Dr Maxine Akhurst

Dr Maxine AkhurstGeology & Landscape Scotland/ Project Leader

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 650 0285

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  • 2009–current: Project Leader, Scottish CCTS Development Study
  • 2008–2009: Project leader, Scottish CCS Joint Study
  • 1998–current: Project leader, research, survey and 3D modelling, Midland Valley of Scotland
  • 2000–2004: Deputy programme manager, Integrated Geoscience Surveys North
  • 1994–1997: Project leader, multi-contractor commissioned research
  • 1991–1999:Survey geologist, Southern Uplands geological survey
  • 1989–1991:Sedimentologist, Marine Geology, BGS Edinburgh
  • 1988: PhD University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Geology
  • 1984: MSc University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Geology
  • 1980: BSc University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Geology

Research interests

  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Application of numerical methods to palaeontological collections
  • Applied geology of the Midland Valley of Scotland
  • Architecture of geological survey data
  • Southern Uplands sedimentological and structural evolution
  • Contourite and turbidite sedimentology
  • Carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis


  • Leadership of geoscience research projects
  • Geoscience survey and 3D computer modelling
  • Geoscience data modelling
  • Sedimentology of turbidites and contourites
  • Carbonate petrology

Current projects and collaboration

Professional association

  • Member of Society for Economic Mineralogists and Palaeontologist
  • Member of International Association of Sedimentologists
  • Member of Edinburgh Geological Society

Published outputs

Key Papers

BUSBY, J P, AKHURST, M C and WALKER, A S D. 2009. A high-resolution aeromagnetic dataset over central Ayrshire: insights into the concealed geology. Scottish Journal of Geology, , v.45 (part 1), p 1-12.

STOKER, M S, GOLLEDGE, N R, PHILLIPS, E R, WILKINSON, I P, and AKHURST, M C. 2008. Lateglacial-Holocene shoreface progradation offshore Eastern Scotland: a response to climatic and coastal hydrographic change. Boreas, Vol. 83, 292-314.

AKHURST, M.C, STOW, D.A.V. and STOKER, M.S. 2002. Late Quaternary glacigenic contourite, debris flow and turbidite process interaction. In Stow, D.A.V, Pudsey, C.J., Howe, J.A, and Faugeres, J-C. (editors.) Deep water contourite systems: modern drifts and ancient series, seismic and sedimentary characteristics. Geological Society of London, Memoirs 22, 73-84.

AKHURST, M.C., MCMILLAN, A.A., STONE, P., KIMBELL, G.S. and MERRIMAN, R.J. 2000 (for 2001). Silurian subduction-related assembly of fault-defined tracts at the Laurieston Fault, Southern Uplands accretionary terrane, Scotland, UK. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences.

AKHURST, M.C., BARNES, R.P., CHADWICK, R.A., MILLWARD, D., NORTON, M.G., MADDOCK, R.H., KIMBELL and MILODOWSKI, A.E. 1998. Structural evolution of the Lake District Boundary Fault Zone in west Cumbria, UK. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 52, 139-158.  Akhurst, M.C. and 24 others. 1997. The geology of the west Cumbria district. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheets 28, 37 and 47 (England and Wales).