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Basin Structure Group

Petroleum Leeds

Holly Rowlands

PhD Student

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   holly.j.rowlands12@leeds.ac.uk

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I’m currently a second year PhD student in the Basin Structure Research Group of the Institute of Applied Geosciences.

I have an MSc in Structural Geology with Geophysics from The University of Leeds, which I completed in early 2014. Previously I obtained a first class BSc (hons) in Geology with Geography from Keele University in 2004.

After my first degree, through various circumstances, I fell outside of the geological sector until I secured a position as a Geological/Geophysical Assistant at a small independent consultancy firm a few years later.

Unfortunately the company became a victim of the recession and I was made redundant in 2009. I slipped outside the sector again, but determined to follow a geological career I applied and was accepted to several PhDs, but was unable to secure funding.

My fortunes finally changed in early 2012 when I was lucky enough to be awarded two partial scholarships from the PESGB and Conoco Phillips, which allowed me to attend the MSc Structural Geology course at Leeds.

Due to successfully completing this, I was able to start my current, funded PhD in January 2014. I am now happy to be working on a fascinating project with state-of-the-art data, exploring the influence of basement structure and volcanics on the development of the Uruguayan margin.

My research interests include large-scale regional tectonics, including passive margin development and rift evolution. I particularly enjoy utilising all available data (whether outcrop or subsurface) which currently includes combining 2D and 3D seismic reflection data. This is used to understand the spatial and temporal evolution of fault systems and sedimentary basin evolution. I have a special interest in areas such as the South Atlantic margins as well as other volcanic passive margins and areas of newly evolving rift systems.

I have assisted on the MSc Structural Geology module, Applied Structural Models as well as undergraduate Geology courses and Geology for Geophysicists modules for the MSc in Exploration Geophysics.

 
Rowlands, H.J; Paton, D; Mortimer, E; Turner, J; Thompson, P. (2014) The influence of basement structure and volcanics on the evolution of the Uruguayan margin. BG Group Postgraduate Research Forum, 2014 - Conference poster.
 
Rowlands, H.J; Paton, D; Mortimer, E; Turner, J; Thompson, P; Soto, M; de Santa Ana, H (2015) Imaging a South Atlantic Transfer zone. BG Group Postgraduate Research Forum, 2015 - Conference poster.
 
Rowlands, H.J; Paton, D; Mortimer, E; Turner, J; Thompson, P; Soto, M; de Santa Ana, H (2015) The influence of basement structure and volcanics on the evolution of the Uruguayan margin. AAPG, ACE Denver, Colorado - Conference poster.