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Basin Structure Group

Petroleum Leeds

Dr Richard Collier

Senior Lecturer in Tectonics and Sedimentation; Co-Director of the Insitute of Applied Geosciences


   Tectonics; sedimentation; rift; sequence_stratigraphy; reservoirs


   Room 8.29, Staff Centre Wing, School of Earth and Environment

   +44 (0) 113 343 5211

    UOL Personal Page

I aim to achieve a more holistic understanding of the relationships between sedimentation and tectonics, and other controls such as glacio-eustacy and palaeoclimate variation, as controls upon basin stratigraphic architectures. The impact of these controls upon hydrocarbon reservoir distribution, architecture and quality is another driver.

I have a particular interest in studying active rift basins, since carrying out PhD studies in the Gulf of Corinth Rift, a superb natural laboratory. The advantage of studying modern systems is that process rates can be constrained. Other active rift systems studied include parts of the Basin and Range province and the Goodenough Basin in Papua New Guinea. Applying the classic approach of "the present is the key to the past", lessons have then been applied to the study of ancient rift systems including the North Sea and the Red Sea Rift.

Additional interests include sequence stratigraphy and its expression and application in a variety of basin settings, particularly active rifts to passive continental margins. Current research activity includes the characterization of syn-rift carbonate platforms and turbidite depositional fairways in the Red Sea Rift, and carbonate ramp development and reservoir properties, as exemplified in the Mesopotamian Basin. 

Tectonic geomorphology and sedimentation of rift basins. A particular focus is the evolution of drainage networks on rift margins in response to normal fault growth and linkage, and the consequences for sediment pathways and compositions through the evolution of a rift.

Stratigraphic architectures across the syn-rift to post-rift transition on passive continental margins.

Sequence architecture of carbonates, including of syn-rift, fault-bounded carbonate platforms and of carbonate ramps in tectonically passive settings.

Reservoir distribution, architectures and primary and diagenetic controls upon reservoir quality.

I contribute to teaching of the undergraduate Geological Sciences programme and to the MSc programmes in Structural Geology and Geophysics and in Exploration Geophysics. In terms of subjects, I teach petroleum geology, seismic interpretation and sequence stratigraphy. I also contribute to a cross-disciplinary module on Strategic Energy Issues.

Field teaching includes undergraduate mapping project supervision, such as mapping areas covering syn-rift sediments in central Greece or eastern Spain.

I also convene a final year field trip to the classic mid-Jurassic to upper Cretaceous reservoir analogues which outcrop on the Yorkshire coast. This field trip allows geoscience and petroleum engineering students to interact and solve problems together, as they would in a professional environment.

I also run commerical short courses on rift basin evolution and on sequence stratigraphy, and field courses on rift tectonics and sedimentation in the Gulf of Corinth Rift, Greece.

  • Wood AM; Paton DA; Collier REL & O’Connor V (2015) Understanding regional scale structural uncertainty: The onshore Gulf of Corinth Rift as a hydrocarbon exploration analogue. Interpretation, 3 (4), pp.SAC35-SAC53. doi: 10.1190/INT-2015-0046.1

  • Rashid F; Glover PWJ; Lorinczi P; Hussein D; Collier R; Lawrence J (2015) Permeability Prediction in Tight Carbonate Rocks using Capillary Pressure Measurements, Marine and Petroleum Geology, doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2015.10.005

  • Aliyu MM; Murphy W; Collier REL; Lawrence JA (2015) Classification of flints for drill wear potential, In: Schubert W; Kluckner A (Ed) Future Developments of Rock Mechanics, EUROCK 2015 & 64th Geomechanics Symposium, Austrian Society for Geomechanics, pp.309-314.

  • Koeshidayatulah A; Al-Ramadan K; Collier REL; Hughes GW (2015) Variations in architecture and cyclicity in fault-bounded carbonate platforms: Early Miocene Red Sea Rift, NW Saudi Arabia, Marine and Petroleum Geology, doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2015.10.017

  • Rashid F; Glover PWJ; Lorinczi P; Collier R; Lawrence J (2015) Porosity and permeability of tight carbonate reservoir rocks in the north of Iraq, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 133, pp.147-161. doi: 10.1016/j.petrol.2015.05.009

  • Wood AM; Paton DA; Collier REL (2015) The missing complexity in seismically imaged normal faults: What are the implications for geometry and production response?, Geological Society Special Publications: Industrial Structural Geology: Principles, Techniques and Integration., 421, doi: 10.1144/SP421.12

  • Milner AM; Muller UC; Roucoux KH; Collier REL; Pross J; Kalaitzidis S; Christanis K; Tzedakis PC (2013) Environmental variability during the Last Interglacial: A new high-resolution pollen record from Tenaghi Philippon, Greece, Journal of Quaternary Science, 28, pp.113-117.

  • Sarhan MA; Collier REL; Basal A; Abdel Aal MH (2013) Late Miocene normal faulting beneath the northern Nile Delta: NNW propagation of the Gulf of Suez Rift, Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 7, pp.4563-4571. doi: 10.1007/s12517-013-1089-9

  • Milner AM; Collier REL; Roucoux KH; Müller UC; Pross J; Kalaitzidis S; Christanis K; Tzedakis PC (2012) Enhanced seasonality of precipitation in the Mediterranean during the early part of the Last Interglacial, Geology, 40, pp.919-922. doi: 10.1130/G33204.1

  • Wood AM; Collier REL; Paton DA (2012) Comparing simulated production response across realistic and seismically forward modelled fault geometries, Fault and Top Seals: From Characterization to Modelling, .

  • Bell RE; McNeill LC; Bull JM; Henstock TJ; Collier REL; Leeder MR (2009) Fault architecture, basin structure and evolution of the Gulf of Corinth Rift, central Greece, Basin Research, 21, pp.824-855. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2009.00401.x

  • Leeder MR; Andrews JE; Collier REL; Gawthorpe RL; McNeill L; Portman C; Rowe P (2007) The Gulf of Corinth, Classic Field Geology in Europe, Classic Field Geology in Europe, 11, Terra Publishing.

  • Collier REL; Leeder MR (2007) The Corinth Isthmus, In: Leeder MR; Andrews JE; Collier REL; Gawthorpe RL; McNeill L; Portman C; Rowe P (Ed) The Gulf of Corinth, Classic Field Geology in Europe, 11, Terra Publishing.

  • Leeder MR; Portman C; Andrews JE; Collier REL; Finch E; Gawthorpe RL; Mcneill LC; Perez-Arlucea M; Rowe P (2005) Normal faulting and crustal deformation, Alkyonides Gulf and Perachora peninsula, eastern Gulf of Corinth rift, Greece, J. Geol. Soc. London, 162, pp.549-561.

  • McNeill LC; Cotterill C; Henstock T; Bull J; Stefatos A; Collier REL; Papatheodorou G; Ferentinos G; Hicks S (2005) Active faulting within the offshore western Gulf of Corinth, Greece: Implications for models of continental rift deformation, Geology, 33, pp.241-244. doi: 10.1130/G21127.1

  • McNeill LC; Collier REL; De Martini PM; Pantosti D; D'Addezio G (2005) Recent history of the Eastern Eliki Fault, Gulf of Corinth: geomorphology, palaeoseismology and impact on palaeoenvironments, Geophys. J. Int., 161, pp.154-166. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2005.02559.x

  • McNeill LC; Collier REL; Pantosti D; De Martini P-M; D'Addezio G (2005) Recent history of the Eastern Eliki Fault, In: Katsonopoulou D; Soter S; Koukouvelas I (Ed) Helike III: Ancient Helike and Aigialeia - Archaeological Sites in Geologically Active Regions, pp.312.

  • Collier REL; Jones G (2004) Rift sequences of the southern margin of the Gulf of Corinth (Greece) as exploration/production analogues, Search and Discovery Article, #50007,

  • McNeill LC; Collier REL (2004) Uplift and slip rates of the eastern Eliki fault segment, Gulf of Corinth, Greece, inferred from Holocene and Pleistocene terraces, J. Geol. Soc. London, 161, pp.81-92.

  • De Martini PM; Pantosti D; Palyvos N; Lemeille N; McNeill LC; Collier REL (2004) Slip rates of the Aigion and Eliki faults from uplifted marine terraces, Corinth Gulf, Greece, Comptes Rendus Geoscience, 336, pp.325-334. doi: 10.1016/j.crte.2003.12.006

  • Leeder MR; McNeill LC; Collier REL; Portman C; Rowe PJ; Andrews JE; Gawthorpe RL (2003) Corinth rift margin uplift: New evidence from Late Quaternary marine shorelines, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30, doi: 10.1029/2003GL017382

  • Davies C; Best JL; Collier REL (2002) Sedimentology of the Bengal shelf, Bangladesh: comparison of late Miocene sediments, Sitakund anticline, with the modern, tidally dominated shelf, Sedimentary Geology, 155, pp.271-300. doi: 10.1016/S0037-0738(02)00183-5

  • Leeder MR; Collier REL; Aziz LHA; Trout M; Ferentinos G; Papatheodorou G; Lyberis E (2002) Tectono-sedimentary processes along an active marine/lacustrine half-graben margin: Alkyonides Gulf, E. Gulf of Corinth, Greece, Basin Research, 14, pp.25-41.

  • Stefatos A; Papatheodorou G; Ferentinos G; Leeder MR; Collier REL (2002) Seismic reflection imaging of active offshore faults in the Gulf of Corinth: their seismotectonic significance, Basin Research, 14, pp.487-502. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2117.2002.00176.x

  • Collier REL; Leeder MR; Trout M; Ferentinos G; Lyberis E; Papatheodorou G (2000) High sediment yields and cool, wet winters: Test of last glacial paleoclimates in the northern Mediterranean, Geology, 28, pp.999-1002. doi: 10.1130/0091-7613(2000)28<999:HSYACW>2.0.CO;2

  • Collier REL; Pantosti D; D'Addezio G; De Martini PM; Masana E; Sakellariou D (1998) Paleoseismicity of the 1981 Corinth earthquake fault: seismic contribution to extensional strain in central Greece and implications for seismic hazard, Journal of Geophysical Research, 103, pp.30001-30019.

