Principal Investigators

Prof. John Walsh, UCD
Prof. John Walsh, UCDDirector, iCRAG
General research interests include all aspects of faults and other types of fracture and the application of these results in the fields of hydrocarbon and minerals exploration.

Prof. Walsh is Director of iCRAG, the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences, and Co-Director of the Fault Analysis Group in the School of Geological Sciences. Research focus is on geometry and growth of faults, Earthquake characteristics of fault systems, Impact of faults and fractures on fluid flow, Numerical modelling of fault/fracture systems. Read more.

Prof. Balz Kamber, TCD
Prof. Balz Kamber, TCDDeputy Director, iCRAG
Research focus is on the reconstruction of how critical elements were cycled between the solid Earth, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere and the biosphere.

Prof. Kamber’s research concerns itself with the large-scale elemental cycles on Earth. The overall goal of my studies is to reconstruct how critical elements were cycled between the solid Earth, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere and the biosphere. Read more.>

Prof. Chris Bean
Prof. Chris BeanDIAS
Research focus is on the nature of complexity in crustal systems including: Seismic wave propagation; Crustal imagery; Fluid- Rock interactions; Earthquake and stress diffusion; Earthquakes triggering.

Seismology Scattering and attenuation of seismic waves in the lithosphere Numerical simulations of wave propagation in heterogeneous media Read more.

Prof. Peter Croot
Prof. Peter CrootNUI Galway
Research focus is on Trace Element Speciation, Redox Behaviour & Distribution, Photochemistry of Natural Waters and Reactive Oxygen Species, Regional Oceanography- Ocean Observations and Modeling.

Development of analytical methods to determine trace metal speciation under ambient in situ conditions, this includes a variety of techniques from mass spectrometry, voltammetry and flow injection techniques utilizing chemiluminescence or spectrofluorescence analysis. Photoreduction of Fe(III) and Cu(II) complexes – Investigating the effects of sunlight on the generation of Fe(II)/Cu(I) from the photoreduction of inorganic and organic Fe(III)/Cu(II) complexes. Read more.

Prof. Laurence Gill
Prof. Laurence GillTCD
Research interests involve studying the fate and transport of both air and water-borne pollutants in the natural and built environment, as well as the development of passive treatment processes.

Laurence’s research interests involve studying the fate and transport of both air and water-borne pollutants in the natural and built environment, as well as the development of passive treatment processes. Much of the work involves extensive field studies which are then used to develop mathematical models to gain further insight into the processes Read more.

Prof. Peter D W Haughton
Prof. Peter D W HaughtonUCD
Research focus is on deep water sedimentary processes, behaviour and deposits of turbidity currents, transitional and linked flows. Sedimentation and tectonics in deep water basins. Confined turbidites.

Slope processes and stability. Bottom currents. The geology of the Irish Atlantic margin. Sediment provenance and basin evolution. Read more.

Prof. Frank McDermott
Prof. Frank McDermottUCD
Research focus is late pleistocene climate change, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction using stable istotopes and trace elements in speleothems.

Late Pleistocene Climate Change
Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction using stable istotopes and trace elements in speleothems
Variability in the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) during the past two millennia
NAO persistence patterns and the implication for wind energy production in western Europe. Read more.

Prof. Patrick M Shannon
Prof. Patrick M ShannonUCD
Research focus is on petroleum exploration, basin analysis and marine geology. Basin modelling, sequence stratigraphy, sedimentology and petroleum prospectivity of the sedimentary basins of the North Atlantic.

Professor Patrick Shannon set up and leads the UCD Marine and Petroleum Geology Research Group and is involved in various aspects of research from basin analysis and petroleum exploration to Neogene sedimentology.

His research, funded largely by industry and government sources, on petroleum and basin analysis is helping to provide an improved understanding of the hydrocarbon habitat of passive margin basin systems in general and the Irish offshore region in particular. He has been involved in continuing work on offshore geohazards, with a number of recent projects and publications characterising Neogene and recent submarine landslides and mass failures along the Atlantic margin.Read more.

Prof. Andrew Wheeler
Prof. Andrew WheelerUCC
Research focus is on marine geology, seabed mapping, cold-water coral, sedimentology, geophysics, habitat mapping, offshore renewable energy.

Research activities include marine geology with an emphasis on benthic boundary layer sedimentary processes, offshore Quaternary geology and seabed mapping (SSS, MBES, ROVs). Prof. Wheeler has a special focus on the geology of deep-water coral carbonate mounds and continental margins (slides, canyons, contourites) as well as shelf-sea sediment transport processes and offshore banks (Irish Sea). Prof. Wheeler has expertise in geophysical processing and core analysis (especially PSA) and collaborates with biologists (habitat mapping), GIS experts, offshore renewable energy providers and archaeologists (shipwrecks). Read more.

Funded Investigators

Dr David Chew
Dr David ChewTCD
Research interests involve applying geochronology and thermochronology to a variety of problems in the geosciences.

David Chew is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geology, Trinity College Dublin. He studied geology at University College Dublin, obtaining his B.Sc. in 1996 and his Ph.D. in 2001. From 2003 – 2005 he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Geneva. He returned to Trinity College Dublin in late 2005 to take up a lectureship. He lectures in the field of structural geology and tectonics, while his research interests involve applying geochronology and thermochronology to a variety of problems in the geosciences. He has projects in the hydrocarbons spoke on the thermal history of Ireland and its offshore basins and in sedimentary provenance analysis. Read more.

Dr Conrad Childs
Dr Conrad ChildsUCD
Research interests focus on the geometry and evolution of faults and their impact on fluid flow in the sub-surface.

Conrad Childs is the Tullow Oil Lecturer in Structural Geology in the UCD School of Earth Sciences and a co-director of the Fault Analysis Group. His research interests focus on the geometry and evolution of faults and their impact on fluid flow in the sub-surface. Conrad’s main involvement in iCRAG is overseeing work on the structural evolution of the Irish offshore basins within hydrocarbons spoke. Read more.

Dr Catherine Coxon
Dr Catherine CoxonTCD
Main research is focused on groundwater quality in rural areas.

Catherine Coxon is a researcher in the iCRAG groundwater spoke. She is an Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences based in TCD Geology / Centre for the Environment, carrying out research on groundwater quality and water resource management. She is the PI on iCRAG Project GW3.2 PhD 3, working in collaboration with researchers from Teagasc on the occurrence of synthetic organic compounds in Irish karst and fractured bedrock aquifers arising from rural activities, with a primary focus on agricultural antiparasitic agents. The project will aim to determine the factors controlling these occurrences, including contaminant sources, chemical properties and pathway factors including soil and geological / hydrogeological characteristics. Read more.

Dr Quentin G. Crowley
Dr Quentin G. CrowleyTCD
General research interests include geochemistry of the contemporary environment, magmatic and mineralising systems (particularly gold and porphyry deposits), detrital minerals in provenance studies, radon, and biominerals as environmental proxies.

Quentin Crowley is Ussher Assistant Professor in Isotopes and the Environment at TCD. His research interests include geochemistry of the contemporary environment, magmatic and mineralising systems (particularly gold and porphyry deposits), detrital minerals in provenance studies, radon, and biominerals as environmental proxies. Quentin currently supervises three PhD students at TCD and co-supervises an additional two PhD students at UCC and TCD funded through iCRAG in the Marine and Raw Materials Spokes. Quentin is Director of an MSc in Environmental Sciences at TCD, Chief Editor of the Journal of the Geological Society and Assistant Editor with Geological Society of America Bulletin (GSAB). Read more.

Professor J. Stephen Daly
Professor J. Stephen DalyUCD
Stephen’s research interests include the tectonic history of the lower crust and the application of isotope geochemical methods to sedimentary provenance.

Stephen Daly is Associate Professor of Petrology at UCD School of Earth Sciences. He is Director of the National Centre for Isotope Geochemistry at UCD and as such is one of the co-leaders of the iCRAG Geochemistry Platform. This supports the geochemical analytical requirements of iCRAG research in the Raw Materials, Hydrocarbons and Groundwater spokes. Stephen’s research interests include the tectonic history of the lower crust, geochemical aspects of geothermal energy and the application of isotope geochemical methods to sedimentary provenance, igneous petrogenesis and the sources of base metal ores. Read more.

Dr Robbie Goodhue
Dr Robbie GoodhueTCD
Robbie’s research interests include stable isotopes, thermal maturity and clays.

Robbie Goodhue is a funded investigator in the Raw Materials spoke. Robbie graduated from TCD Geology with a BA (1992), a PhD (1996) and has been a Senior Experimental Officer there since 2001. He teaches analytical techniques and organic petrology, and has widespread research interests which include stable isotopes, thermal maturity and clays. He is a member of the NSAI Aggregates Panel and specialises in analysis of building materials by various methods (XRD, XRF, optical petrography, SEM). In the last decade he has developed strong research links with the quarrying, geotechnical and building industry in Ireland. Read more.

