Biography

I graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2019 with a First-Class Honours BSc in Petroleum Geology and was awarded the Frank Barker Prize for the 'Most Distinguished Petroleum Geology Finalist'. I stayed on to complete an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience, graduated with Distinction in 2020, and was awarded FindAUniversity's 'Masters Student of the Year' award. My MSc thesis, titled 'Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) potential of salt anticlines & diapirs in the Southern North Sea', was also shortlisted as a finalist for the Halliburton 'Earth Model Award' in 2021.  

Between my degrees, I completed an internship with Westwood Global Energy as part of the Global Exploration & Analysis team, synthesising exploration data and writing reports on newly-spud wells worldwide.

My PhD at Keele University is part of the new GeoNetZero Centre for Doctoral Training, which was set up in 2020 to address key areas in geoscience and their role in the Low Carbon Energy Transition. My research looks at the potential for CO2 storage in saline aquifers formed in arid-marine margin settings

Research and scholarship

Large-scale Carbon Capture and Storage solutions: The CCS potential of arid-marine sediments.

Although popular due to extensive datasets, the geographical locations of depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs are typically non-ideal with respect to the those of major industrial CO2 point sources, nor do they necessarily offer the requisite storage volumes for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS). Deep saline aquifers offer large volumes of rock for CO2 storage but, on this scale, CCS reservoir character and trap integrity are likely to be constrained by a complex regional (rather than local) interplay between CO2-permeable and impermeable sediments. The arid-marine margin is recognised as a paleo-depositional setting which can generate and preserve large, laterally extensive sandstone reservoirs, with favourable porosity and permeability values. 

This project will examine the sedimentology, stratigraphy, geometry, and evolution of the Temple Cap Formation, at a regional scale across southern Utah, in order to provide an analogue for arid-marine margins of this nature. The work will characterise the aeolian sediments, along with the influence of the marine system upon their distribution, architecture and preservation, spatially and temporally, in order to build generic models for CCS reservoir quality. The results will be directly applicable to potential CCS targets from the North Sea and UKCS, such as the Leman and Sherwood sandstones.


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