School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Staff Profile

Dr Cees van der Land

Lecturer in Geosciences

Background

Profile

I’m a carbonate sedimentologist/geochemist studying the depositional, microbial and diagenetic controls on rock forming processes. Research interests range from microbe-mineral interactions and biofilms to the impact of organic material on the geomechanical properties of rocks and developing novel techniques to simultaneously obtain spatial and molecular information from fossil rock surfaces.

Background

I obtained my degree in Earth Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam followed by an M.Sc. in  Sedimentary and structural geology, basin analysis and surface processes. My PhD at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Texel, The Netherlands) focused on the impact of diagenesis on deep water coral mound formation along the NE Atlantic continental margin (Permanent link to Phd thesis). After a postdoctoral position at the University of Edinburgh on carbonate rocktyping and diagenesis using pore network models I started my lectureship at Newcastle University in March 2013.

Memberships 

Member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)

Fellow of the Geological Society of London

Research

Research interests

I'm a member of the Geosciences Research Group in the School of Engineering and Geosciences. I'm interested in using geochemistry, biogeochemistry and microbiology to reconstruct paleoenvironments and understand rock forming processes.


Current research projects

2014-2018 The role of microbes in the early lithification of sabkha sediments.

2015-2017 Understanding ancient carbonate petroleum systems; carbonate precipitation in Abu Dhabi microbial mats as a modern analoge.

2015-2019 Geochemical mapping of critical organic properties across Carboniferous basins.

2016-2020 The geomechanical properties of organic matter in fine grained rocks.


Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

MAR8045: Fundamentals of Subsea Engineering

CEG8632: Sedimentary Organic Matter Fieldtrip


Previous Postgraduate Modules at Newcastle University:

CEG8624: Migration and Reservoir Geochemistry

CEG8629: Petroleum Systems Analysis (Module Leader)

CEG8636: Petroleum Geology of the Wessex Basin


Undergraduate Teaching

CEG1603: Introduction to the Sedimentary Record (Module Leader)

CEG2606: Geological Field Mapping (Module Leader with Sanem Acikalin) - Isle of Arran

CEG2608: International Field Course (Module Leader) - Sorbas Basin, Spain

Publications