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Leonardo Muniz Pichel

Researcher, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • E-mailleonardo.m.pichel@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Allégaten 41
    Realfagbygget
    5007 Bergen
    Room 
    2G13c - 2144
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

My research combines integrated analysis of various types of subsurface data (seismic, potential field and borehole data), geodynamic forward modelling and structural restorations to investigate the structural evolution and architecture of sedimentary basins associated with rifting and gravity-driven tectonics.

My current project focus on 2D and 3D geodynamic modelling of continental rifting and breakup and how these processes interact with sedimentation and gravity-driven salt tectonics to influence the geometry, stratigraphic architecture and evolution of the South Atlantic rifted margins.

Co-founder/chair of AAPG Salt Basins Technical Interest Group (2019 – ongoing) – bi-weekly webinars and YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@aapgsaltbasinstechnicalint3170

Active on science communication and outreach, open-science, and EDI issues via Twitter @HaLeoKinetic (>1500 followers)

Lecturer of GEOV251 – Advanced Structural Geology – University of Bergen, Norway

Lecturer of GEOL104 – Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics – University of Bergen, Norway

Lecturer of Basin Analysis and Structure (MSc) - Imperial College London, UK (2019-2020)

Lecturer of Seismic Techniques (MSc and BSc) - Imperial College London, UK (2019-2020)

Teaching assistant of Seismic Interpretation (MSc) -University of Manchester, UK (2014-2018)

Teaching assistant of Structural Geology and Geological Mapping (BSc and M Sci) – University of Manchester, UK (2014-2018)

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). The effects of subsalt relief on gravity-driven salt tectonics: Results from analogue modelling. Journal of Structural Geology.
  • Show author(s) (2023). The cryptic stratigraphic record of the syn- to post-rift transition in the offshore Campos Basin, SE Brazil. Basin Research.
  • Show author(s) (2023). The West African salt-bearing rifted margin—Regional structural variability and salt tectonics between Gabon and Namibe. Basin Research. 2217-2248.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Post-salt carbonates control salt-tectonic minibasin formation. Geology. 82-86.
  • Show author(s) (2023). How post-salt sediment flux and progradation rate influence salt tectonics on rifted margins: Insights from geodynamic modelling. Basin Research. 2364-2380.
  • Show author(s) (2022). The interplay between basement fabric, rifting, syn-rift folding, and inversion in the Rio do Peixe Basin, NE Brazil. Basin Research.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Syn-depositional halokinesis in the Zechstein Supergroup (Lopingian) controls Triassic minibasin genesis and location. Basin Research.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Physical modelling of the interplay between salt-detached gravity gliding and spreading across complex rift topography, Santos Basin, offshore Brazil. Basin Research.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Late-syn- to post-rift salt tectonics on wide rifted margins—Insights from geodynamic modeling. Tectonics. 17 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Coupling Crustal-Scale Rift Architecture With Passive Margin Salt Tectonics: A Geodynamic Modeling Approach. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Solid Earth. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Analogical simulation of salt flow and associated structures in different extensional conditions. Journal of South American Earth Sciences.
  • Show author(s) (2021). The Merluza Graben: How a failed spreading center influenced margin structure, and salt deposition and tectonics in the Santos Basin, Brazil. Tectonics.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Pre-salt rift morphology controls salt tectonics in the Campos Basin, offshore SE Brazil. Basin Research. 2837-2861.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Multi-scale tectono-stratigraphic analysis of pre- and syn-rift sequences in the Rio do Peixe Basin, NE Brazil. Marine and Petroleum Geology.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Halokinetic modulation of sedimentary thickness and architecture: A numerical modelling approach. Basin Research. 2572-2604.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Pichel, L. M., Huismans R., Gawthorpe, R. and Faleide, J. (2023) How do salt tectonic minibasins form? Geology (in review)

Pichel, L. M., Huismans R., Gawthorpe, R. and Faleide, J. (2023) How post-salt sediment fluxes and progradation rates influence salt tectonics on rifted margins? Basin Research (in review)

Pichel, L. M., Legeay, E., Ringenbach, J-C. and Callot, J-P. (2023) The salt-bearing rifted margins in West Africa – regional structural variability and salt tectonics between Gabon and Namibia. Basin Research (in press)

do Amarante, F. B., Jackson, C. A. L., & Pichel, L. M. (2022). Post-salt magmatism in the Campos Basin, offshore SE Brazil: style, distribution, and relationship to salt tectonics
 Journal of South American Earth Sciences (in press)

Joffe, A., Jackson, C. A-L. and Pichel, L. M. (2021) Syn-depositional halokinesis in the Zechstein Supergroup, Central North Sea, UK. Basin Research.

