Petrel Specialist:

Advanced user of Schlumberger`s Petrel geological software. Skilled at extracting hidden trends from large datasets and building realistic geological models incorporating a variety of available data types (e.g. seismic, well logs, dipmeter, core, PSD, outcrop analogue, etc.). Applying these trends to these models provide enhanced insight into the structure and characteristics of the subsurface, coalescing in realistic models that provide more accurate simulations of reservoir behavior.  See recent conference proceedings for more information on recent contributions to the field.

McMurray outcrop vs realistic model from Findlay et al. 2014

McMurray outcrop vs realistic model from Findlay et al. 2014


Experienced in constructing sequence stratigraphic frameworks of several reservoirs in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. This provides predictive stratigraphic models to help inform drilling programs and reservoir management. Particularly focused the fluvial-estuarine environments of the McMurray Fm by combining modern and ancient analogues to improve core, well log and seismic interpretation. Experienced in interpreting PSD data in a stratigraphic context, essential for planning horizontal steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) wells.

Modern fluvial meander systems can yield insights into palaeoenvironments

Cross-section and interpretation through a fluvial deposit in Dinosaur Provincial Park


Sedimentalogical and geochemical stratigraphy of a Jurassic section in the Canadian Rockies

Sedimentalogical and geochemical stratigraphy of a Jurassic section in the Canadian Rockies

Expert in chemical stratigraphic, palaeoenvironmental and palaeoeccological applications of stable isotope and trace element geochemistry tools. This technology has the potential to identify stratigraphic position in otherwise difficult to interpret sediments. Able to calculate palaeo-seawater temperatures from oxygen isotope values of fossil material. Knowledgable of diagenetic processes, and identifying their influence in the subsurface.


Scanning electron microscopy of the internal structure of  Sepia Officinalis

Scanning electron microscopy of the internal structure of Sepia Officinalis

Skilled in identifying both micro and macro fossils, and using this data to interpret the palaeoenvironment and stratigraphic position. Also experienced in the interpretation of trace fossil assemblage data and  their palaeoenvironmental implications.


Lectured 2nd and 3rd year structural geology and 1st year introductory geoscience at McMaster and Mt Royal Universities. Effective communicator of complex ideas and an engaging public speaker. 



McMaster University – PhD Geology
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sept. 2004 – May 2009
Explored the geochemical nature of fossil and modern cephalopods (belemnite rostra and  cuttlefish) to assess their use for isotope stratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, using several high resolution mass spectrometry techniques. Field sites included Jurassic sections in the Rocky Mountains of Southern Alberta, with modern samples from Jersey in the English Channel. This work has improved techniques for using the extinct belemnite as a tool for carbon isotope stratigraphy and identified an Oxfordian carbon isotope excursion previously unknown in North America. Investigation of the internal variability of these fossils permitted the ecological and behavioural reconstruction of the belemnite as an organism.

Brock University – MSc Earth Science
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Sept. 2002 – Sept. 2004
Investigated the micropalaeontology of anomalous carbonates from two sites in the abyssal north Pacific, south of the Kamchatka peninsula, west of the Detroit Seamount. Using cores taken by the Ocean Drilling Program, I correlated two sites using the abundance and assemblage of planktonic foraminifera as markers. The assemblages within these cores were then interpreted in terms of oceanic changes over the past million years, including a possible link between a cooling climate and geomagnetic reversals.

University Of Aberdeen – Geology and Petroleum Geology BSc (Hons 2:1)
Aberdeen, Scotland
August 1997 – July 2001
Developed a general geological knowledge, including many field trips and an independent 4 week geologic mapping project, from one of the leading geology departments in Europe. My independent mapping project involved the detailed mapping of the lower Jurassic of Yorkshire, England. The emphases of the program were structural geology, oil exploration including the evolution of petroleum plays, sedimentary environments, petrography, 

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