dr. João Trabucho Alexandre
Assistant Professor
Earth Sciences - Sedimentology
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João Trabucho is assistant professor in the Comparative Sedimentology Group.

João is a founding member of the Utrecht Young Academy and a member of its Governance Committee.

João is Associate Editor of the Journal of Sedimentary Research.
He is the Dutch National Correspondent of the International Association of Sedimentologists and Ambassador for the Netherlands of SEPM—Society of Sedimentary Geology.

João is interested in:

  • Oceanic Anoxic Events and black mud sedimentation (black shales)
  • Mesozoic (Jurassic and Cretaceous) nonuniformitarian sedimentary environments
  • Sedimentology of mud-dominated linear siliciclastic coasts, shallow clastic seas, and the deep ocean
  • (Bio)physical sedimentary processes and environments of deposition of mud in deep time
  • Facies models of deep-water black shales
  • Petrology and petrography of mudstones and shales
  • Sequence stratigraphy in mud-dominated successions
  • Stratigraphic completeness of fine-grained sedimentary successions
Strategic themes / Focus areas
Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
Physical stratigraphy
Marine geology
Grain size analysis
Clay mineralogy
Petroleum source rocks
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Curriculum vitae


  • Ph.D. (cum laude), Comparative Sedimentology Group, Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands
    Mesozoic sedimentation in the North Atlantic and Western Tethys; global forcing mechanisms and local sedimentary processes
    Advisers: Prof. Dr. Poppe L. de Boer and Dr. Kees van der Zwan
    January 24, 2011
  • M.Sc. (with distinction), Institute for Paleoclimate and Paleoecology Utrecht, Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands
    “Climatic origin of sedimentary colour cycles in the Ain el Beida section (Atlantic Morocco): Implications for sapropel formation in the Mediterranean”
    Adviser: Dr. Frits Hilgen
    April 27, 2007
  • B.Sc., Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
    October 31, 2003
  • Erasmus, School of Earth Sciences, University of Birmingham, U.K.


  • 2014–present: Assistant professor, Comparative Sedimentology Group, Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 2011–2014: Postdoctoral research associate, Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory, University of Durham, U.K.
  • 2007–2011: Research assistant, Comparative Sedimentology Group, Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands

