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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. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Applied Geoscience (GeoEnergy), The University Of Edinburgh

1 Sept 20188 Aug 2019

Award Date: 26 Nov 2019

Bachelor of Science, Earth Science , University of Glasgow

1 Sept 201427 Jun 2018

Award Date: 27 Jun 2018


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