Ian A. Kane
Principal Research Geologist
Statoil Research Centre
BSc (hons) Geology (2004) University of Derby, UK
PhD Geology, (2007) University of Leeds, UK
Research Interests
  • Deep-marine sedimentary systems and their onshore controls
  • Sedimentological flow processes
  • Physical modeling of sedimentary systems and processes
  • Integration of field work, experimental modeling and subsurface datasets
Current research activities
I work as a research geologist in Statoil and devote my time to understanding sedimentological controls on the evolution of sedimentary systems (from a large-scale geomorphic standpoint) to the internal architecture of these systems, and finally the distribution of facies and hence reservoir quality within them.

I work with a team of expert petrologists, sedimentologists, stratigraphers and seismic interpreters to address these issues in various basins around the world, both offshore subsurface in an exploration context (GoM, NCS, East Africa), and using onshore outcrops as natural laboratories. Internally, I teach field courses in Annot, Ireland, Karoo and Ainsa, and teach in-house courses. Externally, I work with researchers at leading universities, particularly UT Austin on an experimental program investigating "transitional flows."

I also co-supervise PhD students at the universities of Leeds and Aberdeen. In 2013, I was the main editor of the Marine and Petroleum Geology Special Issue on Turbidite Channels, and previously served as the SEPM Deepwater Research Group co-chair.

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