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Kevin Taylor


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I am a sedimentologist and geochemist with interests in sediment geochemistry and diagenesis on mudstrones and sandstones, as well as modern sediment systems, and have been instrumental in applying standard petrographic and geochemical analysis (e.g. optical and electron microscopy, XRD, stable isotope analysis) and novel mineralogical analysis (e.g. CL, Raman, synchrotron X-ray analysis) to sediment and mudstone systems. I have also been instrumental in integrating field- and basin-scale observations with pore-scale analysis, which has had significant implications for predicting shale and sandstone reservoir properties.

My recent and current research has involved integrating multi-scale sedimentological and diagenetic analysis in major mudstone successions and shale-gas reservoirs (e.g. the Mancos Shale, Utah; the Marceullus, Woodford and Fayetteville Shales of eastern USA; Cretaceous calcareous shales of the Western Interior Seaway, Ordovician Shales in Canada). In my current position I am currently coordinating research initiatives in shale-reservoir structure using high-resolution X-ray CT scanning and experimental mechanical analysis of shales, with links to petrophysical data.

I have received funding from both the international oil and gas industry, and the UK research councils, has undertaken consultancy and has supervised over 25 PhD students.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Sedimentary Geoscience, The University of Reading

Award Date: 1 Dec 2000

Bachelor of Science, Geological Sciences, University of Durham

Award Date: 1 Jul 1987

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Energy
  • Energy
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures
  • Dalton Nuclear Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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