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AAPG Bulletin, V. 86, No. 6 (June 2002), P. 931-934.

Copyright ©2002. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists. All rights reserved.

Introduction to the structure and stratigraphy of rift systems

Bruce Trudgill,1 John R. Underhill2

1Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, RSM Building, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BP, England; email: [email protected]
2Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Edinburgh, Grant Institute, King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JW, Scotland, United Kingdom; email: [email protected]


Bruce Trudgill has a B.Sc. degree in geology from Aberystwyth, University of Wales and a Ph.D. in structural geology from Imperial College, London. He was a geophysicist at Amerada Hess UK Ltd. before taking up a postdoctoral research fellow position back at Imperial College studying the growth of normal fault structures. From 1994 until the end of 1999 he was a research associate/professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, investigating salt tectonics in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Bruce is now in his third stint at Imperial College, having rejoined the department as a lecturer in geology and geophysics. His main research interests lie in the tectonics of sedimentary basins and, in particular, the growth of normal fault structures and the role of salt in controlling basin evolution. Bruce teaches 3-D seismic interpretation and advanced structural interpretation of seismic data in the petroleum geoscience M.Sc. course. He is also a leader on the annual M.Sc. field trip to the Book Cliffs and Paradox basin in Utah.

John Underhill has been a professor of stratigraphy at the University of Edinburgh since 1998. Prior to joining the faculty at Edinburgh in 1989, John worked for Shell International in The Hague and London as an exploration geoscientist. He was an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer in 1999 and was awarded their prestigious Matson Award for excellence in presentation in 1992. John has also been the recipient of the Geological Society's President's Award in 1990 and their Wollaston Fund in 1999. He was the European Association of Petroleum Geoscientists' Distinguished Lecturer in 1989 and 1992. In his spare time, John is a professional soccer referee and officiates in international (FIFA, UEFA) and Scottish Premier League competitions.

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