Prof Jonathan Redfern

Professor of Petroleum Geoscience

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Professor of Petroleum Geoscience, Head of the Petroleum Geoscience and Basin Studies research and tDirectors of the Petroleum Geoscience Mscs run within SEAES at the University of Manchester. Also lead the North Africa Research Group, funded by a consortium of international oil companies.  For details of North Africa Research Group go to

Background:  I  graduated from Chelsea College , London with a BSc (Hons) in Geology and joined Fina as a geologist working on North Sea exploration.  I left after 3 years to undertake a PhD at Bristol University on the Sedimentology of the glaciogenic Permo-Carboniferous Grant Group of the Canning Basin, Western Australia.  After completing my PhD I returned to the oil industry for 10 years with Fina and later Amerada Hess, working in the UK, North Africa and S.E Asia.  Since 1998 I have been an academic (initialy at Oxford Brookes University and since 2004 at the University of Manchester). I continue to have close links to the oil indusyry, supervising funded PhDs, running the leading North Srica REserach Group and consulting  on a variety of projects.

I am a Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS), and a member of the AAPG, PESGB, IAS and EAGE, I am also on the editorial board of the AAPG Bulletin and the Journal of Petroleum Geology

Research: I founded the North Africa Research Group: established to undertake broad basin analysis projects in North Africa (  I was also a joint leaders of theAtlantic Triassic Research Project with UCD in Dublin, co-lead by Prof Brian Williams, Prof Pat Shannon

Research interests:

My research interests cover a broad spectrum from applied clastic sedimentology (fluvial and glacial), petroleum system analysis , regional geology, and basin modeling.

North African and S.E Asian Regional Geology

Petroleum System Definition

Basin Analysis and Geochemical Modelling


- continental clastic systems (Atlantic Triassic Research Project, funded by Shell), a collaborative research programme at Manchester, UCD supported by Shell International)

- ancient glacial sediments, particularly the characterisation of their reservoir / source potential.

- deepwater slope depositional systems






BSc Geology (Chelsea College, Univ. of London) 1984; PhD Subsurface Analysis of Permo-Carboniferous Glacial Sediments, Canning Basin, WA. (Bristol) 1990;

External positions

External Examiner, University College Dublin

1 Sep 20161 Sep 2019

External Examiner, University Of Malaya

1 Jun 20151 May 2018

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