BUFI alumni 2009

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.


Carys Bennett

Project title: Lower Carboniferous ostracods and isotopes of the Midland Valley, Scotland: testing for the ecological shift into non-marine environments

BGS Supervisor: Ian Wilkinson

University Supervisor: D Siveter, Leicester and Natural History Museum

What were they doing in 2016? NERC Research Associate, University of Leicester, Department of Geology.

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Mark Button

Project title: Impact of Arsenic species present in soil on human health

BGS Supervisor: Michael Watts

University Supervisor: G R T Jenkin, Leicester

What were they doing in 2016? Research Associate at the Royal Military College of Canada, Environmental Sciences Group.

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SEGH Article: Journey from PhD student to employment: difficult but rewarding


Anna Hughes

Project title: High resolution computer visualisation of topography for rapid and systematic mapping of Quaternary Landforms

BGS Supervisor: Colm Jordan

University Supervisor: Chris Clark, Sheffield

What were they doing in 2016? Post-doctorate at University of Bergen Department of Earth Sciences.

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Nicholas Lloyd

Project title: Transport, uptake and behaviour of 'old' depleted uranium in the environment

BGS Supervisor: Simon Chenery

University Supervisor: Randy Parrish, Leicester

What were they doing in 2016? Instrument Application Specialist for Thermo in Germany.

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Radiochemistry Group Young Researcher's Award winner 2008

Rob Raine

Project title: Cambrian-ordovician development of the Iapetus passive margin in NW Scotland

BGS Supervisor: Maarten Krabbendam

University Supervisor: P Smith, Birmingham

What were they doing in 2016? Geologist (Petroleum and Energy) at Geological Survey Northern Ireland.

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Andrea Snelling

Project title: Characterization of stratigraphy and palaeoceanography using graptolites: exploring new concepts

BGS Supervisor: Mike Howe and John Aspden

University Supervisor: Jan Zalasiewicz, Leicester

What were they doing in 2016? Isotope Apprentice the British Geological Survey/University of Nottingham, Centre for the Environment.

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Adrian Tuitt

Project title: The distribution, nature and timing of Cenozoic inversion structures within the NE Atlantic margin and their mechanism of formation

BGS Supervisor: Derek Ritchie

University Supervisor: John Underhill, Edinburgh

What were they doing in 2016? Geologist at BP.

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Nichola White (now Atkinson)

Project title: Heavy metal retention in Lancashire fenland soils

BGS Supervisor: Andy Tye

University Supervisor: Scott Young, Nottingham

What were they doing in 2016? Isotope Support Scientist, the British Geological Survey.

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