Dr. Irfan U. Jan

Assistant Professor

Phone:
+92-91-9216427
+92-91-9216429
+92-91-9216767 (JHES

Fax: +92-91-9218183

Email:
irfan_nceg@upesh,edu.pk
irfanjan6@gmail.com


Educational Profile

PhD. 2012; (Palynology and Sedimentology): University of Leicester, UK

Thesis Title: Investigating the palynostratigraphy and palaeoenvironments of the southern Palaeotethyan Carboniferous-Permian succession of the Salt Range, Pakistan

MSc. 2004; (Sedimentology): University of Peshawar, Pakistan

Thesis Title: Carbonate sedimentology of the Eocene Kirther Formation, Kirther Fold Belt, Baluchistan, Pakistan

BSc. 2002; (Geology): University of Peshawar, Pakistan

Experience

Industrial Experience

Logging Geologist: 2004-2005(GeoServices East, Pakistan and UAE)

Academic Experience

Research Associate: 2005-2012 (National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar)

Assistant Professor: 2012-Till date (National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar)

Editorial Experience

Assistant Editor: 2012-2014 (Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences)

Associate Editor: 2014-Till date (Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences)

Researchgate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Irfan_Jan

Google Scholar Citations: http://scholar.google.com.pk/citations?hl=en&user=HOkjEZ8AAAAJ

Publications

Impact Factor Publications

1. Iqbal, S.  Jan, I. U. Akhter, G & Bibi, M. (In Press) Palaeoenvironmental and sequence stratigraphic analyses of the Jurassic Datta Formation, Salt Range, Pakistan. Journal of Earth System Science.

2. Jehangiri, M. Hanif, M. Arif, M. Jan, I. U. Ahmad, S. The Early Cambrian Khewra Sandstone, Salt Range, Pakistan: endorsing southern Indian provenance. Arabian Journal of Geosciences 10.1007/s12517-014-1649.

3. Ahmad, S. Jalal, W. Ali, F. Hanif, M. Ullah, Z. Khan, S. Afridi, A. Jan, I. U. Rehman, K. Using larger benthic foraminifera for paleogeographic reconstruction of Neo-Tethys during Paleogene. Arabian Journal of Geosciences 10.1007/s12517-014-1549-x.

4. Jan, I. U. 2014. The development in the Carboniferous-Permian Nilawahan Group palynology and stratigraphic correlation: A brief review. Journal of Earth System Science123, 1, 21-32.

5. Iqbal, S. Jan, I. U. & Hanif, I. 2014. Mianwali and Tredian formations: An example of the Triassic progradational system in the low-latitude Salt Range, Pakistan. Arabian Journal of Science and Engineering, 39, 5489-5507.

6. Stephenson, M. H. Jan, I. U. & Al-Mashaikie, S. Z. A. K. 2013. Palynology and correlation of Pennsylvanian glacigene rocks in Oman, Yemen and Pakistan. Gondwana Research24, 203-211.

7. Jan, I. U. & Stephenson, M. H.  2011. Palynology and correlation of the Upper Pennsylvanian Tobra Formation from Zaluch Nala, Salt Range, Pakistan. Palynology35, 212-225.

8. Jan, I. U. Stephenson, M. H. & Khan F. R. 2009. Palynostratigraphic Correlation of the Sardhai Formation (Permian) of Pakistan. 2009. Review of Palaebotany and Palynology158, 72-82.

Under Review

1. Jan, I. U., et al. Palaeoenvironmental analysis of the Carboniferous-Permian Tobra Formation of low latitude Tethyan Salt Range, Pakistan. Geologica Acta.

2. Jan, I. U. The updated palynostratigraphic age of the Tobra Formation, Salt Range, Pakistan. Arabian Journal of Geoscience.

HEC Recognized National Publications

1. Ahmad, S. Waqas, M. Khan, S. S. Swati, M. A. F. Jan, I. U. Yaqoob, M. Sadiq, A Rehman, I. Facies analysis, depositional model and sequence stratigraphy of the Upper Permian Chhidru Formation, Salt Range, Upper Indus Basin, Pakistan. Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences, Vol 48, no. 1, 2015, pp.64-80.

