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Personal Statement

I am a professional geologist, geochemist, and contaminated land practitioner with a thirty year career in industry, most recently working an a Principal Consultant for ERM. Prior to re-joining the University of Strathclyde I worked on contaminated land projects in Alaska, primarily in Arctic communities. I also worked on a large copper mine project, collecting hydrological data at the proposed mine site and interpreting geochemical data from surface and groundwater samples.

My research interests are centred on the characterisation of canal sediments with a view to evaluating the beneficial reuse of dredged canal sediments. I am a part of the Interreg SURICATES project which aims to increase sediment reuse for erosion and flood protection through large scale solutions for sediment reuse in NW Europe.

Education/Academic qualification

University of Alaska Anchorage

25 Aug 20143 May 2016

Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Strathclyde

1 Oct 20091 Dec 2012

Master of Engineering, University Of Strathclyde

1 Oct 20081 Oct 2009

Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow

1 Oct 19781 Jul 1982

External positions

Principal Consultant, ERM Alaska Inc

31 Dec 20171 May 2019

Associate Environmental Geologist, UMIAQ Environmental, LLC

1 Nov 201430 Oct 2017

Senior Environmental Geologist, APC Services LLC

3 Jan 20131 Nov 2014

Senior Scientist, Terrasat Inc.

1 Apr 201230 Dec 2012

Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Professor

25 Aug 20111 May 2015

Business Manager - North America, Struers Inc

30 Jan 19891 Oct 2008

Product Specialist, Logitech Ltd

5 Nov 198429 Jan 1989

Research Assistant, Univ. of Aston/ British Gas

30 Sep 19821 Oct 1984


  • Contaminated Land
  • arsenic
  • contaminated sediments
  • beneficial reuse
  • Circular Economy
  • Mining Waste
  • Geochemistry
  • canal sediments
  • mercury
  • chromate

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Research Output 2009 2020

Designing a hands-on environmental sampling training course for students that meets the requirements of industry

Torrance, K. & Hagedorn, B., 3 Jan 2020, In : The Professional Geologist. 57, 1, p. 28-30 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
environmental response
engineering geology

Can dredged canal sediments be used for flood defences as part of the Scottish circular economy?

Lord, R., Bertram, D., Cochrane, N., Hamilton, A., Jakstys, I., Joao, E., Robinson, P. & Torrance, K., 1 Jul 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
Climate change



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Activities 2012 2020

The 5th International Symposium on Environment and Health

Keith Torrance (Member of programme committee)
2 Aug 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference

SedNet Working Group on Sediments in the Circular Economy

Richard Lord (Organiser), Graeme Duff (Organiser), Keith Torrance (Organiser)
15 Apr 202016 Apr 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia