Geophysical tomography team

Enquiries should be the first point of contact. Team contact details below:

Dr Jonathan Chambers, Team Leader - Geophysical Tomography
Tel: +44 (0)115 936 3428  |  Fax: +44 (0)115 936 3261  |  Email
Jonathan Chambers Jonathan Chambers received his B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Bristol in 1996, his M.Sc. in Industrial Rocks and Minerals from the University of Leicester in 1997, and his Ph.D. in Applied Geophysics from the University of Sheffield in 2001. After joining BGS in 2000 he has worked as a near surface geophysicist and geologist. His research has been focussed on the development of electrical imaging techniques (including self-potential, induced polarisation, and electrical resistivity tomography)and their application to geological, hydrogeological, environmental and engineering problems. He has recently managed projects concerned with the development of 3D electrical imaging for sand and gravel deposit evaluation; his current areas of research include the geophysical monitoring of landslides and the time-lapse electrical imaging of contaminant migration in unconsolidated materials. He has published more than 40 journal and conference papers. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Chartered Geologist, and is an active member of SEG and EAGE.
Mr Philip Meldrum, Senior Research Engineer
Tel: +44 (0)115 936 3374  |  Fax: +44 (0)115 936 3261  |  Email
Philip Meldrum Philip Meldrum graduated with a B.Eng (Hons), Electrical and Electronic Engineering, in 1987 from Nottingham Trent University. He joined BGS the same year, and has over 20 years experience of designing novel instrumentation systems for environmental and engineering geophysical applications. He led the design and development of the ALERT and capacitively-coupled sensors (CRI) sensor technology and has worked on time- and frequency-domain complex resistivity, induced polarisation, EM and seismic tomography instrumentation. His research interests include microprocessor or PC-controlled data acquisition systems, software development and signal processing. He has extensive experience of geophysical survey design, technique development and application. He is a Chartered Physicist, Member of the Institute of Physics, and an Associate member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Dr Oliver Kuras, Senior Research Geophysicist
Tel: +44 (0)115 936 3416  |  Fax: +44 (0)115 936 3261  |  Email
Oliver Kuras Oliver Kuras received a M.Sc. (Dipl.-Phys., 1998) in physics from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, and a Ph.D. (2003) in environmental geophysics from the University of Nottingham. In 2001 he joined the British Geological Survey as a geophysicist and has since led research projects developing modern near-surface geophysical methodology, including capacitive resistivity imaging (CRI) and automated remote monitoring with electrical tomography (ALERT). His wider research interests include electrical and electromagnetic geophysical techniques, their applications in engineering and the environment, and integrated 3D geospatial modelling and visualisation. He is an active member of SEG, AGU, EAGE, EEGS, DGG, IoP and GeolSoc. He is a member of the Geological Society’s Environmental and Industrial Geophysics Group (EIGG) Committee, and currently holds the office of Treasurer.
Dr Paul Wilkinson, Theoretical Research Geophysicist
Tel: +44 (0)115 936 3086  |  Fax: +44 (0)115 936 3261  |  Email
Paul Wilkinson Paul Wilkinson received a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics from the University of Birmingham in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Nottingham in 1997. Having previously worked in several diverse areas of physics such as quantum chaos, marine electromagnetism, and photonics, he joined the British Geological Survey in 2004 as a theoretical geophysicist. His research interests include geoelectrical tomography, tomographic image optimisation, automated experimental design, and finite-difference / finite-element methods. He is the author of over 90 journal and conference papers, including publications in Nature, Physical Review Letters, and Geophysical Journal International. He is a Chartered Physicist and a Member of the Institute of Physics.
Mr Sebastian Uhlemann, Research Geophysicist
Tel: +44 (0)115 936 3271   |  Fax: +44 (0)115 936 3261  |  Email
Sebastian Uhlemann Sebastian Uhlemann received his B.Sc. in Geoinformatics and Geophysics from Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany) in 2010, and his M.Sc. with distinction in Applied Geophysics from a Joint Masters Program offered by ETH Zürich (Switzerland), TU Delft (The Netherlands), and RWTH Aachen (Germany) in 2012. Within his M.Sc. project (a collaboration of BGS and ETH Zürich) he investigated the suitability of capacitive resistivity imaging (CRI) for permafrost research. After graduation in 2012, Sebastian joined the British Geological Survey as a Research Geophysicist within the Geophysical Tomography Team. His research interests include geoelectrical tomography and monitoring, geophysical-geotechnical property relationships, and numerical modelling and inversion of geoelectrical problems. He is an active member of EAGE.
Ms Lucy Oxby, Theoretical Research Geophysicist
Tel: +44 (0)115 936 3060   |  Fax: +44 (0)115 936 3261  |  Email
Lucy Oxby Lucy Oxby graduated with an MPhys (Hons) in Physics, from the University of Southampton in 2011. Her thesis modelled the Large Hadron Collider Experiment in 5 dimensional space and used statistical analysis to predict the results. She attended Welbeck, the Defence Sixth Form College which aims to develop students leadership and problem solving skills in order to prepare them for a technical degree at a leading UK University. Sponsored through University by the Defence, Engineering and Science Group of the Ministry of Defence, Lucy undertook a number of summer placements within the MoD using image analysis for target detection, equipment procurement and modelling battle scenarios. Since graduating she's travelled and worked in West Africa, expanded a family business she established in 2005, and worked in environmental data management consultancy, before joining BGS in 2013 as part of the Geophysical Tomography Team.