Rob Gawthorpe joined the department in July 2010 as Professor of Petroleum Geoscience. He was previously Professor of Sedimentology and Tectonics, where he established and was head of the Basin Studies and Petroleum Geoscience Group at the University of Manchester.
Rob's research is wide-ranging, integrating geomorphology, sedimentology, stratigraphy and tectonics to study tectonically-active landscapes and sedimentary basin evolution. One of his major research areas is sedimentation and tectonics in rift basins, including the role of fault growth and linkage in controlling rift topography and syn-rift stratigraphy. His research also tackles sequence stratigraphic concepts, for example, controls on the 3D variability of basin margin sequences and the role of sea-level rise and fall in early diagenetic modification (cementation and leaching). These research areas utilize both outcrop and subsurface data and are important for reservoir characterization and the development of exploration concepts.
At UiB he has established a 3D seismic and digital outcrop laboratory that has a suite of over 20 research workstations configured for interpreting large 3D seismic surveys and digital outcrop datasets. The laboratory is house in two rooms on the 2nd floor of Realfagbygget and is used by masters, PhDs and postdoctoral researchers.
Rob’s current research includes the Norwegian Research Council funded MultiRift project (http://org.uib.no/multirift/about.html), and a range of subsurface- and outcrop-based projects investigating the links between tectonics, landscape and sedimentation
RECENT PUBLICATIONS - for a full list of publication see CV
126 FINCH, E. AND GAWTHORPE, R.L. (2016) Growth and interaction of normal faults and fault network evolution in rifts: insights from three dimensional discrete element modelling. In: Childs, C., Holdsworth, R. E., Jackson, C. A.-L., Manzocchi, T., Walsh, J. J. & Yielding, G. (eds) The Geometry and Growth of Normal Faults. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 439, resubmitted.
125 GE, Z., NEMEC, W., GAWTHORPE, R.L. AND HANSEN, E.W.M. (2016) Response of unconfined turbidity current to normal-fault topography. Sedimentology, accepted for publication.
124 GE, Z., GAWTHORPE, R.L., ROTEVATN, A. AND THOMAS, M.B. (2016) Impact of normal faulting and pre-rift salt tectonics on the structural style of salt-influenced rifts: The Late Jurassic Norwegian Central Graben, North Sea. Basin Research, accepted for publication.
123 WHIPP, P.S., JACKSON, C. A-L., SCHLISHE, R.W., WITHJACK, M.O. AND GAWTHORPE, R.L. (2016) Spatial distribution and evolution of fault-segment boundary types in rift systems: observations from experimental clay models. In: Childs, C., Holdsworth, R. E., Jackson, C. A.-L., Manzocchi, T., Walsh, J. J. & Yielding, G. (eds) The Geometry and Growth of Normal Faults. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 439, http://doi.org/10.1144/SP439.7
122 HENSTRA, G.A., GAWTHORPE, R.L., HELLAND-HANSEN, W., RAVNAS, R., AND ROTEVATN, A. (2016) Depositional systems in multiphase rifts: seismic case study from the Lofoten margin, Norway. Basin Research, doi: 10.1111/bre.12183
121 NIXON, C.W., McNEIL, L.C., BULL, J.M., BELL, R.E., GAWTHORPE, R.L. et al. (2016), Rapid spatiotemporal variations in rift structure during development of the Corinth Rift, central Greece, Tectonics, 35, 1225-1248. doi:10.1002/2015TC004026.
120 ELLIOTT, G.M., WILSON, P., JACKSON, C. A-L., GAWTHORPE, R.L., MICHELSEN, L. AND SHARP, I.R. (2015) Late syn-rift evolution of the Vingleia Fault Complex, HaltenTerrace, offshore Mid-Norway; a test of rift basin tectono-stratigraphic models. Basin Research, doi: 10.1111/bre.12158
119 LEWIS, M.M., JACKSON, C.A-L. AND GAWTHORPE, R.L. (2015) Tectono-sedimentary development of early syn-rift deposits: The Abura Graben, Suez Rift, Egypt. Basin Research, doi: 10.1111/bre.12151
118 NGOC LE, A., HUUSE, M., REDFERN, J., GAWTHORPE, R.L. AND IRVING, D. (2015) Seismic characterization of a Bottom Simulating Reflection (BSR) and plumbing system of the Cameroon margin, offshore West Africa. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 68, 629-647.
117 DUFFY, O.B., BELL, R.E., JACKSON, C. A-L., GAWTHORPE, R.L., AND WHIPP, P.S. (2015) Fault Growth and interactions in a multiphase rift fault network: Horda Platform, Norwegian North Sea. Journal of Structural Geology, 80, 99-119.
116 WILSON, P., ELLIOTT, G.M., GAWTHORPE, R.L., JACKSON, C. A-L., MICHELSEN, L. AND SHARP, I.R. (2015) Lateral variation in structural style along an evaporite-influenced rift fault system in the Halten Terrace, Norway: Influence of basement structure and evaporite facies. Journal of Structural Geology, 79, 101-123.
115 LEWIS, M.M., JACKSON, C.A-L., GAWTHORPE, R.L. AND WHIPP, P.S. (2015) Early synrift reservoir development on the flanks of extensional forced folds: A seismic-scale outcrop analog from the Hadahid fault system, Suez Rift, Egypt. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, 99, 985-1012.
114 HENSTRA, G.A., ROTEVATN, A., GAWTHORPE, R.L. AND RAVNAS, R. (2015) Evolution of a major segmented normal fault during multiphase rifting: The origin of plan-view zigzag geometry. Journal of Structural Geology, 74, 45-63.
113 KLAUSEN, T.G., RYSETH, A.E., HELLAND-HANSEN, W., GAWTHORPE, R.L. AND LAURSEN, I. (2015) Regional development and sequence stratigraphy of the Middle to Late Triassic Snadd Formation, Norwegian Barents Sea. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 62, 102-122.
112 DUFFY, O.B., BROCKLEHURST, S.H., GAWTHORPE, R.L., LEEDER, M.R. AND FINCH, E. (2015) Controls on landscape and drainage evolution in regions of distributed normal faulting: Perachora Peninsula, Corinth Rift, Central Greece. Basin Research, 27, 473-494.
2016– VISTA (3m NOK)
Basement structure and Permo-Triassic rifting, Northern North Sea
Principal investigator with Fossen
2016– NFR PETROMAKS 2 (31m NOK)
Principal investigator with collaborators at Athens, Bergen, East Anglia, Leeds and Loraine
2016– Statoil (3.8m NOK)
Spatial-temporal reconstruction of basin fills
Co-investigator with Helland-Hansen
2016– Statoil (6.8m NOK)
Turbidites, tectonics and topography (T3)
2015– VISTA (2.6m NOK)
Fault network topology
2015– Industry consortium (£450k)
Prediction of Deposition, Deformation and Diagenesis in carbonates (PD3)
Co-investigator with collaborators at Bergen, Bristol, Liverpool and Manchester
2013– NFR (6m NOK)
Co-investigator with Buckley and Howell (Aberdeen)
2013– Shell norge (3.7m NOK)
Tectono-sedimentary evolution: Western Barents Sea
Co-investigator with Rotevatn and Helland-Hansen
2012– NFR PETROMAKS (24m NOK)
Principal investigator with collaborators at Bergen, Imperial College, Manchester and Oslo