Dr Tiernan Henry
Dr Tiernan HenryNUIG
General research interests include the use of multi-disciplinary approaches to solving and contextualising groundwater problems.

Tiernan Henry is part of the groundwater spoke in iCRAG. He has a BA (Mod) in Natural Sciences from TCD, an MSc in hydrogeology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he completed his PhD (on the groundwater setting of the Tynagh Mine) at NUIG. He worked on US-EPA and USGS-funded projects in the US before returning to Ireland where he worked in groundwater consultancy for a number of years. He has been a lecturer in Earth and Ocean Sciences (at NUIG) since 2004. His research interests include work on the distribution of metals in groundwater in Ireland, interaction of sea water and groundwater in coastal karst systems, and use of multi-disciplinary approaches to solving and contextualising groundwater problems. Read more.

Dr Sergei Lebedev
Dr Sergei LebedevDIAS
General research interests include seismic imaging of the Earth’s interior and the structure and evolution of the crust and underlying mantle.

Sergei Lebedev has received a PhD in geophysics from Princeton University in 2000 and was a researcher at MIT and Utrecht University before joining the Dublin Institute for Advanced Study as Mallet Assistant Professor of Seismology in 2008. His research interests include seismic imaging of the Earth’s interior and the structure and evolution of the crust and underlying mantle. His research within the iCRAG Geophysics Platform is on development and application of new methods for processing and inversion of very large seismic and other geophysical datasets. Read more.

Dr Mike Long
Dr Mike LongUCD
Research focuses on the characterisation of natural soils, on soil structure interaction for deep basements and on shallow geothermal systems.

Mike Long is a civil engineer and holds BE (UCC), MEngSc (UCC) and PhD (UCD) degrees. Following graduation he spent 11 years in geotechnical engineering practice mainly with the British firm ARUP. Since 1996 he has been at UCD and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006. He currently supervises 2 PhD and 2 MEngSc research students. He is also a visiting Professor at NTNU Trondheim, Norway. His research work mostly comprises the characterisation of natural soils, on soil structure interaction for deep basements and on shallow geothermal systems. Mike regularly acts as a consultant on general infrastructural engineering projects. Read more.

Dr Tom Manzocchi
Dr Tom ManzocchiUCD
General research interests centre on the systematic quantitative description of geological structure (sedimentological and fault-related), and subsequent application of this description in modelling practice.

A graduate of Imperial College (BSC, Geology, 1990), Tom spent three years in the oil industry before undertaking a PhD in reservoir geoengineering at Heriot-Watt University. Tom joined the Fault Analysis Group in Liverpool University in 1997, and re-located with the group to UCD in 2000. Tom is currently co-director of the Fault Analysis Group and a UCD Senior Lecturer. His principal research interests centre on the systematic quantitative description of geological structure (sedimentological and fault-related), and subsequent application of this description in modelling practice. Tom’s main involvement in iCRAG is overseeing a project on reservoir modelling and software development within the Hydrocarbons spoke. Read more.

Dr Tim McCarthy
Dr Tim McCarthyMaynooth University
General research interests include earth observation and airborne and terrestrial mapping systems.

Tim has more than twenty-five years experience in researching and developing innovative geospatial technologies gained in both Industry and Academic sectors, specialising in Earth Observation, Airborne & Terrestrial Mapping Systems, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Geospatial Web Services & Spatial Decision Support Platforms. iCRAG research will focus on designing, building and testing a Marine Earth Observation platform incorporating Satellite, Airborne and In-Situ sensor data streams. This platform will be used to investigate Slick Features (natural seepage, oil pollution, algal blooms etc). Read more.

Dr Sean McClenaghan
Dr Sean McClenaghanTCD
Research focuses on dissecting ore deposit systems through the application of bulk geochemical and advanced micro-analytical techniques.

Dr. Seán McClenaghan is a principal investigator in the iCRAG Raw Materials spoke. Seán graduated with an MSc from the University of Ottawa and a PhD from the University of New Brunswick, before joining Trinity College Dublin in 2013 as an Assistant Professor. Research focuses on dissecting ore deposit systems through the application of bulk geochemical and advanced micro-analytical techniques. Much of this research has centred on the petrology of massive sulphide (Zn-Pb-Cu-Ag-Au) deposits in the Appalachians and Precambrian Canadian Shield of North America as well as carbonate hosted Zn-Pb deposits of the Irish Midlands. Read more.

Dr Maria McNamara
Dr Maria McNamaraUCC
Research focuses on the preservation of soft tissues in the fossil record and how this provides unique insights into the biology of ancient animals.

Dr Maria McNamara is a palaeobiologist in the School of BEES at UCC. She has a PhD from UCD and did postdoctoral research there before working as a Geopark Geologist in what is now the Burren-Cliffs of Moher Global Geopark. She then then worked as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Yale University (USA) and did further postdoctoral research at the University of Bristol, before taking up her appointment as Lecturer in Geology at UCC. Her research focuses on the preservation of soft tissues in the fossil record and how this provides unique insights into the biology of ancient animals. Her research is highly interdisciplinary and lies at the interface of geology, palaeontology, evolutionary biology, chemistry and applied physics. Read more.

Dr Pat Meere
Dr Pat MeereUCC
Research focus is on multidisciplinary approaches to looking at Irish Variscan deformation

Pat Meere graduated with a BSc in Geology from University College Galway in 1988 and went on to study for a PhD in structural geology at University College Cork, graduating in 1992. In 1992 he was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to carry out postdoctoral studies on Variscan vein systems at the University of Leeds. He returned to Ireland in 1995 and took up a lecturing position in the Department of Geology in 1999. His research adopts a multidisciplinary approach to looking at Irish Variscan deformation and has set him on a path that has led him to looking at many different aspects of this and related orogens. Read more.

Dr Julian Menuge
Dr Julian MenugeUCD
General research interests cover the geochemistry of ore deposits.

Julian Menuge is a Senior Lecturer in UCD School of Earth Sciences and is an iCRAG researcher in Spoke 1 Minerals. His research interests cover the geochemistry of ore deposits and within iCRAG include the origin and detection of Irish-type carbonate-hosted zinc-lead orebodies and the processes that lead to rare metal enrichment in pegmatites. These questions are tackled through a variety of imaging, geochemical and isotope geochemical methods which utilize many of the facilities of Platform 1 (NCIG), in collaboration with mining and mineral exploration companies including Boliden and Blackstairs Lithium as well as other Spoke 1 researchers. Read more.

Prof Bruce Misstear
Prof Bruce MisstearTCD
General research interests include water pollution pathways and investigating linkages between groundwater vulnerability and aquifer recharge.

Prof Bruce Misstear is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He has nearly 40 years’ experience in groundwater research and development, including projects in Ireland, UK, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Oman, Burma and Pakistan. Recent research projects include: water pollution pathways in Ireland; the Water is Life research project in Uganda; and investigating linkages between groundwater vulnerability and aquifer recharge. He is part of the Groundwater Spoke in iCRAG, supervising research into the impacts of climate change on groundwater recharge. Prof Misstear is the author or co-author of more than 150 journal papers, books, research reports and conference papers. He was elected a Vice President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists in 2012. Read more.

Dr Brian O'Reilly
Dr Brian O'ReillyDIAS
General research interests are broad and many are very relevant to hydrocarbon-systems research.
Brian O’ Reilly is a science graduate of UCD and has a PhD in Geophysics from the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. He has studied the North Atlantic frontier sedimentary basins since the 1990s, using both geophysical and geological methods. He is a PI in the iCRAG hydrocarbon spoke, with principal linkage to the Geophysics (Platform 3) and to 3D Ireland (Platform 3) including its extensive offshore region. His research interests are broad and many are very relevant to hydrocarbon-systems research.
Dr Karl Richards
Dr Karl RichardsTeagasc
General research interests include nitrate leaching to groundwater in grazed grassland/tillage systems, nitrous oxide emissions to air, environmental microbiology and mitigation options to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems.
Dr Karl Richards is a Principal Research Officer and head of the Environment Soils and Land-Use department in Teagasc Johnstown Castle. His research interests include nitrate leaching to groundwater in grazed grassland/tillage systems, nitrous oxide emissions to air, environmental microbiology and mitigation options to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems. He is the a funded investigator on iCRAG Project GW3.2 PhD 3 focusing on the occurrence of synthetic organic compounds in Irish karst and fractured bedrock aquifers arising from rural activities. The project will aim elucidate the factors controlling these occurrences. Read more.

Dr Geertje Schuitema
Dr Geertje SchuitemaUCD
Geertje is a lecturer in Consumer Behaviour and Technology Adoption at UCD College of Business.

