Dr Alison Monaghan

Dr Alison Monaghan


Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 298

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

Current projects and collaboration

  • UKGEOS in Scotland: Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site
  • Paleozoic-5 cross-border project with TNO
  • PhD supervisor with Glasgow University, basin analysis applied to unconventional resources, Midland Valley of Scotland
  • Lead editor Geological Society Special Publication 'Paleozoic Plays of NW Europe'
  • 2014-16: 21st Century Exploration Roadmap: Palaeozoic project. Project leader - working with the Oil and Gas Authority, Oil and Gas UK and industry partners

Key papers

  • MONAGHAN, A A. 2017. Unconventional energy resources in a crowded subsurface: Reducing uncertainty and developing a separation zone concept for resource estimation and deep 3D subsurface planning using legacy mining data. Science of the Total Environment, vol 601-602, 45-56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.125
  • A.A. Monaghan, S. Arsenikos, M.F. Quinn, K.R. Johnson, C.J. Vincent, C.H. Vane, A.W. Kim, C.N. Uguna, S.D. Hannis, C.M.A. Gent, D. Millward, T.I. Kearsey, J.P. Williamson. 2017. Carboniferous petroleum systems around the Mid North Sea High. Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology, 88C, 282-302, ttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.08.019
  • MONAGHAN, A A, BROWNE, M A E, and 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, and 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.

Professional association

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

Published outputs

Research interests

  • Basin analysis, 3D geological modelling & uncertainty for geoenergy resources
  • Mine geothermal science, regulation, resources
  • The crowded subsurface and geoenergy; multiple sources of anthropogenic change, characterisation, monitoring, impact, regulation
  • Carboniferous geochronology, stratigraphy and tectonics
  • Petroleum systems and prospectivity (conventional and unconventional)
  • Urban and coalfield geology


  • Project leadership for industry, Government and academic partners
  • Basin analysis and 3D modelling in geoenergy, urban geology, coalfields,
  • Central Scotland & North Sea Carboniferous stratigraphy and geochronology
  • Regional hydrocarbon prospectivity of the Palaeozoic UKCS
  • Extensional and strike-slip basin evolution
  • Shale gas and shale oil geological resource estimation