Dr. Irfan U. Jan

Assistant Professor

Phone:+92-91-9216427 (internal extension: 109)
              +92-91-9216429
Fax:     +92-91-9218183

Email: irfan_nceg@yahoo.com
             irfanjan6@gmail.com


Academic Career

  • B. Sc. (Hons Geology) University of Peshawar, Pakistan (2002).
  • M Sc. (Geology) University of Peshawar, Pakistan (2003).
  • PhD. University of Leicester, UK (2012).

The Carboniferous-Permian succession of the Salt and Khisor ranges of Pakistan is relatively little-studied and the palaeogeography and palaeoclimatology of this southern palaeo-Tethys area is poorly constrained. Dr. Jan is involved in combining/integrating palynological (fossil plant spore and pollen) and sedimentological analysis to place the successions in their regional stratigraphic context and understand vegetation changes and the evolution of depositional environments in this area during the Carboniferous-Permian icehouse period.

Research Interests

  • Carboniferous-Permian palynology and palynostratigraphy of the Gondwana (Middle East, Australia, South America and Pakistan).
  • Palaeclimatology, sedimentology and palaeoenvironments.

 

Additional Research Interests

Additionally Dr. Jan enjoys work related to the topics.

  • Environment/Climate change/Sustainable development and planning.
  • Disaster management, awareness and mitigation.
 

Topics: Palynology, palynostratigraphy and palaeoenvironments

Research Papers

Stephenson, M. H. Jan, I. U. & Al-Mashaikie, S. Z. A. K. (in press/2012) Palynology and correlation of Pennsylvanian glacigene rocks in Oman, Yemen and Pakistan, (Gondwana Research special issue 2012: doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2012.06.005, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1342937X12002031#).

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

Jan, I. U. et al. (under review) Palaeoenvironmental analysis of the Carboniferous-Permian Tobra Formation of low-latitude Tethyan Salt Range, Pakistan (Geological Magazine).

Iqbal, S. & Jan, I. U. (under review). Mianwali and Tredian formations: An example of the Triassic progradational system in the low-latitude Salt Range, Pakistan (Geological Magazine).

Jan, I. U. & Stephenson, M. H. 2011. Palynology and regional correlation of the Upper Pennsylvanian Tobra Formation, Zaluch Nala, Salt Range, Pakistan,American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists’ Palynology, 35, 212-225

Jan, I. U. Stephenson, M. H. & Khan, F. R. 2009. Palynostratigraphic correlation of the Sardhai Formation (Permian) of Pakistan. 2009. Elsevier journal “Review of Palaebotany and Palynology, 158, 72-82.

 

Published Abstracts (Conferences and posters)

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. Proceedings of the Earth Sciences Pakistan, 2012, 60.

Shah, A. Haneef, M. Hanif, M. Jan, I. U. 2012. Lithofacies and palaeoenvironments of the Carboniferous-Permian Nilawahan Group, Salt Range, Pakistan. Proceedings of the Earth Sciences Pakistan, 2012, 92.

Jan, I. U. 2012. Age and regional palynostratigraphic correlation of the Sardhai Formation, Salt Range, Pakistan. Proceedings of the Earth Sciences Pakistan, 2012, 44.

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.

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

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.

Stephenson, M. H.  & 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. Proceedings of the 9th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition, Manama, Bahrain.

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) proceeding of the CIMP Faro'09, II Joint Meeting of Spores/Pollen and Acritarchs CIMP Subcommissions. University of Algarve Portugal, 53-56.
                                                              
Jan, I. U. Stephenson, H. & Stolle, E. 2009. Stratigraphic significance of monosaccate pollen, Florinites balmei. Proceedings of the 1st British Geological Survey-BUFI Science Festival. Nottingham, UK, 3.

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.     

Jan, I. U. Stephenson, M. H.  & Stolle, E. 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.

 

Topics: Sustainable development, renewables, environment and climate.

Research Papers

Shah, A. Khan, S. & Jan, I. U. 2010. Re-use and remodeling of old buildings, using sustainable design principles. OIDA Ontario International journal of sustainable development, no. 5, 61-66.

Shah, A. Khan, S. Shah, M. H. Khan, R, U. & Jan, I. U. 2010. Environmental impact assessment of infra-structure development projects in the developing countries. OIDA Ontario International journal of sustainable development, 1 no. 4, 47-54.

Published Abstracts (Conferences)

Shah, A. Jan, I. U. Ehsanul-Haq, & Sharifullah, Khan, R. 2010. Energy crisis in Pakistan- An opportunity for renewable energy. International Conference on Power Generation Systems and Renewable Energy Technologies (PGSRET) 29th Nov. to 2nd Dec. 2010, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Shah, A. Jan, I. U. Khan, & R. Khan, S. 2010. Exploring the opportunities of rain water harvesting in the urban areas of Pakistan. Journal of the Himalayan Earth Sciences, University of Peshawar, Pakistan, 43, 81.

