Dr Cédric M. John

Dr Cédric M. John
Position: Reader (Associate Professor), head of group
Office: RSM 2.36B
Telephone: +44(0)207 59 46461
Email: cedric.john@imperial.ac.uk


Curriculum Vitae

Positions held and education

  • 2018-current: Reader in carbonate systems and carbonate reservoirs, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
  • 2013-2018: Senior Lecturer, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
  • 2008-2013: Lecturer, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
  • 2006-2008: Staff scientist, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
  • 2004-2006: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz. 
  • 1999-2003 : Ph.D. (Dr. Rer. Nat.), magna cum laude, University of Potsdam, Germany. 

Grant history (2004-current)

  • 2009-2012: John (PI), Cosgrove (Co-I), £400k (~$710k), QCCSRC Project 1, financing 4 research projects under my direct supervision (2 post docs, 2 PhD students). I wrote the statement of work for this grant, obtained approval from our sponsors, and I am leading the research project. This effort is part of our Qatar Carbonate Carbon Storage Research Center (QCCSRC) grant, a $70 millions grant awarded over 10 years to Imperial College and funded by Qatar Petroleum and Shell International (PIs: M.Blunt and G. Maitland) 
  • 2009-2012: John (PI), Cosgrove (Co-I), £500k (~$792k), QCCSRC Project 1 instrument grant, directly allocated as instrumentation grant to building my lab in the context of my QCCSRC Project 1 grant (see above). 
  • 2010-2012 : Jackson (PI), Hampson (Co-PI), John (Co-PI), £230k ($364k), “Impact of stratigraphic, sedimentologic and diagenetic heterogeneity on flow in carbonate reservoirs”, financing 1 post-doc under the shared supervision of the PIs, funded by the ExxonMobil FC2Alliance. 
  • 2008-2010: Leckie (PI),  John (Co-PI), $100k, “Oligocene-Miocene Eustatic Record of the Northeastern Queensland Margin: Investigating the Timing, Magnitude, Stratigraphic Response, and Paleoceanography of Sea-Level Changes in the Subtropical Pacific”, funded by the PRF-ACS 
  • 2004-2005 : John (PI), $60k, Post doctoral grant from the Swiss National Science foundation (FNS).

Teaching Experience

  • 2009-2011: Designed and teaching a class on “Applied sedimentology, carbonates” to taught master students (MSC), Imperial College London (21 contact hours)
  • 2009-2011: Designed and leading a field course in Texas and New Mexico, looking at the carbonate succession from the Guadalupian as an analogue for carbonate reservoirs in the subsurface.
  • 2010-2011: Co-leading a field course in the Wessex Basin of England, designed to teach the basics of geology to master students with a background in reservoir engineering or geophysics.
  • 2009-2011: Advisor with carbonate expertise on the “Imperial College Barrel Award”, a group-exercise for master students in petroleum geology.
  • 2009-2011: MSC summer projects: Steer between 2-4 students each year during their end of year project, and mark the projects. 
  • 2008: Designed and taught and undergraduate class on “Sedimentology and Stratigraphy”, 8 individual classes of 2 hours each, Texas A&M University, TX
  • 2005: Co-taught the “Sedimentology and stratigraphy” class for undergraduate students at UCSC, with Jim Zachos. This included leading field trip as well as in-class lectures.
  • 2004 : Co-taught the “Advanced Stratigraphy of the Cenozoic” class for graduate students at UCSC with Jim Zachos and Henk Brinkhuis.
  • 2005-2008, Non-traditional teaching: Teaching a mixed, very international group of scientists on the Joides Resolution (IODP drilling vessel) about drilling technologies, IODP Policies, and all things related to the science plan of the expeditions (IODP Exp 308 and Equatorial Pacific Age Transect).

Management of Research facilities 

My group currently operates the following analytical facilities, all acquired with research funds:

Light stable isotope for carbonates (δ18O and δ13C): operate a ThermoFisher MAT253 mass spectrometer coupled with a Kiel IV carbonate device. Dedicated to measuring carbonate, dolomite, and carbon fluoro-apatite samples.
Light stable isotope for organic matter: currently have a COSTECH Elemental analyzer, which I am hoping to couple to a cheap continuous flow MS in the future.
Clumped isotopes (Δ47. Currently under development): currently building a manual line and an automated line for clumped isotopes (isotopologues) in carbonate and CFA. Clumped isotopes are a promising new technique to obtain temperature of precipitation for carbonates independent of fluid composition.
Petrographic microscope: Zeiss axioscope petrographic microscope, including digital camera, image analysis software, and point counting stage.
Cathodo-luminescence microscopy: CL stage + microscope to study diagenesis of carbonate material.
Picking microscopes: One microscope dedicated for picking foraminifers for paleoclimate research, and sharing a second one with Dr Tina van der Flierdt.

