Bailey Lathrop (since January 2019)

Bailey is a second year PhD student at Imperial College London looking at the timing of displacement and lengthening of normal faults, and how tectonic setting and lithology affect it. She is currently working on a large global database that compares displacement and length with pre-existing faulting, rock type, time, and a range of other factors. She is also looking at the timing of normal faults in 3D seismic in the Exmouth Plateau, Offshore Australia. Bailey obtained her Bachelors of Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016 with an honors thesis on analogue modelling penetrative strain in compressional systems with a ductile detachment. After completing her bachelors, she did a year-long Fulbright fellowship with the Centro de Investigations Geológicas-CONICET in La Plata, Argentina looking at facies architecture and sequence stratigraphy of low-order marine sequences in the Neuquén Basin, Argentina. In her free time she likes to rock climb and hike.

Email | @_allmyfault

Bob Bamberg (since January 2019)

Bob Bamberg is a first year PhD student at the University of Leicester. His research aims at characterising the internal complexity of fault zones in basalts, and its effects on rock strength and permeability. To accomplish this, he uses a multi-scale approach to investigate mineral distribution and map structures in fault zones, before performing deformation experiments on natural fault rock. This way, the structures and minerals localising deformation can be pinpointed. To get an even better understanding of strain localisation in 4D, the experiments are monitored with acoustic emission transducers, and the deformed samples are scanned using a CT scanner before and after experiments. Future findings from Bob’s PhD project could benefit geothermal energy production, carbon sequestration, and the assessment of geohazards. Before moving to Leicester, Bob was doing his BSc and MSc at the RWTH Aachen in Germany, graduating by performing a metre-scale 3D tomography of boudinaged amphibolite in marble from Naxos, Greece. When he’s not digging up rocks, Bob can usually be found in a judo dojo, climbing a wall or behind his camera.

Email | @BambergBob

Christopher McMahon (since January 2020)

Christopher McMahon is a current PhD student at the University of Strathclyde my research focuses on the architecture of shallow fault systems and how geofluids move through these systems. This is particularly important for several emerging geoenergy industries (e.g. CCS, energy storage, geothermal energy, conventional/unconventional hydrocarbons and nuclear waste storage) to ensure effective and safe storage of geofluids in the subsurface.

After studying for a BSc Earth Science (Hons) at the University of Glasgow, he went on to complete a MSc Applied Geoscience (GeoEnergy) at the University of Edinburgh. In both cases he learned fundamental skills and gained experience in petrology, structural geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, numerical modelling, experiment design and reservoir geology.

He has fieldwork experience across Scotland, particularly in the NW highlands (Scotland), Oban, Kerrera, Ardnamurchan and Arran. In June 2018 he led a 3 week long research expedition to Uganda to the western branch of the East African Rift System to gather structural data, collect rock samples for further analysis, conduct qualitative social research and further collaborations between research groups and partner institutions.

Email | Webpage | @ChrisMcMahon7

Phoebe Sleath (since January 2020)

Phoebe is an MScR student at Durham University studying the Prøven Igneous Complex in West Greenland and its emplacement and deformation within the Rinkian Fold Thrust Belt. She is currently producing a detailed GIS map of the area using data compiled while working in the Photogeological Lab at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland in Copenhagen. Phoebe obtained her BSc from Durham University in 2019 with her mapping dissertation studying the Canisp Shear Zone at Achmelvich Bay in Assynt, NW Scotland. Other than geology she can often be found running up mountains, rock climbing and painting watercolours!

Email | @PhoebeSleath


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