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Personal Statement

As a current PhD student at the University of Strathclyde my research focuses on the architecture of shallow fault systems and how geofluids move through these systems. This is particularly important for several emerging geoenergy industries (e.g. CCS, energy storage, geothermal energy, conventional/unconventional hydrocarbons and nuclear waste storage) to ensure effective and safe storage of geofluids in the subsurface. My supervisors are Jen Roberts, Gareth Johnson and Zoe Shipton. My external supervisors are Julian Strand (CSIRO) and Eric Tenthorey (CO2CRC).

After studying for a BSc Earth Science (Hons) at the University of Glasgow I went on to complete a MSc Applied Geoscience (GeoEnergy) at the University of Edinburgh. In both cases I learned fundamental skills and gained experience in petrology, structural geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, numerical modelling, experiment design and reservoir geology. 

I have fieldwork experience across Scotland, particularly in the NW highlands (Scotland), Oban, Kerrera, Ardnamurchan and Arran. In June 2018 I also led a 3 week long research expedition to Uganda to the western branch of the East African Rift System to gather structural data, collect rock samples for further analysis, conduct qualitative social research and further collaborations between research groups and partner institutions. 

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on geoenergy technologies, particularly those technologies focused on aiding the decarbonisation of the energy mix, such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen. In addition, understanding how science communication can be improved to encourage the development of supportive policies as well as positive public perception around geoenergy technologies. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, The University Of Edinburgh

1 Sep 20188 Aug 2019

Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow

1 Sep 201427 Jun 2018

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Research Output

  • 1 Master's Thesis
Open Access
  • Prizes

    Best Overall Contribution to the MSc

    Christopher McMahon (Recipient), 26 Nov 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Bill Aitken Award

    Christopher McMahon (Recipient), 27 Jun 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    Geological Storage of Hydrogen: Learning from natural analogues

    Christopher McMahon (Speaker)
    9 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation