1991 …2020

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Research interests

My research focuses on carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis, integrating field studies of modern environments with numerical modeling, to provide a holistic understanding of the evolution of porosity-permeability in carbonate sediments from birth to burial. Recent work has inlcuded application of these techniques to understanding restless volcanic sytems and CO2 sequestration in reservoirs and aquifers.

Field studies in the Bahamas, Yucatan and Guam include aqueous biogeochemistry, hydrological monitoring and aquifer characterization, and enable quantification of key processes and evaluation of fundamental controls on carbonate diagenesis, and in Montserrat with application to hydrogeophysics.

Modeling approaches include hydrological, geochemical and reaction transport modeling (RTM). The latter, an emerging technology which simulates geochemical reactions in systems open to fluid flow, is providing exciting new insights into a range of rock-water interaction systems.

Field and modeling studies have informed development an innovative model for prediction of coupled sedimentological and early diagenetic evolution of carbonate platforms (CARB3D+), supported by the Leverhulme Trust and industry via the Bristol Carbonates Consortium. Most recently I am running a large ITF project IRT-MODE: integrated reactive transport modelling of dolomitization (https://sites.google.com/site/bristolitfproject/home).

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  • Cabot Institute Water Research

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IRT-MODE: Integrated Reaction Transport Modelling of Dolomite Evolution

Whitaker, F. F., Gabellone, T., Griffiths, G. L., Palmer, T. & Yapparova, A.


Project: Research

Research Output

Evaluating new fault‐controlled hydrothermal dolomitization models: Insights from the Cambrian Dolomite, Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin

Whitaker, F. F., Koeshidayatullah, A., Corlett, H. J., Stacey, J., Swart, PK., Boyce, A., Robertson, H. A. & Hollis, C., 11 Mar 2020, In : Sedimentology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    Facies classification and patterns of lacustrine carbonate deposition of the Barra Velha Formation, Santos Basin, Brazilian Pre-salt

    Gomes, J. P., Bunevich, R. B., Tedeschi, L. R., Tucker, M. E. & Whitaker, F. F., 1 Mar 2020, In : Marine and Petroleum Geology. 113, 21 p., 104176.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
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    Climatic signals in lacustrine deposits of the Upper Yacoraite Formation, Western Argentina: Evidence from clay minerals, analcime, dolomite and fibrous calcite

    Gomes, J. P. B., Whitaker, F. F., Bunevich, R., Tonietto, S., Santos, J. & Alves, D., 27 Dec 2019, In : Sedimentology. 28 p., 10.1111/sed.12700.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • Supervised Work

    Origin and Early Diagenesis of Evaporites in a Coastal Sab-kha

    Author: Ooi, (. S., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Whitaker, F. F. (Supervisor), Jameson, J. (External person) (Supervisor) & Strohmenger, C. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    The geochemistry and geomicrobiology of a salinity-stratified coastal carbonate aquifer : Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

    Author: Smith, S. L., 2004

    Supervisor: Whitaker, F. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Water – Rock Interaction in the Eocene and Upper Paleocene Formations, State of Qatar

    Author: Stanmore, E. A., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Whitaker, F. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)