Geertje completed her PhD in Environmental Psychology from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). Before joining UCD in 2014, she was a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen (UK, 2009 – 2011) and Aarhus University (Denmark, 2011 – 2014). Her research focuses on factors that explain (sustainable) consumer behaviour, including the adoption of new technologies and the public perception of environmental issues and risks. Moreover, I study how people can be encouraged to behave more sustainably, building mainly on psychological and marketing theories.

Dr Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco
Dr Juan Diego Rodriguez-BlancoTCD
General research interests include crystallisation and mineral-water interaction processes.

Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco is an Ussher Assistant Professor in Nano-Mineralogy at Trinity College Dublin. He studies the mechanisms by which (bio)minerals form and transform at the nanoscale. His aims are: (i) to shed light on biomineralisation processes, which are deeply linked to the evolution of past and future ocean chemistry; (ii) to study mineral-water reactions that can be applied to remediate polluted waters and soils, to control the mobility and to find new sources of strategic metals. Most of his research has focused on the understanding of the formation mechanisms of carbonates, phosphates and sulfates, using a series of state-of-the-art, in situ synchrotron methods combined with conventional off-line techniques.

Dr Catherine Rose
Dr Catherine RoseTCD
Current research investigates the impact sedimentology has on isotopic signatures preserved in modern and ancient settings

Catherine Rose is an Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin. She obtained a Geology B.Sc. at University of St. Andrews, Ph.D. at Princeton University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. Her current research investigates the impact sedimentology has on isotopic signatures preserved in modern and ancient settings. Within the iCRAG hydrocarbon spoke, she is working to characterise the geochemistry of cements and localisation of different sulphur species within complex carbonate facies at the micron-scale within the Slyne and Porcupine Basins on the Irish Atlantic margin, using synchrotron facilities and secondary ion mass spectrometry. Read more.

Dr Emma Tomlinson
Dr Emma TomlinsonTCD
Research interests include the elemental and isotopic analysis of volcanic tephra layers and their use both as chronostratigraphic markers in sedimentary successions and as records of the composition-frequency-magnitude relations of past volcanic eruptions at high-risk volcanoes.
Emma Tomlinson is assistant Professor in Igneous Petrology at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include the elemental and isotopic analysis of volcanic tephra layers and their use both as chronostratigraphic markers in sedimentary successions and as records of the composition-frequency-magnitude relations of past volcanic eruptions at high-risk volcanoes. Emma also works on the formation and evolution of the cratonic mantle and the storage and transport of volatiles, particularly the halogens, in the Earths mantle. Emma currently supervises 4 postgraduate students at TCD and co-supervises one PhD student at TCD funded through iCRAG in the Raw Materials Spoke. Read more.

Dr Shane Tyrrell
Dr Shane TyrrellNUIG
General research interests include sedimnentary provenance and tracking.

Shane is an iCRAG funded investigator; leading the “Sediment Tracking” targeted project within the Hydrocarbons spoke (TP4.1). Working closely with the Geochemistry platform within the hub, his research is focussed in the area of sedimentary provenance, particularly 1) developing and testing new proxies for tracking sediment from “source to sink”; and 2) applying these techniques to solving economically relevant geological problems (e.g. links between sand sourcing, reservoir sandstone distribution and quality). Shane has been involved in diverse projects, from investigating large continental-scale rivers, through typing sources of ice rafted debris offshore Antarctica, to palaeodrainage reconstruction for basins offshore Ireland. Read more.

Dr Martin White
Dr Martin WhiteNUIG
General research interests lie in hydrographic processes and bio-physical interactions in continental margin waters.

Martin White gained a PhD in physical oceanography at Southampton University in 1991 and has been a lecturer in the NUI Galway Earth and Ocean Sciences discipline since 2003. Martin’s research interests lie in hydrographic processes and bio-physical interactions in continental margin waters. He is a co-PI in the Marine Geosciences spoke leading a PhD project (TP2.1) on hydrographic control on acoustic noise propagation at the continental margin. Models of acoustic noise propagation will be develop to evaluate noise levels and potential impact on the Irish ocean environment, hence helping to derisk environmental constraints on future seismic acquisition. Read more.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Claire Ansberque
Dr Claire AnsberqueTCD
Research interests are in structural geology, including fieldwork and fault imaging, and geomorphological analysis.

Claire is a post-doc researcher in the iCRAG Hydrocarbon spoke. In 2016, Claire obtained her PhD in geology from the University of Aix-Marseille, focussing on the tectonic evolution and morphological impact of a large fault system located in the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Since, her research interests are in structural geology, including fieldwork and fault imaging, and geomorphological analysis. Within iCRAG, Claire focuses on constraining the Mesozoic and Cenozoic thermal history of the Ireland’s onshore and its surroundings using low-temperature thermochronometers.

Dr Eszter Badenszki
Dr Eszter BadenszkiUCD
General research interests include laser-ablation techniques and developing new methods for isotopic analysis.

Eszter Badenszki is a postdoc researcher in the iCRAG geochemistry platform. Eszter obtained her M.Sc at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary) and her Ph.D. from UCD, working with Prof. Stephen Daly. Eszter’s PhD research focused on the age and development of the deep crust of the Scottish Midland Valley. As an SFI-funded postdoc at UCD, she has been working on lower crustal xenoliths from central Ireland, especially their possible involvement in base metal mineralization. Eszter joined iCRAG in June 2016 where she is responsible for laser-ablation techniques and developing new methods for isotopic analysis. Read more.

Dr Conor Cahalane
Dr Conor CahalaneNUIM
General research interests include marine slick feature mapping and monitoring.
Conor is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with a background in Geomatics, Applied Computing and Geocomputation. He employs satellite, airborne and UAV remotely sensed data for coastal management, environmental protection, engineering works, forestry surveys and precision agriculture. In his research on the iCRAG ‘Marine Geoscience’ spoke Conor will apply RS data for marine slick feature mapping and monitoring. Conor sits on council for the Society of Chartered Surveyors promoting RS in the Geomatics community in Ireland and is also the Irish MC member on COST Action ES1309, investigating recent advances in satellites, UAVs and optical sensors. Read more.

Dr John Conneally
Dr John ConneallyUCD
Researches focuses on the 3-D modelling of the Irish onshore using a range of geological and geophysical datasets to increase our understanding of the Irish onshore geology and the associated mineral deposits.

John Conneally is a Post-Doctoral Researcher within the 3-D Ireland platform at iCRAG. John Completed a PhD on the kinematics of segment boundaries on normal faults, with the Fault Analysis Group in UCD in 2014. Following completion of his PhD John worked as a geologist in the mining industry in Ireland. In 2017 John joined iCRAG to work on the 3-D modelling of the Irish onshore this project will use a range of geological and geophysical datasets to increase our understanding of the Irish onshore geology and the associated mineral deposits.

Dr David Craig
Dr David CraigDIAS
General research interests include ocean generated seismic noise, seismic array processing, signal separation and the physics of the Earth, oceans and atmosphere.

David received an honours bachelor degree in climate and earth systems science from University College Dublin in 2011. Shortly afterwards he joined the Geophysics Research Group at UCD as a Ph.D. student studying sources of ocean generated seismic signals. This involved array-based techniques for source location/separation and a computational aspect. Within iCRAG, his research focuses on the source mechanisms for ocean generated seismicity. General research interests include ocean generated seismic noise, seismic array processing, signal separation and the physics of the Earth, oceans and atmosphere. Read more.

Dr Lea Duran
Dr Lea DuranTCD
General research interests include groundwater flow modelling, diffuse flow, recharge, and contaminant transport within karstic systems.

Léa Duran is a postdoctoral researcher in both iCRAG groundwater research spoke and Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in Trinity College. She earned her PhD in 2015 from University of Rouen (France) in hydrogeology. Her research investigates flow and contaminant transport through karst aquifers. Within iCRAG, she will develop a state of the art modelling methodology in order to make the groundwater flow and contaminant transport through karst aquifers more understandable by means of visual 3D models.
General research interests include groundwater flow modelling, diffuse flow, recharge, and contaminant transport within karstic systems.

Dr Damien Gagnevin
Dr Damien GagnevinUCD
General research interests include petrology, geochemistry, mineral deposits, basin and petroleum system analysis.

Damien Gagnevin is a Research Scientist in the iCRAG hydrocarbon spoke. Damien completed a PhD in 2005
followed by two post-doctoral position in the UCD School of Earth Sciences working on mineral scale
isotopic investigation of granite petrogenesis (2005-2008) and base metal mineralisation and development of non-traditional stable isotopic methods (2009-2011). Damien also worked as Geoscientist and Petroleum System Analyst in Tullow Oil Plc. (2012-2015). Within iCRAG, his research focuses on hyperextended margins in the North Atlantic region, including seismic interpretation, basin modelling and petroleum geochemistry. General research interests include
petrology, geochemistry, mineral deposits, basin and petroleum system analysis. Read more.

