Bindra Thusu

Affiliate Scientist

Phone: (44) 208-208-7787 (UK)
(91) 991-075-4129 (India)
Fax: (801) 585-3540

Current Position:

  • Senior Research Fellow & Research Supervisor, Maghrab Petroleum Research Group (MPRG), Earth Sciences Department, University College London, UK

  • Visiting Professor & Chairman, Advisory Board, Institute of Energy Research and Training (IERT), University of Jammu, India

  • Affiliate Research Scientist, Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI), University of Utah, USA

  • Research Scientists and Logistic Support to CASP, University of Cambridge, UK (on Libyan studies)

Professional Experience:

  • 2000 – Present Senior Research Fellos, Research Supervisor: Mahgreb Petroleum Research

  • 1982 – 2000 Senior Geological Advisor: Exploration Division, University College London

  • 1972 – 1982 Head of Exploration Laboratory and special studies, Exploration Division: Arabian Gulf Oil Company, Benghazi, Libya

  • 1976 – 1979 Senior Research Scientist: Petroleum Research Institute (IKU), Trondheim, Norway

  • 1973 – 1976 Research Scientist: Norwegian Industrial Research Conuncil, Oslo, Norway

Scientific & Administrative Experience

  • Advisor, co-ordinator, editor and responsible for geological activity on the management level. Evolve manage and direct major research programmes, projects, budgetary responsibility, international consultancy and coordination of activities Government, state and autonomous organisations.

  • Established new research facilities for Exploration Division in Arabian Gulf Oil Company in Libya and Continental Shelf Institute in Norway

  • Established links with Commission International Microflore Palaeozoic (CIMP) and European universities for carrying out major research projects on the Palynology of Northeast Libya.

  • Co-ordinated and supervised successfully training of fifteen M.Sc. and PhD research degree programme with the British and Canadian universities for the exploration staff of the Arabian Gulf Oil Company, Libya.

  • Co-established Maghreb Petroleum Research Group (MPRG), in Earth Sciences Department, University College London. This group is currently carrying out research in collaboration with biostratigraphers world-wide.

  • Team member as Visiting Professor, University of Jammu for the creation of Institute of Energy Research and Training (IERT) at the University of Jammu.

Teaching & Research

  • 1989 – 2009 Senior Research Fellow, Micropalaeontological Unit, Department Geological, University College London; Research, North Africa and India projects and teaching selected lectures.

  • 2001 Visiting Lecturer, Geology Department, Jageolonian University, Karkow, Poland

  • 1983 – 1985 Visiting Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences, Garyounis University, Benghazi, Libya

  • 1975 – 1965 Teaching Instructor, Universtiy of Oslo, Norway; University of Bristol, UK; University of Ottawa, University of Alberta, Canada

International Projects

  • International conference on the Geology and hydrocarbon Potential of the Neoproterozoic Cambrian basins in India, Pakistan and the Middle East. University of Jammu, February 2008, This was sponsored by Ministry of Earth Sciences, Science and Technology Department, EGI, University of Utah, USA, University College of London, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, ONGC and Eni. (Conference co-convenor, Geol. Soc. London Publication in prep.2011 release)

  • International conference in November 2006 on Global Neorpoterozoic Petroleum Systems: the Emerging Potential in North Africa. The conference was organised at the Geological society of London and was sponsored by major international oil companies including Shell, BP, Chevron, Petro-Canada and the University College London and the geological societies of Libya, Algeria, Morocco and Oman. (Proceedings Published Geol.Soc. London Special Publication 326, 2009)

  • August 21-25, 2000 organised an international workshop on the North African Micropalaeontology at the University College London. This is a long term project and involves the participation of industrial and academic micropalaeontology and palynologists from Libya, Tunis, Algeria, Morocco and Western Egypt.