Shah, A, Sindhu, A. S. Khan, R. & Jan, I. U. 2010. Impact of climate change on Pakistan in the aftermath of monsoon floods-2010. Proceedings of the Devnet 2010 conference, Massey University, Palmerstone North, New Zealand, 72-73.

Shah, A.  Khan, R. Jan, I. U. & Khan, S. (submitted) Evaluation of open and distance learning (ODL) for education of sustainability in the third world countries. Devnet 2010 conference, Massey University, Palmerstone North, New Zealand 1st Dec.-3rd  Dec. 2010.

 

Topics: Disaster management, planning, awareness and mitigation.

Research Papers

Shah, A. U., Mumtaz, H., Mughal, H., Jan, I. U. & Khan, R. U. 2012. Performance Evaluation and Improvements of Mud Houses in Disaster Prone Areas, International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, 5, no. 3, 390-401.

Published Abstracts (Conferences)

Shah, A. Khan, H. M, Jan, I. U. & Khan, S. (presented). Evaluation of training information system for the capacity building of various stakeholders for earthquake resisting building construction”. International Conference on Earthquake Engineering 25-26 April, 2011, NUST.

Khan, H. M. Shah. A. Jan. I. U. & Khan, R. U. 2011. Evaluation and improvement of seismic performance of locally constructed non-engineered buildings in the earthquake prone areas of Pakistan. ICEES, NUST, Pakistan 25-26 April 2011.

Shah, A. Jan, I. U. Khan, R. & Khan, S. 2010. Comparative analysis of the national disaster management plan of Pakistan in the regional context. Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences, university of Peshawar, Pakistan, 43, 80 (http://nceg.upesh.edu.pk/gb-43-2010.html).

Shah, A. Anjum, N. & Jan, I. U. 2006. Planning for disaster preparedness & management (DP&MP) in Pakistan In: STANELY, C. & GARY, K. C. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Inspection, Appraisal, Repair and Maintenance of Structures, Hong Kong, China, 23-25.

Ongoing and Completed Proposals

Investigating the Carboniferous-Permian sedimentology of the Salt and Khisor ranges of Pakistan. A pilot proposal to study and understand these successions and relate them to the oil-bearing age-equivalent strata of the Arabia. Funded by the British Council Delphe/Inspire project.

Investigating the Carboniferous-Permian sedimentology and palynology of the Khisor Range of Pakistan. A PhD studentship funded by the British Geological Survey, UK, the British Council and National Centre of Excellence in geology, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

 

Scientific News Letters/Reports

Stephenson, M. H. Jan, I. U. & Al-Mashaikie, S. Z. A. K. (2012). Comparison and palynological correlation of Pennsylvanian glacigene rocks in Oman, Yemen and Pakistan. The Commission Internationale de la Microflora du Palaeozoique’s newsletter, 79, 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 newsletter, 79, 22-23.   

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 Edmund Johnson Fund. (http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/webdav/site/GSL/shared/pdfs/Society/Reports%202010%20grants.pdf).

Jan. I. U. 2010. Urbino summer school in palaeoclimatology, Italy, 2009. UK-Integrated ocean drilling programme annual news letter, 35, 49.
(http://www.bgs.ac.uk/iodp/docs/UKIODP_35.pdf).

Stephenson, M. H. Jan, I. U. & Al-Mashaikie, S. 2009. Advances in Permian palynological correlation in the southern Tethys. Permophiles, 54, 24-25.

National & International Workshops and Courses

  • TNO and University of Utrecht, jointly organized Pollen and Spore Master Class, 16 to 20th August 2010, Utrecht, The Netherlands (Role of palynology in E&P industry;
    http://www.palynology.org/meetings/ShortCourse.html).
  • 6th Urbino Summer School on Palaeoclimatology, July 23th to August 5th, 2009. University of Urbino Italy (Geochemical and biological proxies in the palaeoclimatology;
    http://www.urbinossp.it/).
  • CIOPPINO 2009 workshop on Transient Changes in Past Warm Climates, 1st August 2009. University of Urbino Italy.
  • The British Geological Survey’s Workshop on the “Geological deposits of Greece”, 8 to 18th May, 2009, Milos Island, Greece.
  • 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.   
  • Geo-Services Oil & Gas South Asia training for the well site geologists, 7 to 18th March, 2005, Abu Dhabi Training Institute UAE.

Current and Past Membership at the Professional Societies

  • 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 Engeneers (SPE)