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Mark Ireland

Senior Lecturer in Energy Geoscience at Newcastle University.

Mark is a geoscientist with broad interests in Geoenergy and the role of geosciences through the energy transition. His present academic research focuses on the subsurface, tackling fundamental questions regarding deformation, fluid flow and heat flow within the upper crust at a variety of scales and how these processes underpin the exploration and exploitation of natural resources, the disposal of CO2 and other waste and storage in geological materials. He is an investigator with two major energy transition projects: Net Zero Geothermal Research for District Infrastructure – EPSRC; and Geothermal Resource Assessment – NE Local Enterprise Partnership. Mark has a breadth of experience covering the upstream energy industry, including climate strategies and digitisation and technology.

Mark was at BP for 8 years in a variety of technical roles and worked on deep water hydrocarbon exploration evaluations, onshore and offshore well planning and operations, as well as projects for reducing the GHG footprint of the energy industry and next generation subsurface computing solutions. He is on the Editorial Board of Earth Science, System and Society (Geological Society of London, Open Access Journal) and a Committee Member of Geological Society of London, Energy Group.


Ph.D. in Geology, Durham University, 2011
M.E.Sci. In Exploration Geology, Cardiff University, 2007