  • 1999, American Association of Petroleum Geologists International Conference in Birmingham, UK. Participated in the poster session on the structural styles and prospectivity of Palaeozoic Hydrocarbon basins of North Africa including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. Co-ordinated the project with the Agoco. Agip, Lasmo, Saga, National Oil Corp. Libya, Royal Holloway, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. and the University College London.(Published; Third symposium geology of Libya, geology East of Libya 2008, Earth Science Society of Libya publication)

  • 1980-1988 Scientific coordinat or for stratigrahic project in Northeast Libya, A joint project between C.I.M.P.(International Scientific Commission on Palaeozoic Microflora), and fifteen specialists from the British and European Universities and British Geological Survey. This is a model research project for promotion of science and technology in a developing country. (Published Journal of Microplaeontology, 1985 and garyounis university publications, 2008)

  • 1977-1979 Organised, coordinated and edited proceedings of a major International project on biostratigraphy of the Continental Shelf of Northwest Europe including onshore and offshore areas. President of the conference on the dinoflagellate cysts stratigraphy , Leon, Spain, 1977.

PhD. 1972 (Bristol, UK)

M.S. 1968 (Alberta, Canada)

M.Sc. 1963 (Kashmir, India)

B.Sc. 1961 (Kashmir, India)

Professional Societies & Positions

  • Fellow, Geological Society of London, UK

  • Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), USA

  • Member, American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (AASP), USA

  • Member, Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB)

  • Member, Earth Science Society of Libya (ESSL)

  • Member and Foreign Correspondent, Jammu University Geology Alumni Association (JUGAA)

Excellence Award, Jummu University Geology Alumni Association (JUGGA)

Editor or Co-Editor, books and journals:

  1. 2012 Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of Neoproterozoic – Cambrian Basins in Asia. Geologic Society of London, Special publication 366 (editors Bhat, G.M; Craig, J; Thurow, J.W; Thusu, B and Cozzi, A.

  2. 2009 Global Neoproterozoic petroleum systems: the emerging potential in North Africa Special publication, Geol. Soc. London Special publication 326 (editors Craig, J; Thurow, J; Thusu, B; Witham A; Abutarruma, Y)

  3. 1985 Palynostratigraphy of Northeast Libya. Jou. Of Micropalaeontology Vol. 4 pt.1. (editors B.Thusu & B.Owens)

  4. 1989 1989 Jurassic- Early Cretaceous palynostratigraphy of Northeast Libya. In; Subsurface Palynostratigraphy of Northeast Libya. (editors A. El-Arnauti, B.Owens and B. Thusu) Garyounis University Publications, Benghazi, Libya, 171-213

  5. 1978 Distribution of biostratigraphically diagnostic dinocysts and miospores from the Northwestern European Continental Shelf and adjacent areas. Continental Shelf Institute, Oslo, Norway, Publication.(editor B.Thusu)

Selected Papers in Refereed publications

  1. 2013 Hydrocarbon source rock potential and elemental composition of lower Silurian subsurface shales of the eastern Murzuq Basin, southern Libya. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 48, 224–246, Meinhold, G., Howard, J.P., Strogen, D., Kaye, M.D., Abutarruma, Y., Elgadry, M., Thusu, B., Whitham, A.G.

  2. 2013 Hydrocarbon source rock potential of latest Ordovician–earliest Silurian Tanezzuft Formation shales from the eastern Kufra Basin, SE Libya. Journal of Petroleum Geology, 36, 105–115, Meinhold, G., Whitham, A.G., Howard, J.P., Stewart, J.C., Abutarruma, Y., Thusu, B.

  3. 2013 Latest Ordovician–earliest Silurian acritarchs and chitinozoans from subsurface samples in Jebel Asba, Kufra Basin, SE Libya. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 197, 90–118. Thusu, B., Rasul, S., Paris, F., Meinhold, G., Howard, J.P., Abutarruma, Y., Whitham, A.G.

  4. 2012 Palynological and palynofacies analysis of early Silurian shales from borehole CDEG-2a in Dor el Gussa, eastern Murzuq Basin, Libya. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 174, 1–26, Paris, F., Thusu, B., Rasul, S., Meinhold, G., Strogen, D., Howard, J.P., Abutarruma, Y., Elgadry, M., Whitham, A.G.

