natasha-dowey

Dr Natasha Dowey

Lecturer in Geology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Geography, Geology and Environment

Qualifications

  • BSc (Aberystwyth University)
  • MPH (Aberystwyth University)
  • PhD (University of Liverpool)

Summary

I began my career scrambling about on volcanoes in Spain and Greece to study explosive eruptions for my Masters and PhD degrees. I studied the hot clouds of gas, rock and ash known as pyroclastic density currents, to better understand how they behave through time and space. After my PhD I worked in the energy industry for 7 years, where I unpicked the tectonic and stratigraphic evolution of sedimentary basins all over the world, from China to Mexico. I used computer models to better understand how the rocks beneath our feet are changed with time and heat.

My research has dealt with geological problems at various scales- from the dynamics of individual explosive eruptions and what they can tell us about future hazard planning, to the large-scale evolution of continental margins and their significance to our energy resources. I am very interested in how we communicate risk and uncertainty within science and industry, and to the public.

I am passionate about changing the public perception of Geoscience to encourage as many people as possible to engage in this diverse subject. I am a STEM ambassador, and have been involved in science festivals, blogs and interviews to promote and communicate geoscience to students and members of the public. I recently reached the finals of the March 2019 ‘I’m a Scientist Get Me Out Of Here’ competition.

I am a strong advocate for support and mentoring of early career academics and professionals in STEM. In 2019 I created the STEM Mentoring Network (@MentoringInSTEM) to pair up those working in STEM with cross-disciplinary mentors via Twitter.

Undergraduate

I teach across subjects in the Department of Geography, Geology and Environment, with a specialism in igneous petrology and geological hazards. I am currently leading the Introduction to Petrology and Geohazards modules, and am also teaching on Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Global Environments, and Volcanoes and Their Hazards. I am a keen field geologist, and have carried out field research, attended field trips and taught on field courses across Europe. In 2020 I will be teaching on the University of Hull's Almeria field course.

Journal Article

Addressing uncertainty during early stage frontier exploration: bringing regional context to basin modelling

Dowey, N., & Yallup, C. (2019). Addressing uncertainty during early stage frontier exploration: bringing regional context to basin modelling. First Break, 37(5), 75--79

Other

Basin modelling into white space - communicating unknowns in exploration frontiers

Dowey, N., & Fenton, M. (2018). Basin modelling into white space - communicating unknowns in exploration frontiers

Bohai Basin: Past success and future potential in China's largest petroleum province

Jennings, J., & Dowey, N. (2018). Bohai Basin: Past success and future potential in China's largest petroleum province

Presentation / Conference

Investigating potential charge mechanisms in the Levantine Basin using 1D basin modelling

Treloar, M., Dowey, N., & Macgregor, D. (2018, May). Investigating potential charge mechanisms in the Levantine Basin using 1D basin modelling. Paper presented at Eastern Mediterranean – An emerging major petroleum province

Assessing and communicating risk in early stage exploration: embedding regional understanding within basin modelling workflows

Dowey, N., & Yallup, C. (2019, June). Assessing and communicating risk in early stage exploration: embedding regional understanding within basin modelling workflows. Poster presented at AAPG Risk and Uncertainty Forum

Research interests

My research interests include explosive volcanism, pyroclastic density currents, geological hazards, igneous geochemistry, basin analysis, basin modelling, science communication and risk analysis.

I am currently a co-supervisor on an advertised fully-funded NERC Panorama PhD project. If you are keen to undertake a PhD in explosive volcanism, please click this link for more details and how to apply: https://panorama-dtp.ac.uk/research/assessing-the-rock-record-of-hazardous-pulsatory-pyroclastic-density-currents/