Tim Charlton, Banda Arc Geologist

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Regional geologist, specialist in the geology of Timor-Leste and eastern Indonesia


BSc. in Geology, University College London, 1982

Ph.D. in Geology, Royal Holloway College University of London, 1987
       Thesis: 'The Tectonic Evolution of the Kolbano-Timor Trough Accretionary Complex, Timor, Indonesia'

1987-1989: Postdoctoral research in the London University Southeast Asia research group

1. The geology of the Tanimbar and Kei islands, eastern Banda Arc (supervisor Tony Barber)

2. The Sorong Fault Zone, NE Indonesia (supervisor Robert Hall)

Field experience

Timor: Extensive and ongoing fieldwork throughout Timor-Leste and southern West Timor since 1982

Tanimbar islands: 3 field seasons 1986, 1987, 1989 and a shorter visit 2011

Kei islands: 2 field seasons 1986 and 1987

Sorong Fault Zone, NE Indonesia. 2 field seasons: Waigeo (1988) and Halmahera, Bacan, Obi, Sula islands (1989)

Marine Geophysical cruise, 'Kana Keoki', 1983. Marine geophysics and dredging, Savu Basin and Banda Sea

Oil industry consultancy 1990-present

Field and office-based prospectivity studies directly for oil companies.

New venture pre-application block assessments.

Contributions to oil industry consultancy multiclient studies

Training courses in the geology and petroleum potential of eastern Indonesia

Leading of dedicated prospectivity fieldtrips for oil companies

Ongoing research interests

Origin of basement complexes in the Banda forearc

Palaeogeography of the eastern Indonesian region

History of oil exploration in Timor-Leste





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