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Professor Peter Burgess

Head of Discipline Earth Sciences Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences


Personal Statement

I am an Earth Scientist with 26 years post PhD experience in academia and industry as a quantitative sedimentary geologist, code developer, researcher and teacher. I completed my PhD in numerical stratigraphic forward modelling in 1994 and then worked as a PDRA in Caltech for two years, Liverpool University for two years, and then as a lecturer in University of Cardiff from 1998 to 2002. I worked for Shell E&P in the Netherlands from 2002 to 2010 before returning to academia as a professor in Royal Holloway University of London and then taking up my current position as Professor of Sedimentary Geology in Liverpool in 2016.

I'm currently part of the QUEST group working on Quantitative Experimental Sedimentology to better understand the nature of the stratigraphic record and the deep-time history of environmental change. I have diverse research interests in sedimentology, sequence and seismic stratigraphy, basin analysis, geological data science, and numerical forward modelling. I am an experienced teacher and mentor at BSc, MSc, PhD and industry professional level, and I'm currently developing and delivering courses focused on the application of coding and data science to various areas of Earth Science. I'm also co-editor of the Journal of Sedimentary Geology, an Associate Editor for Basin Research, on the editorial board for the Philosphical Transactions of the Royal Society A, and active on the executive committee of University Geoscience UK.