Education and Employment

The University of Manchester – Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Associate – Experimental Rock Deformation 2015–present

  • Collaborative research projects with industrial partners and other academic institutions worldwide
  • Developed experimental techniques to integrate high-pressure mechanical experiments with X-Ray imaging.
  • Derived, refined and programmed mathematical models relating fracture propagation with subsurface pressures andtemperatures.
  • Published 7 well-cited articles in international peer-reviewed journals: Orcid Profile 0000-000109683-5704
  • Presented numerous research talks at a range of international conferences.
  • Worked on successful funding proposals to research councils, both individually and as part of a collaborative researchteam.
  • Project Titles: Shining light on shale, The role of fractures during minewater geothermal energy extraction, An integrated assessment of UK Shale resource distribution.

University College London – Department of Earth Sciences
PhD – Experimental Rock Deformation 2011–2015

  • Designed and engineered an experimental method for performing fracture-toughness measurements at high pressure.
  • Developed a boundary-element mathematical model for simulating fracture propagation in anisotropic materials.
  • Presented research talks at international conferences across Europe and the USA.
  • Thesis title: A Fracture Mechanics Study of an Anisotropic Shale

PGS Exploration (UK) Ltd.
Geophysicist 2009–2011

  • Seismic data processing geophysicist
  • Developed software for accurately mapping seismic source locations
  • interacted with and presented completed projects to clients

The University of Leeds – Department of Earth Sciences
MSc Exploration Geophysics, Distinction 2007–2008

  • Achieved Distinction.
  • Conducted 3-month independent research project in the Netherlands with dGB Earth Sciences.
  • Thesis title: Extending the common-contour binning technique to the pre-stack domain

The University of Durham – Department of Physics
MSci Physics,2:1 2003–2007

  • Achieved 2:1
  • Specialized in Computational Cosmology, with modules in programming
  • Thesis title: The abundance of gamma-ray bursts as a test of hierarchical galaxy formation models

Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham
A-Levels 2001–2003

  • 3 A-grades in A-Level Physics, Maths, Chemistry.
  • 2 A-grades in AS-Level Environmental Science, General Studies.
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