Dr. Sarah Southern

University of Calgary


Research Topics:

  • Principally my research concerns deep-water sedimentology: examining the fundamental processes that are associated with a spectrum of sediment gravity flow types (slides, debris flow and turbidity currents), and how they are preserved in the geological record.

  • Understanding sediment gravity flows that are transitional between turbulent and cohesive; examination of the character and distribution of their deposits with respect to sea-floor topography (PhD thesis - request by email).

  • Examination of the internal architecture and heterogeneity of slope channels in order to understand variations in sedimentary processes (erosion, bypass and deposition) and the implications for reservoir characterization.

Previous Degrees/Research Positions

  • Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Calgary), 2017

  • Ph.D. (University of Leeds), 2015

  • M.Sc. (University of Leeds), 2010

  • B.Sc. (University of Leeds), 2009

Little known fact: First job at the age of 14 was working as a trapper in a firing range.

Current Employment: Solarcentury, London, England, UK



Daniels, B.G., Romans, B.W., Fosdick, J., Malkowski, M., Calderon, M., Matthews, W., Hubbard, S.M., in review, Andean orogenesis during continental underthrusting and its impact on the paleogeographic evolution of the Cretaceous Magallanes-Austral foreland basin, southern Patagonia (50.6-52°S), Lithosphere.

Pemberton, E., 2016. Multi-Scale Analysis of Deep-Water Deposits from High-Relief Slope Systems, Cretaceous Strata of the Magallanes Basin, Southern Chile and Colville Basin, Northern Alaska. [Doctoral Dissertation, University of Calgary]

Pemberton, E.A., Hubbard, S.M., Fildani, A., Romans, B. and Stright, L., 2016. The stratigraphic expression of decreasing confinement along a deep-water sediment routing system: Outcrop example from southern Chile. Geosphere, 12(1), pp.114-134.

Daniels, B., 2015. Downslope Characterization of Channel Fill and Stratigraphic Architecture along an Ancient Basin Margin, Tres Pasos Formation, southern Chile [MS thesis, University of Calgary]