Dr Nathaniel Forbes Inskip

Research associate - Rocks Mechanics
BGS Keyworth

I am a geoscientist with expert knowledge in rock mechanics and petrophysics. My work to date has mainly been in the energy sector, with a focus on technologies important for the energy transition, such as geothermal energy and CCUS (Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage). However, I am interested in working in other sectors outside of this space. Although I am primarily an experimentalist I also have experience in well log analysis, numerical modelling and field work.

Nathaniel Forbes Inskip’s Biography

  • 2021 – ongoing: Research Associate – Rock Mechanics, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, UK
  • 2018 – 2021: Research Associate – Petrophysics and rock mechanics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2011 – 2014: Project development – Future Biogas, Surrey, UK


  • 2014 – 2018: PhD in Rock mechanics – The effects of heterogeneity and anisotropy on hydraulic fracture propagation – Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, UK
  • 2010 – 2011: MSc – Renewable Energy – University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
  • 2007 – 2010: BSc (Hons) – Natural Sciences – Durham University, Durham, UK


  • Rock deformation: Experimental rock mechanics and geophysics of brittle deformation from cracks to faults
  • Geothermal energy: Harnessing heat and power from the deep subsurface
  • Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS): Storage of CO2 in the subsurface either on a permanent or temporary (Utilisation) basis


  • GWatt: Geothermal Power Generated from UK Granites – Aims to develop a better understanding of fluid and heat flow in deep fractured rocks, in order to improve and encourage the utilisation of geothermal energy in the UK
  • ConsenCUS: ConsenCUS – Technological innovations in CCUS – Carbon neutral cluster by electricity-based innovations in capture, utilisation and storage – The project presents technological innovations in the 3 main components of CCUS: (1) carbon capture based on alkali absorption, coupled to a novel electrodialysis cell (100 kg CO2/h), (2) conversion of CO2 to formate and formic acid for the current market, as well as emerging markets and (3) safe cyclic loading of CO2 into salt formations and aquifers for storage

ORCID: 0000-0002-7833-3521

Key papers

Snippe, J, Kampman, N, Bisdom, K, Tambach, T, March, R, Maier, C, Phillips, P, Forbes Inskip, N D, Doster, F, and Busch, A. 2022. Modelling of long-term along-fault flow of CO2 from a natural reservoir. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 118, 103666.

Forbes Inskip, N D, and Ougier-Simonin, A. 2021. Thermo-Mechanical Behaviour of Rock Salt in the Context of Gas Storage: A Review.

Kubeyev, A, Forbes Inskip, N D, et al. 2021. Digital image-based stress-permeability relationships of rough fractures using numerical contact mechanics and Stokes equation. Transport in Porous Media.

Forbes Inskip, N D, and Meredith, P G. 2021. Fracture properties of Nash Point limestone and implications for fracturing of layered carbonate sequences. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering.

Phillips, T, Kampman, N, Bisdom, K, Forbes Inskip, N D, den Hartog, S A M, Cnudde, V, and Busch, A. 2020. Controls on the intrinsic flow properties of mudrock fractures: A review of their inportance in subsurface storage. Earth Science Reviews, 210.

Forbes Inskip, N D, Browning, J, Meredith, P G, and Gudmundsson, A. 2020. Conditions for fracture arrest in layered rock sequences. Results in Geophysical Sciences, 1, 100001.

Gehne, S, Forbes Inskip, N D, Benson, P M, Meredith, P G, and Koor, N. 2020. Fluid-Driven Tensile Fracture and Fracture Toughness in Nash Point Shale at Elevated Pressure. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 125, 1–11.

Forbes Inskip, N D, Meredith, P G, Chandler, M R, and Gudmundsson, A. 2018. Fracture properties of Nash Point shale as a function of orientation to bedding. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 1–17.

Published outputs


  • Experience in operating high pressure and temperature rock mechanics and petrophysics equipment
  • Experience in using FEM software (Comsol & RS2)
  • Well log analysis
  • Fluent in both Welsh and English


  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • London Petrophysical Society (LPS)

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