Dr Alison Monaghan

Dr Alison Monaghan


Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 298

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  •  1997 – ongoing : Geologist, British Geological Survey
  •  1997 : PhD University of Edinburgh
  •  1994 : BA (Hons) University of Cambridge, Geological Sciences


  • 3D modelling applied to carbon storage
  • 3D modelling applied to urban and coalfield settings, GOCAD and GSI3D
  • Extensional and strike-slip basin evolution
  • Shale gas and shale oil geological resource estimation

Research interests

  • 3D geological modelling
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Carboniferous geochronology and stratigraphy
  • Urban and coalfield geology

Current projects and collaboration

  • CUSP (Clyde catchment) bedrock and superficial modelling, regional bedrock modelling Midland Valley of Scotland
  • DECC-BGS Carboniferous shale resource estimation, Midland Valley of Scotland
  • Deputy team leader for the National Geological Model. Bedrock modelling, QC and metadata, model uncertainty
  • Geochronological studies of the Permo-Carboniferous, Central Scotland
  • Geological assessment and project management for CCS e.g.CASSEM WP1, CO2Multistore

Professional association

  • Fellow of The Geological Society, London and Edinburgh Geological Society.
  •  2002 : Chartered Geologist

Published outputs

Key papers

MONAGHAN, A.A. 2014. The Carboniferous shales of the Midland Valley of Scotland: geology and resource estimation. British Geological Survey for Department of Energy and Climate Change, London, UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bgs-midland-valley-of-scotland-shale-reports

MONAGHAN A A, FORD J, MILODOWSKI A, McINROY D, PHARAOH T, RUSHTON J, BROWNE M, COOPER A, HULBERT A, NAPIER B. 2012. New insights from 3D geological models at analogue CO2 storage sites in Lincolnshire and eastern Scotland, UK. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 59 (1). 53-76. 10.1144/pygs.59.1.289

UNDERHILL, J R, MONAGHAN, A A and BROWNE, M A E. 2008. Controls on Structural Styles, Basin Development and Petroleum Prospectivity in the Midland Valley of Scotland. Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology, 25, 1000–1022.

MERRITT, J E, MONAGHAN, A A, ENTWISLE, D C, HUGHES, A G, CAMPBELL, S D G and BROWNE, M A E. 2007. 3D attributed models for addressing environmental and engineering geoscience problems in areas of urban regeneration : a case study in Glasgow, UK. First Break, 25, 79–84

MONAGHAN, A A and PARRISH R R. 2006. Geochronology of Carboniferous - Permian volcanism in the Midland Valley of Scotland: implications for regional tectono-magmatic evolution and the numerical timescale. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 163, 15–28.