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Dorrik Stow

Dorrik Stow

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland


Professor Stow is a leading sedimentologist, geologist and oceanographer of international standing with an extensive record of scientific publications, including over 250 scientific papers and reports, numerous books and edited volumes. He specialises in the deep sea and on deep-sea deposits now thrown up onto land. In pursuing this scientific quest he has sailed on all the world’s major oceans, and lectured extensively throughout the world. He has had a long and close involvement with scientific ocean drilling, and has worked in and with the oil industry. He also maintains strong interest in the field of geoscience and development, especially hazard mitigation, geoscience education and marine management. His is enthusiastic to popularise ocean and earth sciences through lectures, writing and broadcast. He is currently Director of IPE and Professor of Petroleum Geoscience within the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society.

Research Interest

Deepwater sedimentary systems: pioneer in the field with major research programme coordination and international cooperation; land-based, marine-based and subsurface interests; furthering knowledge of deep-water processes, facies and architecture. Petroleum geoscience: incorporating sedimentary genetic units, reservoir characterisation, seismic interpretation, petrophysical and geotechnical rock properties. Contourites and paleocirculation: including how these are linked with climate and past environmental change; currently Co-Chief Scientist for IODP Expedition 339 on Mediterranean Outflow. Muds and shales: including modern, ancient and subsurface fine-grained sedimentary systems, from micro-scale to basin-scale; and black shale deposition.