG hydrocarbons research spoke. John graduated with a PhD in Geology in 2016 from the University of Adelaide (Australia), before joining iCRAG under the supervision of Prof. Lawrence Amy. He previously worked in the petroleum industry and for the French Oceanographic Institute IFREMER.
Sediments that are transferred from the land to the sea are ultimately deposited on the seafloor, but sometimes these sediments bypass certain areas. There are numerous potential reasons for this bypass, which have implications for hydrocarbon exploration and seafloor stability. My project attempts to better understand the distribution of sands on the seafloor, and to determine the various reasons for why sediment might bypass certain areas.
This postdoctoral project aims to provide a better understanding of upslope sandstone pinchouts in deepwater systems from which to establish more reliable geological models for pinchout trap prediction. The processes responsible for sand pinchouts, where they occur along the slope profile and between which depositional elements will be assessed using analysis of the existing literature on modern sea-floor turbidite systems and modern seafloor data. This will allow the trap potential of different basin margin settings, and the usefulness of different system metrics (e.g., grain-size, slope gradient and morphology) for prediction to be evaluated from natural systems. In addition, seismic modelling will be employed to understand constraints on seismic detection of pinchouts and link modern data to subsurface data.
- Postdoctoral Researcher
- Energy Security
- Sediment Tracking, Hydrocarbons, Marine, Sedimentary Basins