FlowTrans Experienced Researcher
The focus of the FlowTrans research at Magnitude is the use of seismic interferometry for microseismic event location and velocity model improvement.
I will be developing tools to identify, extract and analyse low frequency earthquakes induced during hydraulic fracturing of reservoirs.
Low frequency events have only been identified within the last few years and are assumed to be a manifestation of slow-slip along faults/fractures within the reservoir. Along with microearthquakes, low frequency events could have an important role in accommodating deformation within the reservoir, and could be used to characterise fluid-rock interactions and provide geo-mechanical information on pre-existing faults, fluids and slow deformation processes.
I hold an MESc in Geophysics from the University of Liverpool, England, which included an exchange year at the University of Toronto, Canada. I then completed my PhD at University College Dublin, Ireland, focusing on volcano seismology, specifically the source characteristics of long period volcano-seismic events. I also did a 3 month internship at Schlumberger Gould Research, Cambridge, during my PhD, where I successfully identified and analysed low frequency events induced during hydraulic fracturing of a shale gas reservoir. My research interests include moment tensor inversion, double-difference location methods, slow-slip phenomena, volcano seismology, and seismicity induced during hydraulic fracturing.
My general interests include travelling, reading, golf, trampolining and yoga/pilates.