Dr Amanda Owen
- Senior Lecturer (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
My research focuses on understanding the processes and products of fluvial systems. My research spans both modern and ancient fluvial systems, trying to bridge gaps in understanding between the two.
My rock record work aims to understand the heterogeneity and predictability of fluvial deposits over a variety of scales from the basin to pore scale. My research is primarily field based, where I study analogues (both ancient and modern) to understand subsruface deposits that host resources. Alongside my applied research I also look to understand how external controls (such as climate and tectonics) influence fluvial system behaviour and resultant deposits.
My work is conducted through collaborative links at the University of Aberdeen, University of New Mexico, University of St Andrews and Universidade Federal do ABC.
In addition to this work I am beginning to work with colleagues on building quantitateive predictive models of volcaniclastic systems.
Understanding Fluvial Reservoirs
This strand of my research concentrates on:
- Providing quantified predictive models of key characteristics within distributive fluvial systems based on extensive outcrop work in USA and Spain.
- Understanding sandstone body architecture and connectivity variations within fluvial deposits to better predict subsuface fluid flow.
- Documenting the fill of continental depositional basins to better understand facies and architecture variability associated with exploration of key resources.
- Predicting the position of apecis in dispersive systems in order to create better palaeogeographic models.
- Documenting the dimension and internal facies variations within terminal splay deposits.
Environmental Response in Fluvial systems
This strand of my research concentrates on:
- Understanding the influence of key controls, such as tectonics and changing climate, on the nature of fluvial deposits, with particular emphasis on understanding the spatial variation to external controls.
- Using vegetation changes to understand fluvial processes.
- Roland Goldring Award, 2016. awarded by the British Sedimentological Research Group 2016 for 'recognising noteworthy published research in any field of sedimentology within 10 years of research career commencement'.
- Lyell Fund, 2018. Awarded by The geological Society for ‘Early career Geoscientists who have made excellent contributions to geoscience research and it’s application, in the UK, and internationally’.
I am very open to prospective students contacting me with regards to pursuing research opportunities (both at MSc by Research or PhD level) in the areas of fluvial geomorphology and sedimentology, subsurface fluvial systems, sedimentary response to climate events, quantification of sedimentary systems to aid predictive models, landscape evolution and volcaniclastic/sedimentary interactions. Any fully funded opportunities will be posted here, however prospective students are encouraged to contact me if they have an idea that they would like to pursue funding for.
Current research related supervision:
Internal to University of Glasgow
- (PhD) 'A neural network approach to understanding distributive fluvial systems'
- (PhD)'Understanding fluvial planform response on deltas response to sea level rise'
- (PhD) 'Numerical modelling of fluid flow, mineralisation and dolomitisation at Navan, Ireland'
- (PhD) ‘Recording high-resolution changes in temperature and hydrology from the Canadian Prairie’.
- (PhD) 'Sustaining Scottish clay-rich sandstone buildings'.
- (PhD) 'Application of machine learning (neural networks) to aid identificaiton of fluvial subsurface deposits'
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- (MSc by Research) 'Understanding provence of carboniferous sediments in the east of Scotland'
External to Univerisity of Glasgow:
- (PhD) ‘A forward modelling approach to understanding channel connectivity in distributive fluvial systems’.
- (PhD) ' Mudstone distribution in the Clair Field: Controls on development, prediction of thickness, lateral extent and character'
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Completed research related supervision:
- (PhD) ‘Fluvial architecture in shallow marine connected systems, Cretaceous, Western Interior Seaway, USA’. University of Aberdeen.
- (PhD) ‘Changing fluvial architecture across the Salt Wash DFS’. University of Aberdeen.
- (PhD) ‘Controls on the development and distribution of lateral and terminal splays in in modern and ancient fluvial systems’.
- (MRes) ‘Development of a predictive framework for fluvial-dominated sedimentary basins’
- (MRes) ‘The post-depositional evolution of the Torridonian, Western Scotland’.
- (Msc) ‘Analysis of heterogeneity in the Salt Wash Member fluvial deposits’
- (Msc) ‘Fluvial bar form morphology and dimensions in the Castlegate Sandstone’.
- (MSc) ‘Comparison of outcrop and well data: predicting channel belt dimensions from the Salt Wash DFS, Morrison Formation, SW U.S.A’.
- (MSc) 'Controls on fluvial architecture, connectivity and heterogeneities in mixed net to gross systems'.
Head of level 2
EARTH4071 - Sedimentology and Basin Analysis
EARTH4085 - Applied Basin Analysis
EARTH4090 - Landscape Dynamics
EARTH2010- Earth Science and the Environment
EARTH4004 - Independent Research Project and Science Communication