Dr Cole Jiulin-Guo
Dr Cole Jiulin-GuoUCD
Research interests focus on investigating fault geometry & kinematics, fractured reservoirs and 3D modelling for characterising subsurface risks in hydrocarbon resources onshore and offshore Ireland.

Working as a research fellow in iCRAG, Cole is motivated to collaborate with the hydro-carbon industry through developing and applying structural geology concepts to characterise subsurface risks in exploring prospects onshore-offshore Ireland. Cole’s research interests focus on fault geometry & kinematics, 3D modelling and fractured reservoirs. His current project is on Platform for working on structural configuration of the Lough Allen Basin, onshore NW Ireland to improve the understanding of sub-seismic scale faulting on unconventional resources. Cole did his PhD in structural geology in Durham University and worked as a development geologist with BP for 7 years before joining iCRAG. Read more.

Dr Steven Hollis
Dr Steven HollisUCD
Research interests include understanding linear orogens and their potential to host volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits.

Dr Steven Hollis is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the iCRAG Raw Materials research spoke. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Birmingham in 2007, an MSc in Geochemistry from the University of Leeds in 2008, and his PhD from the University of Southampton in 2012. His research involves: (i) Establishing Cu isotope analytical techniques in NCIG; (ii) Analysing Cu-Zn isotopes in Navan sphalerite, and clumped O-C isotopes ore-stage carbonate minerals; and (iii) Assessing these analytical methods as mineral exploration tools. Research interests include understanding linear orogens and their potential to host volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits. Read more.

Dr Roisin Kyne
Dr Roisin KyneUCD
General research interests include structural/tectonic geology, petrology and mineral analysis.

Roisin Kyne is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the iCRAG raw materials spoke. Roisin graduated with a PhD in structural and economic geology from CODES (ARC-Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits), University of Tasmania, in 2014 before joining the iCRAG team in 2015. At iCRAG, Roisin’s research focuses on 3D modelling of Irish Carboniferous Basins at regional and mineral deposit scales. Specifically, by integrating various data sets (i.e. borehole, seismic, mapping, etc.) from across Ireland, this research will produce renewed insights into the structural evolution of Irish-style Zn-Pb mineralization. General research interests include structural/tectonic geology, petrology and mineral analysis.

Dr Anthea Lacchia
Dr Anthea LacchiaUCD
General research interests include biostratigraphy, palaeontology and science communication.
Anthea Lacchia is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the iCRAG Hydrocarbons research spoke. During her PhD research in Trinity College Dublin, Anthea investigated the biostratigraphy of the Carboniferous Clare Basin, western Ireland, with a focus on fossil ammonoids. Following a year spent working as press officer for Springer Nature in London, Anthea joined iCRAG in 2016. Her postdoctoral work involves the development of geology training and outreach facilities in Clare, an area well known and of great interest to geologists around the world.
Dr Francois Lavoue
Dr Francois LavoueDIAS
General research interests concern the quantitative imaging of the Earth’s subsurface, using in particular seismic and electromagnetic waveforms inversions, with applications at various scales: from the shallow subsurface (hydrogeophysics) to basin, crustal and lithospheric imaging.

François Lavoué is a postdoctoral researcher in the iCRAG Geophysics platform. His research interests concern the geophysical imaging of the Earth’s subsurface, using in particular waveform inversions. François graduated from University of Grenoble (France) in 2014 with a PhD on full waveform inversion of ground-penetrating radar data. He then visited Colorado School of Mines (USA) to work on image-guided inversion of electrical data before joining iCRAG in 2016. Within iCRAG, François is working with Dr Sergei Lebedev on multiscale seismic waveform inversions involving sparse parameterisations. His developments target applications at various scales, from sedimentary basins to lithospheric imaging.

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Dr Florian Le Pape
Dr Florian Le PapeDIAS
General research interests include ocean related acoustic/seismic noise, crust and lithosphere imaging, magnetotellurics, physical properties and rheology.
Florian Le Pape is a post-doc researcher in the iCRAG marine research spoke. Florian graduated in geophysics from EOST Strasbourg in 2008 and then moved to DIAS for his PhD to work on the dynamics of the Tibetan plateau. He obtained his PhD in 2012 and then focused on the lithosphere imaging of the Leo-man shield in West Africa. Within iCRAG, he will be working with Prof C. Bean to investigate ocean generated microseisms and the associated acoustic/seismic coupling at the sea bed. General research interests include ocean related acoustic/seismic noise, crust and lithosphere imaging, magnetotellurics, physical properties and rheology.
Dr Chris Mark
Dr Chris MarkTCD
Testing the link between Jurassic-Paleocene mantle dynamics and the western Irish offshore sedimentary record
Chris obtained his PhD in Geology from Imperial College London, focussing on the tectonic geomorphology of the Gulf of California rift system. He has since worked on the application of novel mid-temperature thermochronometers to track the tectonic development of the European Alps at TCD. His current project will utilise these techniques to investigate linkages between the sedimentary record of the Irish Atlantic offshore and the onshore exhumation record, with particular emphasis on the contribution from mantle dynamics. Read more.

Dr Sara Martinez Loriente
Dr Sara Martinez LorienteUCD
Research focuses on conjugate margin architecture of hyperextended basins in the North Atlantic region.
Sara Martínez-Loriente is a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist in the iCRAG hydrocarbon spoke. Sara completed a PhD in 2013 at the ICM (CSIC, Spain) focussed on the geophysical and geological characterization of the active structures and of the nature of the basement in the SW Iberian Margin. In 2013 at the University of Birmingham she joined the project “Continental extension leading to breakup”. In 2015 linked with the B-CSI group, she modelled a WAS transect acquired on the Costa Rica Subduction Zone. Within iCRAG, her research focuses on conjugate margin architecture of hyperextended basins in the North Atlantic region.
Dr Sarah Nicholas
Dr Sarah NicholasNUIG
General research interests are in speciation, abundance and variability of trace metals.
Sarah Nicholas is a research fellow on the iCRAG marine geoscience spoke. Her PhD work at the University of Minnesota (USA) was on solid-phase speciation of arsenic in glacial aquifer sedimen. Sarah has joined iCRAG under the supervision of Peter Croot at NUIG and will examining the influence of natural biogeochemical controls on primary productivity of the Irish Shelf, with particular attention to abundance, thresholds, and variability of trace elements. Additionally she will be measuring the Ra quartet and Rn to describe the mixing of marine, coastal, and ground-waters on the Irish Shelf.
Dr Manel Prada
Dr Manel PradaDIAS
Research investigates variations in crustal strain in the North Atlantic rift basins to interrogate the mode of extension and the potential impact on petroleum systems.

Manel Prada is a Post-Doc Researcher in the iCRAG hydrocarbon research spoke. Manel finished his PhD in Geosciences in 2014 from University of Barcelona. In 2014 he moved to Dublin where he recently finished his first Post-Doc position at DIAS, Geophysics under the supervision of Dr. Brian O’Reilly. His research focuses on the deep structure and formation processes of continental passive margins from active source seismic and gravity data, together with geological observations. The current iCRAG project investigates variations in crustal strain in the North Atlantic rift basins to interrogate the mode of extension and the potential impact on petroleum systems.

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Dr Thomas Riegler
Dr Thomas RieglerTCD
General research interests are focused on geological processes associated with ore deposits, at all scales, using a multi-disciplinary approach: from the mineral crystallochemistry to the regional scale geology, and from fundamental studies to their potential application as exploration tools.

Dr Thomas Riegler is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the iCRAG raw materials spoke. Since 2008 Thomas has been involved in mineral exploration operations and research and development projects on U and Pb-Zn world class mining districts in Australia, Canada, France, and Ireland. His research interests are focused on geological processes associated with ore deposits, at all scales, using a multi-disciplinary approach: from the mineral crystallochemistry to the regional scale geology, and from fundamental studies to their potential application as exploration tools. His current iCRAG projects focuses on the geochemical and mineralogical signatures of Pb-Zn mineralization throughout Ireland. Read more.

Dr Srikumar Roy
Dr Srikumar RoyUCD
General research interests include Seabed fluid flow /seepage, gas hydrates, seismic attributes, submarine mass flow deposits and hydrocarbon leakage detection.

