Dr Lorraine Patrica Field

Dr Lorraine Patrica Field

Environmental Petrologist

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3028

E-mail Dr Lorraine Patrica Field

ORCID: 0000000287479901


I am a research petrologist with specialised skills in the characterisation of geological and engineered materials at the microscale to understand their behaviour and interaction in the deep sub-surface. My expertise is primarily applied to the deep disposal of radioactive waste from site selection and characterisation, to process interaction and evolution over time scales applicable to a GDF (up to 1 million years).

Boards and committees

  • 2012 –2016 : Committee member of the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG)


  • 2015 – ongoing : Associate lecturer in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham. Mineralogy, petrology and volcanic geohazards.
  • 2015 – ongoing : Petrologist in the Radioactive Waste Disposal Team
  • 2012 –2015 : Petrologist in the Mineralogy and Petrology Team
  • 2011 : PhD University of Bristol. The magmatic evolution of Dabbahu volcano, and the 2010 eruption of Erta Ale, Afar, Ethiopia
  • 2007 : BSc (Hons) 1st class, University of Durham, Geology

Professional association

  • 2006 – ongoing : Mineralogical Society Member


  • I am an expert in micro-analytical techniques including: optical microscopy and cold-CL, SEM, ESEM, Cryo-SEM, STEM, EMPA, XRF, Ar-Ar dating, digital autoradiography and high resolution etch-track alpha autoradiography, fluorescence scanning, Diamond Beamline (x-ray tomography, XANES and EXAFS), micro X-ray CT, 2D X-ray.

Published outputs


  • Collier, N C, Heyes, D W, Butcher, E J, Borwick, J, Milodowski, A E, Field, L P, Kemp, S J, Mounteney, I, Bernal, S A, Corkhill, C L, Hyatt, N C, Provis, J L, and Black, L. 2019. Gaseous carbonation of cementitious backfill for geological disposal of radioactive waste: Nirex Reference Vault Backfill, Applied Geochemistry. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2019.04.020
  • Fellgett, M, Kingdon, A, Waters, C N, Field, L, Shreeve, J, Dobbs, M, and Ougier-Simonin, A. 2019. Lithological Constraints on Borehole Wall Failure; a study on the Pennine Coal Measures of the UK. Frontiers in Earth Science. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2019.00163
  • Gregory, S P, Barnett, M J, Field, L P, and Milowdowski, A E. 2019. Subsurface microbial hydrogen cycling: natural occurrence and implications for industry. Microorganisms. DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms7020053
  • Judd, A, Noble-James, T, Golding, N, Eggett, A, Diesing, M, Clare, D, Silburn, B, Duncan, G, Field, L, and Milodowski, A. 2019. The Croker Carbonate Slabs - extensive methane-derived authigenic carbonate in the Irish Sea: nature, origin, longevity and environmental significance. Geo-marine letters. DOI: 10.1007/s00367-019-00584-0
  • Shaw, G G, Bailey, L, Crout, N, Field, L P, Freeman, S, Gaschak, S, Hou, X, Izquierdo, M, Wells, C, Xu, S, and Young, S. 2019. Analysis of 129I and 127I in soils of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, 29 years after the deposition of 129I. Science of the Total Environment. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.07.319
  • Field, L, Milodowski, A E, Evans, D, Palumbo-Roe, B, Hall, M R, Marriott, A. L, Barlow, T, and Devez, A. 2018. Determining constraints imposed by salt fabrics on the morphology of solution mined cavities in relation to CAES, through dissolution experiments using brine and seawater in halite. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. DOI: 10.1144/qjegh2018-072
  • Waters, C N, Graham, C C, Tapete, D, Price, S J, Field, L, Hughes, A G, and Zalasiewicz, J. 2018. Recognising anthropogenic modification of the subsurface in the geological record. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. DOI: 10.1144/qjegh2017-007
  • Felipe-Sotelo, M, Hinchliff, J, Field, L P, Milodowsk, A E, Preedy, O, and Read, D. 2017. Retardation of uranium and thorium by a cementitious backfill developed for radioactive waste disposal. Chemosphere, 179, 127-138.
  • Field, L, et al. 2017. Unusual morphologies and the occurrence of pseudomorphs after ikaite (CaCO3•6H2O) in fast growing, hyperalkaline speleothem. Mineralogical Magazine. DOI: 10.1180/minmag.2016.080.111
  • Mann, C, Thorpe, C L, Milodowski, A E, Field, L, Shaw, R P, Boast, L, Hand, R, Hyatt, N C, Provis, J, and Corkhill, C. 2017. Interactions between Simulant Vitrified Nuclear Wastes and high pH solutions: A Natural Analogue Approach. MRS Advances, 2 (12). pp. 669-674. DOI: 10.1557/adv.2017.59
  • Felipe-Sotelo, M, Hinchliff, J, Field, L P, Milodowsk, A E, Holt, J D, Taylor, S E, and Read, D. 2016. The solubility of nickel and its migration through the cementitious backfill of a geological disposal facility for nuclear waste. Journal of hazardous materials. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2016.04.057
  • Field et al. 2013. Magmatic history of Dabbahu, a composite volcano in the Afar Rift, Ethiopia. GSA bulletin, v125 no 1-2 (19 pp 128-147).
  • Van Es, E, Hinchliff, J, Felipe-Sotelo1, M, Milodowski, A E, Field, L P, Evans, N, and Read, D. 2015. Retention of Chlorine-36 by a Cementitious Backfill. Mineralogical Magazine, 79(6), 1297-1305. DOI: 10.1180/minmag.2015.079.6.05
  • Field et al. 2012. Integrated field, satellite and petrological observations of the November 2010 eruption of Erta Ale. Bulletin of Volcanology, v74(10) pp 2251-2271.
  • Field et al.  2012.  Magma storage conditions beneath Dabbahu Volcano (Ethiopia) constrained by petrology, seismicity and satellite geodesy.   Bulletin of Volcanology, v74 (5 pp 981–1004).

Commissioned reports

  • Field, L P, Sahy, D, Millar, I and Milodowski, A E. 2017. Analysis of methane-derived authigenic carbonates (MDAC) from the Croker Carbonate Slab, CEND 23/25 Survey. CR/17/028. Stage 2 Radiometric dating: 27 pp. http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-7447
  • Field, L P, Milodowski, A E, Wagner, D, Sloane, H, Leng, M J, and Marriott, A L. 2016. Mineralogy, petrography and stable isotope study of methane-derived authigenic carbonates (MDAC) from the Croker Carbonate Slab, CEND 23/25 Survey. CR/16/54 Part 1 106pp and CR/16/164 Part 2 134 pp. JNCC: http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-7447
  • Milodowski, A E, Alexander, W R, West, J M, Shaw, R P, McEvoy, F M, Scheidegger, J M, and Field, L P. 2015. A Catalogue of Analogues for Radioactive Waste Management. CR/15/106. British Geological Survey. 184 pp. https://rwm.nda.gov.uk/publication/a-catalogue-of-analogues-for-radioactive-waste-management/
  • Shaw, R, Auton, C, Baptie, B, Brocklehurst, S, Dutton, M, Evans, D J, Field, L P, Gregory, S P, Henderson, E, Hughes, A J, Milowdowski, A E, Parkes, D, Rees, J G, Small, J, Smith, N, Tye, A, and West, J. 2012. Potential Natural Changes and Implications for a UK GDF (CR/12/127).