Dr Kathryn Amos
I am a Senior Lecturer at the Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide. My expertise is in clastic sedimentology, my research focusing on understanding the controls behind processes of sediment transport and deposition in a range of environments, based on the study of modern environments and the rock record. A key driver for all of my research is the application of improved understanding about depositional systems to the interpretation of ancient successions.
My key research interests are:
1) The sedimentology and geomorphology of dryland continental and highly variable discharge rivers. Key field localities are: rivers of the Lake Eyre drainage basin in semi-arid central Australia, the Mitchell, Burdekin and Fitzroy Rivers in the humid tropics of north Queensland.
2) Outcrop description and interpretation of siliciclastic depositional processes and environments. Research is focused on outcrops of the Flinders Ranges, northern South Australia, and on core from various Australian basins, spanning deep marine, marginal marine, lacustrine and continental environments.
3) Experimental modelling of turbidity currents.
Recent research projects have included a focus on: sedimentology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, petroleum geology, reservoir and seal analogues, Quaternary climate change, outcrop studies, sequence stratigraphy, facies analysis, geomorphology, sedimentologic fluid dynamics.
|2015||Senior Lecturer||University of Adelaide|
|2009 - 2014||Lecturer||University of Adelaide|
|2007 - 2009||Research Fellow||University of Adelaide|
|2005 - 2007||Postdoctoral Research Associate||University of New South Wales @ ADFA|
|2004 - 2005||Postdoctoral Research Associate||University of Leeds|
|2013||ECMS Prize for Excellence in Teaching||Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide|
|2011||Geological Society of America Exceptional Reviewer||Geological Society of America|
|2004||University of East Anglia||United Kingdom||PhD|
|1999||Unviersity of East Anglia||United Kingdom||BSc (Hons) Environmental Science|
|2017||Morón Polanco, S., Amos, K. J., Edmonds, D. A., Payenberg, T., Sun, X. & Thyer, M. (2017). Avulsion triggering by El Niño−Southern Oscillation and tectonic forcing: The case of the tropical Magdalena River, Colombia. Geological Society of America Bulletin, -. 10.1130/B31580.1|
|2017||Morón, S., Edmonds, D. & Amos, K. (2017). The role of floodplain width and alluvial bar growth as a precursor for the formation of anabranching rivers. Geomorphology, 278, 78-90. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.10.026|
|2016||Counts, J., Rarity, F., Ainsworth, R., Amos, K., Lane, T., Moron Polanco, S. ... Nanson, R. (2016). Sedimentological interpretation of an Ediacaran delta: Bonney Sandstone, South Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 63, 3, 257-273. 10.1080/08120099.2016.1180322|
|2016||Counts, J. & Amos, K. (2016). Sedimentology, depositional environments and significance of an Ediacaran salt-withdrawal minibasin, Billy Springs Formation, Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Sedimentology, 63, 5, 1084-1123. 10.1111/sed.12250|
|2014||Amos, K. J., Moron, S. & Mann, S. (2014). Fluvial reservoirs in dryland endorheic basins: the Lake Eyre basin as a world class modern analogue. Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Journal, 119-134.|
|2012||Ainsworth, R., Hasiotis, S., Amos, K., Krapf, C., Payenberg, T., Sandstrom, M. ... Lang, S. (2012). Tidal signatures in an intracratonic playa lake. Geology, 40, 7, 607-610. 10.1130/G32993.1|
|2012||Amos, K., Goodwin, C. & Soria Jauregui, A. (2012). Incised valleys in marginal-lacustrine depositional environments: A new reservoir analogue from Lake Eyre, Central Australia. APPEA Journal, 2012, 513-524.|
|2012||Amos, K. & McGowan, U. (2012). Integrating academic reading and writing skills development with core content in science and engineering. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, Spec. Ed., 1-24.|
|2011||Croke, J., Jansen, J., Amos, K. & Pietsch, T. (2011). A 100 ka record of fluvial activity in the Fitzroy River Basin, tropical northeastern Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30, 13-14, 1681-1695. 10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.03.012|
|2010||Amos, K., Peakall, J., Bradbury, P., Roberts, M., Keevil, G. & Gupta, S. (2010). The influence of bend amplitude and planform morphology on flow and sedimentation in submarine channels. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 27, 7, 1431-1447. 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2010.05.004|
