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Nicola Tonkin

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Dr. Nicola Tonkin
B.Sc., M.Sc., University of Aukland

Supervisor: Dr. Duncan McIlroy

Ph.D. Thesis Title: Lateral variability of ichnofabric in shallow marine successions: constraining the limitations of the ichnofabric method.

Nikki Tonkin is a specialist in shallow marine ichnology. Nikki has been working on ichnofabric analysis and reservoir quality in shallow marine sandstones, with particular reference to the influence of ecological patchiness. Nikki's studies have taken her to field sites in Argentina, Utah, and New Zealand. Her current focus is on the taphonomy of the crustacean burrow Thalassinoides burrows in shallow marine sandstones. Nikki submitted her thesis in June 2011 and successfully defended it on the 3rd October with Prof. Murray Gingras as her external examiner. Nikki is moving on to a position in the petroleum industry, but I am sure wil remain a long term contact.


TONKIN, N.S.,MCILROY, D., MEYER, R. & MOORE, A. 2010. Bioturbation influence on reservoir quality? A case study from the Cretaceous Ben Nevis Formation, Jeanne d’Arc Basin, Offshore Newfoundland, Canada. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, 94, 1059–1078.

MCILROY, D., TONKIN, N.S., PHILLIPS, C. & HERRINGSHAW, L.G. 2010. Comment on “Ophiomorpha irregulaire, Mesozoic trace fossil that is either well understood but rare in outcrop or poorly understood but common in core” by R.G. Bromley and G.K. Pedersen [Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 270 (2008) 295–298]. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 284, p. 392–395.

MCILROY, D., TONKIN, N. S. & TIMMS, N.E. 2006. From ichnofabric to reservoir model – a tide dominated delta front succession from the Lajas Formation, Neuquén Basin, Argentina. AAPG Extended abstracts Perth 2006.

AAPG best student talk Perth AAPG 2006
AAPG Grant in Aid of Research Raymond Moore Award