Pichel, L. M., Huismans R., Gawthorpe, R., Faleide, J. and Theunissen, T. (2022) Coupling crustal-scale rift architecture with passive margin salt tectonics: a geodynamic modelling approach. Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth.

de Oliveira Santos, C. H., Da Silva, F. C. A. and Pichel, L. M. (2022). Analogical simulation of salt flow and associated structures in different extensional conditions. Journal of South American Earth Sciences.

Pichel, L. M., Huismans R., Gawthorpe, R., Faleide, J. and Theunissen, T., (2022) Late Syn- and Post-rift Salt Tectonics on Wide Rifted Margins. Tectonics.

Pichel, L. M., Antunes, A. F., Fossen, H., Raposo, B., Finch, E., Cordoba, V. (2022) The interplay between inheritance, rifting, syn-rift folding and post-rift inversion in the Rio do Peixe Basin, NE Brazil. Basin Research.

Lourenço, M. C. M., De Sá, E. F. J., Córdoba, V. C., & Pichel, L. M. (2021). Multi-scale tectono-stratigraphic analysis of pre-and syn-rift sequences in the Rio do Peixe Basin, NE Brazil. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 130, 105127.

Pichel L. M., Ferrer, O, Jackson C. A-L. and Roca-Abella, E. (2021) Analogue modelling of the interplay between gravity gliding and spreading across rift topography in the Santos Basin, Brazil. Basin Research.

Pichel, L. M., Jackson C. A-L.; Peel, F. and Ferrer, O. (2021) The Merluza Graben: how a failed spreading centre influenced margin structure, salt deposition and tectonics in the Santos Basin, Brazil. Tectonics.

Cumberpatch, Z., Finch., E., Kane, I., Pichel L. M., Jackson., C. A-L., Kilhams B., Hodgson D. M. and Huuse M. (2021) Halokinetic modulation of sedimentary thickness and architecture: a numerical modelling approach. Basin Research.

Do Amarante, F. B., Jackson, Pichel, L. M., Scherer C. M. S. and Kuchle, J. (2021) Pre-salt rift morphology controls salt tectonics in the Campos Basin, offshore SE Brazil. Basin Research.

Pichel, L. M. and Jackson C. A-L. (2020) The enigma of the Albian Gap: spatial variability and the competition between extension and salt expulsion. Journal of the Geological Society, London.

Magee C., Pichel L. M., Madden-Nadeau and A., Jackson, C. A-L. (2020) Salt-magma interactions in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil. Basin Research.

Pichel, L. M. and Jackson C. A-L. (2020) Four-Dimensional Variability of Composite Halokinetic Sequences. Basin Research.

Pichel, L. M., Jackson, C. A-L.; Peel, F. and Dooley T. (2019) Base‐salt relief controls salt tectonic structural style, São Paulo Plateau, Santos Basin, Brazil. Basin Research.

Pichel, L.M., Huuse, M., Redfern, J. and Finch. E. (2019) The influence of base-salt relief, rift topography and regional events on salt tectonics offshore Morocco. Marine and Petroleum Geology.

Pichel, L.M., Finch, E. and Gawthorpe, R. (2019) The Impact of Pre-Salt Rift Topography on Salt Tectonics: a Discrete-Element Modelling Approach. Tectonics.

Dooley, T., Hudec, M., Jackson, M.P.A and Pichel, L.M., (2018) The impact of base-salt relief on salt flow and suprasalt deformation patterns at the autochthonous, para-autochthonous and allochthonous level: Insights from physical models in Journal of the Geological Society, London.

Pichel, L.M., Peel, F., Jackson C. A-L. and Huuse, M. (2018) Geometry and Kinematics of Ramp-Syncline Basins. Journal of Structural Geology.

Pichel, L.M., Finch E., Huuse, M. and Redfern, J. (2017) The Influence of Shortening and Sedimentation on Rejuvenation of Salt Diapirs: A New Discrete-Element Modelling Approach. Journal of Structural Geology.

Geodynamics of salt-bearing rifted margins (Principal Investigator)

2D and 3D numerical modelling of rifting and linkage along the Campos-Santos Basin, Brazil

 

 

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