School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Mark Ireland

Lecturer in Energy Geoscience


Dr Mark Ireland has broad interests in geoenergy and the role of geosciences in decarbonisation of the energy industry.  He spent over 8 years working for BP, in a variety of technical roles, working on deep water hydrocarbon exploration evaluations, onshore and offshore well planning and operations, as well as projects including strategies for reducing the GHG footprint of the energy industry and next generation subsurface computing solutions. 


Prior to his career in the energy industry he completed a PhD in geology at Durham University, using seismic reflection data to investigate the diagenesis and deformation of marine sediments. He has a MESci in Exploration and Resource Geology from Cardiff University.

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His research focuses on subsurface interpretation, tackling fundamental questions regarding deformation, fluid flow and heat flow within the upper crust at variety of scales, all of which underpin the exploration and exploitation of natural resources, the disposal waste in geological materials, and the monitoring of subsurface activities. 

Recent Conference Contributions

Ireland, MT., 2019. How much do we really know about heat in the UK's onshore sedimentary basins? 7th London Geothermal Symposium, Geological Society London

Ireland, MT., Burrell, R., Randell, P., 2018. Seismic data collaboration: How can we maximise our seismic data and enable greater collaboration? PETEX 2018, London

Ireland, MT., Cottam, MA., 2017. An extended continuum from magma-rich to magma poor margins: Implications for hydrocarbon exploration. AAPG International Conference & Exhibition, London

Ireland, MT., Wilson, RW., Shoulders, S., 2016. Insights into the evolution of the volcanic margin of Western India and associated intracratonic rifts. Geological Society of London, Rifts III: Catching the Wave, London

PhD Opportunities

Currently I have 2 PhD projects advertised as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Geosciences and the Low Carbon Energy Transition. Please see further details of the projects below:

Geostatistical heat flow modelling of the thermal structure of the onshore UK: Implications for deep geothermal energy -

Assessing the feasibility of large-scale hydrogen storage in salt caverns on the UKCS using 3D seismic data -

Further details on the CDT can be found on the main website -

Please get in touch with me directly if you are interested in either of the projects.


Undergraduate Teaching

CEG1602: Earth Surface Materials

CEG3604: International Field Course