Mr Grant Cole

Mr Grant Cole

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


PhD Candidate (Earth Sciences) (Supervisors: Dr Matthew Watkinson (Plymouth), Dr Rhodri Jerrett (Manchester) & Prof. Mark Anderson (Plymouth))


Stratigraphic and Sedimentary Architecture of a Tectonically Influenced Terrestrial to Shallow Marine Succession, Maestrat basin, eastern Spain 

Overview of project:

A succession of Early Cretaceous terrestrial to marginal marine rocks were deposited in the Maestrat basin (Teruel / Castellon provinces, Spain) under extensional tectonic conditions. Research for the past decade in this basin has highlighted the influence this tectonic regime has had; focusing on fluvial, lacustrine, alluvial and carbonate facies. However, much of the succession including shallow marine siliciclastic facies has been overlooked as well as the potential role salt tectonics may have played despite the coincidence of Cretaceous extensional faults with the present-day distribution of salt diapirs. Reactive salt diapirism is commonly associated with phases of extensional tectonics but relatively few studies have attempted to untangle how these two processes affect syn-tectonic facies distributions. Thus, the project will achieve this through the creation of a series of explanatory models based on remote sensing and outcrop data from the basin and potentially subsurface or regional analogues.



Formerly a semi-professional Snooker player (2006-2010), I decided to pursue a career in geology. I completed my undergraduate degree at Plymouth University, graduating top of my class and the entire year. My career aspirations aligned with the oil and gas sector and I subsequently undertook an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience at Aberdeen University, securing a scholarship from Apache North Sea Ltd. During and after the MSc I worked in the oil and gas industry for 15 months as a geologist/geophysicist and petrophysicist before starting my PhD at Plymouth University. My passion for geological research and the desire to develop myself into a professional geologist were the main reasons for studying a PhD. It is fantastic to work on a PhD in the research areas/topics I am most passionate about whilst at one of the best Universities in the UK. 

Oil and Gas industry:

LR Senergy Support Geoscientist (Petrophysicist) - January 2015 - December 2015

Apache North Sea Ltd Exploitation Geoscientist (near field exploration) - May 2014 - September 2014


MSc Integrated Petroleum Geoscience -University of Aberdeen - Apache North Sea Ltd Scholarship - 2013-2014

BSc (Hons) Physical Geography and Geology - Plymouth University 2010-2013 

Professional Courses:

LR Senergy Deterministic Petrophysics workflow - May 2015

LR Senergy Fundamentals of IC and IP - March 2015

Schlumberger Petrel - 1-day course - August 2014

Professional membership


Research interests

Sedimentology (Clastic & Carbonate), Petroleum Geoscience, Basin Analysis, Tectonics (influence on sedimentary basins)

Other research

Bachelor degree project:

Landsliding on the southeast of the Isle of Wight: nature, characteristics and causes. Plymouth student Scientist, vol. 6 No. 2 p. 124-176.