• Lecturer in Geophysics and Seismic Methods, Department of Natural Resources Engineering and Management
  • Curriculum Committee Member at the NREM Department
  • Postgraduate Committee Member at the NREM Department
  • Reviewer at Marine and Petroleum Geology Journal - Elsevier, Indexed by Thomson Reuters, Impact Factor: 3.538
  • Reviewer at Journal of Structural Geology - Elsevier, Indexed by Thomson Reuters, Impact Factor: 3.128
  • Reviewer at Tectonophysics Journal - Elsevier, Indexed by Thomson Reuters, Impact Factor: 2.764
  • Reviewer at Arabian Journal of Geosciences - Springer, Indexed by Scopus, Impact Factor: 1.141
  • Reviewer at UKH Journal of Science, Medicine and Engineering (UKHJSME)
  • Faculty Advisor at UKH Student Chapter of AAPG 



  • Lecturer at the University of Kurdistan Hewler, Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (October 2016 – Present).
  • Lecturer at the Salahaddin University-Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (December 2015 – February 2017).
  • Project Geologist at GeoScience Limited, Falmouth, United Kingdom (December 2014 – September 2016).
  • President at the University of Aberdeen AAPG Student Chapter. Aberdeen, United Kingdom (September 2013 – November 2014). 
  • Teaching Assistant at the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (September 2011 – May 2014).
  • Project Coordinator at Kar Group; Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (July 2010 – February 2011).
  • Assistant Lecturer at the Salahaddin University-Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (September 2009 – March 2011).
  • Geologist at StatoilHydro ASA; Oslo, Norway (June 2009 – August 2009).
  • Geologist at StatoilHydro ASA; Oslo, Norway (June 2008 – July 2008).
  • Geologist at Statoil ASA; Stavanger, Norway (July 2007 – August 2007).
  • Teaching Assistant at the Salahaddin University-Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (September 2005 – January 2007).

  • Awdal, A.H., Suramairy, R., Singh, K., Fabre, G., Alsop, G.I. 2020. Deformation bands and their impact on fluid flow: Insights from geometrical modelling and multi-scale flow simulations in sandstones. Journal of Structural Geology. 141, 104215. 
  • Gutmanis, J., Ardèvol i Oró, L., Díez-Canseco, D., Chebbihi, L., Awdal, A.H., Cook, A., 2017. Fracture analysis of outcrop analogues to support modelling of the subseismic domain in carbonate reservoirs, south-central Pyrenees. Geological Society Special Publications, 459.
  • Awdal, A.H., Healy, D., Alsop, G.I., 2016. Fracture patterns and petrophysical properties of carbonates undergoing regional folding: A case study from Kurdistan, N Iraq. Marine and Petroleum Geology. 71, 149-167.
  • Awdal, A.H., Healy, D., Alsop, G.I., 2014. Geometrical analysis of deformation band lozenges and their scaling relationships to fault lenses. Journal of Structural Geology. 66, 11-23.
  • Awdal, A.H., Braathen, A., Wennberg, O.P., Sherwani, G.H., 2013. The characteristics of fracture networks in the Shiranish formation of the Bina Bawi Anticline; comparison with the Taq Taq Field, Zagros, Kurdistan, NE Iraq. Petroleum Geoscience. 19, 139-155.
  • Muhammed, M.M., Awdal, A.H., 2012. Automatic Mapping of Lineaments Using Shaded Relief Images Derived from Digital Elevation Model (DEM) in Erbil-Kurdistan, northeast Iraq. Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences 6(2), 138-146.

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom.
  • Associate member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).
  • Associate member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).



Undergraduate Projects (2016-2017)

  • Fracture Analysis from Borehole Image Logs. 
  • Fracture Analysis of Kurra Chine Formation in Outcrops of Kurdistan.
  • Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) Modelling - Upscaling and Utilization for Porosity and Permeability Modelling.


Undergraduate Projects (2017-2018)

  • The Application of GIS and Remote Sensing in Mineral Exploration.
  • Upper Cretaceous Formation Evaluation Using Wireline Logging.

Undergraduate Projects (2019-2020)

  • Fracture and wellbore stability analysis from borehole image logs.

  • MSc Scholarship offered by the Norwegian State Oil Company (Statoil ASA), 2007-2009, University of Bergen, Norway.
  • Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society (AFES). A bursary of £2000 has been awarded as partial funding for my PhD research. Aberdeen, United Kingdom, 2013.


  • Fractured Reservoir Characterisation.
  • Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) Modelling.
  • Outcrop Studies of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs.
  • Geometry and Scaling Relationships of Faults and Fractures.

  • NRE201 Introduction to Geophysics
  • PE202 Seismic Methods and Analysis
  • PE203 Petroleum Economy
  • PE205 Petroleum Geology
  • PE301 Well Logging and Interpretation
  • PEM506 Advanced Well Logging
  • MRE203 Structural Geology and Tectonics
  • NRE204 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • OGM501 Oil and Gas Industry


  • BSc Graduation First Rank Student Award, 2005, Kurdistan.
  • Post-Graduate 1st Place Winner of Midland Valley’s Student Structure Prize, 2013, UK. £2000
  • Winner of Midland Valley’s Field Move Photo Competition, 2015, UK. £500


Awdal, A.H., Gutmanis, J.C., 2015. Iraqi Kurdistan: It’s All in the Timing. GeoExPro. Vol. 12, No. 6.

http://www.geoexpro.com/articles/2015/12/iraqi-kurdistan-it-s-all-in-the-timing


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