Dr. Roy is a postdoctoral research fellow in the iCRAG Marine Geoscience and Hydrocarbons research spoke. His current research focuses on methane hydrate resource potential assessment and its commercialization, which will be achieved by studying relevant geological/geophysical factors, environmental factors and new exploration and production technologies.
He did his PhD in seabed fluid flow and seepage studies in the western Spitsbergen fjords of the High Arctic, at the University of Bergen and the University Centre in Svalbard, Norway. He was working as a commercialization geophysicist with Schlumberger before joining iCRAG. He graduated with a Joint MS in Applied Geophysics from ETH Zurich, RWTH Aachen and TU Delft; and a BSc in Exploration Geophysics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.
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Dr Muhammad Mudasar Saqab
Dr Muhammad Mudasar SaqabUCD
General research interests include structural evolution and fault kinematics in offshore Ireland with implications for hydrocarbon trap integrity.
Mudasar Saqab is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the iCRAG hydrocarbon spoke. His research focuses on structural evolution and fault kinematics in offshore Ireland with implications for hydrocarbon trap integrity. Keys topics include control of basement structures on geometrical evolution of rift-related fault systems and the reactivation and inversion of faults in different basinal and tectonic settings. Mudasar did his PhD in basin analysis from University of Western Australia. Prior to that he obtained a BSc in Applied Geology and MSc in Petroleum Geology & Geotectonics from University of the Punjab (Lahore), and worked as exploration geologist at Pakistan Petroleum Limited. Read more.

Dr Gaurav Tomar
Dr Gaurav TomarDIAS
Research focuses mainly on the near-surface modelling using reflection and passive data sets.
Dr. Guarav Tomar is a postdoctoral research associate in iCRAG. I work with Prof. Chris Bean at DIAS. Before that I was at IPGP as a PhD student with prof. Satish Singh and Jean-Paul Montagner and was working on Application of interferometric methods to passive and active data sets from the North Sea. I graduated from Banaras Hindu university (BHU) Varanasi with a master degree in geophysics. At DIAS my research focuses mainly on the near-surface modelling using reflection and passive data sets.
Dr Koen Torremans
Dr Koen TorremansUCD
At iCRAG, Koen’s research will focus on 3D modelling of the Irish Carboniferous Basin on a regional and deposit scale, with a special interest into the structural evolution of Lower Carboniferous faulting and its links to fluid flow and mineralization.

Koen Torremans is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the iCRAG raw material research spoke. Koen pursued his PhD in geology at KU Leuven university in Belgium. His research focused on fracture and seal vein forming processes in mid-crustal environments, which involved discrete element numerical modelling, structural analysis of Cu-Co deposits in the Central African Copperbelt and investigation of vein microstructures. At iCRAG, Koen’s research will focus on 3D modelling of the Irish Carboniferous Basin on a regional and deposit scale, with a special interest into the structural evolution of Lower Carboniferous faulting and its links to fluid flow and mineralization.

Dr Zsuzsanna Toth
Dr Zsuzsanna TothUCC
Main research area focuses on seismo-acoustic imaging.
is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the iCRAG Marine Geoscience spoke. She earned her PhD in Marine Geophysics from the University of Bremen in 2013 and has worked as a researcher and consultant in the wind energy sector. Her research focused on seismo-acoustic imaging and quantification of shallow methane gas in Holocene marine sediments. At iCRAG, her project will produce a Quaternary stratigraphic framework for the eastern and southern coast of Ireland using existing and newly acquired seismo-acoustic data. This will also enable insights into the recent geological history of the Irish Sea, glacial ice limits, incisions and deposition.>
Dr Richard Unitt
Dr Richard UnittUCC
General research interests include geofluids, mineralogy and petrology, applied geophysics, structural geology and geochronology.

Richard is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the iCRAG raw materials spoke. He earned his PhD from NUI in 1997 and has worked as a geological consultant, researcher and part-time lecturer. His current research examines the surface textural controls on high PSV (polished stone value) aggregates and the potential development of new testing methodologies combining petrology, digital microscopy and 3D metrology. This study will also generate a workable model for future exploration of this resource. General research interests include geofluids, mineralogy and petrology, applied geophysics, structural geology and geochronology.Read more.

Dr David Van Acken
Dr David Van AckenUCD
research interests include dating ore deposits and hydrocarbon-bearing black shales.
David van Acken joined iCRAG as a postdoctoral research scientist in November 2016 in the geochemistry platform under the supervision of Prof. J.S. Daly to set up and operate a Re-Os laboratory for dating ore deposits and hydrocarbon-bearing black shales.Read more.

Dr Lingli Zhou
Dr Lingli ZhouTCD
Main research focus is on mineral scale 3-D mapping of metal distribution in sulphide ores.

Lingli Zhou is a postdoc. researcher in the Geology department of Trinity College Dublin. Lingli graduated with one Ph.D degree from Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2014, and another one from Aarhus University in 2015 before joining iCRAG to work with Prof. Balz Kamber. My current research is to develop mineral scale 3-D mapping of metal distribution in sulphide ores with laser ablation ICP-MS/ICP-OES. A particular focus of this project will be to develop software that will allow seamless stitching of elemental maps obtained by the MS technique with maps obtained by the OES technique. The project runs as part of the iCRAG SFI Research Centre, in the Raw Materials spoke, and the main objective is to develop analytical methods for quantifying the occurrence of precious metals and energy critical elements in a variety of Zn and Cu minerals..Read more.

Dr Seb Zimmermann
Dr Seb ZimmermannUCD
General research interests include sedimentary provenance, petrology, isotope geochemistry, heavy minerals and geochronology.

Sebastian is a postdoc researcher in the iCRAG “Sediment Tracking” project within the Hydrocarbons spoke (TP4.1). Sebastian completed a PhD in Geology in 2015 at Royal Holloway University of London working on sandstone provenance along the Northwest Shelf of Australia, concentrating on the islands along the Indonesian Banda Arc. Within iCRAG, his research focuses on recent evolution of modern systems, provenance of deeply buried sub-surface samples, possible diagenetic bias and establishing new single grain isotopic proxies.Read more.

Postgraduate Researchers

Almahdi Alshawib
Almahdi Alshawib TCD
Research project will dissect high resolution sedimentary fluvio-lacustrine pedofacies and their spectral gamma ray response, developed during early continental rifting in East Africa (Lake Albert), and calibrated against a palaeomagnetic polarity timescale
Almahdi Alshawib is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG hydrocarbon research spoke. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Omar Al-Mukhtar University in Libya 2007 and Masters at UTHM Malaysia 2011. He was a trainee in the Arabian Gulf Oil Company (AGOCO), where he also worked as an employee from July 2007 to July 2008, based in the Sarir Oil Field. From 2012 to 2014, he was a lecturer in sedimentology in Omar Al-Mukhtar University. In September 2016, Almahdi joined iCRAG under the supervision of Dr. Chris Nicholas at Trinity College Dublin. His project will dissect high resolution sedimentary fluvio-lacustrine pedofacies and their spectral gamma ray response, developed during early continental rifting in East Africa (Lake Albert), and calibrated against a palaeomagnetic polarity timescale. These data will then be used directly to reinterpret subsurface wells in the North Celtic Sea Basin.
Laura Bérdi
Laura BérdiUCD & DIAS
Laura’s research investigates the evolution, sedimentary and crustal structure of the Hatton Basin and its role within Irish North Atlantic passive margins
Laura Bérdi is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG hydrocarbon spoke. Laura obtained her Bsc in Earth Sciences at Eötvös Loránd University in 2013. Afterwards, she joined MOL Group as an exploration geologist where she performed basin- and petroleum system analysis. After moving to Norway in 2014, she graduated with an MSc in Petroleum Geosciences from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Laura joined iCRAG in 2017 under the supervision of Dr Brian O’Reilly and Prof. Peter Haughton. Her research investigates the evolution, sedimentary and crustal structure of the Hatton Basin and its role within Irish North Atlantic passive margins.
Maurice Brodbeck
Maurice BrodbeckTCD
Research focuses on the distribution of precious metals and ECEs at different scales (ore-body, ore-shoot to mineral scales).
Maurice Brodbeck is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG raw materials research spoke. He graduated 2015 with a BSc and an MSc from the University of Tübingen, before joining iCRAG in January 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Balz Kamber. His research focuses on the distribution of precious metals and ECEs at different scales (ore-body, ore-shoot to mineral scales). Samples and existing data from the sponsors will be used to define extreme Cu and Zn deposits in terms of ECE and ITN potential. Samples will be studied with LA-ICP-OES in order to establish how these elements partition into the primary ores. The final aim is to develop an ECE and precious metal distribution database, which could serve as an early stage exploration guide.
Elia Cantoni I Gomez
Elia Cantoni I GomezTCD
Main research interests involve climate change impacts on groundwater resources, groundwater recharge and fractured aquifers hydrogeology.
Èlia Cantoni I Gomez is a PhD researcher in the groundwater research spoke. Èlia graduated with a BSc in Geology from Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and with an MsC in Geotechnical Engineering, specializing in Hydrogeology from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC). Èlia worked in a geotechnical consultancy in Barcelona before joining iCRAG in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Bruce Misstear and Prof. Laurence Gill. Her research focusses on evaluating the impacts of changing climate on groundwater recharge in low sotrativity fractured-rock aquifers. It also involves the assessment of the climate change effects on dependent wetlands and source protection areas. Main research interests involve climate change impacts on groundwater resources, groundwater recharge and fractured aquifers hydrogeology.
Fabio Della Grazie
Fabio Della GrazieTCD
Research interests include hydrology and biogeochemical cycles, flood risk, soil carbon sequestration, emissions and mapping and the effects of climate change on groundwater and ecosystems.
Fabio Delle Grazie is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG Groundwater Research Group. Fabio graduated with an MSc in Agronomy, Plants and Environment (University of Copenhagen), an MSc in Environmental Biogeochemistry (Newcastle University, UK) and a BSc/MSc in Applied Geology (D’Annunzio University, Italy). Fabio worked as a field geologist and hydrogeologist in Italian consultancies and as an environment protection and planning officer for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Scotland before joining iCRAG in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Laurence Gill. His research investigates the ecosystem services provided by groundwater dependent wetlands in lowland karst areas.
Aileen Doran
Aileen DoranUCD
General research interests include petrology, economic geology and geochemistry. Particular interest in stable isotope geochemistry of Irish Zn-Pb deposits.
Aileen Doran is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG raw materials spoke. Aileen graduated from University College Cork with a BSc in Geology in 2015. She then continued on to work at the Geological Survey of Ireland as part of the TELLUS Survey team for a year. She joined iCRAG in September 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Julian Menuge.
Aileen’s research will involve investigating hydrothermal fluid flow in Irish Zn-Pb deposits through clumped C-O isotope analysis of carbonates and Zn-Cu-S isotope analysis of sphalerite. Part of this research will involve determining how these techniques may be used in geochemical exploration to vector towards orebodies.
General research interests include petrology, economic geology and geochemistry. Particular interest in stable isotope geochemistry of Irish Zn-Pb deposits.
Tadhg Dornan
Tadhg DornanTCD
General research interests include, Concrete, and the minerals contained within it that cause its deterioration.
Tadhg Dornan is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG raw material research spoke. Tadhg graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in Geology in 2016 and soon after started a PhD under the Supervision of Dr. Robbie Goodhue. His research mainly focuses on pyrite, a commonly occurring iron sulphide mineral, and its role in the deterioration of concrete when oxidised. As part of his research, Tadhg will attempt to elementally analyse the grains pyrite found in the concrete of damaged properties and try and fingerprint a quarry source for the material.
Robert Doyle
Robert DoyleUCD
General research interests include Ore-deposit geology and in particular structural controls on mineralisation.
Robert Doyle is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG raw materials research spoke. Robert graduated with a BSc in Geology in 2015 from University College Dublin. He worked as a Junior Exploration Geologist for Vedanta Exploration Ireland Limited for 6 months before joining iCRAG as a Research Assistant in January 2016. In January 2017, Robert began his PhD which focusses on the geometry and nature of inversion structures in the Irish Ore field and their impact on mineral deposits and associated mineralisation (under the supervision of Prof. John Walsh). General research interests include Ore-deposit geology and in particular structural controls on mineralisation.
Foteini Drakou
Foteini DrakouTCD
General research interests include economic geology, geochemistry and geometallurgy.

