Lorraine Field

Dr Lorraine Field

Environmental petrologist
BGS Keyworth


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).

Lorraine Field’s biography

  • 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


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).


  • 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.

Boards and committees

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

Professional association

  • 2006 – ongoing: Mineralogical Society Member

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