Dr Caroline Graham

Dr Caroline Graham Geomechanics Specialist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3391

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  •  2009 –Present : Transport Properties Research Laboratory, BGS
  •  2005 –2010 : PhD in Rock Mechanics, University of Edinburgh, 'Scale model seismicity: a detailed study of deformation localisation by acoustic emission data'
  •  2004 –2005 : MRes in Physics of the Earth and Atmosphere (Volcano-seismology), University of Leeds
  •  2000 –2004 : BSc (Hons) in Geophysics, University of Edinburgh


  • Acoustic monitoring
  • Deformation and transport properties of rocks and clays
  • Experimental testing of geomaterials
  • Source analysis of acoustic emissions/microseismics

Current projects and collaboration

Research interests

  • Acoustic emissions generated during deformation testing of rock and associated micromechanics
  • Earthquake physics/seismology
  • Geological storage of radioactive waste
  • Multi-phase fluid flow in low permeability geomaterials
  • Rock and soil mechanics
  • Science futures
  • Seal behaviour/integrity in geological storage of carbon dioxide (CCS)

Key papers

BARKWITH, A.K.A.P., CHAMBERS, J.E., GOODENOUGH, K. M., GRAHAM, C.C., LAXTON, J.L., NADEN, J., PRICE, S. J. and WILBY, P.R. 2012. National Capability Integration: Future Opportunities and Challenges, BGS Internal Report IR/12/040.

CUSS, R.J., HARRINGTON, J.F., GRAHAM, C.C., SATHAR, S. and MILODOWSKI, A.E. 2012. Observations of heterogeneous pore pressure distributions in clay-rich materials, Mineralogical Magazine, Vol. 76(8), pp. 245–259.

DAUTRIAT, J., GRAHAM, C.C., CUSS, R.J., REEVES, H.J., BAKKER, E., SPIERS, C.J. 2012. D4.4: Recommendations on processes, constitutive relations and parameter choices for modelling work, Understanding the Long-Term fate of geologically stored CO2 (ULTimateCO2), FP-7 Energy Project No. 281196.

GRAHAM, C.C., HARRINGTON, J.F., CUSS, R.J. and SELLIN, P. 2012. Gas migration experiments in bentonite: implications for numerical modelling, Mineralogical Magazine, Vol. 76(8), pp. 3279–3292.

HARRINGTON, J.F., MILODOWSKI, A.E., GRAHAM, C.C., RUSHTON, J.C. and CUSS, R.J. 2012. Evidence for gas-induced pathways in clay using a nanoparticle injection technique, Mineralogical Magazine, Vol. 76(8), pp. 465–474.

S. LENNARTZ,I.G. MAIN, M. ZAISER, C GRAHAM, A.F BELL. 2011. The Approach to Critical Crack Growth in Earth Materials, Abstract 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec

J. HARRINGTON, D. BIRCHALL, D. NOY, R. CUSS & C. C. GRAHAM. 2011. Consolidation and mass transport properties of the Nordland Shale, Geophysical Research Abstracts, 13, 12688.

C.C GRAHAM, S. STANCHITS, G. DRESEN & I. MAIN. 2010. Comparison of polarity and moment tensor inversion methods for source analysis of acoustic emission data, International Journal of Rock Mechanics & Mining Sciences, 47, 161-169, DOI:10.1016/J.IJRMMS.2009.05.002.