PhD students, Postdoc and Researchers directly supervised

  • 2008-today: Mr. Yamin Bin Ali, PhD candidate (just submitted), “An Integrated Analysis of the Depositional Control, Sedimentology and Diagenesis of Cenozoic Carbonates from the Sarawak Basin, East Malaysia”. Co-supervised with Prof. H. Johnson
  • 2009-today: Ms Claire Sena, PhD candidate, “Control of depositional environment on early diagenesis and its impact on fracturation”, Co-supervised with Prof. J. Cosgrove
  • 2009-today: Dr. Veerle Vandeginste, Post doctoral researcher, “Late dolomitization in the Precambrian to Mesozoic host rocks of the Ahkdar Window, Oman mountains”
  • 2009-today: Dr. Simon Davis, research officer and laboratory manager for the carbonate group’s stable isotope facilities. 
  • 2010-today: Dr. Anne-Lise Jourdan, Post doctoral research, “Developing and applying clumped isotopes to determine temperature of precipitation for carbonate cements”
  • 2010-today: Dr. Peter Fitch, Post doctoral researcher, “Impact of stratigraphic, sedimentologic and diagenetic heterogeneity on flow in carbonate reservoirs”, co-supervised with Dr. Jackson and Dr. Hampson
  • 2010-today: Ms Anna Joy Drury, PhD candidate, “The late Miocene isotopic record from IODP Site U1338: pairing oxygen isotope and Mg/a to reconstruct paleoceanographic changes and eustatic changes” 
  • 2010-today: Ms Manuela Stehle, PhD candidate, “Mechanical stratigraphy, facies and diagenesis of the carapace of a salt dome (Jebel Madar, Oman)”, Co-supervised with Prof. J. Cosgrove

Field work and seagoing experience

Field-based works: 

  • 2009-2011: Extensive fieldwork on the Lower Cretaceous carbonate rocks of Oman 
  • 2010-2011: Fieldwork in Amellago (Morocco) on Jurassic carbonate ramps
  • 1997-1999, 2005: Monterey formation of California 
  • 2004-2005: Lodo formation of California 
  • 2000: Miocene formation of Malta 

Ocean drilling program (ODP) and Integrated Ocean Drilling (IODP) experience: 

  • 2001-2011: research projects based on sediments from cores drilled during ODP Leg 138, Leg 194, Leg 198, Leg 208, and IODP Expedition 308, 317 and 321
  • 2001: Sailed on ODP Leg 194 as a sedimentologist
  • 2005: sailed on IODP Expedition 308 as staff scientist
  • 2005-2007: Expedition project manager (staff scientist) for the USIO, worked on the for “PEAT” cruises (320 and 321) and Expedition 308, Gulf of Mexico hydrogeology (June-July 2005).

Current and past collaborators: Thierry Adatte (Uni-Neuchâtel), Steve Bohaty (National Oceanography Center, Southampton), Tim Bralower (PennState), Henk Brinkhuis (Utrecht), Emily Brown (Umass), Eric DeKaenel (Switzerland), Karl Föllmi (Uni-Neuchâtel, undergrad advisor), Samantha Gibbs (National Oceanography Center, Southampton), Garry Karner (LDEO, Exxon Mobile), Jacques Laskar (Observatoir astronomique, Paris), Mark Lecki (Umass), Zenon Mateo (Texas A&M), Maria Mutti (Uni-Potsdam, Ph.D. advisor), Stefan Schouten (NIOZ), Appy Sluijs (Utrecht), Jim Zachos (UCSC, post doc advisor), Martin Blunt (Imperial College), John Cosgrove (Imperial College), Tara LaForce (Imperial College), Matt Jackson (Imperial College), Gary Hampson (Imperial College)

External positions of responsibility

  • 2011: External member of the IODP Operation Review Task Force (ORTF), assessing Expedition 317 (Canterbury basin sea-level) 
  • 2009-2011: Member of the NERC Peer Review College (National Research Council, UK). 
  • 2009-2011: Alternate member on the IODP STP panel, which is tasked with steering technological research for the drilling vessels of the Intergrated Ocean Drilling Program 
  • 2006-2011: Member of the editorial Review Board for the Proceeding of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, volume 308. 
  • 2006-2011: Member of the ESF (European Science Foundation) Board of Reviewers 
  • 2009: Invited to and attended the IODP meeting “Beyond 2013 : the Future of the European Scientific Drilling Research” organized by ESSAC at the University of Vienna (April 24th-25th 2009). 
  • 2007-2011: Reviewer for Geology, Journal of Quaternary Science Review, Journal of Sedimentary Research, Sedimentology, the proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, Paleoceanography

Invited presentations 

  • 2011: Invited speaker to the Earth Science department at the University of Texas, El Paso (April 21, 2011)
  • 2010: Oral presentation at the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco (December 13, 2011)
  • 2009: Invited talk to the Earth Science department at Royal Holloway University (December 8, 2009)
  • 2009: Invited speaker at 2009 EGU Meeting: presented current work on the reconstruction of the PETM hydrological cycle; 
  • 2007: Invited participant to the “Drilling to Decipher Long-term Sea-level Changes and Effects Workshop”, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 8-10.
  • 2006: University of Neuchatel, Switzerland: invited speaker, current and future perspectives of the ocean drilling program.
  • 2005: Invited speaker, ESF workshop “Evolution of Carbonate Systems during the Oligocene-Miocene climatic transition”, Potsdam, Germany. 
  • 2004: Invited speaker, University of South Florida, departmental seminar.
  • 2004: Invited speaker, proponent’s meeting on the “Biocomplexity at the Paleocene-Eocene boundary” grant, University of California Santa Cruz.

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