Work Experience

Data Scientist
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Nov 2019 - Present

Geoscientist, Cartographer and Python Developer (Freelance)
Jan 2018 - Oct 2019

Research and Teaching Associate
Khalifa University (formerly: The Petroleum Institute), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Aug 2015 - Aug 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher
VU University Amsterdam, sponsor & place of work: Total S.A., Pau, France
Mar - Dec 2014

Geologist, Geomodeller
SGS Horizon B.V., The Hague/Voorburg, The Netherlands
Jun 2012 - May 2013

Research Assistant (PhD candidate)
Department of Earth Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nov 2007 - Nov 2011

Education

Ph.D., Geology, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2014

Diplom-Geologe (German postgraduate degree), Geology & Palaeontology, University of Leipzig, Germany
2007

Information Technology, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany
2001 - 2002

Community Activities

  • Reviewer for Sedimentology, the journal of the International Association of Sedimentologists
  • Convenor and co-convenor for multiple sessions at the General Assembly of the European Geoscience Union

Membership in Professional Organisations

Publications

Peer-reviewed, pre-prints & submitted
  • Paul, A.,Reijmer, J.J.G., López-Otálvaro, G.-E., Betzler, C. Sedimentation dynamics on the Maldives carbonate platform in response to Quaternary monsoonal forcing and sea-level changes. Submitted to Marine Geology
  • Paul, A., Lokier, S.W., Lessa Andrade, L., Dutton, K., Sherry, A., Van der Land, C., Head, I.M. (2018) Erosion-initiated stromatolite formation in a recent hypersaline sabkha setting, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Submitted to Sedimentology
  • Paul, A., Lokier, S.W., Lessa Andrade, L., Dutton, K., Sherry, A., Van der Land, C., Head, I.M. (2018) Erosion-initiated stromatolite formation in a recent hypersaline sabkha setting, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Preprint at EarthArxiv
  • Lokier, S., Court, W., Onuma, T., Paul, A. (2018) Implications of sea level rise in a modern carbonate ramp setting. Geomorphology 304, 64-73. Link
  • Paul, A., Lokier, S. (2017) Holocene marine hardground formation in the Arabian Gulf: Shoreline stabilisation, sea level variations and early diagenesis in the coastal sabkha of Abu Dhabi. Sedimentary Geology 352, 1-13. Link
  • Lokier, S., Andrade, L.L., Court, W.M., Dutton, K.E., Head, I.M., Van der Land, C., Paul, A., Sherry, A. (2017) A new model for the formation of microbial polygons in a coastal sabkha setting. The Depositional Record 3(2), 201-208. Link
  • Court, W.M., Paul, A., Lokier, S. (2017) The preservation potential of environmentally diagnostic sedimentary structures in a coastal sabkha. Marine Geology 386, 1-18. Link
  • Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G., Kinkel, H., Fürstenau, J., Betzler, C. (2012) Relationship between Late Pleistocene sea-level variations, carbonate platform morphology and aragonite production (Maldives, Indian Ocean). Sedimentology 59(5), 1640-1658. Link
  • Betzler, C., Fürstenau, J., Lüdmann, T., Hübscher, C., Lindhorst, S., Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G., Droxler, A.W. (2013) Sea-level and ocean-current control on carbonate-platform growth, Maldives, Indian Ocean. Basin Research, 25(2), 172-196. Link
In preparation
  • Paul, A., Courgeon, S., Pellerin, M., Reijmer, J.J.G. Pre-salt seismic stratigraphy, depositional facies and forward model (Santos Basin, Brazil).
  • Paul, A., Herzschuh, U., Mischke, S. Machine learning model predicts spatial distribution of precipitation from geochemical proxy data (Tibetan Plateau.
  • Paul, A. The role of microbial mats in coastal protection and ecosystem management.

