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David McNamara

Lecturer in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences, University of Liverpool.

David is a geologist and his research and teaching focuses on links between structure, stress, mineralisation and fluid flow, and how these geological features and processes effect energy-critical geosystems, such as geothermal resources, and geohazards, including slow slip earthquakes. Current research projects include understanding the link between stress field variation and slow slip earthquakes in New Zealand and the geomechanical controls of carbon capture, storage and utilisation in Ireland. David is also investigating the microanalytical determination of fracture sealing mechanisms in energy critical resources such as geothermal reservoirs, carbon capture and storage reservoirs and ore bodies containing energy critical elements.

After finishing his Ph.D., David took a position as a research scientist and consultant in the Natural Resources Division of the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, New Zealand. Here he developed an expertise in geothermal borehole logging and geomechanics which he used to assist government agencies and energy companies to develop geothermal resources in New Zealand, the USA, Nicaragua and Indonesia. David’s research also expanded to other aspects of the energy sector, including research on the geomechanics of New Zealand’s petroleum resources, and exploring the role faults play in carbon dioxide capture and storage.

Over the last few years he has transitioned into university academia, working as the Head of the Geofluids Research Group at the National University of Ireland Galway, and now to his current role at the University of Liverpool.


Ph.D. in Geology, University of Liverpool, 2009
B.Sc. in Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, 2005