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.
✓ Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.
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||Teaching Award||ECMS Prize for Excellence in Teaching||Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide||—||—|
|2011||Recognition||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|
|2013||Moron Polanco, S., & Amos, K. (2013). Avulsion in anabranching dryland rivers. In 10th International Conference in Fluvial Sedimentology (pp. 0 pages). United Kingdom: University of Brighton.|
|2012||Futalan, K., Mitchell, A., Amos, K., & Backe, G. (2012). Seismic facies analysis and structural interpretation of the Sandakan Sub-basin, Sulu Sea, Philippines. In Proceedings of AAPG 2012 International Conference and Exhibition (pp. 1-18). Singapore: AAPG.|
|2010||Backe, G., Giles, D., Baines, G., & Amos, K. (2010). 3D geological modelling of potential geothermal energy reservoirs in the Flinders Ranges, Australia. In Proceedings World Geothermal Congress 2010 (pp. 1-5). CD: World Press.|
|2010||Amos, K. J., Soria, A., & Krapf, C. (2010). The geomorphology of dryland river terminations around Lake Eyre, central Australia. In X. Ubeda, D. Vericat, & R. J. Batalla (Eds.), Avances de la Geomorfologia en Espana, 2008 - 2010 (pp. 189-192). Lerida, Spain.|
|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. Poster session presented at the meeting of 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?. Poster session presented at the meeting of 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?. Poster session presented at the meeting of 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?. Poster session presented at the meeting of 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. Poster session presented at the meeting of Search and Discovery. Melbourne, Vic.: AAPG/Datapages.|
|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. Poster session presented at the meeting of Search and Discovery. Melbourne,Vic.: AAPG/Datapages.|
|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. Poster session presented at the meeting of 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
|Date||Role||Research Topic||Program||Degree Type||Student Load||Student Name|
|2018||Principal Supervisor||Paleoenvironments of the Tonian-Cryogenian of the Adelaide Basin||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Miss Georgina Mitford Virgo|
|2018||Co-Supervisor||Provenance, Basin Analysis and Isotopic History of the Tonian-Cryogenian Flinders Ranges||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Mr Jarred Cain Lloyd|
|2016||Co-Supervisor||Sequence Stratigraphy of the Mid-Proterozoic Oil and Gas-Bearing Shales of the McArthur Basis, Northern Territory||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Miss Chen Yu|
|2015||Principal Supervisor||Clay-Rich Turbidity Currents: Experimental Investigation of Flow Dynamics and Depositional Processes||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Melissa Jade Craig|
|Date||Role||Research Topic||Program||Degree Type||Student Load||Student Name|
|2014 - 2018||Co-Supervisor||Controls on the Geometry, Stratigraphic Distribution and Quality of Coals of Middle to Upper Jurassic Strata in Eastern Australia||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Dr Carmine Christopher Wainman|
|2014 - 2018||Principal Supervisor||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||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Ms Sandra Jean Mann|
|2013 - 2016||Principal Supervisor||Sedimentology, Provenance, and Salt-Sediment Interaction in the Ediacaran Pound Subgroup, Flinders Ranges, South Australia||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Mr John Waldon Counts|
|2012 - 2016||Principal Supervisor||Understanding the Origin and Controls on the Development of Anabranching Rivers||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Miss Sara Eugenia Moron Polanco|
|2010 - 2015||Principal Supervisor||Impact Sedimentation of the Tookoonooka and Talundilly Marine Impact Structures, Australia: An Impact Reservoir Generated by Cratering in a Petroleum Basin||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Part Time||Ms Katherine Bron|
|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||—|
|2013 - ongoing||—||—||—||—|
|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||—|