  • Reports
    • Courgeon, S., Paul, A., Pellerin, M. (2014) Sedimentology, stratigraphy & seismic sequence stratigraphy of Pre-salt continental carbonates (Santos Basin, SW Atlantic Ocean), Part I: Seismic sequence stratigraphy and tectono-stratigraphic evolution. R&D Carbonate Project, Carbonate Research Unit, Total SA, Pau, France.
    • Paul, A., Courgeon, S., Pellerin, M. (2014) Sedimentology, stratigraphy & seismic sequence stratigraphy of Pre-salt continental carbonates (Santos Basin, SW Atlantic Ocean), Part II: Analogue study and stratigraphic forward model for the #### unit. R&D Carbonate Project, Carbonate Research Unit, Total SA, Pau, France.
    • Paul, A., Benhammadi, Z., Hofmann, A. (2013) Reservoir model of the #### field (offshore Congo): Stratigraphy, well correlation, facies, property modelling and VIIPs. SGS Horizon B.V. for ENI, Voorburg, The Netherlands.
    Conference contributions
    • Paul, A., Lessa Andrade, L., Dutton, K.E., Sherry, A., Court, W.M., Van der Land, C., Lokier, S.W., Head, I.M. (2017) Lithification of laminated microbial mats in the coastal sabkha of Abu Dhabi (UAE). Lyell Meeting 2017: Sticking together – microbes and their role in forming sediments, Geological Society, London, United Kingdom.
    • Paul, A., Yuan, P., Court, W.M., Lokier, S.W., Dutton, K.E., Van der Land, C., Lessa Andrade, L., Sherry, A., Head, I.M. (2017) Early cements versus pore-water chemical composition in the subsurface of the sabkha of Abu Dhabi. Geophysical Research Abstracts 19, 6356.
    • Paul, A., Lessa Andrade, L., Dutton, K.E., Sherry, A., Court, W.M., Van der Land, C., Lokier, S.W., Head, I.M. (2017) The development of stromatolitic features from laminated microbial mats in the coastal sabkha of Abu Dhabi (UAE). Geophysical Research Abstracts 19, 834-1.
    • Paul, A., Lokier, S.W. (2016) Hardground formation in the Arabian Gulf: Shoreline stabilisation, sea level and early diagenesis in the coastal sabkha of Abu Dhabi. Newcastle University, United Kingdom, 16 December 2016.
    • Paul, A., Yuan, P., Court, W.M., Lokier, S.W. (2016) The elusive link between pore-water chemistry and early cement phases: Case study from the shallow subsurface of the Abu Dhabi coastal sabkha. British Sedimentology Research Group 55th Annual Meeting, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
    • Paul, A., Lessa Andrade, L., Dutton, K.E., Court, W.M., Van der Land, C., Lokier, S.W., Head, I. (2016) Exploring the potential for the formation of discrete stromatolite build-ups from microbial mats in the Abu Dhabi coastal sabkha. British Sedimentology Research Group 55th Annual Meeting, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
    • Paul, A., Lokier, S. (2016) Petrology of a Late Holocene mixed carbonate-evaporite hardground from the south-eastern Arabian Gulf (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates). Dolomieu Conference for Carbonate Platforms and Dolomite, Selva di Val Gardena, Italy.
    • Paul, A., Court, W.M., Wang, J., Lokier, S. (2016) Carbonate and evaporite precipitates of the Abu Dhabi coastal sabkha as modern analogues to the Upper Jurassic Arab Formation (UAE). 32nd IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, Marrakech, Morocco.
    • Paul, A., Wang, J., Court, W., Lokier, S. (2016) A contemporary look at the sedimentary system of the coastal sabkha of Abu Dhabi (UAE): Primary deposition vs. early diagenesis. Geophysical Research Abstracts 18, 8688.
    • Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G., Fürstenau, J., Kinkel, H., Betzler, C. (2012) Sedimentation patterns within the Inner Sea of the Maldives carbonate platform. 29th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, Schladming, Austria.
    • Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G., Fürstenau, J., Kinkel, H., Betzler, C. (2012) Current related re-sedimentation patterns on the Maldives carbonate platform. GV & Sediment Meeting, Hamburg, Germany.
    • Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G., Kinkel, H., Fürstenau, J., Droxler, A.W., Betzler, C. (2011) Control of monsoonal currents on Pleistocene carbonate sedimentation on the Maldives carbonate platform (Indian Ocean). AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Houston, Texas, USA.
    • Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G., Fürstenau, J., Betzler, C., Kinkel, H. (2010) Diagenesis in periplatform sediments from the Maldives carbonate platform. 10th Nederlands Aardwetenschappelijk Congres, Veldhoven, The Netherlands.
    • Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G., Fürstenau, J., Betzler, C., Kinkel, H. (2009) Carbonate sedimentation on the Maldives carbonate platform (Northern Indian Ocean). IAS International Summer School of Sedimentology, Carboneras, Spain.
    • Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G., Fürstenau, J., Betzler, C., Kinkel, H. (2009) Pleistocene and Holocene carbonate sedimentation on the Maldives carbonate platform (Indian Ocean). 27th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, Alghero, Italy.
    • Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G., Fürstenau, J., Betzler, C., M74/4 Shipboard Scientific Party (2008) Spatial and temporal sediment variations in the Late Neogene of the Maldives carbonate platform (Indian Ocean). 26th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, Bochum, Germany.
    • Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G., Fürstenau, J., Betzler, C., Hübscher, C., Lüdmann, T., Droxler, A.W. (2008) Sedimentation patterns in the Neogene of the Maldives (Northern Indian Ocean). 9th Nederlands Aardwetenschappelijk Congres, Veldhoven, The Netherlands.
    • Dutton, K.E., Paul, A., Lessa Andrade, L., Sherry, A., Lokier, S.W., Van der Land, C., Head, I.M. (2017) Can microbial mediated carbonate minerals grow in an artificial tank environment? Lyell Meeting 2017: Sticking together – microbes and their role in forming sediments, Geological Society, London, United Kingdom.
    • Lessa Andrade, L., Dutton, K.E., Paul, A., Van der Land, C., Sherry, A., Lokier, S.W., Head, I.M. (2017) Microbial communities inhabiting hypersaline microbial mats from the Abu Dhabi sabkha. Lyell Meeting 2017: Sticking together – microbes and their role in forming sediments, Geological Society, London, United Kingdom.
    • Van der Land, C., Dutton, K.E., Lessa Andrade, L., Paul, A., Sherry, A., Head, I.M., Lokier, S.W. (2017) Modern and ancient biosignatures in sabkha-associated microbial mats. Lyell Meeting 2017: Sticking together – microbes and their role in forming sediments, Geological Society, London, United Kingdom.
    • Andrade, L., Dutton, K., Paul, A., Van der Land, C., Sherry, A., Lokier, S., Head, I. (2017) Microbial communities inhabiting hypersaline microbial mats from the Abu Dhabi sabkha. Geophysical Research Abstracts 19, 17374.
    • Dutton, K.E., Paul, A., Lessa Andrade, L., Sherry, A., Lokier, S., Head, I.M., Van der Land, C. (2017) Carbonate mineralisation in sabkha microbial mats; a comparative study of field and laboratory systems. Geophysical Research Abstracts 19, 8071.
    • Fiorini, F., Lokier, S., Al Odeh, W.A.S., Paul, A., Song, J., Freeman, M., Michel, F. (2017) Recent benthic foraminifera assemblages from mangrove swamp and channels of Abu Dhabi (UAE). Geophysical Research Abstracts 19, 6814.
    • Lokier, S.W., Paul, A., Bixiao, X. (2017) Sedimentological context of the continental sabkhas of Abu Dhabi. Geophysical Research Abstracts 19, 1833.
    • Lokier, S.W., Paul, A. (2017) Documenting a modern day transgressive surface in a carbonate ramp setting. Geophysical Research Abstracts 19, 1835.
    • Van der Land, C., Dutton, K.E., Andrade, L., Paul, A., Sherry, A., Fender, T., Hewett, G., Head, I., Lokier, S. (2017) Tracing biosignatures from the Recent to the Jurassic in sabkha-associated microbial mats. Geophysical Research Abstracts 19, 8146.
