Dr Matthew Watkinson

Dr Matthew Watkinson

Associate Professor in Energy Geoscience

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



Associate Professor in Energy Geoscience (sedimentology, energy resource geology, stratigraphy).

Earth Sciences Programmes Lead 

Geology Fieldwork Coordinator

SoGEES Geology Fieldwork Safety Representative

Science Faculty Assessment Offences Committee representative

Member of Faculty of Science Approval Scrutiny Panels for MSc/MRes Marine Policy and Planning (2009), BSc Chemistry (2008), BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences, BSc (Hons) Toxicology and Health, BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health and the reapproval of BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences, BSc (Hons) Human Biology Major and Human Biology Minor (2007).

Former Chair of Faculty of Science External Liaison Commitee.



PhD The Open University, UK. Awarded 1989

Triassic to Middle Jurassic sequences from the Lusitanian Basin Portugal, and their equivalents in other North Atlantic Margin Basins.

BSc (Honours) Geology, University of Wales (Swansea), 1985.

1990: Royal Society European Exchange Fellowship, University of Roma, La Sapienza. Tectonics and sequence stratigraphy of peri-Adriatic carbonate platforms.

1991-1992: Petroleum Exploration Geologist with Earth Resources Institute, Swansea, UK.

1992-present: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geology at University of Plymouth.

27 years petroleum exploration and production consultancy experience in Mauritania, Zambia, Kenya, Cameroon, USA, Algeria, Germany, Madagascar, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Czech Republic, UK North Sea, Onshore UK, Offshore Ireland, Bulgaria, Croatia and Montenegro, India, Malta, Italy, Bolivia.

Professional membership

SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology

Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB)



Teaching interests


Sedimentology and sedimentary geology (silciclastics and carbonates)

Field Geology

Sequence stratigraphy and seismic sequence stratigraphy

Petroleum geology and energy resource geology

Basin Analysis


Stimulating interest in science in school children of all ages.



Research interests

Shallow marine depositional systems and architecture (field, well logs and seismic)

High resolution seismic and sequence stratigraphy.

Effects of high frequency sea-level changes on mixed carbonate-clastic successions, diagenesis and palaeoecology.

Application of sequence stratigraphy in petroleum exploration and production.

Tectono-stratigraphic evolution of (i) Atlantic Margin basins; (ii) peri-Carpathian basins; (iii) Mesozoic and Tertiary Indian basins.

Basin Modelling and Play Fairway Analysis.

Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of mudrock unconventional resources

Creative practice & artistic projects

Orchestral Tuba player. Principal Tuba - Plymouth Symphony Orchestra. Also played for Dartington Festival Orchestra, Plymouth University Orchestra, Orchestra for Cornwall. Ensembles: Portland Square Brass, Tavistock Versatile Brass Ensemble.





Hart, M.B., and Watkinson, M.P. (2017) Micropalaeontology and Palaeoecology of the Kallankuruchichi Limestone Formation, Cauvery Basin, S.E. India. in Pradeep K. Kathal, Rajiv Nigam, and Abu Talib (eds) Micropalaeontology and Its Applications. Scientific Publishers, India, 1-13pp.


Vickers, M.L., Price, G.D., Jerrett, R.M. and Watkinson, M. (2016) Stratigraphic and geochemcial expression of Barremian-Aprian global climate change in Arctic Svalbard, Geosphere, GES1344.1.


Watkinson, M.P., Hart, M.N, and Joshi, A. (2007). Cretaceous tectnonostratigraphy and the development of the Cauvery Basin, southeast India. Petroleum Geoscience, 13, 181-191.


Oxford, M.J., Hart, M.B. & Watkinson, M.P. (2004). Foraminiferal chraracterisation of mid-Upper Jurassic sequences in the Wessex Basin (UK). Revista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, 110, p. 209-218.

Dzadzio, P. Enield, M., Watkinson, M.P, (2004). Examples of basin floor fan stacking patterns from the Upper Palaeocene -Eocene Ciê¿kowice sandstones (Polish Carpathians). In: Galonka, J. & Picha, F. (eds)The Carpathians: Geology and Hydrocarbon Resources. AAPG Memoir.