2. Sadiq, I.  Ahmad, S. Hanif, M. Ali, F. Latif, K. Swati, M. A. F. Saboor, A. Hussain, H. S Jan,  I. U. Ali, F. 2014. Implication of the diagenetic evolution for the diagnosis of reservoir potential of the Amb Formation, western Salt Range, Pakistan. Journal of Himalayan Earth SciencesVol 47, no. 2, pp. 75-98.   

3. Ahmad, S. Kroon, D, Rigby, S. Haneef, M. Imraz, M. Ahmad T. Jan, I. U. Ali, A. Zahid M & Ali, F. 2014. Integrated paleoenvironmental, bio- and sequence-stratigraphic analysis of the late Thanetian Lockhart Limestone in the Nammal Gorge section, western Salt Range, Pakistan. Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences, Vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 9-24.

4. Khan, S. Ahmad, S. Hanif, M. Jan, I. U. Swati, M. A. F. Khan, S & Saboor, A. 2014. Lithofacies, paleoenvironments and sequence stratigraphic modelling of the Wargal Limestone: Implication for reservoir characterization in the Salt Range, northwest, Pakistan. Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences, Vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 41-60.

5. Hussain, H. S. Fayaz, M. Haneef, M. Hanif, M. Jan, I. U. Gul, B. 2013. Microfacies and diagentic-fabric of the Samana Suk Formation at Harnoi section, Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences46(2), 79-91.

6. Imraz, M. Hanif, M. Ali, F.  Haneef, M.  Jan, I. U.  Ahmad (jr.), S. &  Saboor, A. 2013. Miscellaneidae: A biostratigraphic tool for hydrocarbon exploration in Paleocene carbonate platform deposits of Tethys, An example from Upper Indus Basin, Pakistan. Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences46(2), 93-99.

7. Shah, A., Haneef, M., Hanif, M. & Jan, I. U. 2010. Lithofacies and palaeoenvironments of the Carboniferous-Permian Nilawahan Group, Salt Range Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Hydrocarbon Research, 20, 1-13.

Conference Abstracts and Proceedings

1. Awais, M. Hanif, M Jan, I. U. Ishaq, M. Microfacies analysis and reservoir potential of the Eocene Chorgali Formation, Chorgali Pass section, Gali Jagir, Punjab, Pakistan. Abstract Volume Earth Sciences Pakistan: 2014, 22.

2. Iqbal, S. Jan, I. U. Akhter, G. Wagreich, M. Hanif, M. Triassic-Jurassic boundary: evidences from the Tethyan Salt Range, Pakistan and correlation with Europe. Abstract Volume Earth Sciences Pakistan: 2014, 36.

3. Khan, S. Latif, Z. Hanif, M. Jan, I. U. Velocity and structural modeling of Chiltan Limestone and Goru Formation for hydrocarbon evaluation in Bitrisim Area, Lower Indus Basin, Pakistan. Abstract Volume Earth Sciences Pakistan: 2014, 50.

4. LatifK. HanifM. ShahS. A. JadoonM. S. K. Ali, A. Jan. I. U. Khan, M. Y. Hydrocarbon generation potential and depositional environment of the Cherat coal, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Abstract Volume Earth Sciences Pakistan: 2014, 56.  

5. Shafique, M. Hanif. M. Jan, I. U. Remote sensing based lithological/stratigraphic mapping and mineral exploration in Salt Range, Pakistan. Abstract Volume Earth Sciences Pakistan: 2014, 77.

6. Shah, A. Jan, I. U. Hanif, M. Paleoenvironmental analysis of the Early Permian Dandot Formation, Salt Range, Punjab, PakistanAbstract Volume Earth Sciences Pakistan: 2014, 78.

7. Hussain, H. S. Jan, I. U. Hanif, M. Sadiq, I. Microfacies, palynofacies and depositional environment of the Upper Permian Wargal Limestone, western Salt Range, Pakistan. Abstract Volume Earth Sciences Pakistan: 2014, 33.

8. Iqbal, S. Jan, I. U. & Akhter, G. (Accepted) Palaeoenvironmental analysis of the Jurassic Datta Formation, Salt Range, Pakistan. 30th International Association of Sedimentologists meeting, Manchester University. 