Professional Affiliations

  • British Sedimentological Research Group
  • Geological Society of America
  • Higher Education Academy, U.K. (associate member)
  • International Association of Sedimentologists
  • Sedimentologische Kring
  • SEPM—Society for Sedimentary Geology
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All publications
Capella, W., Hernández-Molina, F. J., Flecker, R., Hilgen, F. J., Hssain, M., Kouwenhoven, T. J., van Oorschot, M., Sierro, F. J., Stow, D. A.V., Trabucho-Alexandre, J., Tulbure, M. A., de Weger, W., Yousfi, M. Z. & Krijgsman, W. (15.06.2017). Sandy contourite drift in the late Miocene Rifian Corridor (Morocco) - Reconstruction of depositional environments in a foreland-basin seaway. Sedimentary Geology, 355, (pp. 31-57) (27 p.).
Plint, A. Guy, Hooper, Elizabeth A., Grifi, Meriem D., Walaszczyk, Ireneusz, Landman, Neil H., Gröcke, Darren R., Trabucho-Alexandre, João & Jarvis, Ian (26.06.2017). Chapter 1: Integrated, High-Resolution Allostratigraphic, Biostratigraphic and Carbon-Isotope Correlation of Coniacian Strata (Upper Cretaceous), Western Alberta and Northern Montana. In Neil H. Landman, A. Guy Plint & Irek Walaszczyk (Eds.), Allostratigraphy and biostraigraphy of the Upper Cretaceaous (Coniacian-Santonian) Western Canada Foreland Basin (pp. 9–52). American Museum of Natural History Library.
Houben, M.E., Barnhoorn, A., Wasch, L., Trabucho-Alexandre, João, Peach, C.J. & Drury, M.R. (01.08.2016). Microstructures of Early Jurassic (Toarcian) shales of Northern Europe. International Journal of Coal Geology, 165, (pp. 76-89) (14 p.).
Strang, Katie M, Armstrong, Howard, Harper, David A. T. & Trabucho-Alexandre, João (2016). The Sirius Passet Lagerstätte: silica death masking opens the window on the earliest mat ground community of the Cambrian Explosion. Lethaia, 49 (4), (pp. 631-643) (13 p.).
van Helmond, N.A.G.M., Sluijs, A., Papadomanolaki, Nina M., Plint, A. Guy, Gröcke, Darren, Pearce, Martin, Eldrett, J.S., Trabucho-Alexandre, João, Walaszczyk, Ireneusz, van de Schootbrugge, B. & Brinkhuis, H. (13.05.2016). Equatorward phytoplankton migration during a cold spell within the Late Cretaceous super-greenhouse. Biogeosciences, 13 (9), (pp. 2859-2872) (14 p.).
Jarvis, I., Trabucho-Alexandre, João, Gröcke, D.R., Uličný, D. & Laurin, J. (2015). Intercontinental correlation of organic carbon and carbonate stable isotope records: evidence of climate and sea-level change during the Turonian (Cretaceous). The Depositional Record, 1 (2), (pp. 53-90).
Olde, K., Jarvis, I., Uličný, D., Pearce, M.A., Trabucho-Alexandre, J., Čech, S., Gröcke, D.R., Laurin, J., Švábenická, L. & Tocher, Bruce (01.10.2015). Geochemical and palynological sea-level proxies in hemipelagic sediments - A critical assessment from the Upper Cretaceous of the Czech Republic. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 435, (pp. 222-243).
Olde, Kate, Jarvis, Ian, Pearce, Martin, Uličný, David, Tocher, Bruce, Trabucho-Alexandre, João & Gröcke, Darren (2015). A revised northern European Turonian (Upper Cretaceous) dinoflagellate cyst biostratigraphy: Integrating palynology and carbon isotope events. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 213, (pp. 1-16).
Trabucho Alexandre, J. (2015). Organic matter-rich shale depositional environments. In Reza Rezaee (Eds.), Fundamentals of Gas Shale Reservoirs (pp. 21-46). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Trabucho Alexandre, J.P. (2015). Het zwarte Jura tussen Staithes en Port Mulgrave, Yorkshire, VK. Geo.brief, 40 (8), (pp. 16-18).
Trabucho-Alexandre, João (2015). More gaps than shale: erosion of mud and its effect on preserved geochemical and palaeobiological signals. In D.G. Smith, R.J. Bailey, P.M. Burgess & A.J. Fraser (Eds.), Strata and Time: Probing the Gaps in Our Understanding (pp. 251-270). London: Geological Society.
Bullock, R.J., De Paola, N., Holdsworth, R.E. & Trabucho-Alexandre, J. (2014). Lithological controls on the deformation mechanisms operating within carbonate-hosted faults during the seismic cycle. Journal of Structural Geology, 58, (pp. 22-42) (21 p.).
French, K.L., Sepúlveda, J., Trabucho-Alexandre, J., Gröcke, D.R. & Summons, R.E. (15.03.2014). Organic geochemistry of the early Toarcian oceanic anoxic event in Hawsker Bottoms, Yorkshire, England. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 390, (pp. 116-127) (12 p.).
Imber, J, Armstrong, Howard, Clancy, Sarah, Daniels, Susan, Herringshaw, Liam, McCaffrey, Ken, Rodrigues, Joel, Trabucho-Alexandre, João & Warren, Cassandra (27.10.2014). Natural fractures in a United Kingdom shale reservoir analog, Cleveland Basin, northeast England. AAPG Bulletin, 98 (11), (pp. 2411-2437) (27 p.).
Licht, A., van Cappelle, M., Abels, H.A., Ladant, J.-B., Trabucho-Alexandre, J., France-Lanord, C., Donnadieu, Y., Vandenberghe, J., Rigaudier, T., Lécuyer, C., Terry, D., Adriaens, R., Boura, A., Guo, Z., Naing Soe, Aung, Quade, J., Dupont-Nivet, G. & Jaeger, J.-J. (25.09.2014). Asian monsoons in a late Eocene greenhouse world. Nature, 513 (7519), (pp. 501-506) (6 p.).
Uličný, D., Jarvis, I., Čech, S., Laurin, J., Olde, K., Trabucho-Alexandre, J., Švábenická, L. & Pedentchouck, N. (01.07.2014). A high-resolution carbon-isotope record of the Turonian stage correlated to a siliciclastic basin fill: Implications for mid-Cretaceous sea-level change. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 405, (pp. 42-58) (17 p.).
de Boer, P.L. & Trabucho Alexandre, J. (2012). Orbitally forced sedimentary rhythms in the stratigraphic record: Is there room for tidal forcing?. Sedimentology, 59 (2), (pp. 379-392) (14 p.).
Trabucho-Alexandre, J., Dirkx, R., Veld, H., Klaver, G. & de Boer, P.L. (2012). Erratum: Toarcian black shales in the Dutch central graben: Record of energetic, variable depositional conditions during an oceanic anoxic event. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 82 (4), (pp. 258-259) (2 p.).
