BUFI alumni 2012

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.


Fran Boait

Project title: S159 Integrated seismic, analytical and numerical modelling of CO2 injection into saline aquifers

BGS Supervisor: Andy Chadwick

University Supervisor: Mike Bickle, University of Cambridge, Earth Sciences

What were they doing in 2016? Executive Director at Positive Money (a movement to democratise money and banking).

Student links:



Anna Hicks (nee Coulbeck)

Project title: S172 An interdisciplinary approach to volcanic risk reduction under conditions of uncertainty: a case study on Tristan da Cunha

BGS Supervisor: Sue Loughlin

University Supervisor: Jenni Barclay, University of East Anglia

What were they doing in 2016? Volcanologist/Post-doctoral Research Associate working at BGS Edinburgh.

Student links:



Steve Hollis

Project title: S130 Defining the geological evolution of the Tyrone Igneous Complex in the context of its metallogenic potential - correlation and comparison with world-class VMS terrains

BGS Supervisor: Garth Cooper

University Supervisor: Steve Roberts, University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre

What were they doing in 2016? Postdoctoral Fellow Ore Geology CESRE, CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering.

Student links:


Steven Philip Hollis website

Kate McIntyre

Project title: S184 Postglacial fjordic landscape evolution: the onshore and offshore limits of the Younger Dryas ice sheet, western Scotland

BGS Supervisor: Tom Bradwell

University Supervisor: John Howe, Scottish Association for Marine Science

What were they doing in 2016? Environmental Team Leader for Scottish Sea Farms.

Student links:


Scottish Sea Farms

Matthew Pound

Project title: S156 Land cover in a warmer world: reconstructing global late miocene and pliocene vegetation and climate

BGS Supervisor: Jim Riding

University Supervisor: Alan Haywood, University of Leeds, School of Earth and Environment

What were they doing in 2016? Research Fellow in Physical Geography at Northumbria University.

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Contacts for further information

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BGS University Funding Initiative
British Geological Survey
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