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CURRICULUM VITAE
NIGEL R. AINSWORTH
Consultant Stratigrapher: Riley Geoscience Ltd.
Home / Office:
39 De Tany Court

St. Albans

Hertfordshire AL1 1TU


UK
Phone / Fax: (44) - 01727 - 845720

Email: nigelainsworth@btinternet.com




DATE OF BIRTH: 7th September 1958 NATIONALITY: British, UK resident

EDUCATION:
1977-1980 University of Aston in Birmingham:

B.Sc. Combined Honours in Geology & Transport Planning and Operation.

Lower Second Class.
1980-1981 University College of Wales, Aberystwyth:

M.Sc. Micropalaeontology. Thesis title ‘The Biostratigraphy and Palaeoecology of the Miocene and Pliocene Ostracoda of the Northern Indian Ocean’.


1985-1988 Trinity College, Dublin:

Ph.D. Geology. Thesis title ‘Upper Triassic, Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous Ostracoda from the Fastnet Basin, offshore southwest Ireland’.



EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:
1982-1990 Research Fellow in the Applied Geology Unit, Trinity College, Dublin. Employed as a micropalaeontologist / stratigrapher.
1990-1992 Paleo Services, Stratigrapher / Micropalaeontologist.
1992-1993 Paleo Services, Chief Micropalaeontologist (UKCS).
1993-1994 Paleo Services, Senior Micropalaeontologist
1994-1995 Consultant Micropalaeontologist / Stratigrapher
1995-2005 Consultant Micropalaeontologist / Stratigrapher: Riley Geoscience Ltd & Director of BVR International Ltd
2005 Consultant Micropalaeontologist / Stratigrapher: Riley Geoscience Ltd

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Mesozoic micropalaeontology (ostracods, foraminiferids, radiolaria) and lithostratigraphy, with emphasis on the Triassic to Late Cretaceous. Regional stratigraphic/geological synthesis of the Inner Moray Firth, Outer Moray Firth, North Viking Graben, South Viking Graben, Central Graben, East Shetland Basin, Southern Gas Basin, Norway, Danish Central Graben, Dutch Offshore, onshore Wessex Basin and English Channel, Inner Hebrides Basins, Kish Bank Basin, North and South Celtic Sea, Fastnet Basin, Goban Spur, Cardigan Bay, Bristol Channel Basin, Porcupine Basin, Slyne Trough, Erris Trough, Donegal Basin, Western Approaches, Jeanne D’Arc Basin, South Whale Basin, Flemish Pass, Orphan Knoll Basin and Yemen.
Regional stratigraphic synthesis, inter- and intra-field correlations relating to exploration, appraisal and development programmes; integrated with microfossil, wireline logs, sedimentology and reservoir data (Ben Nevis, North Ben Nevis, Hebron, Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose, Brae, Brodgar, Brent, Buzzard, Emerald, Finnlagen, Glenn, Highlander, Lowlander, Piper, Iona, Saltire, Chanter, Scott, Ettrick, Buchan, Britannia, Scapa, Fulmar, Statfjord, Ballycotton, Connemara, Seven Heads and Kinsale Head Fields).
Compilation of Jurassic biostratigraphic package upon the North Celtic Sea.
Use of calcareous microfossils (foraminiferids and ostracods) as thermal maturation indices, offshore Ireland, UK and West Africa.
Additional experience includes Mesozoic micropalaeontology of south-east France, Portugal, offshore South Africa, Georgia and India.
Well-site Jurassic-Cretaceous micropalaeontology in the UK and Dutch North Sea, North Celtic Sea, Porcupine Basin, onshore Portugal, Eastern Canada-Orphan Knoll Basin.
Forward base micropalaeontology in Cork, Ireland for the North Celtic Sea and Porcupine Basins, and also in St. John’s, Newfoundland for the Jeanne d’Arc and Orphan Knoll Basins.
Development with other Paleo Services personnel of a non-exclusive report on the Exploration Geology of the English Channel.

