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Department of Earth Sciences

Current Postgraduate Students

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

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

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2016 - Present: PhD Hydrogeology

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

2014 - 2015: MSc Petroleum Geoscience, Heriot-Watt University

2014: Research Assistant, ReFINE

2011 - 2014: BSc 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 geological modelling (Petrel based) and numerical modelling (Model Muse and MODFLOW), the potential risk of the migration of deeply injected hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluid to shallow groundwater resources is assessed. 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) 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 earthquakes proposed to have been induced or triggered by human activity. This project began in February 2016 and is ongoing.

Is supervised by


Journal Article