Foteini Drakou is a MSc researcher in the iCRAG raw materials research spoke. She graduated with a BSc in Geology from National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens. In September 2015, Foteini joined iCRAG under the supervision of Prof. Balz Kamber and Dr. Sean McClenaghan at Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on precious and critical metals distribution in highly zoned volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits. The research aim is to establish the milling process for the optimum mineral liberation that produce higher-purity concentrates of the above metals. This will be done through a detailed work on a very fine-grained VMS deposit, using geochemical analysis, petrography, geometallurgical tests ect.
General research interests include economic geology, geochemistry and geometallurgy.

Jess Franklin
Jess FranklinNUIG
General research interests include sedimentary provenance and petrography.
Jess Franklin is a PhD researcher within the hydrocarbon spoke of iCRAG, TP4.1 “Sediment Tracking”. Jess graduated with a BSc (Hons first class) in Geology from UCC in 2011 and worked in gold exploration in Canada before joining iCRAG in 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Shane Tyrrell at NUI Galway. Her research aims are to establish clearer links between sandstone provenance and reservoir quality. This will be done through detailed characterisation of Triassic reservoir sandstones using sedimentary analysis, petrography and developing and testing various geochemical techniques, working closely with the Geochemistry platform within the hub. General research interests include sedimentary provenance and petrography.
Clara Gómez García
Clara Gómez GarcíaDIAS
General research interests include 4D ambient noise tomography and passive interferometric imaging.
Clara Gómez García is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG raw materials research spoke. Clara graduated with a BSc in Physics in 2012 and with a MSc in Geophysics and Meteorology in 2013 from Complutense University of Madrid. From 2014 to 2016, she worked in the frame of the Repsol CO-DOS project at Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera (ICTJA-CSIC) in Barcelona, before joining iCRAG in 2017 under the supervision of Dr Sergei Lebedev. Her research investigates seismic imaging with high-frequency waveform techniques. The objective is to develop and apply new passive-imaging methods applicable at scales from tens of meters to kilometres (deposit scale to lithospheric scale). General research interests include 4D ambient noise tomography and passive interferometric imaging.
Arif Hussain
Arif HussainUCD
General research interests includes Reservoir quality predictions, Clay mineralogy of fault materials, process sedimentology and sedimentary petrology.
Arif Hussain is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG hydrocarbons research spoke. He holds a bachelor degree in Petroleum Geology from university of Punjab, Pakistan. He obtained Erasmus Mundus Master in Clay science from university of Poitiers, France and Technical university of Crete, Greece. He worked with Total SA on Chlorite coated sandstones from North Sea and West coast of Africa. In 2016, he joined iCRAG under the supervision of Prof. Peter Haughton. His research deals with clay distribution and clay segregation mechanisms from pore to bed scale and link these to sediment gravity flow processes, reservoir quality and petrophysical character. The study will utilize both industry subsurface and behind-outcrop core datasets.
General research interests includes Reservoir quality predictions, Clay mineralogy of fault materials, process sedimentology and sedimentary petrology.
David Kaeter
David KaeterUCD
General research interests include economic geology, geochemistry and petrology.
David Kaeter is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG raw materials spoke. David graduated with a BSc in geosciences from University of Hannover and an MSc with specialisation in mineralogy and petrology from University of Potsdam. He joined iCRAG under the supervision of Dr. Julian Menuge in April 2016, where he will investigate rare element enrichment processes in LCT pegmatites. His research involves major and trace element analysis as well Sr-Nd-O isotopic studies of samples from the Leinster LCT suite to understand pegmatite formation and draw conclusions for geochemical exploration. General research interests include economic geology, geochemistry and petrology.
Hilde Koch
Hilde KochTCD
Research focus on the chemostratigraphy and petrology of Mississipian volcanogenic clay bands (tuffs) in the Irish Midlands.
Hilde Koch is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG raw materials research spoke. She graduated in 2016 with BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Tuebingen. For her MSc, she specialised in isotope geochemistry. In 2016, Hilde joined the iCRAG team under the supervision of Prof. Balz Kamber at Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on the chemistry of Irish Mississippian bentonite layers and the carboniferous limestones in between. Hilde investigates how they could be used as stratigraphic and tectonic markers relevant for the zinc – lead deposits of Ireland. Her research involves high – precision trace element geochemical methodology, as well as Sr isotopic studies.
Juergen Lang
Juergen LangUCC
General research interest include economic geology, structural geology, geochemistry and regional geology.
Juergen Lang is a PhD researcher within the raw material research spoke of iCRAG. He graduated with MSc in Geology from Tuebingen University (Germany) in 2012. Juergen did research studies at the University of Alberta (Canada) and worked as engineering geologist in Germany before he joined iCRAG in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Pat Meere and Dr. Giulio Solferino at University College Cork. His research focuses on metallogenesis of copper deposits in Upper Palaeozoic sedimentary rocks in southern Ireland. The research aim is to understand the geochemical and geostructural settings which led to the regional copper mineralisations. This will be done through macroscopical, microscopical and geochemical investigation. Microthermometry studies will also provide revealing informations. General research interest include economic geology, structural geology, geochemistry and regional geology.
Brydon Lowney
Brydon LowneyUCD
General research interests include geophysical processing and signal analysis.
Brydon Lowney is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG hydrocarbon research spoke. Brydon graduated with a BSc in Geology from the University of Leicester in 2013 and an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from University College Dublin in 2016, before joining iCRAG in 2017 under the supervision of Dr Ivan Lokmer. His research aims to assess the value of diffraction imaging for the hydrocarbons industry. As part of this research, diffraction imaging techniques will be applied to synthetic and real-world datasets from the Irish off-shore. General research interests include geophysical processing and signal analysis.
Giuseppe Maggio
Giuseppe MaggioDIAS
Research involves passive seismic analysis, particularly on natural and anthropic noise, in order to investigate the geology of Boliden-Tara mine.
Giuseppe Maggio is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG geophysics research spoke. Giuseppe graduated with a MSc in Geological Sciences in 2015 from University of Florence (Italy) with specialization in physical volcanology. He joined iCRAG under the supervision of Prof. Chris Bean in October 2016.His research involves passive seismic analysis, particularly on natural and anthropic noise , in order to investigate the geology of Boliden-Tara mine.
Damien Mooney
Damien MooneyTCD/Teagasc
Research will primarily focus on the occurrence of agricultural antiparasitic agents in groundwater, with investigations in karst and fractured aquifers throughout Ireland.
Damien is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG groundwater research spoke. Damien graduated with a BSc in Forensic and Environmental Chemistry in June 2015 from the Dublin Institute of Technology, before joining iCRAG in September 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Coxon at Trinity College Dublin. Damien’s PhD is being run through Trinity College in collaboration with Teagasc. His research investigates the occurrence of emerging organic contaminants in rural environments, with the main focus on groundwater quality. His research will primarily focus on the occurrence of agricultural antiparasitic agents in groundwater, with investigations in karst and fractured aquifers throughout Ireland.
Martin Nauton-Fourteu
Martin Nauton-FourteuNUIG
General research interests include sedimentary provenance and tracking.
Martin Nauton-Fourteu is a PhD researcher within the iCRAG hydrocarbon spoke, TP4.1 “Sediment tracking”. Martin graduated with a MSc in Resource Geology in 2016 from Université Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier, France, before joining iCRAG in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Shane Tyrrell at NUI Galway. His research aims at better understanding and constraining the factors which control and modify detrital mineralogy prior to final deposition in passive margin sedimentary basins. This will be done by testing multiproxy provenance approaches in well-understood passive margin sequences and applying these techniques to under-explored basins such as those in western Irish offshore.
Conor O'Sullivan
Conor O'SullivanUCD
Research focuses on seismic mapping and fault analysis to better define the structural evolution of the Slyne and Erris basins
Conor O’Sullivan is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG hydrocarbons spoke, joining iCRAG in 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Conrad Childs. His research focuses on seismic mapping and fault analysis to better define the structural evolution of the Slyne and Erris basins. Conor’s research aims to understand the nature of transfer zones between sub-basins, the evolution of trapping structures, and the influence of salt on faulting style. Conor holds a BSc in Geology and an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from Imperial College London, and was awarded the PESGB Young Professional Scholarship for his undergraduate thesis. Before joining iCRAG, Conor worked as a geoscientist with Centrica, investigating the structural development of the Southern North Sea, and a research geophysicist with Apex Geoservices, developing new methods for geophysical visualisation.
Fani Papageorgiou
Fani PapageorgiouUCD
General research interests include environmental geochemistry, groundwater quality and involved health risks.

