Miquel Poyatos More

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Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 1 Geologibygningen 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1047 Blindern 0316 OSLO
Other affiliations Department of Geosciences

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ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7813-8868

Academic interests

My main field of research is the study of shallow to deep marine sedimentary systems, but I am also actively involved in multi-disciplinary projects which aim to understand the preservation and propagation of allogenic and autogenic signals in the stratigraphic record.

Courses taught


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oslo (2017-2019)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, STRAT Group, University of Manchester (2013-2017)
  • PhD in Geology (Stratigraphy and Sedimentology), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2009-13)
  • MSc in Geology and Exploration of Sedimentary Reservoirs, Universitat de Barcelona (2008-09)
  • BSc in Geology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2004-2008)

Current projects

ShelfSed - Continental shelf transport and sedimentation processes

Suprabasins - Sedimentary response to growth of major extensional fault systems


Accepted / in review

  • Poyatos-Moré, M., García-García, F., Rodríguez-Tovar, F.J., Soria, J., Viseras, C., Pérez-Valera, F. and Midtkandal, I. (in review) – Sharp-based, mixed carbonate-siliciclastic shallow-marine deposits (upper Miocene, Betic Cordillera, Spain): the record of ancient transgressive shelf ridges? Sedimentary Geology.

  • Honegger, L., Adatte, T., Spangenberg J., Poyatos-Moré, M., Ortiz, A., Curry, M., Huyghe, D., Puigdefàbregas, C., Garcés, M., Vinyoles, A., Valero, L., Laüchli C., Nowak, A., Fildani, A., Clark, J. and Castelltort S. (in review) - Tectonics, Climate and Topography: Oxygen stable isotopes and the early Eocene growth of the Pyrenees. Solid Earth. https://doi.org/10.5194/se-2021-12

  • Boulesteix, K., Poyatos-Moré, M., Flint, S.S., Hodgson, D.M., Taylor, K.T. and Brunt, R.L. (accepted) - Sedimentological and stratigraphic criteria to distinguish between basin-floor and slope mudstones: Implications for the delivery of mud to deep-water environments. The Depositional Recordhttps://doi.org/10.31223/X5QC7C


  • Tek, D., McArthur, A.D., Poyatos-Moré, M., Colombera, L., Allen, C., Patacci, M. and McCaffrey, W.D. (2021) - Controls on the architectural evolution of deep-water channel overbank sediment wave fields: insights from the Hikurangi Channel, offshore New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysicshttps://doi.org/10.1080/00288306.2021.1978509
  • Tek, D., McArthur, A.D., Poyatos-Moré, M., Colombera, L., Craven, B., Patacci, M. and McCaffrey, W.D. (2021) - Relating seafloor geomorphology and subsurface architecture: how mass-transport deposits and knickzones build the deep-water stratigraphy of the Hikurangi Channel (offshore New Zealand). Sedimentologyhttps://doi.org/10.1111/sed.12890
  • Schwarz, E., Poyatos-Moré, M., Boya, S., Gomis-Cartesio, L.E. and Midtkandal, I. (2021) - Architecture and controls of thick, intensely bioturbated, storm-influenced shallow-marine successions: an example from the Jurassic Neuquén Basin (Argentina). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Special Issue “Ichnology, trace fossils and depositional environment”https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2020.110109
  • García-García, F., Rodríguez-Tovar, F.J., Poyatos-Moré, M., Yeste, L.M. and Viseras, C. (2021) – Sedimentological and ichnological signatures of an offshore-transitional hyperpycnal system (Late Miocene, Betic Cordillera, Southern Spain). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Special Issue “Ichnology, trace fossils and depositional environment”. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2020.110039


