KARIN TRAINS BIOSTRATIGRAPHERS FOR SOUTH AFRICA

In November 2014, a one week workshop on Biostratigraphy for Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions and Correlations at Rhodes University addressed the scarce skill of biostratigraphers in South Africa. Researchers and students from the University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria and Rhodes University attended the workshop which was presented by Dr Katrin Ruckwied (Shell), Dr Iain Prince (Shell), and Prof Annette E. Götz (University of Pretoria). 

 

In November 2014, a one week workshop on Biostratigraphy for Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions and Correlations at Rhodes University addressed the scarce skill of biostratigraphers in South Africa. Researchers and students from the University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria and Rhodes University attended the workshop which was presented by Dr Katrin Ruckwied (Shell), Dr Iain Prince (Shell), and Prof Annette E. Götz (University of Pretoria). Main emphasis was placed on palynology and palynofacies, but a short introduction was also given for all other microfossil groups used in industrial biostratigraphy. Lectures and microscopic exercises during the first two days of the workshop provided the participants with the necessary knowledge on the different terrestrial and marine palynomorphs and their application in biostratigraphy. This introductory part was followed by three days of exercises focussing on data interpretation and standard biostratigraphic work flows during exploration as well as palaeoenvironmental reconstructions and correlations. Several case studies from the hydrocarbon industry were presented to demonstrate the different applications of biostratigraphy during exploration, appraisal and production in conventional and unconventional plays.

Participants of the 2014 KARIN workshop Biostratigraphy for Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions and Correlations at Rhodes University, South Africa. Front row (from left): Prof Annette E. Götz (University of Pretoria), Alexander Wheeler, Thapelo Moloto, Mashudu Raudzingana, Lethabo Tisane (Rhodes University), Dr Wendy Taylor (University of Cape Town). Middle row (from left): Stuart Campbell (Rhodes University), Mhairi Reid, Sichumile-Sanda Spelman (University of Cape Town), Dr Katrin Ruckwied (Shell), Estelle Pretorius (University of Pretoria). Back row (from left): Francisco Paiva, Devon A. Bowen (University of Cape Town), Dr Iain Prince (Shell), Jude Onyekachukwu Okafor (University of Pretoria). Photo: G. Costin.