Fani Papageorgiou is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG groundwater spoke. Fani graduated with an MSc in Applied Environmental Geology in 2014 from the University of Athens, before joining iCRAG in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Frank McDermott at UCD, and Drs Liam Morrison and Tiernan Henry (NUIG). Her research is focused on uranium occurrence, sources and mobilisation processes in selected Irish groundwaters. The primary focus of her research is in the analysis of wells within the Dalradian rocks of Donegal, Caledonian granites, selected lithologies of the Longford-Down terrane and wells in the North Kerry/Limerick/Clare area.
General research interests include environmental geochemistry, groundwater quality and involved health risks. Read more.

Kevin Power
Kevin PowerUCC
Main research interests include the study of sediment and nutrient flux in the Porcupine Bank Canyon, as well as the potential for cold-water corals to act as paleo-environmental archives.
Kevin Power is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG marine geoscience research spoke. Having graduated with a BSc in International Field Geosciences in 2015 from University College Cork, Kevin joined iCRAG under the supervision of Prof Andrew Wheeler (UCC), Dr Quentin Crowley (TCD) and Dr Aggeliki Georgiopoulou (UCD).
Kevin is studying the record of sediment and nutrient flux in the Porcupine Bank Canyon on the Irish continental margin, as well as the potential for cold-water corals living at the head of the canyon to act as paleo-environmental archives.
Remi Rateau
Remi RateauTCD
Research investigates the Cenozoic exhumation of Irish onshore and offshore basins using seismic studies and thermochronology.
Rémi Rateau is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG hydrocarbon research spoke. Rémi graduated with the equivalent to a BSc in Geology in 2007 from LaSalle Beauvais (France) and with an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience in 2009 from Imperial College London (UK). He spent five years working as an oil and gas exploration geologist with the Danish company DONG Energy in their London office before joining iCRAG in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. David Chew. His research investigates the Cenozoic exhumation of Irish onshore and offshore basins using seismic studies and thermochronology.
Pablo Rodriguez Salgado
Pablo Rodriguez SalgadoUCD
Pablo’s focuses on detailed analysis of seismic reflection data to improve our understanding of the evolution and reactivation of the fault systems that bound the Celtic Sea basins (offshore Ireland). General research interests include seismic interpretation, fault analysis and tectono-sedimentary relationships.

Pablo is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG hydrocarbon research spoke. Pablo graduated with a BsC in Geology from Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and an MsC in Reservoir Geology and Geophysics from University of Barcelona (UB). In 2015 Pablo joined iCRAG and University College Dublin under the supervision of Dr Conrad Childs and Prof. John Walsh. His research focuses on detailed analysis of seismic reflection data to improve our understanding of the evolution and reactivation of the fault systems that bound the Celtic Sea basins (offshore Ireland). General research interests include seismic interpretation, fault analysis and tectono-sedimentary relationships.

Alex Russell
Alex RussellUCD
General research interests include environmental geochemistry and the dynamic interactions of the hydrosphere and geosphere.

Alex Russell is a PhD researcher working within the groundwater research spoke of iCRAG. Alex graduated with an MGeol in Earth Science in 2015 from the University of St Andrews. Alex subsequently joined iCRAG under the supervision of Prof. Frank McDermott at UCD, and Drs Liam Morrison and Tiernan Henry at NUI Galway. His research investigates arsenic sources, speciation and mobilisation processes in selected Irish aquifers. The primary focus of his research is in the analysis of wells within the Dalradian rocks of Donegal. General research interests include environmental geochemistry and the dynamic interactions of the hydrosphere and geosphere.

Maxime Savatier
Maxime SavatierTCD
Research interests includes identifying water pathways in groundwater and surface waters, nutrient and contamination management, marine biochemistry and geochemistry.

Maxime Savatier is a PhD researcher in the iCrag Biochemistry Research Group. Maxime graduated with an MSc in Hydrogeology (Lasalle Beauvais, France) and an MSc in Environmental Water Management (Cranfield University, UK). Maxime worked in contaminated site management consultancy, before joining iCRAG in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Carlos Rocha. His research investigates the effect of groundwater/surface interactions on the biochemistry of coastal areas hosting aquaculture activities. Fieldwork will be carried on different geological settings in Ireland, including Kinvarra Bay.

Philip Schuler
Philip SchulerTCD
General research interests include karst groundwater dynamics coupled with surface water interaction and hydrological modelling based on environmental and artificial tracers and hydrograph methods.
Philip graduated with a BSc in Geography in 2010 from University of Vienna and with a MSc in Integrated Water Resources Management in 2012 from FH Cologne. After his graduation, Philip worked for several years for the German Geological Survey BGR in Lebanon, Niger and Germany.
The objectives of his research are: 1) to distinguish between diffuse and conduit flow pathways in karst aquifers using chemical and hydrograph separation techniques; 2) to incorporate this refined knowledge of diffuse flow pathways into hydrological models of different karst systems; and 3) to use models to study contaminant transport and climate change scenarios.

Kishan Soni
Kishan SoniUCD
General research interests include carbonate reservoir engineering & simulation, welltesting, petrophysics and sedimentology.

Kishan is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG hydrocarbon research spoke involved with Dr Tom Manzocchi. His research area investigates various methods of hierarchical reservoir characterization for channelized reservoirs in various depositional environments and suitable EOR/IOR techniques for them. Fieldwork related to his work focuses on identification of channel elements, stacking pattern, scale of erosion and aggradation, NTG estimation etc. He holds a BE degree in Petroleum Engineering from University of Pune, India; and MSc degree in Reservoir Evaluation and Management from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. General research interests include carbonate reservoir engineering & simulation, welltesting, petrophysics and sedimentology. Read more.

