Janok Bhattacharya
Janok Bhattacharya
Professor, Susan Cunningham Research Chair in Geology, Associate Director (Graduate): SGES
General Science Building, Rm 210
(905) 525-9140 ext. 23528
(905) 546-0463

Dr. Janok Bhattacharya research program is mostly focused on investigating the sequence stratigraphy and 3D facies architecture of shelf, shallow marine, paralic, and fluvial depositional systems. Although much industry exploration effort is currently focused on deepwater depositional systems, about 50% of global oil production is currently from shallow marine, paralic and fluvial strata. Despite the continued importance of these reservoir types, ours is one of the only research programs devoted to this important area.

I am also investigating the interrelationships between structure and stratigraphy as a paired process. Specific projects are aimed at examining the effects of meso-scale tectonic structure on high-frequency sequence stratigraphic architecture in foreland basins and the relationship between sedimentation processes and formation of growth faults associated with deltaic depositional systems.

My research program is founded on the fundamentals of sedimentology, fieldwork, facies analysis, and sequence stratigraphy. Our program also crosses the boundaries between geophysics and engineering disciplines and provides an important environment for teamwork and integration that we believe provides a model for industry.

My general research program is mostly focused on investigating the sequence stratigraphy and 3D facies architecture of shelf, shallow marine, paralic, and fluvial depositional systems.

  • Earth Sc/Envir Sc 3E03 (Course Outline): Clastic Sedimentary Environments (Term One) 2017-18
  • Earth Sc 4J03 (Course Outline): Basin Analysis (Term One) 2017-18
  • Earth Sc 6J03: Basin Analysis (Term One) 2017-18
  • Earth Sc 711: Petroleum Exploration Workshop (Term Two) 2017-18
  • Earth Sci 756: Advanced methods in Sedimentology & Stratigraphic Analysis, 2017-18
  • AAAS, October 2015

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Barker, D.C., and Bhattacharya, J.P., 2018, Sequence Stratigraphy on an Early Wet Mars, Planetary and Space Science, v. 151, p.97-108, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2017.11.012.

Richards, B., and Bhattacharya, J.P., 2018, Stratigraphy of the Fluvial to Marine Transition Zone Associated with a Forced Regressive Compound Incised Valley System in The Turonian Ferron-Notom Delta, Utah, The Journal of Sedimentary Research.  v., 88, p.311-326, doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2018.17

Li, Y., Bhattacharya, J.P., Garza, D., Ahmed, S., 2018, Facies architecture and paleogeography of a symmetrical, wave-influenced valley-fed delta in the Cretaceous Ferron Sandstone, Utah, USA. TheJournal of Sedimentary Research, v.88, p.214-240, doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2018.9

Kimmerle, S., and Bhattacharya, J.P., 2018,Facies, Backwater Limits, and Paleohydraulic Analysis of Rivers within a Forced-Regressive, Compound Incised Valley, Cretaceous Ferron Sandstone, Utah, The Journal of Sedimentary Research, v.88, p. 177-200, doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2018.5

Alonso de Linaje de Nicolás, V., Khan, S.D., and Bhattacharya, J.P., 2018,Study of carbonate concretions in the Frontier Formation using imaging spectroscopy.International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, v.66, p. 82-92.

Wang, J., and Bhattacharya, J.P., 2018,Plan-view Paleochannel Reconstruction of Meanderbelts, Cretaceous Ferron Sandstone, Notom Delta, South-Central Utah, U.S.A.,The Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 88, p.58-74, doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2017.77

Biber, K., Khan, S.D., Bhattacharya, J.P., Barton, M.D., and Glennie, C.L., 2017, Quantitative characterization of shales within tidally influenced fluvial valley fill deposits of the Ferron Sandstone, eastern Utah: Implications for hydrocarbon exploration, AAPGBulletin, v. 101, p. 1599-1623. 

Bhattacharya J.P. and MacEachern, J.A, 2017, Shallow thinking in deep time. CSPG Reservoir, V.44 (5), 20-22.

Pemberton, S.G., Bhattacharya, J.P., MacEachern, J.A., and Pemberton, E.A., 2017, Unsung Pioneers of Sequence Stratigraphy; Eliot Blackwelder, Joseph Barrell, Amadeus Grabau, John Rich and Harry Wheeler. Stratigraphy. v. 13, 223–243.

Sharma, S., Bhattacharya, J.P., and Richard, B.H., 2017, Source-to-sink sediment budget analysis of the Cretaceous Ferron Sandstone, Utah using the Fulcrum approach, Journal of Sedimentary Research. v.87, p.594-608.

Lin, W., and Bhattacharya, J.P., 2017, Estimation of Source-To-Sink Mass Balance by a Fulcrum Approach Using Channel Paleohydrologic Parameters of the Cretaceous Dunvegan Formation, Canada: Implications for exploration.Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 87, p. 97-116.

Huang, C., and Bhattacharya, J.P., 2017,Shale Mechanics of Mouth-Bar Point Sourced Growth Faults Within Outcrops of the Cretaceous Ferron Notom Delta, Utah, USA, Marine and Petroleum Geology. v. 81, p. 237-251.