Trabucho-Alexandre, J., Dirkx, R., Veld, H., Klaver, G. & de Boer, P.L. (2012). Toarcian black shales in the dutch central graben: Record of energetic, variable depositional conditions during an oceanic anoxic event. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 82 (2), (pp. 104-120) (17 p.).
Trabucho-Alexandre, J., Hay, W.W. & de Boer, P.L. (2012). Phanerozoic environments of black shale deposition and the Wilson Cycle. Solid Earth, 3, (pp. 29-42) (14 p.). Discussion paper published first online in Solid Earth Discussions.
Groecke, D. R., Hori, R. S., Trabucho-Alexandre, João, Kemp, D. B. & Schwark, L. (2011). An open ocean record of the Toarcian oceanic anoxic event. Solid Earth, 2 (2), (pp. 245-257) (13 p.).
Topper, R.P.M., Trabucho Alexandre, J., Tuenter, E. & Meijer, P.Th. (2011). A regional ocean circulation model for the mid-Cretaceous North Atlantic Basin: implications for black shale formation. Climate of the Past, 7 (1), (pp. 277-297) (21 p.).
Trabucho Alexandre, J., van Gilst, R.I., Rodríguez-López, J.P. & de Boer, P.L. (2011). The sedimentary expression of oceanic anoxic event 1b in the North Atlantic. Sedimentology, 58 (5), (pp. 1217-1246) (30 p.).
Trabucho-Alexandre, J., Negri, A. & de Boer, P.L. (2011). Early Turonian pelagic sedimentation at Moria (Umbria-Marche, Italy): Primary and diagenetic controls on lithological oscillations. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 311 (3-4), (pp. 200-214) (15 p.).
Trabucho Alexandre, J. (2010). Black Shales: they're chic and they're hip. Payenborchiana, 50 (3), (pp. 33-37) (5 p.).
Trabucho Alexandre, J., Tuenter, E., Henstra, G.A., van der Zwan, K.J., van de Wal, R.S.W., Dijkstra, H.A. & de Boer, P.L. (2010). The mid-Cretaceous North Atlantic nutrient trap: Black shales and OAEs. Paleoceanography, 25, (pp. PA4201/1-PA4201/14) (14 p.).
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  • GEO3–1210/7 Field Course 2: Pyrenees
    João is responsible for the second part of this fieldwork, in the vicinity of Tremp, which focuses on the study of the stratigraphy of a sedimentary basin that was filled during mountain building. Students work in groups and analyze the facies of several Upper Cretaceous to middle Eocene stratigraphic units to unravel the history of how the basin filled during mountain building, climate change, sea-level fluctuations, and evolution of life. This part of the fieldwork is closed with a student-led excursion through the basin during which the results of the fieldwork are placed in the context of regional geology.
  • GEO3–1319 Sedimentology and Basin Stratigraphy
    The aim of this course is to enable students to interpret the behavior of sedimentary systems and the architecture of the stratigraphic record in terms of controls on sedimentation. Students study how sediment production, transport, and deposition are influenced by tectonics, eustasy, climate, and evolution; and learn to interpret stratigraphic successions as the product of the interaction of these external forcing mechanisms. To help them achieve the learning outcomes of this course, students carry out a basin analysis of the Dutch Central Graben and the Terschelling Basin, in the northern Dutch offshore. And study a core obtained by scientific drilling by the Netherlands Indian Ocean Program to investigate allogenic controls on Neogene sedimentation in the Indus Fan, Arabian Sea.
  • GEO4–1419 Dynamics of sedimentary systems
    João is responsible for two lectures on tidal sedimentology. The lectures are structured as follows:
    1. Tides and sediment transport by tidal currents.
    Origin of tides. Tidal range. Tidal currents. Rhythmites. Heterolithic bedding. Tidal bundles and reactivation surfaces. Compound dunes. Recognition of tidal deposits.
    2. Tide-dominated environments and stratigraphic organization of tidal successions.
    Tidal channels and bars. Shelf ridges. Tidal flats. Tide-dominated deltas and estuaries. Transgressive continental shelves. Timing of tidal dominance. Influence of accommodation.
  • GEO4—1517 Geology and petroleum geology of the North Sea
    This course is coordinated by João and taught by him and by specialists from the industry, namely EBN, Shell, and TNO. The course is part of the M-profile Geo-Resources, which is open to students of the master's degree in earth sciences. The aim of the course is to enable students to evaluate the impact of the geologic history of the North Sea area on the occurrence and distribution of hydrocarbons in the subsurface. The course covers the following themes:
    1. Tectono-stratigraphic development of the North Sea area from pre-Carboniferous to Neogene: paleogeography, basin development, depositional environments, and stratigraphic framework based on exploration data such as well logs and seismic surveys.
    2. Hydrocarbon plays of the North Sea: source rocks, reservoirs, seals, and trap configurations.
    The course includes a fieldtrip to the Dorset Coast, where we examine outcrops of the most important source and reservoir formations of the North Sea area, as well as some of the structural styles. 
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Additional functions and activities

International Association of Sedimentologists
Dutch National Correspondent

SEPM—Society for Sedimentary Geology
Ambassador for the Netherlands
Associate editor of the Journal of Sedimentary Research

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Full name
dr. J.P. Trabucho Alexandre Contact details
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Heidelberglaan 2
Room 5.23
The Netherlands

Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 4155
Phone number (department) +31 30 253 2629
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