Oxford, M.J., Gregory, J.F., Hart, M.B., Henderson, A.S., Simmons, M.D., Watkinson, M.P. (2002). Jurassic planktonic foraminifera from the United Kingdom. Terra Nova, v. 14, p.205.


Hart, M.B. Joshi, A. & Watkinson, M.P. (2001) Mid-Late Cretacous Straigraphy of the Cauvery BAsin and the Development of the Eastern Indian Ocean. Journal Geological Society of India, v. 58, p. 217-229.


Hart, M.B., A. Bhaskar & Watkinson, M.P. (2000) Larger Foraminifera from the Upper Cretaceous of the Cauvery BAsin, S.E. India. Memoir Geoogical Society of India. 46, p.159-171.

OXFORD, M.J., HART, M.B. & WATKINSON, M.P. 2000. Micropalaeontological investigations of the Oxford Clay. Geoscience in south-west England, 10, 009-013.


Tewari, A., Hart, M.B., & Watkinson, M.P. (1998) Teredolites from the Garudamangalam Sandstone Formation (late Turonian-Coniacian), Cauvary Basin, Southeast India. Ichnos, v.6, p.75-98.


Tewari, A., Hart, M.B. & Watkinson, M.P. (1995)Foraminiferal recovery after the mid-Cretaceous oceanic anoxic events (OAE's) in the Cauvery Basin, southeast India. In: Hart, M.B. (ed.) Biotic Recovery from Mass Extinction Events. Geological Society Special Publication no. 102. p. 237-245.



Reports & invited lectures

Watkinson, M., Tucker, C., Beal, T., and Enfield, M (2017) NewPotential in a Mature petroleum province: The Carpathians. AAPG SEG ICE, London, 16 October 2017.

Watkinson, M, Enfield, M, Henderson, T., Beal, T. and Tucker, C. 2017 The lost art of fieldwork: a cost effective strategy for unlocking African Prospectivity. Poster PESGB Africa Conference, London, September, 2017.

Watkinson,M., Enfield, M. Beal, T., Tukcer, C.,(2017) New tectnonostratigraphic Framewrok for NW Madagascar: Applications for the frontier exploration of deep basins. PESGB Africa Conference, London, September, 2017.

Enfield, M., Watkinson, M. et al. (2017) New discoveries and new plays in the Carpathian Fold and Thrust Belt: Innovating New Structural and Stratigraphic Concepts for Future High Impact Exploration. Geological Society, London. Fold and Thrust belts: Structural style, evolution and exploration. November, 2017.

Cole, G., Watkinson, M., Jerrett, R. and Anderson, M. (2017) Architectural Analysis of tectonically infuenced shallow water mouth bar complexes, Lower Cretaceous Maestrat Basin, Spain. Implications of reservoir characterization and modelling. AAPG SEG ICE Confernece , London. October 2017.

Etobro, I. A., Watkinson, M.P and Anderson, M.W. (2014) Tectonic Inversion and Petroleum System Implications in the Passive Margin of the Benin Basin, SW Nigeria. Petroleum Geoscience of the West Africa Margin, Geological Society of London, April, 2014.

Etobro, I.A., Watkinson, M.P and Anderson, M.W. (2013) Exploration Significance of the Tectono-stratigraphic Evolution of the Eastern Benin Basin, Offshore Nigeria. AAPG Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, USA

Etobro, I.A.A., Watkinson, M.P. and Anderson, M.W. (2013) Geodynamic and Petroleum Exploration implications of the tectonostratigraphy evolution of Eastern Benin Basin, offshore Nigeria. Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists 2103 Annual International Conference and Exhibition. November, 2013 Lagos, Nigeria.

Watkinson, M.P., Enfield, M.A, van Lochem, H., Jones, A., Rawdanowicz, G and Tucker, C. (2011) Exploration of a Plaeogene Syn- to early Port-Orogenic Deep-Marine Basin Play, Kamchia Depression (western Onshore Bulgaria). Invited Presentation. 73rd EAGE Conference and Exhibition. Exploration in Mature Areas: Case studies form the Apline, Carpathian and Pannonian Region. Vienna. May 2011.

Elenwa, C., Watkinson, M.P. and Anderson, M.A. (2010) Tectono-Stratigraphy and reservoir Development in Offshore Sierra Leone Basin. AAPG Africa regional Conference, Abuja, Nigeria. November 2010.