Dave McCarthy

Dr Dave McCarthy

Petroleum and basin analyst
BGS Edinburgh


Dave McCarthy is project manager for the Falkland Islands Government geoscience consultancy at the British Geological Survey. He completed both a degree and PhD in geology at the University College Cork. Dave has a background in structural geology and experience in both mineral and hydrocarbon exploration.

Dave McCarthy’s Biography

  •  2015 – ongoing : Project Leader of the Falklands Geoscience Consultancy Project
  •  2014 – ongoing : Petroleum and basin analyst
  •  2011 – 2014 : PhD University College Cork Structural Geology
  •  2005 – 2009 : BSc (Hons) University College Cork

Research interests

  • Microstructural deformation
  • Rock magnetics
  • Thrust belt development
  • Petroleum geology
  • South Atlantic evolution and Gondwana breakup

Current projects and collaborations


  • Seismic interpretation
  • Regional basin analysis
  • Structural Geology
  • Strain analysis


  • Cunningham Prize 2009: This prize was awarded by the Geological Survey of Ireland for the best field Honours mapping project submitted by an undergraduate in Geology in Ireland.
  • Thorley Sweetman Prize 2009: This prize is awarded for best field honours mapping thesis submitted to the UCC Department of Geology.

Professional associations

  • Fellow of the Geological Society
  • Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain

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