School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Catherine Gandy

Research Associate

Background

Background

Studied for a PhD within the Hydrogeochemical Engineering Research and Outreach (HERO) Group in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle and became a Research Associate within the same group in 2002. Her main research interests focus on mine water pollution, prinicpally the remediation of metal mine discharges, and the source, transport and fate of metals on a river catchment scale. She also has interests in hydrogeology, groundwater and hydrogeochemcial modelling, coupled groundwater flow and heat transport modelling, ground source heat and object-oriented programming.

Roles and Responsibilities

Module leader for SPG8002 Renewable Energy: Photovoltaics and Geothermal Energy (Reflex MSc)

Qualifications

PhD "Modelling pyrite oxidation and pollutant transport in mine wastes using an object-oriented particle tracking code" (Newcastle University, 2003)

MSc Water Resource Systems Engineering (Newcastle University, 1998)

BSc Geology (Durham University, 1997)

Industrial Experience

Undertaken a range of consultancy work for national and international organisations including Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd, UK Coal Ltd, Maltby Colliery Ltd, Sherburn Stone Co Ltd, EasiGeothermal Ltd, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Gandy CJ, Younger PL (2005) Predictive modelling of dewatering and wetland creation at Low Harperley. Report to Sherburn Stone Co Ltd

Gandy, CJ, Kilsby CG, Valentine EM, Younger PL (2005) Investigation of proposed lake and fountain at Middleton Lodge. Report to Sherburn Stone Co Ltd 

Gandy CJ, Younger PL (2006) Groundwater rebound in the South Yorkshire Coalfield: application of GRAM. Report to UK Coal Ltd 

Gandy CJ, Younger PL (2007) Predictive modelling of waste rock leaching at Stockton Mine. Report to Solid Energy NZ Ltd

Gandy, CJ (2010) Desk study of geology around Washington Wetland Centre. Report to Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust 

Gandy CJ, Younger PL (2011) Groundwater rebound in the South Yorkshire Coalfield: update. Report to Maltby Colliery Ltd 

 

  

Research

Research Interests

Mine water pollution, prinicpally the remediation of metal mine discharges, and the source, transport and fate of metals on a river catchment scale.

Hydrogeology, groundwater and hydrogeochemcial modelling, coupled groundwater flow and heat transport modelling, ground source heat and object-oriented programming.

Postgraduate Supervision

Second supervisor to PhD student studying hydraulic residence time in passive mine water treatment systems (completed 2011)

Part supervisor to PhD student studying the sources, fate and dynamics of abandoned metal mine water pollutants (completed 2012)

Second supervisor to PhD student studying the resource potential of abandoned mine sites and of mine waters (completed 2016)

Second supervisor to PhD student studying the source, transport and fate of rare earth elements (REE) in UK mining districts (2014 - present)

Esteem Indicators

Guest editor of a special issue of the Journal "Mine Water and the Environment" on mine water rebound

Guest editor of a special issue of the Journal "Environmental Geology" on "Risk of Subsidence due to Evaporite Dissolution" (ROSES) 

Funding 

Coal Authority - Non coal mine water pollution programme

Defra - Source apportionment of pollution from non-coal mines 

Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

SPG8002 'Renewable Energy: Photovoltaics and Geothermal Energy' (50% and module leader)

CEG8106 Groundwater Contamination and Remediation

Publications