Daniel Paul LE HERON, Univ.-Prof. Dr.


Raumnummer: 2B474
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Daniel Le Heron

Welcome to this page! I’m a sedimentologist / geologist with an enthusiasm for geologically-related travel and adventures. I am at my best in the field, and have a passion for both research and teaching in the great outdoors- from mountains to deserts and to the windswept corners of the world. Feel free to get in touch if you want to discuss any of the research we are doing or wish to explore any collaborative opportunities with us!

Current Research Interests:

  • Glacial sedimentology - past deep time glacial records around the world.  Both “pure” and “applied” research into these topics. Palaeoglaciological reconstructions.
  • Soft-sediment deformation structures
  • Aspects of Precambrian carbonates (e.g. post-glacial cap carbonates, Microbialites)

External Responsibilities:

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Sedimentary Research
  • Associate Editor, Indian Journal of Sedimentologists
  • Associate Editor, Sedimentology (2016)

Recently Completed and Current Projects:

  • The Cryogenian diamictites of Death Valley, California, and their palaeogeographic significance (in collaboration with Tom Vandyk, Dr Marie Busfield, and Saeed Tofaif)
  • The Late Ordovician glacial record in the Tabuk area, Saudi Arabia (MPhil project of Saeed Tofaif, with Saudi Aramco)
  • The Ediacaran / Cambrian glacial deposits and the striated pavements of the Luoquan Formation and equivalents, central China. PhD project of Tom Vandyk (currently at Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Soft-sediment deformation structures and striated pavements associated with the Late Paleozoic glaciations

PhD Project Opportunities:

I always welcome approaches from interested, field-oriented individuals to design new projects and work together! Feel free to drop me a line at daniel.le-heron@univie.ac.at

Short CV:

Born 1978 in Guernsey, Channel Islands (between England and France)

1997-2000: Bachelor’s degree in Geology at Aberystwyth University, Wales, United Kingdom

2000-2003: PhD degree in Geology specialising in Sedimentology also at Aberystwyth University. My studies were spent entirely in the offices of ENI-Lasmo, the former British/Italian oil company that was based in London. Thesis topic: “Development of the Murzuq Basin, SW Libya, during the Late Ordovician. During this I undertook the first 3 of 12 field seasons I have been lucky enough to undertake in the Sahara.

2004-2005: Postdoc, sponsored by TOTAL, in Strasbourg University, France. Field seasons in Morocco.

2006-2006: Geologist at CASP, a geological research organisation in Cambridge, UK, with further fieldwork in Libya and Siberia

2006-2007: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, University of Hanover, Germany.

2008-2017: Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, then Reader at Royal Holloway University of London. Conducted and directed field-based geological research in Brazil, Indonesia, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, USA, Australia and China.

2018: Joined University of Vienna in the Geodynamics and Sedimentology team.

 Veröffentlichungen (aus u:cris)

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The glaciotectonic deformation of Quaternary sediments by fault-propagation folding. / Brandes, Christian; Le Heron, Daniel Paul.

in: Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, Band 121, Nr. 3, 07.04.2010, S. 270-280.

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Interpretation of Late Ordovician glaciogenic reservoirs from 3-D seismic data : An example from the Murzuq Basin, Libya. / Le Heron, Daniel Paul.

in: Geological Magazine, Band 147, Nr. 1, 01.01.2010, S. 28-41.

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Glaciation and deglaciation of the Libyan Desert : The Late Ordovician record. / Le Heron, D. P.; Armstrong, H. A.; Wilson, C. et al.

in: Sedimentary Geology, Band 223, Nr. 1-2, 01.2010, S. 100-125.

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Field-based investigations of an 'Infracambrian' clastic succession in SE Libya and its bearing on the evolution of the Al Kufrah Basin. / Heron, Daniel Paul Le; Howard, James P.; Alhassi, Aiyad Mohamed et al.

in: Geological Society Special Publications, Band 326, 01.12.2009, S. 193-210.

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The Jebel Hadid structure (Al Kufrah Basin, SE Libya)-A possible impact structure and potential hydrocarbon trap? / Schmieder, Martin; Buchner, Elmar; Le Heron, Daniel Paul.

in: Marine and Petroleum Geology, Band 26, Nr. 3, 01.03.2009, S. 310-318.

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Calculating ice volumes and ice flux to constrain the dimensions of a 440 Ma North African ice sheet. / le Heron, Daniel Paul; Dowdeswell, Julian A.

in: Journal of the Geological Society, Band 166, Nr. 2, 03.2009, S. 277-281.

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Evolution of Mesozoic fluvial systems along the SE flank of the West Siberian Basin, Russia. / Le Heron, Daniel Paul; Buslov, Micha M.; Davies, Clare et al.

in: Sedimentary Geology, Band 208, Nr. 1-2, 20.07.2008, S. 45-60.

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Black shale, grey shale, fossils and glaciers : Anatomy of the Upper Ordovician-Silurian succession in the Tazzeka Massif of eastern Morocco. / Le Heron, Daniel Paul; Khoukhi, Yahya; Paris, Florentin et al.

in: Gondwana Research, Band 14, Nr. 3, 01.01.2008, S. 483-496.

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First-order reconstructions of a Late Ordovician Saharan ice sheet. / Le Heron, Daniel P.; Craig, J.

in: Journal of the Geological Society, Band 165, Nr. 1, 01.2008, S. 19-29.

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Late Ordovician glacial record of the Anti-Atlas, Morocco. / Le Heron, Daniel Paul.

in: Sedimentary Geology, Band 201, Nr. 1-2, 01.09.2007, S. 93-110.

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Maximum extent of ice sheets in Morocco during the Late Ordovician glaciation. / Le Heron, Daniel Paul; Ghienne, Jean François; El Houicha, Mohamed et al.

in: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Band 245, Nr. 1-2, 07.03.2007, S. 200-226.

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Late Ordovician glaciogenic reservoir heterogeneity : An example from the Murzuq Basin, Libya. / Le Heron, Daniel Paul; Craig, Jonathan; Sutcliffe, Owen E. et al.

in: Marine and Petroleum Geology, Band 23, Nr. 6, 07.2006, S. 655-677.

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A complex subglacial clastic dyke swarm, Sólheimajökull, southern Iceland. / Le Heron, Daniel Paul; Etienne, James L.

in: Sedimentary Geology, Band 181, Nr. 1-2, 01.11.2005, S. 25-37.

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440 Ma ice stream in North Africa. / Moreau, Julien; Ghienne, Jean François; Le Heron, Daniel Paul et al.

in: Geology, Band 33, Nr. 9, 01.09.2005, S. 753-756.

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The origins of glacially related soft-sediment deformation structures in Upper Ordovician glaciogenic rocks : Implication for ice-sheet dynamics. / Le Heron, D. P.; Sutcliffe, O. E.; Whittington, R. J. et al.

in: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Band 218, Nr. 1-2, 10.03.2005, S. 75-103.

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Sedimentary architecture of Upper Ordovician tunnel valleys, Gargaf Arch, Libya : Implications for the genesis of a hydrocarbon reservoir. / Le Heron, Daniel; Sutcliffe, Owen; Bourgig, Khalid et al.

in: GEOARABIA, Band 9, Nr. 2, 08.06.2004, S. 137-160.

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