Prof Joe Cartwright

Joe 3Shell Professor of Earth Sciences

Telephone:  +44 (0)1865 282 525
(PA Maria Petrunova +44 (0)1865 282 060)

Research Profile
My research interests are in understanding process linkages between depositional, diagenetic and deformational processes in sedimentary basins. I have primarily used seismic data for this purpose, and have built laboratories at Imperial College, London and Cardiff prior to coming to Oxford to lead the Shell Geoscience Laboratory. I am particularly interested in developing quantitative methods in 3D seismic interpretation to gain a better understanding of basin shaping and filling processes. I am a PI in the major collaborative research programme between Oxford and Shell. Current projects include: the development of natural fractures in mudrocks, controls on the development of unconventional hydrocarbon resources, geological sequestration of carbon dioxide, the propagation of tectonic faults, the genesis of polygonal fault systems, the mechanics of sandstone and igneous intrusions, the genesis of giant submarine landslides, mechanisms and controls on highly focused fluid venting, the seismic characterisation of mudrocks as seals, and the seismic analysis of diagenetic reactions.

Teaching Profile
3rd Year: Earth Resources

Field Courses:
1st year; Pembrokeshire
2nd year: Dorset
3rd year: Spain

Selected Publications

Bird, PC, Cartwright, JA, Davies TL, (2015) “Basement reactivation in the development of rift basins: an example of reactivated Caledonide structures in the West Orkney Basin”. Journal of the Geological Society, 172 (1), 77-85

Bureau, D, Mourgues, R, Cartwright, J, (2014) “Use of a new artificial cohesive material for physical modelling: Application to sandstone intrusions and associated fracture networks”. Journal of Structural Geology, 66, 223-236

Roberts, DT, Crook, AJL, Cartwright, JA, Profit, ML, Rance, JM, (2014) The Evolution of Polygonal Fault Systems: Insights from Geomechanical Forward Modeling. 48th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium

Sun, Q, Wu, S, Cartwright, J, Wang, S, Lu, Y, Chen, D, Dong, D, (2014) Neogene igneous intrusions in the northern South China Sea: Evidence from high-resolution three dimensional seismic data. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 54, 83-95

Cartwright, J, (2014) Are outcrop studies the key to understanding the origins of polygonal fault systems? Geology, 42 (6), 559-560

Foschi, M, Cartwright, JA, Peel, FJ, (2014) Vertical anomaly clusters: Evidence for vertical gas migration across multilayered sealing sequences. AAPG Bulletin, 98 (9), 1859-1884

Carruthers, D, Cartwright, J, Jackson, M, Schutjens, P, (2013) Origin and timing of layer-bound radial faulting around North Sea salt stocks: new insights into the evolving stress state around rising diapirs. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 48, 130-148

Georgiopoulou, A, Cartwright, JA, (2013) A critical test of the concept of submarine equilibrium profile. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 41, 35-47

Sun, Q, Cartwright, J, Wu, S, Chen, D, (2013) 3D seismic interpretation of dissolution pipes in the South China Sea: Genesis by subsurface, fluid induced collapse. Marine Geology, 337, 171–181

Bertoni, C, Cartwright, J, Hermanrud, C, (2013) Evidence for large-scale methane venting due to rapid drawdown of sea level during the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Geology, 41 (3), 371-374

Hermanrud, C, Venstad, JM, Cartwright, J, Rennan, L, Hermanrud, K, … Consequences of water level drops for soft sediment deformation and vertical fluid leakage. Mathematical Geosciences, 45 (1), 1-30

Hohbein, M, Sexton, P, Cartwright, J.A. 2012. Onset of North Atlantic Deep Water production coincident with inception of the Cenozoic global cooling trend. Geology, 40, 255-258. doi: 10.1130/​G32461.1

Cartwright, J.A. 2011. Diagenetically induced shear failure of fine grained sediments and the genesis of polygonal fault systems. Marine and Petroleum Geology. 28, 1593-1610. doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2011.06.004

Moss, J, and Cartwright, J.A. 2010. 3D seismic expression of Km-scale fluid escape pipes from offshore Namibia. Basin Research, 22, 481-501. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2010.00461.x

Miles, A., and Cartwright J.A. 2010. Hybrid flow sills: A new mode of igneous sheet intrusion. Geology, 38; no. 4; p. 343–346; doi: 10.1130/G30414.1

Cartwright, J.A. 2010. Regionally extensive emplacement of sandstone intrusions: a brief review. Basin Research, 22, 502-516; doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2009.00455.x

Shin, H., Santamarina, J.C and Cartwright, J.A. 2010. Displacement field in contraction-driven faults. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, B07408, doi: 10.1029/2009JB006572

Bull, S., Cartwright, J.A. and Huuse, M. 2009. A review of kinematic indicators from mass transport complexes using 3D seismic data. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 26, 1132-1151; doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2008.09.011

Clark, I. and Cartwright, J.A. 2009. Interactions between submarine channel systems and deformation in deepwater fold belts: Examples from the Levant Basin, Eastern Mediterranean sea. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 26, 1466-1482; doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2009.05.004

Cartwright, J.A. and Jackson, M.P.A. 2008. Initiation of gravitational collapse of an evaporite basin margin: The Messinian saline giant, Levant Basin, eastern Mediterranean. Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 120, 399-413; doi: 10.1130/B26081X.1

Cartwright, J.A., Huuse, M., James, D.M.D., Vetel, W. and Hurst, A. 2008. The geometry and emplacement of conical sandstone intrusions. Journal of Structural Geology, 30, 854-868; doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2008.03.012

Shin, H., Santamarina, C., and Cartwright, J.A. 2008. Contraction-driven shear failure in compacting uncemented sediments. Geology, 36, 931-934; doi: 10.1130/G24951A.1

Cartwright, J.A. 2007, Bicentennial Review: The impact of 3D seismic data on the understanding of compaction, fluid flow and diagenesis in sedimentary basins. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 164, 881-893; doi: 10.1144/0016-76492006-143

Cartwright, J.A., Huuse, M., and Aplin, A. 2007. Seal bypass systems. AAPG Bulletin, 91, 1141-1166; doi:10.1306/04090705181