Prof Clayton honoured by the international AASP - Society for Palynology for his outstanding contribution to palynology.
Professor Geoff Clayton of the School of Natural Sciences was one of two geologists honoured at the 45th annual meeting of ‘AASP - The Palynological Society’ for their outstanding contribution to palynology. The meeting at the University of Kentucky at Lexington in late July was attended by geoscientists from North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East.
The prize for the best poster at the AASP conference was awarded to Dr Robbie Goodhue, Prof. Geoff Clayton and Ms Abigail Rooney of TCD for their poster entitled, ‘Palynomorph Darkness Index (PDI) – a new method for determining thermal maturity’. The same poster won second prize for posters with student involvement at the 3rd Central and North Atlantic Margins Conference, held in TCD from 22-24th August.
The TCD research on PDI enables determination of the highest past temperatures attained by sedimentary rocks, - a critical parameter in determining potential for hydrocarbon generation. Support for Geoff Clayton from Saudi Aramco (the Saudi Arabian National Oil Company) for further development of this work over the next two years was announced at the Kentucky meeting. During this period, the technique will be calibrated and assessed on rock cores from Saudi exploration wells