COURSES ATTENDED:
1986 Basic Open Hole Log Interpretation Course, Schlumberger
1989 Acquisition and evaluation of modern open hole log data (J.A.P.E.C.)
1990 Introduction to the Petroleum Geology of the North Sea (J.A.P.E.C.)
1991 1 week - Combined Offshore Survival and Firefighting Course, Southampton Institute of Maritime Studies
1993 4 days - Applications to Field Development and Exploration for Deep-Water Sandstones, Arkansas. Examination of the Pennsylvanian Jackfork. Led by D. Lowe for the Brittania Group
2003 Transocean Onshore Induction and Permit to Work Training
2006 1 day H2S Course, Petrel Technologies Ltd., St. John’s, Canada
2006 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Course, Petrel Technologies Ltd., St. John’s, Canada
2006 3 day – European Further Training Course (UK FOET OPITO Approved, HUET and EBS Approved by OPITO and NOGEPA, OLF Approved Further Training), Petans, Norwich
2007 Full Oil and Gas UK Medical Certificate
2007 Cresent Certificate of Training Britannia PTW Level 2

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
British Micropalaeontological Society, Chairman of Ostracod Group (1991 -1994)
Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain
European Association of Petroleum Geoscientists
Fellow of the Geological Society of London
Member of the Geologists’ Association


PUBLICATIONS:
Ainsworth, N. R. 1985. Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous Ostracoda from the Fastnet Basin, offshore southwest Ireland. Irish Journal of Earth Sciences., 7, pp. 15-33.
Ainsworth, N. R. 1986a. Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous Ostracoda from the Fastnet Basin, offshore southwest Ireland. Irish Journal of Earth Sciences, 7, pp. 145-168.
Ainsworth, N. R. 1986b. Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous Ostracoda from the Fastnet Basin, offshore southwest Ireland. Irish Journal of Earth Sciences, 8, pp. 53-72.
Ainsworth, N. R. 1986c. Toarcian and Aalenian Ostracoda from the Fastnet Basin, offshore southwest Ireland. Bulletin of the Geological Survey of Ireland, 3, pp. 277-336.
Ainsworth, N. R. 1987a. Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous Ostracoda from the Fastnet Basin, offshore southwest Ireland. Irish Journal of Earth Sciences, 8, pp. 139-154.
Ainsworth, N. R. 1987b. Pliensbachian Ostracoda from the Fastnet Basin, offshore southwest Ireland. Bulletin of the Geological Survey of Ireland, 4, pp. 41-62.
Ainsworth, N. R. 1989a. Remarks on the nomenclature of two ostracod species from the Pliensbachian and Upper Toarcian-Aalenian of the Fastnet Basin, offshore southwest Ireland. Bulletin of the Geological Survey of Ireland, 4, pp. 41-62.
Ainsworth, N. R. 1989b. Rhaetian, Hettangian and Sinemurian Ostracoda from the Fastnet Basin, offshore southwest Ireland. Bulletin of the Geological Survey of Ireland, 4, pp. 107-150.

Ainsworth, N. R. 1990. Uppermost Triassic to Middle Jurassic (Bajocian) Ostracoda from the Porcupine Basin, Slyne Trough, Erris Trough and Donegal Basin, offshore west Ireland. Bulletin of the Geological Survey of Ireland, 4, pp. 169-200.


Ainsworth N. R. and Boomer, I. In press. The Triassic. In: Athersuch, J. Keen, M. C. and Wilkinson, I. (Editors). A stratigraphical index of Ostracods.
Ainsworth N. R. and Boomer, I. 2001. Upper Triassic and Lower Jurassic stratigraphy from exploration well L134/5-1, offshore Inner Hebrides, west Scotland. Journal of micropalaeontology, 20, pp. 155-168.
Ainsworth, N. R. and Horton, N. F. 1986. Mesozoic micropalaeontology of exploration well Elf 55/30-1 from the Fastnet Basin, offshore southwest Ireland. Journal of micropalaeontology, 5, pp. 19-29.
Ainsworth, N. R. Horton, N. F. and Penney, R. A. 1985. Lower Cretaceous micropalaeontology of the Fastnet Basin, offshore southwest Ireland. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 2, pp. 341-349.

Ainsworth, N. R., O'Neill, M., Rutherford, M. M., Clayton, G., Horton, N. F. and Penney, R. A. 1987. Biostratigraphy of the Lower Cretaceous, Jurassic and uppermost Triassic of the North Celtic Sea and Fastnet Basins. In: Brooks, J. and Glennie, K. (Editors). Petroleum Geology of North West Europe. Graham and Trotman, pp. 11-22.


Ainsworth, N. R., O'Neill, M. and Rutherford, M. M. 1989. Jurassic and Upper Triassic biostratigraphy of the North Celtic Sea and Fastnet Basins. In: Batten, D. and Keen, M.C. (Editors). Northwest European Micropalaeontology and Palynology. Ellis Horwood, pp. 1-44.

Ainsworth, N. R., Burnett, R and Kontrovitz, M. 1990. Mesozoic ostracod colour change by thermal alteration, offshore Ireland and the western U.K. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 7, pp. 288-297.


