Dr Alison Monaghan

BGS Edinburgh

Alison Monaghan’s Biography

  •  1997 – ongoing : Geologist, British Geological Survey
  •  1997 : PhD University of Edinburgh
  •  1994 : MA (Hons) University of Cambridge, Geological Sciences

Research interests

  • Mine geothermal energy science, regulation, resources
  • Basin analysis, 3D geological modelling & uncertainty for geoenergy resources
  • The crowded subsurface and geoenergy; multiple sources of anthropogenic change, characterisation, monitoring, impact, regulation
  • Carboniferous geochronology, stratigraphy and tectonics
  • Petroleum systems and prospectivity (conventional and unconventional)
  • Urban and coalfield geology

Current projects and collaborations

  • UK Geoenergy Observatories in Scotland: Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site, Science Lead.
  • Paleozoic-5 cross-border project with TNO
  • PhD supervisor with Glasgow University, basin analysis applied to unconventional resources, Midland Valley of Scotland
  • Lead editor Geological Society Special Publication ‘Paleozoic Plays of NW Europe’
  • 2014-16: 21st Century Exploration Roadmap: Palaeozoic project. Project leader.


Published outputs


  • Project leadership for industry, Government and academic partners
  • Mine water geothermal energy subsurface planning, characterisation, monitoring
  • Basin analysis, 3D modelling, monitoring in geoenergy, urban geology, coalfields
  • Central Scotland & North Sea Carboniferous stratigraphy and geochronology
  • Regional hydrocarbon prospectivity of the Palaeozoic UKCS

Professional associations

  • Fellow of The Geological Society, London and Edinburgh Geological Society.
  • 2002 : Chartered Geologist
  • 2021 : MBE for services to geology

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