|2009||Fitzsimmons, K., Magee, J. & Amos, K. (2009). Characterisation of aeolian sediments from the Strzelecki and Tirari Deserts, Australia: Implications for reconstructing palaeoenvironmental conditions. Sedimentary Geology, 218, 1-4, 61-73. 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2009.04.004|
|2009||Amos, K., Croke, J., Timmers, H., Owens, P. & Thompson, C. (2009). The application of caesium-137 measurements to investigate floodplain deposition in a large semi-arid catchment in Queensland, Australia: a low-fallout environment. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 34, 4, 515-529. 10.1002/esp.1749|
|2008||Corney, R., Peakall, J., Parsons, D., Elliott, L., Best, J., Thomas, R. ... Amos, K. (2008). Reply to discussion of Imran et al. on "The orientation of helical flow in curved channels" by Corney et al., Sedimentology, 53, 249–257. Sedimentology, 55, 1, 241-247. 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2007.00925.x|
|2008||Amos, K., Croke, J., Hughes, A., Chapman, J., Takken, I. & Lymburner, L. (2008). A catchment-scale assessment of anabranching in the 143 000 km2 Fitzroy River catchment, northeastern Australia. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 33, 8, 1222-1241. 10.1002/esp.1609|
|2007||Peakall, J., Amos, K., Keevil, G., Bradbury, P. & Gupta, S. (2007). Flow processes and sedimentation in submarine channel bends. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 24, 6-9, 470-486. 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2007.01.008|
|2006||Amos, K. & Peakall, J. (2006). Down by the river. Planet Earth, Winter, 26-27.|
|2006||Corney, R., Peakall, J., Parsons, D., Elliott, L., Amos, K., Best, J. ... Ingham, D. (2006). The orientation of helical flow in curved channels. Sedimentology, 53, 2, 249-257. 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2006.00771|
|2006||Keevil, G., Peakall, J., Best, J. & Amos, K. (2006). Flow structure in sinuous submarine channels: Velocity and turbulence structure of an experimental submarine channel. Marine Geology, 229, 3-4, 241-257. 10.1016/j.margeo.2006.03.010|
|2004||Amos, K., Alexander, J., Horn, A., Pocock, G. & Fielding, C. (2004). Supply limited sediment transport in a high-discharge event of the tropical Burdekin River, North Queensland, Australia. Sedimentology, 51, 1, 145-162. 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2004.00616.x|
|2012||Hasiotis, S., Platt, B., Reilly, M., Amos, K., Lang, S., Kennedy, D. ... Todd, E. (2012). Actualistic studies of the spatial and temporal distribution of terrestrial and aquatic organism traces in continental environments to differentiate lacustrine from fluvial, eolian, and marine deposits in the geologic record. In Memoir 95 - Lacustrine Sandstone Reservoirs & Hydrocarbon (pp. 433-490). USA: The American Association of Petroleum Geologists.|
|2013||Moron Polanco, S. & Amos, K. (2013). Avulsion in anabranching dryland rivers. International Conference in Fluvial Sedimentology. Leeds, UK.|
|2012||Futalan, K., Mitchell, A., Amos, K. & Backe, G. (2012). Seismic facies analysis and structural interpretation of the Sandakan Sub-basin, Sulu Sea, Philippines. AAPG International Conference and Exhibition. Singapore.|
|2010||Amos, K. J., Soria, A. & Krapf, C. (2010). The geomorphology of dryland river terminations around Lake Eyre, central Australia. Spanish Geomorphology Conference. X. Ubeda, D. Vericat & R. J. Batalla (Eds.) Lerida, Spain.|
|2010||Backe, G., Giles, D., Baines, G. & Amos, K. (2010). 3D geological modelling of potential geothermal energy reservoirs in the Flinders Ranges, Australia. World Geothermal Congress. Indonesia.|
|2017||Craig, M. J., Baas, J., Manning, A., Amos, K. & Strachan, L. (2017). Not just along for the ride – the influence of extracellular polymeric substances on fine-grained sediment gravity flows. Geological Society of London Lyell Meeting. London, United Kingdom.|
|2017||Craig, M. J., Baas, J., Manning, A., Amos, K. & Strachan, L. (2017). Does Organic Matter Have an Unacknowledged Influence on the Dynamics and Deposits of Fine-Grained Submarine Sediment Gravity Flows?. AAPG ACE. Houston, United States of America.|
|2016||Craig, M. J., Baas, J., Amos, K., Strachan, L. & Baker, M. (2016). How does organic matter affect the head velocity and run-out distance of
cohesive sediment gravity flows?. EGU General Assembly. Vienna, Austria.