  5. 2011 A heavy mineral study of sandstones from the eastern margin of the Murzuq Basin, Libya: Constraints on provenance and stratigraphic correlation. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 61, 308–330, Morton, A.C., Meinhold, G., Howard, J.P., Phillips, R.J., Strogen, D., Abutarruma, Y., Elgadry, M., Thusu, B., Whitham, A.G.

  6. 2009 Infra – Cambrian hydrocarbon source rock potential and petroleum prospectivity of NW Africa. Special publication, geol. Soc. London 326

  7. 2009 Neoproterozoic-Early Cambrian hydrocarbon prospectivity of North Africa-a synthesis Special publication, geol. Soc. London 326

  8. 2008 Structural styles and prospectivity in the Precambrian and Palaeozoic hydrocarbon Systems of North Africa in Geology of East Libya, Earth Science society of Libya, Vol.4, pp.51-122

  9. 2008 Libya’s mature and frontier basins in: survey of upstream opportunities. World petroleum report, First magazine, pp. 25-33

  10. 1997 Trap architecture of the Early Cretaceous Sarir Sandstone in the eastern Sirt Bas in, Libya. In; Petroleum Geology of North Africa. Geological Society of London. Special Publication 132, 317-334.

  11. 1996 Implications of the discovery of reworked and in situ Late Palaeozoic and Triassic palynomorphs on the evolution of Sirt Basin. The Geology of Sirt Basin. Vol. 1. 455-474. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

  12. 1992 Subsurface Triassic Stratigraphy of North Cyrenaica and east Sirte Basin, Northeast Libya. Proceedings First Arab Geologist Conference, University Publication, Benghazi

  13. 1987 Jurassic- Early Cretaceous palynostratigraphy of Northeast Libya. In; Subsurface Palynostratigraphy of Northeast Libya. (editors A. El-Arnauti, B.Owens and B. Thusu) Garyounis University Publication, Benghazi, Libya, 171-213

  14. 1986 Middle Late Jurassic palynomorphs in Palynostratigraphy of Northeast Libya. Jou. Of Micropalaeontology Vol. 4 pt.1.1985 Early cretaceous (Neocommian) to Aptian palynomorphs in Palynostratigraphy of Northeast Libya. Jou. of Micropalaeontology Vol. 4, pt.1.

  15. 1985 Early cretaceous (Neocommian) to Aptian palynomorphs in Palynostratigraphy of Northeast Libya. Jou. of Micropalaeontology Vol. 4, pt.1.

  16. 1979 Micropalaeontological studies of the Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous of Andoya, Palaeontology Vol 22; 2, 413-425.

  17. 1978 Jurassic and cretaceous biostratigraphy of Norway with comments on the British Rasenia cymodoce Zone, Palaeontology. Vol. 21:1,1-33.

  18. 1978 Aptian to Toarcian dinoflagellate cysts from Arctic Norway. In Distribution of Biostratigraphically diagnostic dinoflagellate cysts and miospores from the Northwest European Continental Shelf and adjacent areas. (ed B. Thusu) Continental Shelf Institue Publication 61-75 p.

  19. 1977 Microfossils from the Janusfjellet subgroup (Jurassic Lower Cretaceous) at Agardhfjellet and Keilhaufjellet. Spitsbergen. Norsk Polarinstitutt. Arbok 1975, Oslo, 69-77

  20. 1977 Oil source identification and characterisation of the Jurassic sediments in the North Sea Chemical Geol., Vol. 20: 283-294

  21. 1975 Illustrations and distribution of Jurassic Palynomorphs of Norway. Norwegian Research Council, Continental Shelf, Publication 65, 55pp.