  • Bridge JS; Collier REL; Alexander J (1998) Large-scale structure of Calamus River deposits (Nebraska, USA) revealed using ground-penetrating radar, Sedimentology, 45, pp.977-986.

  • Pantosti D; Collier REL; D'Addezio G; Masana E; Sakellariou D (1996) Direct geological evidence for prior earthquakes on the 1981 Corinth fault (central Greece), Geophysical Research Letters, 23, pp.3795-3798.

  • Bridge JS; Alexander J; Collier REL; Gawthorpe RL; Jarvis J (1995) Ground-penetrating radar and coring used to study the large-scale structure of point-bar deposits in three dimensions, Sedimentology, 42, pp.839-852.

  • Collier R; Leeder M; Jackson J (1995) Quaternary drainage development, sediment fluxes and extensional tectonics in Greece, pp.31-44. In: Lewin, J., Macklin, M.G., & Woodward, J.C. (eds) Mediterranean Quaternary River Environments. Publ. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, 31-44.

  • Drury S; Kelley S; Berhe S; Collier R; Abraha M (1994) Structrues related to Red Sea evolution in northern Eritrea, Tectonics, 13, pp.1371-1380. doi: 10.1029/94TC01990

  • Alexander J; Bridge JS; Leeder MR; Collier REL; Gawthorpe RL (1994) Holocene meander-belt evolution in an active extensional basin, south-western Mondata, J. Sediment. Res. B, 64, pp.542-559.

  • Dart CJ; Collier REL; Gawthorpe RL; Keller JVA; Nichols G (1994) Sequence stratigraphy of (?)Plio-Quaternary syn-rift, Gilbert-type fan deltas, northern Peloponnesos, Greece, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 11, pp.545-560.

  • Gawthorpe RL; Fraser AJ; Collier REL (1994) Sequence stratigrpahy in active extensional basins: implications for the interpretation of ancient basin fills, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 11, pp.642-658.

  • Gawthorpe RL; Collier REL; Alexander J; Bridge JS; Leeder MR (1993) Ground penetrating radar: Application to sandbody geometry and heterogeneity studies, Geological Society Special Publication, 73, pp.421-432. doi: 10.1144/GSL.SP.1993.073.01.24

  • Collier REL; Leeder MR; Rowe PJ; Atkinson TC (1992) Rates of tectonic uplift in the Corinth and Megara Basins, central Greece, Tectonics, 11, pp.1159-1167.

  • Collier R; Thompson J (1991) Transverse and linera dunes in an Upper Pleistocene marine sequence, Corinth Basin, Greece, Sedimentology, 38, pp.1021-1040. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.1991.tb00369.x

  • Collier R; Dart C (1991) Neogene to Quaternary rifting, sedimentation and uplift in the Corinth Basin, Greece, J. Geol. Soc. London, 148, pp.1049-1065. doi: 10.1144/gsjgs.148.6.1049

  • Bentham P; Collier R; Gawthorpe R; Leeder M; Prossor S; Stark C (1991) Tectono-sedimentary development of an extensional basin- the Neogene Megara Basin, Greece, Journal of the Geological Society, London, 148, pp.923-934. doi: 10.1144/gsjgs.148.5.0923

  • Collier REL (1991) The Lower Carboniferous Stainmore Basin, N. England: Extensional basin tectonics and sedimentation, Journal of the Geological Society, London, 148, pp.379-390.

  • Collier R; Leeder M; Maynard J (1990) Transgressions and regressions - a model for the influence of tectonic subsidence, deposition and eustacy, with application to Quaternary and Carboniferous examples. Geological Magazine, 127, pp.117-128.

  • Collier REL (1990) Eustatic and tectonic controls upon Quaternary coastal sedimentation in the Corinth Basin, Greec, Journal of the Geological Society, London, 147, pp.301-314.

  • Collier R (1989) Tectonic evolution of the Northumberland Basin - the effects of renewed extension upon an inverted extensional basin, Journal of the Geological Society, London, 146, pp.981-989. doi: 10.1144/gsjgs.146.6.0981

  • Collier REL (1989) Modelling the role of differential compaction and tectonics upon Westphalian facies architecture in the Northumberland Basin, In: Gutteridge P; Arthurton RS; Nolan SC (Ed) The Role of Tectonics in Devonian and Carboniferous Sedimentation in the British Isles, Yorkshire Geological Society, pp.189-199.

  • Leeder MR; Ord DM; Collier REL (1988) Development of alluvial fans and fan deltas in neotectonic extensional settings: Implications for the intepretation of basin-fills, In: Nemec W; Steel RJ (Ed) Fan Deltas: Sedimentology and Tectonic Settings, Blackie, pp.173-185.

  • Collier REL (1988) Sedimentary facies evolution in continental fault-bounded basins formed by crustal extension: The Corinth Basin, Greece. PhD thesis, University of Leeds, pp.287.