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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
General research interests includes Reservoir quality predictions, Clay mineralogy of fault materials, process sedimentology and sedimentary petrology.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.