Dr Christopher Kirkham, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Oxford Geoscience Lab, is an expert in the recognition and interpretation of pressure dynamics within sedimentary basins and in the analysis of fluid flow and mobile media such as mud and salt. Prior to joining the University of Oxford in 2016, Christopher undertook a PhD in Cardiff University and produced a thesis entitled ‘A 3D seismic interpretation of mud volcanoes within the western slope of the Nile Cone’. Current interests and active research are in salt tectonics and exploring the ways in which hydrocarbons migrate through the subsurface and how they are expressed in seismic reflection data, particularly during catastrophic episodes of focused fluid expulsion. These features have significant implication for seal integrity and overpressure prediction. This work is important to further our understanding of basin hydrodynamics and hydrocarbon plumbing systems.
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- Kirkham, C., Cartwright, J., Hermanrud, C. and Jebsen, C., 2017. The spatial, temporal and volumetric analysis of a large mud volcano province within the Eastern Mediterranean. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 81, pp.1-16.
- Kirkham, C., Cartwright, J., Hermanrud, C. and Jebsen, C., 2018. The genesis of mud volcano conduits through thick evaporite sequences. Basin Research, 30(2), pp.217-236.
- Kirkham, C., Cartwright, J., Hermanrud, C. and Jebsen, C., 2018. The formation of giant clastic extrusions at the end of the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 482, pp.434-445.
- Bertoni, C., Kirkham, C., Cartwright, J., Hodgson, N. and Rodriguez, K., 2017. Seismic indicators of focused fluid flow and cross-evaporitic seepage in the Eastern Mediterranean. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 88, pp.472-488.
- Cartwright, J., Kirkham, C., Bertoni, C., Hodgson, N. and Rodriguez, K., 2018. Direct calibration of salt sheet kinematics during gravity-driven deformation. Geology.