Dr Matt Arran

Data scientist
BGS Edinburgh

As a Data Scientist in BGS’s Digital Lab, I work with BGS researchers and external partners to analyse, visualise, and draw insight from geoscientific data. My background is in applied mathematics, with my Master’s degree focussed on fluid dynamics and my PhD on various topics in sand dune geophysics. Before joining BGS, I conducted postdoctoral research in landslide seismology; analysed user interactions with commercial web applications; and pursued research on the economic impacts of the energy transition and of a potential landslide-induced tsunami.

  • 2022 – ongoing: Data Scientist, British Geological Survey
  • 2021 – 2022: Research associate, Georgetown University & Campion Hall, Oxford
  • 2020 – 2021: Data Engineer, Codeweavers Ltd.
  • 2018 – 2020: Postdoctoral researcher in Seismology, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
  • 2014 – 2018: PhD Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge
  • 2010 – 2014: Math Mathematics, University of Cambridge

Current projects and collaborations

  • OptiDrill – Optimisation of geothermal drilling by applying machine learning to well logs
  • TerraFIRMA – Analysis of hydrographs from the Punjab region of Pakistan, linking groundwater levels with irrigation methods

ORCID: 0000-0001-5711-1033


  • Arran, M I. 2018. Avalanching on dunes and its effects: Size statistics, stratification, & seismic surveys (Doctoral thesis).

Key papers

  • Arran, M I, Mangeney A, De Rosny, J, Farin, M, Toussaint, R, and Roche, O. 2021. Laboratory Landquakes: Insights From Experiments Into the High-Frequency Seismic Signal Generated by Geophysical Granular Flows. JGR Earth Surface, Vol. 126(5), e2021JF006172. DOI:
  • Arran, M I, and Vriend, N M. 2018. Intermittency between avalanche regimes on grain piles. Physical Review E, Vol. 97(6), 060901. DOI:
  • Arran, M I, Vriend, N M, and Muyzert, E. 2018. Seismic Ground Roll Absorption and Reemission by Sand Dunes. JGR Solid Earth, Vol. 123(7), 5675-5689. DOI:
  • Programming in Python, Matlab, C, C++
  • Fluent French, basic Arabic
  • Excellence Award in Mechanics of Particulate Solids, European Federation of Chemical Engineers
  • Runner-up, UK Fluids Network dissertation prize
  • Best poster, International Conference on Aeolian Research
  • Best talk, DAMTP 2nd year student conference

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