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Roberto Loza Espejel

Dr Roberto Loza Espejel


Tutor in Applied Structural Geology

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Main Building, Room Room 1.37, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
Available for postgraduate supervision



  • Energy transition
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Structural geology
  • Seismic interpretation
  • Carbonate sedimentology
  • Fault and fracture network characterisation
  • Petrophysics
  • GIS and mapping techniques








Research interests

I undertake combined seismic and outcrop interpretation of carbonate platforms, using data from NW Australia, SE Spain and Equatorial Brazil.

My research is focused on understanding the structural controls on carbonate platform growth, fracture network distribution as well as structural and depositional traps.

In more detail, my research project addresses themes such as:

  • Fault growth styles and their impact on carbonate platform growth.
  • Compartmentalisation of fractured carbonate reservoirs from the seismic to the outcrop scale.
  • Main structural and depositional traps in carbonate platforms from the shallow to the deep sea realm.



  • Structural Geology and Geophysical Investigation
  • GIS, Maps and Analytical Skills
  • Mentor in a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) "Extreme Geological Events".

Field trips

  • Structural Geology and Sedimentology field trip in South East Spain
  • Structural Geology field trip in North Spain
  • Exploration Geology and field skills in South England (Devon and Dorset)
  • Structural Geology and the Formation of the British Isles field trip in the Isle of Arran, Scotland
  • Research field expedition to Barry Island
  • Field skills in the Brecon Beacons


Career Overview

  • Tutor in Applied Structural Geology - School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University (2021 - present)
  • Postgraduate Demonstrator - School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University (2017 - 2021)
  • Geology and Geophysics Consultant - Landmark Software and Services, Halliburton (2015 - 2017)
  • Geology and Geophysics Associate Consultant - Landmark Software and Services, Halliburton (2014)
  • Geology and Geophysics Intern - Landmark Software and Services, Halliburton (2013 - 2014)
  • Geology and Geophysics Summer Internship - CGG - (2013)

Education and Qualifications

  • PhD in Earth Sciences - Cardiff University (2017 - 2021)
  • BSc (Hons) in Geology - National Autonomous University of Mexico (2009 - 2013)


  • CO2 storage
  • Regional and small-scale feasibility studies for CO2 reservoirs
  • Reservoir modelling
  • Fracture network characterisation
  • Carbonate sedimentology
  • Fluid flow
  • Petrophysics
  • 3D seismic interpretation
  • Remote sensing and mapping techniques
  • Structural geology
  • Outcrop analogues

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