Dr Amanda Owen

  • Lecturer in Earth Sciences (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)

telephone: 5491
email: Amanda.Owen@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

My research focuses on understanding ancient fluvial deposits, more specifically trying 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) for application into the petroleum, minerals (uranium and cooper) and groundwater industries. Alongside my applied research I also look to understand the affect that external controls (such as climate and tectonics) have on fluvial systems as well as try and better understand vegetation response to changes in fluvial environments. 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 and through the industry funded consortium Fluvial Systems Research Group (FSRG)

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. 

 

Research Awards

  • 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’.

Supervision

Current research related supervision:

Internal to University of Glasgow

  • (PhD) Mike Zwick ‘Recording high-resolution changes in temperature and hydrology from the Canadian Prairie’.
  • (PhD) Marli De Jongh 'Sustaining Scottish clay-rich sandstone buildings'.
  • (MRes) Ben Martin. ‘Development of a predictive framework for fluvial-dominated sedimentary basins’.
  • (MRes) Sam Holmes ‘The post-depositional evolution of the Torridonian, Western Scotland’.

External to Univerisity of Glasgow: 

  • (PhD) Justina Saroni. ‘Fluvial architecture in shallow marine connected systems, Cretaceous, Western Interior Seaway, USA’. University of Aberdeen. 
  • (PhD) Alistair Swan. ‘Changing fluvial architecture across the Salt Wash DFS’. University of Aberdeen. 
  • (PhD) Swiad Worms. ‘A forward modelling approach to understanding channel connectivity in distributive fluvial systems’.

Completed research related supervision:

  • (PhD) Do Thi Thuy Linh. ‘Controls on the development and distribution of lateral and terminal splays in in modern and ancient fluvial systems’.
  • (Msc) Nicholas Swaffer. ‘Analysis of heterogeneity in the Salt Wash Member fluvial deposits’
  • (Msc) John O'Brian. ‘Fluvial bar form morphology and dimensions in the Castlegate Sandstone’.
  • (MSc) Harry Bloomfield. ‘Comparison of outcrop and well data: predicting channel belt dimensions from the Salt Wash DFS, Morrison Formation, SW U.S.A’.
  • (MSc) Daniel Robertson. 'Controls on fluvial architecture, connectivity and heterogeneities in mixed net to gross systems'.  

Publications

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Number of items: 9.

2018

Owen, A., Hartley, A. J., Ebinghaus, A., Weissmann, G. S. and Santos, M. G.M. (2018) Basin‐scale predictive models of alluvial architecture: Constraints from the Palaeocene–Eocene, Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, USA. Sedimentology, (doi:10.1111/sed.12515) (Early Online Publication)

2017

Owen, A., Ebinghaus, A., Hartley, A. J., Santos, M. G.M. and Weissmann, G. S. (2017) Multi-scale classification of fluvial architecture: an example from the Palaeocene-Eocene Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Sedimentology, 64(6), pp. 1572-1596. (doi:10.1111/sed.12364)

Owen, A., Nichols, G. J., Hartley, A. J. and Weissmann, G. S. (2017) Vertical trends within the prograding Salt Wash distributive fluvial system, SW United States. Basin Research, 29(1), pp. 64-80. (doi:10.1111/bre.12165)

2016

Owen, A., Hartley, A.J., Weissmann, G.S. and Nichols, G.J. (2016) Uranium distribution as a proxy for basin-scale fluid flow in distributive fluvial systems. Journal of the Geological Society, 173(4), pp. 569-572. (doi:10.1144/jgs2016-007)

2015

Weissmann, G.S., Hartley, A.J., Scuderi, L.A., Nichols, G.J., Owen, A., Wright, S., Felicia, A.L., Holland, F. and Anaya, F.M.L. (2015) Fluvial geomorphic elements in modern sedimentary basins and their potential preservation in the rock record: a review. Geomorphology, 250, pp. 187-219. (doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.09.005)

Hartley, A. J., Owen, A., Swan, A., Weissmann, G. S., Holzweber, B. I., Howell, J., Nichols, G. and Scuderi, L. (2015) Recognition and importance of amalgamated sandy meander belts in the continental rock record. Geology, 43(8), pp. 679-682. (doi:10.1130/G36743.1)

