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

Research interests

  • 3D geological modelling synthesized with diverse geological information to answer key questions in numerous settings (e.g. coalfields, shale gas, CCS, hydrocarbon prospectivity). Documentation of model uncertainty
  • Carboniferous geochronology, stratigraphy and tectonics
  • Urban and coalfield geology
  • Carbon capture and storage

Current projects and collaboration

  • 21st Century Roadmap: Palaeozoic project. Project leader - working with DECC, Oil and Gas UK and industry
  • 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
  • CUSP (Clyde catchment) bedrock and superficial modelling, regional bedrock modelling Midland Valley of Scotland
  • 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, BROWNE, M A E, BARFOD D N. 2014. An improved chronology for the Arthur’s Seat volcano and Carboniferous magmatism of the Midland Valley of Scotland. Scottish Journal of Geology, 50, 165-172

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.