Billy Andrews (From January 2017)
Billy Andrews is a first-year postgraduate research student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. His research focuses on the geomechanics and fluid flow properties of faults cutting coal-bearing strata. Prior to starting his PhD at Strathclyde, Billy completed his undergraduate in Geological Sciences (BSc) at the University of Leeds, which included being awarded prizes for the Best undergraduate mapping project, being an outstanding student in the faculty and winning the Dave Johnston Mapping Prize at TSG 2017. His research uses a combination of field study, photogrammetry, mine plans and microstructural analysis to investigate the behaviour of faults in coal and the surrounding lithologies and how this can be used in a number of sectors including mine safety and mine water drainage.
Alex Clarke (From January 2017)
Alex Clarke is final-year Ph.D. student at Royal Holloway, University of London studying the formation of the Osa Melange in southwestern Costa Rica and its current influence on the active deformation in the Middle America Subduction Zone. In 2014, he completed his MGeol in Geology at the University of Leicester and was awarded the BNOC-Conoco-Gulf Mapping Prize and the Mineralogical Society Award. His research interests include understanding of chaotic rock units, subduction zone plate interface processes, and the implications of subducting seamount complexes.
There two postgrad reps on the TSG committee. They represent the interests of postgraduate researchers in the TSG community, highlighting issues that TSG can support. Their main day to day role is to promote TSG activities by leading the maintenance of the website, Facebook group, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.