  • Boulesteix, K., Poyatos-Moré, M., Hodgson, D.M., Flint, S.S., Taylor, K.T. and Parry, G. R. (2020) - Fringe or background: Characterizing deep-water mudstones beyond the basin-floor fan sandstone pinchout. Journal of Sedimentary Researchhttps://doi.org./10.2110/jsr.2020.048
  • Romans, B., Fosdick, J., Poyatos-Moré, M. and Helland-Hansen, W. (2020) - Editorial: Sedimentary System Response to External Forcings: a Process-Based Perspective. Frontiers in Earth Sciencehttps://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2020.591420
  • Van Yperen, A., Holbrook, J., Poyatos‐Moré, M., Myers, C. and Midtkandal, I. (2020) – Low‐accommodation and backwater effects on sequence stratigraphic surfaces and depositional architecture of fluvio‐deltaic settings (Cretaceous Mesa Rica Sandstone, Dakota Group, USA). Basin Research. 10.1111/bre.12483
  • Honegger, L., Adatte, T., Spangeberg, J., Caves Rugenstein, J., Poyatos-Moré, M., Puigdefabregas, C., Chanvry, E., Clark, J., Fildani, A., Kouzmanov, K., Harlaux, M., Verrechia, E. and Castelltort, S. (2020) - Alluvial record of an early Eocene hyperthermal, Castissent Formation, Pyrenees, Spain. EGU – Climate of the Past, 16, 227–243. https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-227-2020
  • Van Yperen, A.E., Poyatos-Moré, M., Holbrook, J.M. and Midtkandal, I. (2020) - Internal mouth-bar variability and preservation of subordinate processes in low-accommodation proximal deltaic settings (Cretaceous Dakota Group, New Mexico, USA). The Depositional Record, 6, 431– 458. https://doi.org/10.1002/dep2.100
  • Tek, D., Poyatos-Moré, M., Patacci, M., McArthur, A.D., Colombera, L., Cullen, T.M. and McCaffrey, W.D. (2020) – Syn-depositional tectonics and mass-transport deposits control channelized, bathymetrically-complex deep-water systems (Aínsa depocenter, Spain). Journal of Sedimentary Research, 90 (7), 729–762. https://doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2020.38


  • Zuchuat, V., Midtkandal, I., Poyatos-Moré, M., Da Costa, S., Halvorsen, K., Cote, N., Sundal, A. and Braathen, A. (2019) – Composite and diachronous stratigraphic surfaces in low-gradient, transitional settings: the J-3 "Unconformity" and the Curtis Formation, east-central Utah, USA. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 89 (11), 1075–1095https://doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2019.56
  • Van Yperen, A.E., Line, L.H., Holbrook, J.M., Poyatos-Moré, M. and Midtkandal, I. (2019) - Revised Stratigraphic Relationships of the Dakota Group in the Tucumcari Basin, San Miguel County, New Mexico, USA, in: Geology of the Raton-Clayton Area (Eds., Ramos, F.; Zimmerer, M.J.; Zeigler, K.; Ulmer-Scholle, D.), New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 70th Field Conference, pp. 89-100. https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/downloads/70/70_p0089_p0100.pdf
  • Van Yperen, A., Holbrook, J., Poyatos-Moré, M. and Midtkandal, I. (2019) - Coalesced delta front sheet-like sandstones from highly avulsive distributary channels: the low-accommodation Mesa Rica Sandstone (New Mexico, USA). Journal of Sedimentary Research, 89 (7), 654-678https://doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2019.27

  • Cosgrove, G., Poyatos-Moré, M., Hodgson, D.M., McCaffrey, W.D. and Mountney, N. (2019) – Intra-clinothem variability in sedimentary texture and process-regime recorded down slope profiles. Sedimentology, 67, 431-456. https://doi.org/10.1111/sed.12648

  • Klausen, T.G., Müller, R., Poyatos-Moré, M., Olaussen, S., and Stueland, E. (2019) - Tectonic, provenance and sedimentological controls on reservoir characteristics in the Upper Triassic to Middle Jurassic Realgrunnen Subgroup – Southwest Barents Sea. In: Chiarella, D. (ed.), Cross-Border Petroleum Geology and Exploration: The British and Norwegian Continental Margins. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 495. https://doi.org/10.1144/SP495-2018-165

  • Boulesteix, K., Poyatos-Moré, M., Flint, S.S., Taylor, K.T., Hodgson, D.M. and Hasiotis, S.T. (2019) - Transport and deposition of mud in deep-water environments: processes and stratigraphic implications. Sedimentology, 66, 2894-2925.  https://doi.org/10.1111/sed.12614

  • Poyatos-Moré, M., Jones, G.D., Brunt, R.L., Tek, D., Hodgson, D.M. and Flint, S.S. (2019) - Clinoform architecture and facies distribution through an erosional to accretionary basin margin transition. Basin Research, 31, 920-947.  https://doi.org/10.1111/bre.12351


