Dr Rachael Ellen

Dr Rachael Ellen


Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 227

E-mail Dr Rachael Ellen

Published outputs

  • Leslie, A G, Browne, M A E., Cain, T. and Ellen, R 2016 From threat to future asset — The legacy of opencast surface-mined coal in Scotland. International Journal of Coal Geology
  • Lee, M.R. and Ellen, R. 2008. Aragonite in the Murray (CM2) carbonaceous chondrite: implications for parent body compaction and aqueous alteration, Meteoritics & Planetary Science 42, 1219-1231.
  • Link to Personal NERC NORA Author page


  • 2014 – ongoing : Geologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2013 : Structural Geologist, Midland Valley Exploration
  • 2009 –2012 : PhD, University of Strathclyde: Predicting the internal structure of fault zones in basalt sequences, and their effect on along- and across-fault fluid flow
  • 2004 –2008 : BSc (Hons), Earth Science, University of Glasgow

Professional association

  • 2014 – ongoing : Fellow of the Geological Society of London
  • 2006 – ongoing : Member, Geological Society of Glasgow


Research interests

  • Internal structure of fault zones and their effect on fluid flow
  • 3D geological modelling
  • Coalfields
  • Igneous geology
  • Landslides


  • Geological mapping and surveying of bedrock and superficial deposits
  • Fault zone mapping and analysis
  • Fault rock characterisation
  • Kinematic restoration and seismic interpretation validation
  • 3D geological modelling
  • ArcGIS and digital mapping
  • Geodiversity audits