Pemberton, S.G., Bhattacharya J.P., MacEachern, J.A., and Pemberton, E., 2016, Harry Eugene Wheeler (1907- 1987): A Pioneer of Sequence Stratigraphy, Stratigraphy, v. 13, p. 95-110.

Wu, C., Bhattacharya, J.P., Lu, J and Ullah, M., 2016, Formation of Point Bars through Rising and Falling Flood Stages: Examples from Cretaceous Ferron Sandstone, Southeastern Utah, U.S.A., Sedimentology.v.63, p.1458-1473.

Snyder, C.J., Khan, S.D., Wright, D., Bhattacharya, J.P., and Glennie, C., 2016, Thin-bedded Reservoir Analogs in an Ancient Delta Using Terrestrial Laser Scanner and High-resolution, Ground-based Hyperspectral Cameras. Sedimentary Geology. v. 342, p. 154-164.

Akyuz, I., Warny, S., Famubode, O., Bhattacharya, J.P., 2016, Palynology of the Turonian Ferron-Notom Sandstone, Utah: identification of marine flooding surfaces and Milankovitch cycles in subtropical, ever-wet, paralic to non-marine paleoenvironments. Palynology, v. 40 (1), p. 122-136.

Bhattacharya, J.P., and Abreu, V., 2016, Wheeler's Confusion and the Seismic revolution: How Geophysics Saved Stratigraphy. SEPM, The Sedimentary Record, v.14. p. 4-11.

Famubode, O., and Bhattacharya, J.P., 2016,Sequence stratigraphic analysis of the youngest non-marine sequence in the Cretaceous Ferron-Notom Delta, south central Utah, USA. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v.86, p.168-198.

Bhattacharya,J.P., Copeland, P., Lawton, T., and Holbrook, J., 2015, Estimation of source area, river paleoslope, paleo- discharge, and sediment budgets of linked deep time depositional systems and implications for hydrocarbons, in Walsh, J.P. et al., Earth Surface Process Connections from Mountains to Margins, Source to Sink, Earth-Science Reviews, Online Oct. 31, 2015, doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.10.013. 34p.

Li, Z., Bhattacharya, J.P., and Schieber, J., 2015, Evaluating along-strike variation using thin-bedded facies analysis, Upper Cretaceous Ferron Notom Delta, Utah, Sedimentology, v.67, p.2060-2089.

Akyuz, I., Warny, S., Famubode, O., Bhattacharya, J.P., 2015, Palynology of the Turonian Ferron-Notom Sandstone, Utah: identification of marine flooding surfaces and Milankovitch cycles in subtropical, ever-wet, paralic to non-marine paleoenvironments. Palynology, Online July 2015, DOI: 10.1080/01916122.2015.1014525

Ullah, M., Bhattacharya, J.P., and Dupre, W.R., 2015, Confluence Scours versus Incised Valleys: Examples from the Cretaceous Ferron Notom Delta, SE Utah. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 5, p. 445-458.

Wu, C., Bhattacharya, J.P., and Ullah, M., 2015, Paleohydrology and 3D Facies Architecture of Ancient Point Bars, Ferron Sandstone, Notom Delta, South-central, Utah. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 85, p. 399-418.

Bhattacharyya, P., Bhattacharya,J.P., and Khan, S.D., 2015, Paleo-Channel Reconstruction and Grain Size Variability in Fluvial Deposits, Ferron Sandstone, Notom Delta, Hanksville, Utah. Sedimentary Geology, v. 325, p. 17-25.

Torrado, L., Mann, P. and Bhattacharya, J., 2014, Application of seismic attributes and spectral decomposition for reservoir characterization of a complex fluvial system: Case study of the Carbonera Formation, Llanos foreland basin, Colombia, Geophysics v. 79, No. 5; p. B221-B230.

Gani, M.R., Nyman, S., Bhattacharya, J.P., and Lee, K., 2014, Origin and distribution of calcite concretions in Cretaceous Wall Creek Member, Wyoming: reservoir-quality implication for shallow-marine deltaic strata, Cretaceous Research, v. 48, p. 39-152.

Li, Y., and Bhattacharya, J.P., 2014, Facies Architectural Study of a Lower-Delta-Plain Distributary Channel System in the Ferron Notom Delta, Southern Utah, Sedimentology, v. 61(5), p. 1452-1483, doi: 10.1111/sed.12104

Ahmed, S., Bhattacharya, J.P., Garza, D.E, Li, Y., 2014, Facies Architecture and Stratigraphic Evolution of a River-Dominated Delta Front, Turonian Ferron Sandstone, Utah. JSR, v. 84(2), p. 97-121.

Li, Y. and Bhattacharya, J.P., 2013 ,Falling stage compound valley systems, Ferron Notom Delta. Journal of Sedimentary Research. v. 83, p. 206-225.

Zhu, Y., Bhattacharya, J.P., Li, W., Lapen, T.J., Jicha, B., and Singer, B., 2012, Milankovitch-Scale Sequence Stratigraphy and Stepped Forced Regressions of the Turonian Ferron Notom Deltaic Complex, South-Central Utah, U.S.A., Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 82, p. 723-746.

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