  22. 1975 Geological investigation of a Lower Tertiary Quaternary core offshore Trondelag Norway. Norges geol. Unders. 316, 253 269

  23. 1975 Microplankton from the Janusfjellet Subgroup (Jurassic Lower Cretaceous) at Agardhfjellet, Spitsbergen. Norsk Polarinstitutt Arbok 1976, 63-68

  24. 1975 Cretaceous palynomorphs from the Barent Shelf. Norsk Polarinstittut Arbok 1974, 258-262

  25. 1974 Micro-paleontologica Indica- a review, Grana vol. 14:48

  26. 1974 Middle Silurian acritarchs in the Upper Clinton group, East Central, New York. Jour. Of Paleontology vol.48.4, 840-843

  27. 1973 Acritarchs provenent De LIIion Shale (Wenlockian), Utica New York. Vol.16:2,137-146

  28. 1973 Acritarchs of the Middle Silurian Rochester Formation of Southern Ontario, Palaeontology. Vol.16:4,799-826

  29. 1972 Depositional environments of the Rochester Formation of Southern Ontario. Jour. Sed. Petrol. Vol.42, 930-934

Selected Papers in Conference Proceedings:

  1. 2009 Hydrocarbon Exploration in Jammu and Kashmir State Present status. International workshop on Energy challenges. Kashmir University May, 2009

  2. 1993 Recent advances on the geology of Northeast Libya.( Extended Abstract). Proceedings of the International Conference on Geoscientific Research in Northeast Africa (eds. Thorweihe, u.And Schandelmeier, H.). Berlin Balkema, 231-235

  3. 1974 A review of the Palynostratigraphy of the Jurassic system in Norway. Proc. Symposium Northern North Sea, Stavanger. Norwegian Petroleum Society, Oslo, 1975

  4. 1976 Kimmeridigian volcanic ash in Andoya North Norway. In: of the Proc. of Mesozoic of North Sea. Norwegian Petroleum Society, Oslo, 1977

  5. 1975 North Sea Oil: Applications of Palynological and geochemical studies to give an Understanding of the properties and potential of Jurassic source rock. Proc. Of the Fourth Palynological International Conference. Lucknow, India

  6. 1977 Distribution of biostratigraphically diagnostic dinocysts and miospores from the Northwestern European Shelf and adjacent areas (ed B.Thusu). International Palynological Colloquium, Leon, Spain, 1971

Selected Papers in Conference Presentations:

  1. 1968 Angiosperm microflora of the Dunvegan Formation (Upper Cenomanian), Peace River, Alberta, Canada. Geol. Soc. America. Spec. public., 121, p. 296

  2. 1976 Observations on the morphology of the dinoflagellate cysts Imbatodinium villosum Vozzhennikova from the Lower Cretaceous of Spitzbergen (Abstract) International Palynological colloquium, Leon, Spain 1977

  3. 1993 Reassignment of the Upper Amal Formation to Triassic and its implication for exploration in southeast Sirte Basin, Libya (Abstract) First Symposium on Hydrocarbon Geology of North Africa. Geological Soc. Of London.1955

  4. 1996 Stratigraphy and Palynofacies character of organic rich sediments in Pre- Campanian Sandstone in southeast Sirte Basin in Libya. (Abstract) In: The Second Middle East Geosciences Conference, Bahrain, 1996

  5. 1997 Comparison of Mesozoic siliciclastic plays in Sirt Basin and the North Sea Rift System Abstract) EAGE Conference, Geneva

  6. 1998 Surface gas, microbiological, surface and remote sense exploration for oil and gas; Experience in Kufra Basin., Libyan Desert.(Abstract & Poster) American Association Of Petroleum Geologists, International Conference, Rio, Brazil 1998

  7. 1978 Structural styles and prospectivity in the Palaeozoic hydrocarbon systems of North Africa (Extended Abstract & Poster). American Association of Petroleum Geologists, International Conference. Birmingham. (U.K) 1999

  8. 2009 High resolution palynostratigraphy of Late Neoproterozoic through Silurian strata Sequences of peri-Gondwana. EUG General Assembly, Vienna