Mr Graham Tulloch

Mr Graham Tulloch

Scottish Collections Administrator

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 650 0365

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Summary

I have many years experience with BGS collections and sampling, mainly offshore, where I have taken part in projects to collect baseline samples, including seabed sampling, and shallow borehole drilling for the BGS offshore mapping programme of the UK Continental Shelf. Onshore activities have included supervising percussion drilling contracts and carrying out our own drilling using a hand portable rig that I helped design. I have also been involved in a number of commercial projects drilling in the North Sea and Indian Ocean and scientific projects from the North Pole to Antarctica. I am a drilling co-ordinator in the European arm of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), completing expeditions at the North Pole, on the New Jersey shelf, the Great Barrier Reef, the Baltic Sea and most recently, the Gulf of Mexico. I used to manage on a day-to-day basis the BGS Scottish (onshore) borehole collection, offshore sample archive and the UKCS hydrocarbon core which, until recently, were all held at our stores in Edinburgh. Following the relocation of these to Keyworth I now review materials offered to the NGR for inclusion to these Archives and assess their academic value and potential value to the Nation. I have a management role in the NGR, working with the staff based in Edinburgh who curate, database and make available the samples and specimens we hold.

Experience

  • More recently I have taken a role as a drilling supervisor in the European arm of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), completing expeditions at the North Pole, on the New Jersey shelf, the Great Barrier Reef, the Baltic Sea and most recently, on Chicxulub Impact Crater site in Mexico, I used to manage on a day-to-day basis the BGS offshore sample archive and the UKCS hydrocarbon core which, until recently, were held at our stores in Edinburgh. I formulated a plan and managed a team over 20 months to photograph and relocate the UKCS samples comprising over 175,000 boxes of core and cuttings from Edinburgh to Keyworth. In addition to these we also relocated almost 30,000 boxes of collected by BGS during our mapping programme. In 2015/16, I formulated another plan and managed a team over 7 months to relocate the remaining samples held in our Edinburgh office to the Lyell Centre. These 15,000 trays were scanned for radioactivity, given a condition survey and databased to produce a full inventory of our holdings and where they are located in the new store. I now have a management role in the NGR working with the staff based in Edinburgh and Keyworth who curate, database and make available the samples and specimens we hold.
  •  1979 –1986 : Regional offshore mapping programme. Sampling, navigation and geological description duties.
  •  1980 –1996 : Managing a team of up to 6 conducting grain size analysis and geotechnical measurements of sea bed samples.
  •  1982 –2001 : Shallow drilling UKCS; Shallow sea bed coring, South China Sea; Mud mound sampling North Sea; Percussion drilling, east coast England (LOIS Project); Shallow sea bed coring, Antarctica.
  •  2004 –2010 : PROMESS - Mediterranean Sea shallow drilling; ACEX – IODP Expedition 302; SHALDRIL – Shallow drilling, Antarctica; New Jersey Shallow Shelf - IODP Expedition 313; Great Barrier Reef Environmental Changes - IODP Expedition 325.
  •  2010 –2016 : Relocation of major core store; IODP Expedition 347 - Baltic Sea Palaeoenvironment; Relocation of office and sample stores; IODP Expedition 364 - Chicxulub K-PG Impact Crater.