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Professor M E Tucker

Emeritus Professor of Geological Sciences

BSc (Dunelm)1968, PhD (Reading)1971

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Emeritus Professor of Geological Sciences in the Department of Earth Sciences  


BSc Durham 1968, PhD Reading 1971, Chartered Geologist C Geol 1987. Lectureships at University of Sierra Leone 71-72, University of Wales at Cardiff 73-74, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne 75-82, and Durham University 83-87; then Senior Lecturer 87-89, Reader 89-93 and Professor 93- at Durham University, then Master University College Durham (50% Univ College, 50% Dept of Earth Sciences).
Conferences and workshops
A. Conferences: 1. 2003 - 12th Bathurst Conference; 2. Feb 2006 - GeolSoc’s Lyell Meeting. B. Sessions: 2006 Internat Sed Congress, Japan 2006 and editorial duties
Editorial Roles
1. Sedimentary Geology since 2003 2. Editorial Board Facies since 2000
1. 2005 - Gledden Senior Research Fellowship University of Western Australia 2005; 2. Associate Professor Institute Francais du Petrole;
Invited Keynotes
1. 2002 - Presidential address Internat Sed Congress Jo'Berg 2. 2003 - keynote Internat Ass Sed conf Croatia 3. 2003 - invited short course 3rd Latin-American Sed conf Belem Brazil
Membership of Organisations and Societies
1. Member of EPSRC College 2003-2007 2. President International Association of Sedimentologists 1998-2002
Prizes & Awards
IAS Distinguished Speaker 2005-2006

Research interests

  • Carbonate sequence stratigraphy, sedimentology and diagenesis. Carbonate platforms of all ages and all parts of the world - more recently Europe, Middle East, China and Western Australia.
  • Carbonate petroleum reservoirs, prediction of facies and porosity.
  • Permian and Carboniferous strata of NE England, facies and cycles, and analogues of North Sea reservoirs.
  • Quaternary carbonate sediments of the Red Sea (Egypt) and western Australia: facies and diagenesis of highstand reefal and grainy carbonates in the context of sea-level and climate changes. Sedimentology, stratigraphy, isotope + trace element geochemistry
  • Millennial-scale cycles in carbonate successions: are beds cycles?
  • Slope carbonates: depositional processes and cycles. Role of hyperpycnal flows.
  • Dolomites and dolomitization: the role of bacteria
  • Permo-Carboniferous basins in South America: carbonate-evaporite strata and hydrocarbon potential
  • Late Precambrian carbonates from the Lesser Himalaya: depositon and diagenesis of Kroll oolites and original mineralogy of ooids.

Esteem Indicators

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  • 0000: Lectures at confeences: IAS Congress

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Admissions & college affairs: University College
  • Regional Heritage: Durham Castle
  • The Earth: Rocks & natural forces: sedimentology
  • The Earth: Rocks & natural forces: fossils, limestones, sandstones
  • The Earth: Rocks & natural forces: geology of northeast England
  • The Earth: Rocks & natural forces: sand and mud
  • The Earth: Animals: dinosaur footprints


Authored book

  • Tucker, M.E (2002). Sedimentary Rocks in the Field. Third Edition. Chicester: John Wiley.

Chapter in book

Journal Article


  • Tucker, M.E. (2001). Sedimentary Petrology: an Introduction to the Origin of Sedimentary Rocks. Wiley-Blackwell.

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Mastandrea, A., Perri, E., Russo, F., Spadafora, A & Tucker, M.E. (2006). Microbial primary dolomite from a Norian carbonat platform, Northern Calabria, Southern Italy. Sedimentology 53: 465-480.
  • Tucker, M.E. & George, A. (2005). Oz's first Great Barrier Reef: the Devonian of the Canning Basin, Western Australia. Geoscientist 15(12): 4-7.
  • Tucker, M.E. & Marshall, J. (2004). Diagenesis and geochemistry of Upper Muschelkalk (Triassic) build-ups and associated facies in Catalonia (NE Spain): a paper dedicated to Francesc Calvet. Geologica Acta 2: 257-269.