Owen, A., Nichols, G. J., Hartley, A. J., Weissmann, G. S. and Scuderi, L. A. (2015) Quantification of a distributive fluvial system: the salt wash DFS of the Morrison Formation, SW U.S.A. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 85(5), pp. 544-561. (doi:10.2110/jsr.2015.35)

Owen, A., Jupp, P. E., Nichols, G. J., Hartley, A. J., Weissmann, G. S. and Sadykova, D. (2015) Statistical estimation of the position of an apex: application to the geological record. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 85(2), pp. 142-152. (doi:10.2110/jsr.2015.16)

2013

Weissmann, G.S., Hartley, A.J., Scuderi, L.A., Nichols, G.J., Davidson, S.K., Owen, A., Atchley, S.C., Bhattacharyya, P., Chakraborty, T. and Ghosh, P. (2013) Prograding distributive fluvial systems—geomorphic models and ancient examples. In: Driese, S. G., Nordt, L. C. and McCarthy, P. J. (eds.) New Frontiers in Paleopedology and Terrestrial Paleoclimatology. Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), pp. 131-147. ISBN 9781565763227

This list was generated on Tue Oct 16 04:39:32 2018 BST.
Number of items: 9.

Articles

Owen, A., Hartley, A. J., Ebinghaus, A., Weissmann, G. S. and Santos, M. G.M. (2018) Basin‐scale predictive models of alluvial architecture: Constraints from the Palaeocene–Eocene, Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, USA. Sedimentology, (doi:10.1111/sed.12515) (Early Online Publication)

Owen, A., Ebinghaus, A., Hartley, A. J., Santos, M. G.M. and Weissmann, G. S. (2017) Multi-scale classification of fluvial architecture: an example from the Palaeocene-Eocene Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Sedimentology, 64(6), pp. 1572-1596. (doi:10.1111/sed.12364)

Owen, A., Nichols, G. J., Hartley, A. J. and Weissmann, G. S. (2017) Vertical trends within the prograding Salt Wash distributive fluvial system, SW United States. Basin Research, 29(1), pp. 64-80. (doi:10.1111/bre.12165)

Owen, A., Hartley, A.J., Weissmann, G.S. and Nichols, G.J. (2016) Uranium distribution as a proxy for basin-scale fluid flow in distributive fluvial systems. Journal of the Geological Society, 173(4), pp. 569-572. (doi:10.1144/jgs2016-007)

Weissmann, G.S., Hartley, A.J., Scuderi, L.A., Nichols, G.J., Owen, A., Wright, S., Felicia, A.L., Holland, F. and Anaya, F.M.L. (2015) Fluvial geomorphic elements in modern sedimentary basins and their potential preservation in the rock record: a review. Geomorphology, 250, pp. 187-219. (doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.09.005)

Hartley, A. J., Owen, A., Swan, A., Weissmann, G. S., Holzweber, B. I., Howell, J., Nichols, G. and Scuderi, L. (2015) Recognition and importance of amalgamated sandy meander belts in the continental rock record. Geology, 43(8), pp. 679-682. (doi:10.1130/G36743.1)

Owen, A., Nichols, G. J., Hartley, A. J., Weissmann, G. S. and Scuderi, L. A. (2015) Quantification of a distributive fluvial system: the salt wash DFS of the Morrison Formation, SW U.S.A. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 85(5), pp. 544-561. (doi:10.2110/jsr.2015.35)

Owen, A., Jupp, P. E., Nichols, G. J., Hartley, A. J., Weissmann, G. S. and Sadykova, D. (2015) Statistical estimation of the position of an apex: application to the geological record. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 85(2), pp. 142-152. (doi:10.2110/jsr.2015.16)

Book Sections

Weissmann, G.S., Hartley, A.J., Scuderi, L.A., Nichols, G.J., Davidson, S.K., Owen, A., Atchley, S.C., Bhattacharyya, P., Chakraborty, T. and Ghosh, P. (2013) Prograding distributive fluvial systems—geomorphic models and ancient examples. In: Driese, S. G., Nordt, L. C. and McCarthy, P. J. (eds.) New Frontiers in Paleopedology and Terrestrial Paleoclimatology. Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), pp. 131-147. ISBN 9781565763227

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