Dr Laura Burrel

Dr Laura Burrel

Survey geologist
BGS Keyworth

Laura Burrel is a geologist with a background on orogenic processes, salt tectonics and the evolution of sedimentary basins. Her early career research involved the study of tectonics and sedimentation in the Southern Pyrenees during the Mesozoic rifting and subsequent orogenic inversion. Since joining BGS, Laura has been involved in mapping and modelling projects in the sedimentary basins of the UK, aimed at improving the understanding and characterisation of the structure affecting principal aquifers (Chalk, Fell Sandstone, Middle Jurassic Oolites) and other key stratigraphic units (Upper Jurassic clays).

Laura Burrel’s Biography

  • 2021 – ongoing: Survey Geologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2016 – 2020: PhD, Geology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • 2014 – 2015: MSc, Petroleum Geosciences, The University of Manchester, UK
  • 2010 – 2014: BSc Geology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Mapping and characterisation of the Yorkshire Wolds chalk aquifer, UK
  • UK Stratigraphy – Characterisation and modelling of key stratigraphic units in the UK

Key papers

  • Burrel, L, and Teixell, A. 2021. Contractional salt tectonics and role of pre-existing diapiric structures in the Southern Pyrenean foreland fold–thrust belt (Montsec and Serres Marginals). Journal of the Geological Society, 178(4).
  • Burrel, L, Teixell, A, Gómez-Gras, D, and Coll, X. 2021. Basement-involved thrusting, salt migration and intramontane conglomerates: a case from the Southern Pyrenees. Chevauchements de socle, migration du sel et conglomérats intramontagneux: un cas des Pyrénées méridionales. Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France, 192(1).
  • Hudec, M R, Dooley, T P, Burrel, L, Teixell, A, and Fernandez, N. 2021. An alternative model for the role of salt depositional configuration and preexisting salt structures in the evolution of the Southern Pyrenees, Spain. Journal of Structural Geology, 146, p.104325.

ORCID: 0000-0002-5036-5866

  • Field mapping
  • Salt tectonics
  • Orogenic processes
  • Regional geology
  • Structural modelling
  • 3D modelling
  • Public engagement
  • Spanish and Catalan native speaker

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