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Ramon Mercedes-Martín, PhD

Carbonate sedimentologist

ABOUT ME

I am a carbonate sedimentologist currently developing new geochemical, hydrochemical and experimental approaches to better understand the sedimentology, stratigraphic architecture and diagenesis in alkaline lacustrine basins.

I am particularly interested in understanding the biogeochemical controls governing the multi-scale heterogeneity of microbial-influenced carbonates using outcrop, thin-section and laboratory datasets.

Furthermore, I am involved in developing E-Geosciences.com, an innovative e-learning platform that aims to be an international meeting point for students, educators and professionals in geosciences.

MY SKILLS

Carbonate Sedimentology​ 2

Carbonate Sedimentology

From microbial laminae to seismic-scale facies architectures

Carbonate Petrography 2​

Carbonate Petrography

From micron-sized particles to centimetre-sized carbonate grains

Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy​ 2

Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy

From outcrop-scale surfaces to models of chemical stratigraphy

Crystal Biogeochemistry​ 2

Crystal Biogeochemistry

From microbe-mineral interactions to fluid-crystal geochemistry

EDUCATION

2014

PhD Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.

“Microbial carbonates as outcrop analogues for the characterisation and modelisation of carbonate hydrocarbon reservoirs” (Funded by REPSOL Exploration)

2005

MSc. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

“Sedimentology and biostratigraphy of the Campanian syn-orogenic carbonates of Barranco de la Podega (Tremp Basin, NE Spain)”

2001

BSc. Geology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

RESEARCH TOPICS

Microbial Deposit Origin Enzymatic Abiotic Biotic Genesis Sedimentology 1
Microbial Deposit Origin Enzymatic Abiotic Biotic Genesis Sedimentology 2

Non-skeletal carbonate factories

Continental Marine Physical Biological Eps Biofilm Filament Bacteria Cyanobacteria Trace 1
Continental Marine Physical Biological Eps Biofilm Filament Bacteria Cyanobacteria Trace 2

Abiotic and biotic signatures in carbonates

Clay Stevensite Carbonate Aragonite Dolomite Microbial Transformation Geofluid Solution Lacustrine Presalt 1
Clay Stevensite Carbonate Aragonite Dolomite Microbial Transformation Geofluid Solution Lacustrine Presalt 2

Diagenetic processes in alkaline lakes

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Stratigraphical and biogeochemical signatures of environmental change

PUBLICATIONS

Five most relevant publications :

Mercedes-Martín, R., Ayora, C., Tritlla, J., Sánchez-Román, M. (2019).  The hydrochemical evolution of alkaline volcanic lakes: a model to understand the Cretaceous Presalt mineral assemblages. Earth-Science Reviews, 198, 102938.

Mercedes-Martín, R., Brasier, A. T., Rogerson, M. R., Reijmer, J.J.G., Vonhof, H. B., and Pedley, H. M. (2017). A depositional model for spherulitic carbonates associated with alkaline, volcanic lakes. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 86, 168-191.

Mercedes-Martín, R., Rogerson, M. R., Brasier, A. T., Vonhof, H. B., Prior, T. J., Fellows, S. M.,  Reijmer, J.J.G., Billing, I. and Pedley, H. M. (2016). Growing spherulitic calcite grains in saline, hyperalkaline lakes: experimental evaluation of the effects of Mg-clays and organic acids. Sedimentary Geology335, 93-102.

Mercedes-Martín, R., Arenas, C., and Salas, R. (2014). Diversity and factors controlling widespread occurrence of syn-rift Ladinian microbialites in the western Tethys (Triassic Catalan Basin, NE Spain). Sedimentary Geology313, 68-90.

MercedesMartín, R., Salas, R., and Arenas, C. (2014). Microbial‐dominated carbonate platforms during the Ladinian rifting: sequence stratigraphy and evolution of accommodation in a fault‐controlled setting (Catalan Coastal Ranges, NE Spain). Basin Research26(2), 269-296

TEACHING & TRAINING

I am involved in delivering lectures, seminars and master-classes to Bachelor, MSc and PhD students, and also field-trips for the Oil industry…
Teaching Repsol Equinor VU Amsterdam UB Petrobras Reservoir Training Course Oil Hydrocarbon

CONSULTANCY & FIELD TRIPS

I am engaged as carbonate consultant in projects for the oil industry providing custom-tailored training courses and seminars which combines field and experimental datasets…

Equinor Geoplay Csic Ictja Total Reservoir Training Course Oil Hydrocarbon

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