|2016||Craig, M. J., Baas, J., Amos, K., Strachan, L. & Baker, M. (2016). Experimental analogue study - How does organic matter affect the head velocity and run-out distance of cohesive sediment gravity ﬂows?. Australian Earth Sciences Convention. Adelaide, Australia.|
|2015||Counts, J. & Amos, K. (2015). A rare insight into the sedimentology and stratigraphy of a salt-withdrawal minibasin : outcrop investigation of the neoproterozoic Billy Springs Formation, South Australia. AAPG/SEG International Conference & Exhibition (ICE). Melbourne, Vic..|
|2015||Counts, J. & Amos, K. (2015). A clastic fluvial-deltaic highstand system from the neoproterozoic of South Australia: an excellent outcrop analog for marginal marine deposits in the subsurface. AAPG/SEG International Conference & Exhibition (ICE). Melbourne,Vic..|
|2014||Nanson, R. A., Lane, T. I., Rarity, G. F., Nyberg, B. B., Amos, K., Vakarelov, B. V. ... Ishak, N. (2014). The Geometry and Heterolithic Fill of Tide Influenced Channels in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. GeoConventio Focus 2014 - Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. Calgary, Canada.|
‐ National Competitive Schemes: Co-Investigator for ARC-LIEF project; Lead investigator for two AINSE Awards.
‐ Industry Funded Research: >$700k
‐ University and Faculty funded research and learning and teaching grants >$100k
- Consulting income 2013-2015: $186k
Funded research projects:
2014-2017: Fluvio-lacustrine analogues for the Cuisinier Field, Eromanga Basin. Amos and Mann
2014-2016: Magdalena River research. Amos and Morón
2011-2012: Mitchell Channels and Architecture. Nanson, R., Amos and Ainsworth.
2010: Sonic drilling to provide contamination-free core sampling. PI: Nanson, G (Uni Wollongong) and participants from five institutions.
2010: Amadeus Basin Unconventionals. Backé and Amos.
2008-2010: Lake Eyre Basin Analogues Research Group Phase III. Payenberg, Krapf, Amos
2008-2009: Fine-grained sediment deposition in an ephemeral river. Amos, Krapf, Zawadzki.
BSc Hons (Petroleum Geology and Geophysics):
PETROGEO4010, Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience I - modules in facies analysis, core description and interpretation, depositional environments and their interpretation
PETROGEO4020/4021, Honours Research Project - supervision of Hons students
Masters in Petroleum Geoscience:
PETROGEO7010, Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience I - modules in facies analysis, core description and interpretation, depositional environments and their interpretation
PETROGEO7020, Advanced Petroleum Geoscience I - modules in sedimentology and stratigraphy, field-scale palaeogeographic reconstruction
BEng (Petroleum Engineering):
PETROENG2005, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy for Petroleum Engineers
Since 2009 I have been principal supervisor for 31 Honours students
Current PhD students (as principal advisor)
Melissa Craig- Clay-Rich Turbidity Currents: Experimental Investigation of Flow Dynamics and Depositional Processes
Sandra Mann- A focus on the sedimentology of transgressions in interior seaways: Utilising modern and outcrop analogues to interpret the subsurface Cretaceous Murta Formation, Eromanga Basin, Australia Now working as a Graduate Geologist in the oil and gas industry.
Jessica Trainor- Palynology, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy of the Early Cretaceous to Late Jurassic of the Northern Barrow Delta, Carnarvon Basin, Australia.
Blaise Fernandes- Sedimentology of a deep-water salt-withdrawal mini-basin fill, Donkey Bore Syncline, northern Flinders Ranges, Australia.
Recently completed PhD students (as principal advisor)
John Counts (2016) Sedimentology, provenance, and salt-sediment interaction in the Ediacaran Pound subgroup, Flinders Ranges, South Australia http://hdl.handle.net/2440/105869 Awarded Dean’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence. Now working as a postdoctoral researcher at IFREMER, France.
Sara Morón Polanco (2016) Understanding the origin and controls on the development of anabranching rivers. Digital thesis: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/99976 Awarded Dean’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence. Now working as a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Melbourne.
Katherine (Treena) Bron (2015) The Petroleum Prospectivity of Australian Impact Structures and Related Sediments and Their Influence on Petroleum Systems.
|2011 - 2013||Member||Faculty Research Advisory Committee||Faculty of ECMS, University of Adelaide|
|2010 - 2014||Member||Centre for Tectonics, Resources and Exploration Management Committee||University of Adelaide|
|2010 - 2013||Member||Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee||Faculty of ECMS, University of Adelaide|
|2016 - ongoing||Post-graduate Co-ordinator||Australian School of Petroleum, The University of Adelaide|
|2013 - 2015||School SGDE and Blended Learning Co-ordinator||Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide|
|2011 - 2015||Petroleum Geoscience Honours and MSc Degree Programs Co-ordinator||University of Adelaide|
|2013 - ongoing|