BUFI alumni 2005

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.


Christopher Banks

Project title: Neoproterozoic basin evolution

BGS Supervisor: Martin Smith

University Supervisor: J A Winchester, Keele

What were they doing in 2016? Senior Geoscience Workflow Consultant at Schlumberger, Aberdeen.

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Marcello DiBonito

Project title: Incorporation of metal chemical heterogeneity into risk assessment of contaminated land

BGS Supervisor: Barry Smith

University Supervisor: Neil Crout, Nottingham

What were they doing in 2016? Lecturer in Environmental Sciences at Nottingham Trent University.

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Sven Lukas

Project title: Late Devensian glaciology of Coigach, Assynt and Sutherland

BGS Supervisor: Tom Bradwell

University Supervisor: Colin Ballantyne, St Andrews

What were they doing in 2016? Reader in Quaternary Sedimentology, Queen Mary University London.

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Jessica Muirhead (nee Lenham)

Project title: Mapping and validating trace element availability in UK soils

BGS Supervisor: Barry Rawlins

University Supervisor: Neil Crout, Nottingham

What were they doing in 2016? Senior Air Quality Consultant with AECOM, Basingstoke.

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Contacts for further information

Jon Naden
BGS University Funding Initiative
British Geological Survey
NG12 5GG
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