Domenico Chiarella

Domenico Chiarella


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Personal profile

  • Professor of Sedimentary Geology - Royal Holloway University of London 2022-date
  • Reader in Sedimentary Geology - Royal Holloway University of London 2020-2022
  • Director of Education (PGT), School of Life Sciences & the Environment - Royal Holloway University of London 2021-date
  • Director MSc Energy Geosciences - Royal Holloway University of London 2019-2021
  • Senior Lecturer in Sedimentary Geology - Royal Holloway University of London 2019-2020
  • Lecturer in Sedimentary Geology - Royal Holloway University of London 2016-2019
  • Senior Sedimentologists - Rocksource Exploration/Point Resources (Oslo, Norway) 2014-2016
  • Senior Geologist - Weatherford Petroleum Consultants (Bergen, Norway) 2012-2014
  • PostDoc - Italian National Research Council (Tito, Italy) 2011-2012
  • Ph.D. - Depositional processes in tidally-controlled mixed siliciclastic-bioclastic systems (University of Basilicata, Italy) 2007-2011

My research focuses on the sedimentology of (i) mixed siliciclastic-carbonate deposits, (ii) tidally-dominated sandbodies accumulated in confined settings, (iii) deltaic to shallow-marine clastic depositional systems, and (iv) bottom current/contourite deposits using outcrop and subsurface datasets. My current interest is focused on the understanding of depositional systems and their reservoir characterization and distribution.


I have a PhD from the University of Basilicata (Italy) on the sedimentology of mixed siliciclastic-carbonate tidally-dominated deposits accumulated in confined settings, and a Postdoc with the Italian National Research Council (CNR). I worked in Norwegian E&P companies for 5 years, with experience in exploration and production. Since September 2016, I work as a Sedimentary Geologist and coordinator of MSc courses in Sedimentology and Energy Geoscience at Royal Holloway, University of London.


Founder of the DOA journal Sedimentologika


Current PDRA and Ph.D. students:

Min Gao, PDRA Sedimentological characterisation of the Cretaceous shelf platform in southern Iraq

Daniel Breeze, Ph.D. (co-supervised by Nicola Scarselli) Impact of Sedimentological Heterogeneity on CO2 Migration and Trapping Potential: HyNet North West project, Liverpool Bay, Offshore UK 

Tatiana Glazkova, Ph.D. (Lead supervisor Alex Dickson; co-supervised by Javier Hernández-Molina) Characterisation of fine-grained sediments in affected by deep ocean currents.

Candela Martinez, Ph.D. (co-supervised by Chris Jackson and Nicola Scarselli) Tectonic evolution and sedimentological characterization of normal fault-controlled deposits

Lise Nakken, Ph.D. (co-supervised by Chris Jackson) Tectonostratigraphic and sedimentological characterization of the Upper Jurassic syn-rift deposits (Froan Basin, Norway)

Niamh McGovern, Ph.D. (co-supervised by Javier Hernández-Molina) Tectonostratigraphic and sedimentological characterization of Cenozoic interval of the Porcupine Basin (Ireland)


Based at the University of Basilicata (Italy):

Faith Obasuyi, Ph.D. (Lead supervisor Sergio G. Longhitano) A revision of the sedimentary characteristics and tectonic setting of the mid-Jurassic Garn Formation (Halten Terrace, Mid-Norwegian Continental Shelf)


Past PDRA and Ph.D. students:

Salim Ayomaya, Ph.D. (co-supervised by Dave Waltham) Forward modelling of the Calcarenite di Gravina Formation exposed at Matera, Italy: for better understanding of seismic sequence stratigraphy (2023) - now at UK Environment Agency

Ryan L. Payton, Ph.D. Pore Scale Characterisation and Assessment of Potential Subsurface Carbon Storage Reservoirs: A Digital Approach (2023) - now at Oracle

Amando Lasabuda, PDRA Numerical modeling of the Cenozoic source-to-sink in the SW Barents Sea (2022) - now Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Postdoc Fellow at UiO Oslo and University of Sydney

Wouter De Weger, Ph.D. (Lead supervisor Javier Hernández-Molina) Sedimentological characteristics of a late Miocene Contourite Channel System (The Rifian Corridor, Morocco) (2021) - now at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC)

Yizhuo Sun, Ph.D. (co-supervised by Saswata Hier-Majumder) Numerical Simulation of Geological Reactive Porous Flow (2021) - now at Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Walter Capella, PDRA Sedimentological characterisation of fault-controlled deposits (2019)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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