BUFI alumni 2001

BUFI has proudly been supporting PhD students since 1993 with some 130 BUFI students completing their PhDs with support from BGS and this number grows every year. Listed below, by their year of completion, are most of our ex-students (where we have details). In early 2016 we undertook an internet-based investigation to find out what our ex-students were doing in 2016. Where we have this information it is listed thus providing a snapshot of the different types of roles our ex-BUFI students held in both academia and industry in 2016. For up to date information on what our ex-students are doing post-2016 please follow their LinkedIn or web links.

If you are a past student and would like anything adding to your PhD entry such as an abstract, photo, what you are doing post-PhD or any links then please get in touch with the BUFI team.


Matthew Brettle

Project title: Stratigraphical relationships in the Millstone Grit

BGS Supervisor: Colin Waters

University Supervisor: T Elliot, Liverpool

What were they doing in 2016? Principal Geologist at Statoil, Aberdeen.

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Jonathan Chambers

Project title: Application of induced polarisation tomography for the non-invasive characterisation of subsurface contaminants

BGS Supervisor: Richard Ogilvy

University Supervisor: J Cripps, Sheffield

What were they doing in 2016? Team Leader Geophysical Tomography for the British Geological Survey.

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Dave Hutchinson

Project title: Assessment of concentrations and fate of Pt in UK

BGS Supervisor: Peter Simpson

University Supervisor: M Farago, London Imperial College

What were they doing in 2016? Analytical Consultant with Minerals Forensic Services.

Student links:


Minerals Forensic Services

Matthew Phillips

Project title: Permeabilities of the crust's tightest rocks

BGS Supervisor: John Bloomfield

University Supervisor: J Barker, London University College

What were they doing in 2016? Senior Managing Consultant, IBM.

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Huw Sheppard

Project title: Gentic sequence stratigraphy and 3D modelling of the coal-bearing and volcaniclastic Upper Carboniferous (Westphalian), SE Midlands

BGS Supervisor: Keith Ambrose

University Supervisor: P Guion, Oxford Brookes

What were they doing in 2016? Consultant Operations/Development Geologist with Maersk Oil(On sabbatical to compete in yacht racing until 2016).

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Mike Spence

Project title: Isotopic fractionation as a diagnostic tool for in-situ biodegradation

BGS Supervisor: G Williams

University Supervisor: Simon Bottrell, Leeds

What were they doing in 2016? Science Executive Water, Soil, Waste and Oil Pipelines at Concawe.

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Emily Unsworth

Project title: Measurement and modelling of low concentrations of uranium series nuclides in natural waters

BGS Supervisor: Jenny Cook

University Supervisor: S J Hill, Plymouth

In 2005 Emily was a Postdoctoral fellow, Lancaster University.

Student links:


Environmental Science & Technology article

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