James Stratford
James StratfordTCD
Conducting research on the characterisation of orogenic vein systems in the context of Irish gold exploration
With Trinity College Dublin and the Raw Materials spoke of iCRAG, James is pursuing research on the characterisation of orogenic vein systems in the context of Irish gold exploration. A central focus of the project is a re-examination of the paragenesis of auriferous veins, using advanced micro-analytical trace-element techniques and isotopic methods. Laser-Ablation ICP-MS will be employed to chemically map sulphides and host vein phases.
After graduating with a BA (Mod.) from TCD in 2006, James spent 10 years pursuing exploration for, and definition of Au, Ni, Cu and Diamond resources: in Ireland, across Africa and in Australia.
Oakley Turner
Oakley TurnerTCD
General research interests include the application of mineral deposit research into industry with an emphasis on structural and geochemical tools.

Oakley Turner is a PhD researcher within the Raw Materials spoke of iCRAG developing, and understanding the processes of, practical geochemical vectoring techniques to assist exploration target generation for Irish-type Zn-Pb deposits throughout the Rathdowney trend, Ireland. Having previously graduated in 2013 from the Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter, UK) with an MSc and BSc, Oakley has worked within mineral exploration for a few years on various commodity and deposit types. Generally he is interested in the application of mineral deposit research into industry with an emphasis on structural and geochemical tools.

Luka Vucinic
Luka VucinicTCD
General research interests include karst hydrogeology, contaminant transport and fate in groundwater, aquifer recharge and water resources engineering.

Luka Vucinic is a PhD researcher in the groundwater research spoke. Luka graduated with a BSc/MSc in Geological Engineering with specialisation in Hydrogeology in 2010 from the University of Belgrade (Serbia). After graduation Luka has been working in environmental and energy industry for several years. Before joining iCRAG under the supervision of Prof. Laurence Gill, Luka obtained MSc in Environmental Science at TCD. His research primarily investigates karst springs in Ireland with the objective to characterise the diffuse recharge from domestic wastewater treatment systems effluent in order to develop a better understanding of risk of the groundwater pollutant contamination.
General research interests include karst hydrogeology, contaminant transport and fate in groundwater, aquifer recharge and water resources engineering.

Daire Walsh
Daire WalshMaynooth University
Research focuses on the development of geospatial Web applications and mobile apps.

Daire specialises in the development of geospatial Web applications and mobile apps.

Deirdre Walsh
Deirdre WalshUCD
Deirdre’s research aims to generate realistic, hierarchical, reservoir models conditioned to a quantifiable sedimentological parameterisation while honouring both well data along with larger-scale trends observed from 3D seismic data.

Deirdre Walsh is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG hydrocarbon area. Deirdre graduated with a BA(mod) in Geology from Trinity College Dublin in 2011 and an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from University College Dublin in 2015 before joining iCRAG under the supervision of Dr Tom Manzocchi. Her research aims to generate realistic, hierarchical, reservoir models conditioned to a quantifiable sedimentological parameterisation while honouring both well data along with larger-scale trends observed from 3D seismic data. This project will use both multiple-point statistics as well as the compression-based modelling approach. General research interests include reservoir modelling and reservoir simulation.

Lewis Whiting
Lewis WhitingUCD
Lewis’ research focuses on the prediction of stratigraphic and combination traps comprising
deep-water sandstones developed across the syn-rift to post-rift transition in Atlantic margin basins.

Lewis Whiting is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG hydrocarbons research spoke. He graduated with a BSc in Geoscience (First-class honours) from Keele University in 2013, and received the John Myer’s Prize and a PESGB Young Professional Mapping scholarship for achievements in the year-three dissertation. Lewis joined Drillinginfo for two years as an E&P Data Analyst for the Latin America regions. In 2015, he joined iCRAG and University College Dublin under the supervision of Prof. Peter Haughton. His research focuses on the prediction of stratigraphic and combination traps comprising deep-water sandstones developed across the syn-rift to post-rift transition in Atlantic margin basins. By combining well and seismic data, the project will primarily investigate deep-water slope onlap styles present in Ireland’s underexplored Rockall and Porcupine offshore basins, and develop tools that characterise sand presence, character and reservoir quality trends.

Eoin Wynne
Eoin WynneNUIG
General research interests include karst hydrogeology and sedimentary geology.

Eoin is a PhD researcher in the iCRAG groundwater research spoke. Eoin holds a BSc Earth and Ocean Science (NUIG) and an MSc Hydrogeology (University of Birmingham, 2010). He worked for two years in mining hydrogeology in Western Australia. Eoin joined iCRAG in September 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Tiernan Henry and Dr. John Murray at NUI Galway. His research focusses on hydrogeological and hydrochemical processes controlling metal mobilisation and transport in a carbonate aquifer in Ireland. The study will analyse groundwater chemistry datasets from lead and zinc mines to link the hydrochemistry with geological controls such as faults and karst structures.

Specialist staff

John Güven
John GüvenSenior Geologist - UCD
Main area of research interest is the controls on mineralisation of the Irish Zn\Pb deposits from the regional to the mine scale.

John joined iCRAG in late 2015 where he is a senior geological researcher in the iCRAG 3D model of Ireland research platform under the supervision of Prof. John Walsh. John graduated with a BSc honours in Geology in 1993 from Trinity College Dublin before conducting post-graduate research there on the Navan deposit. John took up a position as mine geologist at the Lisheen mine in 1997. Involved initially with mine geology and grade-control John progressed into resource estimation and in 2008 stepped into the role of Chief Geologist where he remained until the mine closed in late 2015. John’s main area of research interest is the controls on mineralisation of the Irish Zn\Pb deposits from the regional to the mine scale.

Torsten Uhlig
Torsten UhligSenior Geoscience IT Support Specialist - UCD
Main research interests are in GIS, Spatial- and Non-Spatial Data Integration and Quality Control.

Torsten is responsible for all IT Operations at UCD and the Platforms and Spokes involving Seismic Interpretation and 3D Modelling
He graduated with a MSc in Geography from the University of Tuebingen (Germany) in 2013 and has been with the School of Earth Sciences at UCD since 2013. He has been responsible for setting up and maintaining the IT Environment for the MSc in Petroleum Geoscience before joining iCRAG.
His research interests are in GIS, Spatial- and Non-Spatial Data Integration and Quality Control.

Operations team

Dr Jennifer Craig
Dr Jennifer CraigCentre Manager
Within iCRAG Jennifer is responsible for all management and functions of the Centre. Jennifer leads the operations team and develops and implements the iCRAG strategy. Dr Jennifer Craig graduated with a BSc Hons in Chemistry from UCD in 1998 after which she completed a PhD in Bioelectrochemistry also in UCD. Following postdoctoral research in both UCD and DCU she took up the role of Project Manager of an SFI Strategic Research Cluster, the Applied Neurotherapeutics Research Group during which time she completed her MBA (2006) in the UCD Smurfit School of Business. Following this she made the move to Berand Neuropharmacology as CEO. Before joining iCRAG Jennifer worked as a life sciences consultant and also developed and managed the EU Research Office at UCD.
Deirdre Clayton
Deirdre ClaytonProgramme Manager
Mary Conneely
Mary ConneelyFinance Manager
Mary has full responsibility for the financial management and budgetary control of the Centre, acting as the key contact point for all iCRAG budget holders as well as providing budgetary support for new funding applications. Before joining iCRAG Mary worked in UCD Research Finance Office with responsibility for the post-award administration and financial reporting of research grants funded under the European Commission’s 6th and 7th Framework Programmes and PRTLI Cycle 5. She is a qualified member of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Irish Taxation Institute. (AITI).
Ruth Cranks
Ruth CranksEnterprise Manager

As iCRAG’s Enterprise Manager, Ruth is charged with managing relations with the centre’s many industry affiliates, coordinating any partner legal, reporting and business development efforts. With a career very much shaped by the research arena, Ruth’s background is in London’s scientific publishing industry, working in leading academic publishers SAGE Publications and Springer across the engineering, materials science and medical disciplines. Ruth also has experience in scientific communications from leading PR firm Edelman, managing communications accounts for global pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.

Dr Fergus Mc Auliffe
Dr Fergus Mc AuliffeEducation, Public Engagement and Communications Manager
Fergus manages all of iCRAG’s communications, education and public engagement activities. He holds a PhD in environmental science from University College Cork. Alongside his research experience, Fergus also has a wide range of experience in science communication, through winning FameLab International in 2013, delivering workshops and conference talks on science communication around Europe, and is currently a presenter on “The Science Squad/10 Things to Know About” on RTE1 television. As part of his role, Fergus works closely with the Public Perception and Understanding of geoscience platform in ICRAG.
Cathy Quinn
Cathy QuinnOperations Manager
Cathy’s role is to support iCRAG in all levels of administration and operations. Cathy joined iCRAG in May 2015 as the Senior Administrative Coordinator. Previously Cathy worked with the Irish Computer Society as a project and event manager for various STEM programmes and in particular Tech Week 2015(part funded by SFI Discover). Other previous roles include project manager for UCD’s connected health centre, ARCH and various roles in the sports and the telecoms sector, and most interestingly at the London 2012 Olympic Games.