Team Member

Dr. Sarah Southern

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Calgary

Research Topics

  • Principally my research concerns deep-water sedimentology: examining the fundamental processes that are associated with a spectrum of sediment gravity flow types (slides, debris flow and turbidity currents), and how they are preserved in the geological record.
  • Understanding sediment gravity flows that are transitional between turbulent and cohesive; examination of the character and distribution of their deposits with respect to sea-floor topography (PhD thesis - request by email). 
  • Examination of the internal architecture and heterogeneity of slope channels in order to understand variations in sedimentary processes (erosion, bypass and deposition) and the implications for reservoir characterization.  Specific themes include: 
    • Characterization of channel-base deposits at different scales of channelization (Tres Pasos Formation) – ongoing research in 2016.  
    • Qualitative and quantitative characterization of slope channel fill position (axial through to marginal) using over 100 logged sections of individual slope channel fills (Tres Pasos Formation) – ongoing research in 2016.

Publications and Presentations

  • Southern S.J., Patacci M., Felletti F. & McCaffrey W.D. (2015). Influence of flow containment and substrate entrainment upon sandy hybrid event beds containing a co-genetic mud-clast-rich division. Sedimentary Geology, 321, pp. 105–122.
  • Southern S.J., McCaffrey W.D., Kane, I.A., Patacci M. & Mountney, N.P. (2015).  Influence of Basin Physiography Upon the Character and Distribution of Hybrid Event Beds. AAPG Annual Meeting, Denver.
  • Southern, S.J., Mountney, N.P. & Pringle, J.K. (2014). The Carboniferous Southern Pennine Basin, UK. Geology Today, 30, pp. 71-78 doi: 10.1111/gto.12044
  • Southern S.J., Patacci M. & McCaffrey W.D. (2014). The Influence of Sedimentary Gravity Flow Confinement, Containment and Basin Size Upon Depositional Character and Distribution in Deep-Water Confined Systems. GSA Annual Meeting, Vancouver
  • Southern S.J., Patacci M., Felletti F. & McCaffrey W.D. (2014). The Role of Confining Bathymetry Upon Hybrid Flow Development and Emplacement – Insights from the Confined Deep-water Castagnola System, Tertiary Piedmont Basin, NW Italy. AAPG Annual Meeting, Houston
  • Southern, S.J., Kane, I.A., Warchol, M., Porten, K.W., McCaffrey, W.D. & Mountney, N. (2013). Transitional and Composite Flow Deposits: Character and Distribution in the Maastrichtian Springar Fm., Voring Basin, Norwegian Sea. AAPG Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh. 

Previous degrees:

  • B.Sc. Geosciences (University of Leeds)
  • M.Sc. Structural Geology & Geophysics (University of Leeds)
  • Ph.D. “Influence of basin physiography on the evolution and sedimentation from flows transitional between turbidity current and debris flow” (University of Leeds)

Little known fact:

  • First job at the age of 14 was working as a trapper in a firing range.