    • Lokier, S., Fiorini, F., Freeman, M., Michel, F., Paul, A., Song, J. (2016) Underneath the Mangrove Tree: The complex facies of mangrove systems. British Sedimentology Research Group 55th Annual Meeting, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
    • Lokier, S. W., Xin, B., Paul, A. (2016) Sun, Sand and Salt: The continental sabkhas of Abu Dhabi. British Sedimentology Research Group 55th Annual Meeting, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
    • Dutton, K., Paul, A., Lessa Andrade, L., Sherry, A., Lokier, S., Van der Land, C., Head, Ian M. (2016) Microbially-mediated carbonate mineralisation in extreme environment microbial mats. British Sedimentology Research Group 55th Annual Meeting, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
    • Lokier, S., Song, J., Fiorini, F., Paul, A. (2016). Carbonate facies in mangrove systems. Dolomieu Conference for Carbonate Platforms and Dolomite, Selva di Val Gardena, Italy.
    • Dutton, K.E., Paul, A., Lessa Andrade, L., Sherry, A., Lokier, S., Van der Land, C., Head, I.M. (2016) Microbially mediated mineralisation in coastal sabkha microbial mats, Abu Dhabi. Dolomieu Conference for Carbonate Platforms and Dolomite, Selva di Val Gardena, Italy.
    • Fiorini, F., Al Odeh, W.A.S., Lokier, S.W., Paul, A. (2016) Recent benthic foraminifera and sedimentary facies from mangrove swamps and channels of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Geophysical Research Abstracts 18, 6401.
    • Lokier, S., Paul, A., Fiorini, F. (2016) Mangroves and Sediments - It’s not all about mud!. Geophysical Research Abstracts 18, 12088.
    • Court, W.M., Wang, J., Paul, A., Lokier, S. (2015) Mats & crusts: A microbial extension to Wilson’s standard facies model. British Sedimentology Research Group 54th Annual Meeting, Keele, United Kingdom.
    • Wang, J., Court, W.M., Paul, A., Lokier, S. (2015) Syn-depositional porosity evolution in the Abu Dhabi Sabkha: A glimpse below mats & crusts. British Sedimentology Research Group 54th Annual Meeting, Keele, United Kingdom.
    • Rigollet, C., Hofmann, A., Burn, S., Portier, E., Paul, A., Koolschijn, M. (2013) Hot Shales facies heterogeneity: Highlight from mineralogical and geochemical analyses of the lower Silurian source rock of the Sbaa basin (Algeria) – A contribution to the evaluation of its shale gas potential. SPE North Africa Technical Conf. and Exh., Cairo, Egypt.
    • Lopez, K., Fürstenau, J., Droxler, A.W., Betzler, C., Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G., Lüdmann, T., Hübscher, C. (2012) High resolution Sr records and Late Pleistocene sea level highstands in a peri-platform sediment drift (Inner Sea, Republic of Maldives). AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, Long Beach, California.
    • Fürstenau, J., Betzler, C., Hübscher, C., Lüdmann, T., W., Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G. (2011) Forced regression versus drift sedimentation – clinoform stacking patterns in carbonate platforms (Maldives, Indian Ocean). AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, Houston, Texas, USA.
    • Petersen, H., Fürstenau, J., Betzler, C., Hübscher, C., Lüdmann, T., Reijmer, J.J.G., Lindhorst, S., Paul, A., Droxler, A.W. (2011) Sedimentation at an atoll slope of the Maldives. 28th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, Zaragoza, Spain.
    • Betzler, C., Hübscher, C., Fürstenau, J., Lüdmann, T., Lindhorst, S., Droxler, A.W., Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G. (2011) Current impact on carbonate platform growth and drowning. AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, Houston, USA.
    Data sets
    • Paul, A., Reijmer, J.J.G., Fürstenau, J., Kinkel, H., Betzler, C.G. (2012) Late Pleistocene sediment record of the Maldives carbonate platform. Pangaea Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science. Link