Mrs Isra`a Abu-Mahfouz

Postgraduate Student

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  • 2014-present: PhD student, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford.
  • 2007-2009: M.Sc. in Applied Geosciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Hashemite University-Jordan.
  • 2003-2007: B.Sc. in Geology and Environmental Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Hashemite University-Jordan.


My project aims to characterise the fractures in the late Cretaceous through Eocene section in Jordan, including their stratigraphic distribution, tectonic and diagenetic context, and timing; and to set the fractures in the structural and basin evolutional context in order to evaluate their effects on hydrocarbon migration and potential for economic production. It will help us to test whether fractures coincide with hydrocarbon maturation and migration, and to understand the causal links among interacting stratigraphic architecture, fluid migration, diagenesis, and fracturing in a shale-hosted hydrocarbon play, with a particular emphasis on explaining the distribution and structural evolution of the fracture systems in the Muwaqqar Chalk Marl (MCM) formation which is a lithologically diverse succession dating to the Campanian through Eocene. Hence this formation offers opportunities to study interaction between tectonic and diagenetic fracture formation mechanisms.

My scope is to build a robust structural-diagenetic model for the potential reservoir, based on an analysis of distribution, timing and genesis of the fractures using a group of field and laboratory-based analytical techniques, structural-stratigraphic analysis and seismic interpretation.

Supervisors: Professor Joe Cartwright (Oxford), Dr Michael Gross (Shell) and Dr. John Hooker (Oxford)


  • Abu-Mahfouz, I.S., Al-Malabeh, A.A., and Rababeh, S.M. (2016) Geo-engineering evaluation of Harrat Irbid Basaltic Rocks, Irbid District – North Jordan. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 9(5), 1-11.
  • Al-Malabeh, A., Abu-Mahfouz, I. and Rababeh, S. Mineralogy and Geochemistry Evaluations of Irbid District Basalt Flow, North Jordan (in progress)