Michelle Bentham BGS

Michelle Bentham

BGS Chief Scientist, decarbonisation and resource management
BGS Keyworth


Michelle Bentham is the chief scientist for decarbonisation and resource management at the British Geological Survey.

Michelle Bentham’s Biography

  • 1995 – BSc University of Leeds
  • 1998 – Graduate Geotechnical Engineer at Bullen Consultants
  • 1999 – MSc Royal Holloway University of London
  • 2000 – Scientific Officer
  • 2002 – Higher Scientific officer
  • 2007 – Senior CCS Geologist
  • 2015 – Head of Partnerships and Innovation
  • 2022 – Chief scientist, decarbonisation and resource management

Research interests

  • CCS capacity building
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Site characterisation
  • Multiple use of the subsurface
  • Subsurface monitoring and verification
  • Energy geoscience
  • Assessing CO2 storage potential and methodologies

Current projects and collaborations

  • Bunter Sandstone Connectivity (funded by The Crown Estate)
  • Development of the CO2 Storage Evaluation Database
  • Geo-Carb-Cymru, Assessing, Characterising and Enhancing Geologic Carbon Storage in Wales
  • Exploring subsurface management issues with the University of Lancaster

Boards and committees

  • Expert working group for site selection of CO2 storage sites for ISO T265
  • Research Area Champion for regulation and site leasing for the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC)
  • Member of the Task Force for application of United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Resources, UNFC 2009, to injection projects

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