Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Daniel Bell

University of Calgary

Research topics:

CSS themes:

  • Characterizing the updip pinchout of slope channel systems: Implications for trapping mechanisms and sediment transfer.

  • Integrating longitudinal facies and architectural variability in submarine channel-fills with observations with modern systems to improve understanding of how channels fill with sand.

Other themes:

  • Grain-type distribution in submarine fans and its implications for reservoir quality, signal shredding, and flow processes.

  • Microplastic transport and sequestration in submarine fans.

  • The influence of basin confinement on depositional processes and the resultant stratigraphic architecture.



  • Bell, D., Kane, I. A., Pontén, A. S. M., Flint, S. S., Hodgson, D. M., and Barrett, B. J., Spatial variability in depositional reservoir quality of deep-water channel-fill and lobe deposits, Marine and Petroleum Geology, V. 98, p. 97 – 115.

  • Bell, D., Stevenson, C. J., Kane, I. A., Hodgson, D. M., and Poyatos-Moré, M., Topographic controls on the development of contemporaneous but contrasting basin-floor depositional architectures, Journal of Sedimentary Research, V. 88, p. 1166 – 1189.

  • Hansen, L. A. S., Hodgson, D. M., Pontén, A., Bell, D., Flint, S., Quantification of basin-floor fan pinchouts: Examples from the Karoo Basin, South Africa, Frontiers in Earth Sciences, V. 7, p. 1 – 20.

  • Bell, D., Hodgson, D. M., Pontén, A. S. M., Hansen, L. A. S., Flint, S. S., and Kane, I. A., Stratigraphic hierarchy and 3-D evolution of a submarine slope channel system, Sedimentology, in press.



  • Oral presentations

    • Three dimensional architecture of an exhumed submarine channel system: implications for subsurface interpretations and sediment delivery to the deep-ocean, BSRG AGM, Edinburgh, 17-19 December 2018.

    • Spatial variability of initial reservoir potential within deep-water architectural elements, BSRG AGM, Newcastle, 17-19 December 2017.

    • Depositional reservoir quality of a confined deep-water lobe: Jaca Basin, Spain, Deep-water Depositional Systems: Advances and Applications, Geological Society of London, 25-27 January 2017.

  • Poster presentations

    • Bed-Scale Modeling of Deep-Water Architectural-Elements: What Heterogeneities Matter to Flow? 102nd AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, San Antonio, May 19-22 2019.

    • Stratigraphic Evolution of a Submarine Slope Channel-fill: Implications for Reservoir Connectivity and Reservoir Quality Distribution, 101st AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, Salt Lake City, May 20-23 2018.

    • Fundamentally different proximal and distal lobe stacking styles within the same stratigraphic interval: Upper Broto System, Jaca Basin, Spain, 100th AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, Houston, April 2-5, 2017.

    • Depositional reservoir quality of deep-water channels and lobes: Aínsa and Jaca Basins, Spain, 100th AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, Houston, April 2-5, 2017.


Previous degrees:

  • PhD. University of Manchester

  • MSc. University of Leeds

  • BSc. University of Leeds


Little known fact:  I was presented with a brick immediately after my PhD viva.