Ainsworth, N. R., Riley, L. A. and Sinclair, I. K. 2005. A mid-Cretaceous (Upper Barremian – Turonian) lithostratigraphic and biostratigraphic framework for the Hibernia Oilfield, Jeanne d’Arc Basin, Grand Banks of Newfoundland. In: Hiscott, R. and Pulham, A. (Editors). Petroleum Resources and Reservoirs of the Grand Banks, Eastern Canadian Margin. Geological Association of Canada, Special Paper 43, pp. 45-73.
Ainsworth, N. R., Braham, W., Gregory, F. J., Johnson, B and King, C. 1998 (a). A proposed latest Triassic to earliest Cretaceous microfossil biozonation for the English Channel and its adjacent areas. In: Underhill, J. (Editor). The development and evolution of the Wessex Basin. Geological Society Special Publication, 133, Bath, pp.87-102.
Ainsworth, N. R., Braham, W., Gregory, F. H., Johnson, B. and King, C. 1998 (b). The lithostratigraphy of the latest Triassic to earliest Cretaceous of the English Channel and its adjacent areas. In: Underhill, J. R. (Editor). Development and Evolution of the Wessex Basin. Geological Society Special Publication, 133, Bath, pp.103-164.
Ainsworth, N. R., Riley, L. A. and Gallagher, L. G. 2000. An Early Cretaceous lithostratigraphic and biostratigraphic framework for the Britannia Field reservoir (Late Barremian – Late Aptian), UK North Sea. Petroleum Geoscience, 6, pp. 345-367.
Boomer, I. and Ainsworth, N. R., 1991. On Ektyphocythere bizoni Ainsworth, 1986. Stereo-Atlas of Ostracod Shells, 18, pp. 33-36.
Boomer, I., Ainsworth, N. R. and Exton, J. 1998. A re-examination of the Pliensbachian and Toarcian Ostracoda of Zambujal, west-central Portugal. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 17, pp. 1-14.
Boomer, I. and Ainsworth, N. R. In press. The Jurassic, Part 1 (Hettangian - Aalenian). In: Athersuch, J. Keen, M. C. and Wilkinson, I. (Editors), A stratigraphical index of Ostracods.
Clark, D. N., Riley, L. A. and Ainsworth, N. R. 1993. Stratigraphic, structural and depositional history of the Jurassic in the Fischer Bank Basin, UK North Sea. In: Parker J. R. (Editor). Petroleum Geology of North West Europe. Proceedings of the 4th Conference. The Geological Society, London, pp. 415-424.
Coles, G., Ainsworth, N. R., Whatley, R. C. and Jones, R. W. 1996. Foraminifera and Ostracoda from Quaternary carbonate mounds associated with gas seepage in the Porcupine Basin, offshore western Ireland. Revista Española de Micropaleontologia, 28, pp. 113-151.
Harding, I. C., Armitage, J., Hollingworth, N. and Ainsworth, N. R. 2000. Sourcing mudsprings using integrated palaeontological analyses: an example from Wotton Bassett, Wiltshire, England: Geological Journal, 35, pp. 115-132.
Kontrovitz, M., Ainsworth, N. R., Burnett, R. D. and Zhao, Y. 1989. Induced shell colour of foraminifera: An aspect of taphonomy and potential paleo temperature indicator. Geological Society of America Abstract.
Kontrovitz, M., Slack, J. M., Ainsworth, N. R., and Burnett, R. D. 1990. The extraneous origins of dark, rich colours of fossil freshwater and marine ostracodes. Geological Society of America Abstract.
Kontrovitz, M., Ainsworth, N. R., Burnett, R. D. and Slack, J. M. 1992. Induced colour in ostracode shells : An experimental study. University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions, 2, 10 pp.
Melnyk, D. H., Athersuch, J., Ainsworth, N. R. and Britton, P, D. 1995. Measuring the dispersion of ostracod and foraminifer extinction events in the subsurface Kimmeridge Clay and Portland Beds, Upper Jurassic, United Kingdom. In: Mann, K. O. and Lane, H. R. (Editors). Graphic Correlation. Society for Sedimentary Geology, Special Publication, 53, pp. 185-204.

Murphy, N. and Ainsworth, N. R. 1991. Stratigraphy of the Triassic, Lower Jurassic and Middle Jurassic (Aalenian) of the Fastnet Basin, offshore south-west Ireland. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 8, pp. 417-429.


Rutherford, M. M. and Ainsworth, N. R. 1989. Micropalaeontological and stratigraphical recognition of the Triassic - Jurassic boundary in the North Celtic Sea and Fastnet Basins. In: Batten, D. and Keen, M. C. (Editors). Northwest European Micropalaeontology and Palynology. Ellis Horwood, pp. 45-69.




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