9. Hanif, Muhammad.  Jan, I. U. Ali, Fahad. & Iqbal, Shahid. 2013. Hydrocarbon Prospects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Future strategies. Abstract Volume International Conference on conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon potential of Pakistan: prospects and strategies, 2013, 57.   

10. Shah, A. Sharifullah. Jan. I. U. Exploring the opportunities of Renewable Energies in the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa: A case study of FATA. Abstract Volume of International Conference on Sustainable Utilization of Natural Resources of KhyberPakhtunkhwa and FATA, 2013, 39.

11. Khan, S. Ahmad, S. Hanif. M. Jan. I. U. 2012. Palaeoenvironments and reservoir characterisation of the Middle to Late Permian Wargal Formation, NW Pakistan: Implications for hydrocarbon exploration.Abstract Volume of the Earth Sciences Pakistan, Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences, 45, No. 2, 60.

12. Shah, A. Haneef, M. Hanif, M. Jan, I. U. 2012. Lithofacies and palaeoenvironments of the Carboniferous-Permian Nilawahan Group, Salt Range, Pakistan. Abstract Volume of the Earth Sciences Pakistan, Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences, 45, No. 2, 92.

13. Jan, I. U. 2012. Age and regional palynostratigraphic correlation of the Sardhai Formation, Salt Range, Pakistan. Abstract Volume of the Earth Sciences Pakistan, Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences, 45, No. 2, 44.

14. Stephenson, M. H. Jan, I. U. & Al-Mashaikie, S. Z. A. K. 2011. Palynology and correlation of Pennsylvanian glacigene rocks in Oman, Yemen and Pakistan. 44th annual meeting 2011. American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, Southhampton, UK.

15. Jan, I. U. Stephenson, M. H. 2010. Palynology of the ?Glacigenic Carboniferous Tobra Formation of Pakistan. In: MARZENA, O. MARZENA, S & ANDRZEJ, L. (eds) CIMP Poland 2010 General Meeting,Warsaw, 26-28.

16. Shah, A. Jan, I. U. Khan, S. Khan, Raza. 2010. Energy crisis in Pakistan- An opportunity for Renewable Energy. International Conference on Advanced Design and Manufacture, 8-10th September 2010, Nottingham, UK.

17. Jan, I. U. Stephenson, M. H. 2010. Age and regional context of the Carboniferous-Permian glacigenic Tobra Formation (Salt Range, Pakistan). Proceedings of the 3rd International Palaeontological Congress, London, UK, 211.

18. Stephenson, H. M. Jan, I. U. 2010. Comparison and preliminary palynological correlation of the Early to Mid-Permian clastic sedimentary succession of Oman and the Salt and Khisor ranges of Pakistan. 9th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition, 7-10th March 2010 Manama Bahrain.

19. Jan, I. U. Stephenson, M. H. 2009. Palynostratigraphy of the Sardhai Formation (Permian) of Pakistan. In: FARNANDES, P. PEREIRA, Z. OLIVEIRA, J. T. CLAYTON, G & WICANDER, R. (eds) CIMP Faro'09, II Joint Meeting of Spores/Pollen and Acritarchs CIMP Subcommissions. University of Algarve Portugal, 53-56.

20. Jan, I. U. Stephenson, M. H. Stolle, E. 2009. Stratigraphic significance of monosaccate pollen,Florinites balmeiProceedings of the 1st British Geological Survey-BUFI Science Festival. Nottingham,UK, 3.

21.  Jan, I. U. 2009. Permian palaeoclimates of Gondwana. Proceedings of the 1st CIOPPINO workshop on Transient Changes in Past Warm Climates. University of Urbino Italy, 60.

22. Jan, I. U. Stephenson. M. H.  Ellen, S.  2008. The stratigraphic and palaeogeographic occurrence of the Mid-Permian pollen grain ?Florinites balmei. Proceedings of the Palaeontological Association (Palass) 52nd annual meeting. Glasgow, UK, pp. 59.

Honours and Awards

1. Pakistan Academy of Sciences’ Dr. Shah Jehan Prize for young scientist under 40 for research contribution in earth sciences, complimented by a gold medal,  certificate and cash prize.

