Orrin attained his BSc in Geology at the University of Aberdeen before going on to complete an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience in Manchester. Following this, he worked on a project with NARG as a research associate, focussing on the Palaeozoic hydrocarbon potential in the Eastern Meseta of Morocco. Orrin then gained industry experience with a 3-month geoscience internship at Cairn Energy in Edinburgh as part of their Mexico Exploration team before beginning his PhD in July 2018.
The primary aim of this outcrop-based study is to build a biostratigraphic framework for the Berriasian to early Barremian intervals in the Essaouira-Agadir Basin using an integration of ammonite, calpionellid, foraminifera and C13/O18 isotope analyses. This will allow a deeper understanding of depositional, palaeogeographical and stratigraphic processes during the Early Cretaceous which in turn will provide further constraints on the understanding of potential deep-water reservoirs offshore on the Morocco Atlantic Margin.