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Dr Tracy Shimmield appointed as Lyell Centre Director

08/01/2019 By BGS Press

Dr Tracy Shimmield has been appointed to the position of Lyell Centre Director. Dr
Shimmield, who already holds the position of BGS Co-Director of the Lyell Centre, has been appointed to the matching university role of Heriot-Watt University Co-Director, which will create a single Lyell Centre Director. Dr Shimmield will start this post on 1 February 2019.

The Lyell Centre is a purpose-built £21 million facility, which enables BGS and Heriot-Watt University (HWU) to build on their individual and combined interdisciplinary expertise in land and marine conservation, geology and geoscience.

The new appointment will strengthen the capacity for joint working between both organisations.

Dr Shimmield brings a wealth of experience to the role, being an executive member of BGS. She has a science background in marine geochemistry. Her interests include the investigation and assessment of human impacts on the marine environment, the role of science in innovation and the development of a sustainable blue economy with a specific interest in deep ocean resources.

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I am very excited to take on this role and provide leadership for the Lyell Centre. The Centre, a strategic partnership between Heriot-Watt University and BGS, is leading the way in bringing scientists from different areas together to develop new research and drive innovation.

Dr Tracy Shimmield.

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I’m delighted that Dr Shimmield will be in post as the Lyell Centre Director from February, working across both the BGS and Heriot-Watt University contributions to the work of the centre.

This will build upon the strong foundations already in place, expanding the existing collaborations and synergies that have been developed since the centre’s creation, and I look forward to seeing the Lyell Centre grow during this exciting new phase.

Prof John Ludden, CEO of BGS.

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Having worked with both Tracy and Tom during their time as Co- Directors I have seen first-hand the difference their dedication and hard work makes for the Lyell Centre and all the talented people who are part of its success. I want to congratulate Tracy on her appointment as Lyell Centre Director and Tom on taking on his new role of developing international research, and look forward to seeing the Centre go from strength to strength.

Prof Malcolm Chrisp, Head of School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society for Heriot-Watt University.

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