2. Successfully up-graded the Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences to “X” category on June, 2014 (As an Associate Editor and Focal Person).

3. CIMP fund to present at the CIMP 2010 conference at institute of geological sciences, Warsaw Poland.

4. International Federation of the Palynological Societies fund to present at the 3rd International Palaeontological Congress, 28th June to 3rd July, 2010, London, UK.

5. Geological Society London’s Edmund Johnson Fund for good PhD project in Tethyan sedimentology and palaeontology 2010, complemented by one year free fellowship by the society for year 2010 –2011 and free subscription to Geol. Soc. Journals.

6. Department of Geology University of Leicester funds to attend the CIMP2010 conference at institute of geological sciences, Warsaw Poland.

7. Department of Geology, University of Leicester funds to attend the CIMP Faro2009 conference at University of Algarve, Portugal.

8. British Geological Survey-Funding-Initiative Funding for attending the geological workshop at Milos island- Greece from 8th to 18th May 2009.

9. UK-IODP steering committee funding to attend summer school at Urbino Italy 2009.

10. UK-IODP steering committee funding to attend summer school at Urbino Italy 2008. 

11. British Geological Survey UK’s funding to support analytical work during the course of the PhD studies.

12. University of Leicester Department of Geology funds for analytical work during the course of doctoral studies.

13. Pakistan Higher Education Commission Scholarship for PhD studies at University of Leicester, UK (2007).

14. 3rd position in the order of merit in MSc. (Geology) 2003.

15. 3rd position in the order of merit in BSc. (Hon) Geology 2002.

Research Grants Won

1. Higher Education Commission of Pakistan NRPU research grant as Principle Investigator (9.27 millions PKR); Investigating the stratigraphy, facies and 3D architecture of the Carboniferous-Permian successions of the Salt Range, Pakistan: An analogue for the oil-bearing reservoir-strata of the Arabian Peninsula.

2. Pakistan Science Foundation research grant as Principle Investigator (1.7 million PKR); Stratigraphic architecture, high-resolution sequence stratigraphy and petroleum potential of the Jurassic Datta Formation, Salt Range, Pakistan.

3. National Centre of Excellence in Geology research grant as co-Principle Investigator (0.3 million PKR); Investigating the unconventional (shale) gas resource of the Upper Indus Basin, Pakistan.

4. National Centre of Excellence in Geology research grant as co-Principle Investigator (0.3 million PKR); Evaluation of potential source rocks using 1D maturity modeling in the Lower Indus Basin, Pakistan.

PhD and MS Projects under supervision

 

STUDENT

PROJECT TITLE

PROGRAME

STATUS

Hafiz Shahid Hussain

Microfacies and palynofacies studies to decipher sequence stratigraphy of the Middle- to Late-Permian Zaluch Group, Pakistan; An analogue for the hydrocarbon strata of the Middle East.

Supervision; MS

Submitted

Azeem Shah

Paleeoenvironmenal analysis, regional stratigraphic correlation and sequence modeling of the Early Dandot Formation, Salt Range, Pakistan.

Supervision; MS

Submitted

Shahid Iqbal

 

Palaeoenvironmental studies, stratigraphic architecture and petroleum potential of the Jurassic Datta Formation in the low-latitude Tethyan Salt Range, Pakistan

Co-supervision; PhD

In Progress

Babar Siddique 

 

Reservoir evaluation of the Cretaceous-Palaeogene succession, Tal Block, NW, Kohat, Pakistan 

Supervision; MS

In Progress

Bashir Ahmed

Biostratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental investigation of the Palaeocene carbonate succession, Cherat-Nizampur Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Supervision; MS

In Progress

Muhammad Ishaq

Integrated petrographical and petrophysical analysis to evaluate Sakesar Limestone, Potwar, Plateau, Punjab, Pakistan 

Supervision; MS

In Progress

Naveed Akhtar

Sedimentological and Petrophysical studies of Khewra sandstone Missa Keswal oil field, Potwar, Pakistan

Supervision; MS

In Progress

Hasbeeullah

Shale gas potential of Middle Permian Sardhai Formation, Salt Range, Pakistan

Supervision; MS

In Progress

Nasar Khan

Source rock potential evaluation of the Early Jurassic Datta Formation, Salt range, Pakistan

Supervision; MS

In Progress

Abdullah

Petroleum geochemistry and palaeoenvironments of Patala and Chichali formations Kala Chitta Range, Upper Indus Basin, Pakistan

Supervision; MS

In Progress

 

International Courses Attended

1. TNO organised Pollen and Spore Master Class, 16 to 20th August 2010, Utrecht, The Netherlands (Terrestrially-derived palynoflora: Subsurface Application to Petroleum Geology).

