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My current grad-students and some of their projects

Plaster experiments, with Signe Ottesen (Statoil), Tore Odinsen (Statoil), Eivind Bastesen and Atle Rotevatn

Plaster can be used to model different kinds of (mostly) brittle deformation in the laboratory. Three students have recently started to model within the three principal tectonic regimes; extension, contraction and strike-slip.

• Study fault geometries formed in the three different regimes
• Compare with real examples from outcrop and seismic data sets
• Explore the temporal development of structures in the different settings under different boundary conditions.
• Understand the range of likely and possible deformation styles in the three different regimes, from large- to small-scale structures.

YouTube movie of plaster experiment. Plaster people

Strike-slip model (Nov 13, 2013).

Extensional model.

Rifting, North Sea Rift

• Interpretation of seismic data and well information in order to understand the evolution and structural geometry of this rift at various scales.

seismic line


Ester CoblesJohannes Wiest: Core complexes and extensional tectonics in SW Norway. PhD (VISTA). With Joachim Jacobs and others.

North Sea Rift:

Thilo Wrona: Rift evolution based on 3D seismic CGG data. Postdoc (VISTA), with Rob Gawthorpe and Jan Inge Faleide.

Rosa Polanco-Ferrer: Northern North Sea rift system, with emphasis on the Tampen area. With Tore Odinsen and others, Statoil. Project: MultiRift. PhD.

Chao Deng (PhD, U of Bergen): North Sea Rift, modeling. Project: MultiRift. PhD.



Antje Antje Lenhart: Tectono-stratigraphic evolution of multiphase rift basins. Main advisor: Christopher Jackson. Institution: Imperial College. Project: MultiRift. PhD.


Flavio Almeida: Fault growth and fault interaction, northern North Sea. With Paul Whipp (Statoil). Project: Fault interaction.


Porous sandstones:

Ester CoblesCleber Peralta: Structural mapping of subseismic structures associated with transfer fault in the Tucano Basin, NE Brazil. MSc.

Sven Philit: Main advisor: Roger Soliva. PhD.




Plaster experiments:
Renate Eimind Tveit: Plaster experiments (Main advisor: Atle Rotevatn). MSc.