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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Postgraduate Students

Mr Miles Wilson, MSc (Distinction), BSc (Hons.)

PhD Student in the Department of Earth Sciences
Room number: Open Plan Area

Contact Mr Miles Wilson (email at


2017 - Present: Research Assistant and Consultant, Geoenergy Durham Ltd.

2016 - Present: PhD Geological Sciences

2015 - 2016: Reseach Assistant for Professor Gillian Foulger and ReFINE

2014 - 2015: MSc (Distinction) Petroleum Geoscience, Heriot-Watt University

2014: Research Assistant, ReFINE

2011 - 2014: BSc (Hons.) Geophysics with Geology, Durham University

PhD Funding

Durham Doctoral Studentship 2016

PhD Project

From the bottom to the top: Identifying natural geological linkages from deep formations to the surface

Using a combination of numerical modelling (Model Muse and MODFLOW), seismic interpretation (Petrel), statistical analysis and environmental fieldwork, the potential contamination of shallow groundwater resources by deeply injected hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluids is assesed. The research is focussed on UK data and scenarios, but has clear implications for worldwide shale gas resources. Both the Environment Agency and ReFINE (Researching Fracking) Consortium support this project. 

Projects (additional)

The Human-Induced Earthquake Database (HiQuake)

The Human-Induced Earthquake Database (HiQuake) is the largest and most up-to-date database of earthquake sequences scientifically proposed to have been induced or triggered by human activity. This project began in February 2016 and is funded by Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV.

Scholarships, Grants and Awards

2018 - James E. Hooks Memorial Grant from the AAPG Grants-in-Aid Foundation.

2018 - Short-listed for the 2018 Durham University Early Career Impact Award.

2018 - St Aidan’s College Russell Smith Conference Award.

2018 - Runner-up for the BP sponsored Research in Progress Presentations, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, UK. 

2017 - AWE Student Conference Grant for British Seismology Meeting.

2017 - Santander Mobility Grant for Latin America Travel.

2017 - St Aidan’s College Russell Smith Conference Award.

2016 - Durham Doctoral Studentship.

2015 - David G Roberts Student Excellence Award, 8th Petroleum Geology of Northwest Europe Conference, London, UK.

2015 - The Petroleum Geoscience Best Student Prize, Heriot-Watt University, UK.

2014 - The Chevron UK Award for petroleum related work in geophysics, Durham University, UK.

2014 - UK runner-up for the BP Ultimate Field Trip competition.

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