Department of Earth SciencesWestern Science

Dr. Burns Cheadle

Petroleum Geology

Burns Cheadle

Associate Professor & Chair in Petroleum Geology
P.Geo., P.Geol.
Ph.D. Western University, 1986
Office: BGS 1078
Lab: BGS 1058
Phone: 519-661-2111 x.89009
Fax: 519-661-3198

Research Interests

Dr. Cheadle's research interests involve several interconnected themes in petroleum geology, with a particular focus on the petroleum resource potential of carbonaceous mudstone deposits. The characterization of such deposits requires integration of high-resolution sequence stratigraphy with organic geochemistry, submicron FIB-SEM microscopy and petrophysical reservoir characterization techniques. Addressing such questions as the relative contribution of tectonic, glacioeustatic, and palaeoclimatic driving forces on organic productivity and preservation, the research seeks to define carbonaceous mudstones in the context of petroleum systems.

Recent Presentations

Courses Taught

ES 3372A/B Introduction to Petroleum Systems
ES 4472A/B Applied Petroleum Assessment
GL 9566A/B: Applied Concepts in Petroleum Geology
GL 9567B: Regional Petroleum Systems Seminar


Jessica Flynn (Ph.D. candidate): Burial and thermal history modeling of the Upper Cretaceous Colorado Group, Western Canada Sedimentary Basin foredeep through back-bulge transect.

Mostafa Teama (PhD candidate at Suez Canal University, Egypt): Reservoir modeling of the El-Wastani gas field, onshore Nile Delta, Egypt

Mailyng Aviles (PhD program): Distribution of kerogen within mudstone microfabric: Possible implications for organic matter preservation.

Negar Nazari (PhD program)

Karen Grey (MSc program)

Kienan Marion (MSc program)

Katharin Pavan (MSc program)