Dr Kathryn Amos

Kathryn Amos
Senior Lecturer
Australian School of Petroleum
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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.

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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.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
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

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
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

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2004 University of East Anglia United Kingdom PhD
1999 Unviersity of East Anglia United Kingdom BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

Research Interests

Sedimentology, Stratigraphy

Journals

Year Citation
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

Book Chapters

Year Citation
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.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
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.

Conference Items

Year Citation
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.

Summary:
‐ 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.

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
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

Offices Held

Date Office Name Institution Country
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

Consulting/Advisories

Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
2013 - ongoing
Position
Senior Lecturer
Phone
83134309
Fax
8313 4345
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Santos Petroleum Engineering Building
Room Number
2 07
Org Unit
Australian School of Petroleum

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