  • Bell, D., Hodgson, D.M., Kane, I.A., Stevenson J. and Poyatos-Moré, M. (2018) – Topographic controls on the development of contemporaneous but contrasting basin-floor depositional architectures. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 88 (10), 1166-1189. https://doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2018.58
  • Chanvry, E., Deschamps, R., Joseph, P., Puigdefàbregas, C., Poyatos-Moré, M., Serra-Kiel, J., Garcia, D. and Teinturier, S. (2018) - Impact of intrabasinal tectonics in the stratigraphic evolution of piggyback basin fills: an example from the Eocene South-Pyrenean Foreland Basin (Spain). Sedimentary Geology, 377, 34-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sedgeo.2018.09.007
  • Cosgrove, G., Hodgson, D.M., Poyatos-Moré, M., McCaffrey, W.D. and Mountney, N. (2018) - Filter or conveyor? Establishing relationships between clinoform rollover trajectory, sedimentary process regime, and grain character within intrashelf clinothems, offshore New Jersey, USA. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 88 (8), 917-941. https://doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2018.44
  • Brooks, H.L., Hodgson, D.M., Brunt, R.L., Peakall, J., Poyatos-Moré, M. and Flint, S.S. (2018) - Disconnected submarine lobes as a record of stepped slope evolution over multiple sea-level cycles. Geosphere, 14 (4), 1753-1779. https://doi.org/10.1130/GES01618.1


  • Hodgson, D.M., Browning, J.V., Miller, K.G., Hesselbo, S., Poyatos-Moré, M., Mountain, G.S. and Proust, J.-N. (2017) - Sedimentology, stratigraphic context, and implications of Miocene intrashelf bottomset deposits, offshore New Jersey. Geosphere, 14 (1), 95-114. https://doi.org/10.1130/GES01530.1
  • Belica, M.E., Tohver, E., Poyatos-Moré, M., Flint, S.S., Parra-Avila, L., Hodgson, D.M., Lanci, L., Denyszyn, S. and Pisarevsky, S. (2017) - Refining the Chronostratigraphy of the Karoo Basin, South Africa: magnetostratigraphic constraints support an Early Permian Age for the Ecca Group. Geophysical Journal International , 211 (3), 1354-1374. https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggx344
  • Gomis-Cartesio, LE, Poyatos-Moré, M., Hodgson, DM and Flint, SS (2017) - Shelf-margin clinothem progradation, degradation and readjustment: Tanqua depocentre, Karoo Basin (South Africa). Sedimentology,  65, 809-841. https://doi.org/10.1111/sed.12406
  • Femenias-Gual, J., Minwer-Barakat, R., Marigó, J., Poyatos-Moré, M. and Moyà-Solà, S. (2017) - Agerinia marandati sp. Nov., a new early Eocene primate from the Iberian Peninsula, sheds new light on the evolution of the genus Agerinia. PeerJ , 5: e3239. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3239


  • Poyatos-Moré, M. , Jones, GD, Brown, RL, Hodgson, DM, Wild, RJ and Flint, SS (2016) - Mudstone-dominated basin margin progradation: processes and implications. Journal of Sedimentary Research , 86 (8), 863-878. https://doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2016.57
  • Gomis-Cartesio, LE, Poyatos-Moré, M., Flint, SS, Hodgson, DM, Brown, RL and Wickens, H. de V. (2016) - Anatomy of a mixed-influence shelf-edge delta, Karoo Basin, South Africa. In: Hampson, GJ, Reynolds, AD, Kostic, B. & Wells, MR (eds.), Sedimentology of Paralic Reservoirs: Recent Advances. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 444 , 393-418. https://doi.org/10.1144/SP444.5


  • Duller, RA, Warner, NH, De Angelis, S., Armitage, JJ and Poyatos-Moré, M. (2015) - Reconstructing the timescale of a catastrophic fan-forming event on Earth using a Mars model. Geophysical Research Letters , 42, 10, 324-10, 332.  https://doi.org/10.1002/2015GL066031


  • Poyatos-Moré, M. (2014) - Physical Stratigraphy and Facies Analysis of the Castissent Tecto-Sedimentary Unit (South Central Pyrenees, Spain): Depositional processes and controlling factors of sediment dispersal from river-mouth to base-of-slope settings. Ph.D. Thesis. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. 291 pp. http://hdl.handle.net/10803/145397 
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