Dr Philip Richards

Dr Philip Richards Manager - Regional Hydrocarbons Prospectivity

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 283

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  • Phil Richards is the Head of Hydrocarbons at the British Geological Survey. He completed his geology degree at Aberystwyth and his Applied Geology PhD at Strathclyde, and has over 30 years of world-wide experience of oil exploration experience and of the development of regulatory regimes. He now works principally on projects for government departments and international agencies, specialising in creating the technical conditions necessary for inward investment in hydrocarbon exploration in developing basins. He recently also assumed responsibility for all shale gas research at the BGS.
  •  1986 –1989 : PhD Strathclyde — Applied Geology (Part time research, 1986-1989)
  •  1980 : BSc (Hons) Aberystwyth — Geology


  • Negotiation and marketing
  • Petroleum exploration project management
  • Prospect generation
  • Regional basin analysis
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • Seismic interpretation
  • Training

Research interests

  • Falkland Islands geology
  • Petroleum geology
  • Sequence stratigraphy
  • Shallow marine to fluvial sedimentology
  • South Atlantic evolution and Gondwana breakup

Professional association

  • Chartered Geologist
  • Fellow, Geological Society of London
  • Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain

Published outputs

Key papers

RICHARDS, PC et al. 2013. Mesozoic magmatism in the Falkland Isalnds (South Atlantic) and their offshore sedimentary basins. Journal of Petroleum Geology, 36, 61-74.

KIMBELL, G AND RICHARDS, PC. 2008. The three–dimensional lithospheric structure of the Falkland Plateau region based on gravity modelling. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 165, 795-806.

STONE, P, RICHARDS, PC, KIMBELL, G, ESSER, R AND REEVES, D. 2008. A newly discovered suite of Cretaceous dykes in the Falkland Islands, South Atlantic: implications for regional tectonics. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 165, 1-4.

RICHARDS, PC, DUNCAN, I, PHIPPS, CB, PICKERING, G, GRZYWACK, J, HOULT, R AND MERRITT, J.  2006. Exploring for fans in the offshore Falklands basins. Journal of Petroleum Geology,  23, 199-214.

RICHARDS, PC AND HILLIER, BV 2000a. Post drilling analysis of the North Falkland Basin - part 1: tectono-stratigraphic framework. Journal of Petroleum Geology.

RICHARDS, PC AND HILLIER, BV  2000b. Post drilling analysis of the North Falkland Basin - part 2: the petroleum system and future prospects.  Journal of Petroleum Geology.