2. 6th Urbino Summer School on Palaeoclimatology, July 23th to August 5th, 2009. University of Urbino Italy (Geochemical and biological proxies in the palaeoclimatology).

3. CIOPPINO 2009 workshop on Transient Changes in Past Warm Climates, 1st August 2009. University of Urbino Italy.

4. The British Geological Survey’s Workshop on the “Geological deposits of Greece”, 8 to 18th May, 2009, Milos Island, Greece. 

5. Regional Training course on Multi-Hazard Risk assessment: Geospatial mapping for earthquake vulnerability, 13 to 31st March, 2006, National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

6. Geo-Services Oil & Gas South Asia training for the well site geologists, 7 to 18th March, 2005, Abu Dhabi Training Institute UAE.

Conference and Workshop Organized

1st International Conference in Emerging Trends in Engineering, Management and Sciences;2014: Co-organized a three days international conference at the City University of Science and Information Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan (28th-30th, December, 2014).

Earth Sciences Pakistan; 2014: Co-organized a three days international conference at the Baragali Summer Campus of the University of Peshawar, Pakistan (29th-31st, August, 2014).

Sustainable Utilization of Natural Resources, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA; 2013: Co-organized a one day international conference at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Peshawar, Pakistan (11thFeb., 2013).

Geoscience Information System for Natural Hazard Management; Organized a four days international workshop organized under the British Council’s DELPHE funds for the faculty members of Kabul University, Kabul Polytechnic University and Education University, Afghanistan (12th-16th Feb., 2013).

Towards better understanding of gold mineralization of the northern areas of Pakistan; Co-Organized a one day workshop under the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and US Department of State at the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan (18th December, 2013).

Earth Sciences Pakistan; 2012: Co-organized a two days international conference at the Baragali Summer Campus of the University of Peshawar, Pakistan (24th-25th, June. 2012).           

Past and Current Professional Societies Membership

Fellow Geological Society of London (GSL).

The British Micropalaeontological Society (TMS).

Palaeontological Association (PALASS).

The Commission Internationale de la Microflora du Palaeozoique (CIMP).

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Pakistan Association of Petroleum Geoscientists (Faculty coordinator and Oil and Gas industry-NCEG liaison). 

Scientific Newsletter and Reports

Stephenson, M. H. Jan, I. U. (2013) Palynological evidence for diachroneity in the basal Khuff Formation clastics in the Middle East. Subcomission on Permian Stratigraphy newsletter, Permophiles,57, 15-19.

Stephenson, M. H. Jan, I. U. Al-Mashaikie, S. 2012. Comparison and palynological correlation of Pennsylvanian glacigene rocks in Oman, Yemen and Pakistan. The Commission Internationale de la Microflora du Palaeozoique’s newsletter79, 16.

Jan I. U. 2012. In front of the Himalayas: new discoveries in the Salt Range of Pakistan. The Commission Internationale de la Microflora du Palaeozoique’s newsletter79, 22-23.

Jan. I. U. 2010. Urbino Summer School in Palaeoclimatology, Italy, 2009. UK-Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme Annual newsletter35, 37. J

Jan. I. U. 2010. Developments in the Carboniferous-Permian palynology and regional

palynostratigraphic correlation of the Salt Range, Pakistan. Report submitted to the Geological Society of London for 2010 Edmund Johnson Fund.  

Stephenson, M. H. Jan, I. U. Al-Mashaikie, S. 2009. Advances in Permian palynological correlation in the southern Tethys. Subcomission on Permian Stratigraphy newsletter, Permophiles54, 24-25.