Natalie Farrell

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Natalie Farrell is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow based in the Rock Deformation Laboratory at the University of Manchester, a laboratory with over 50 years’ experience of experimental rock deformation. Natalie’s research measures and models the effects of faulting on the physical and microstructural properties of rocks to address both fundamental and applied geoscience problems. This has included integrating data collected from experimental, geochemical and microscopic analysis into physical models to predict how fluids move around fault zones and how human-induced changes in pore fluid pressure from injection activities (e.g., geothermal exploration, CO2 storage) could trigger earthquakes. 

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, Quantifying Fault Stability, Investigating the Relationship between Damage, Pore Fluid Pressure and Stress, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 30 Sept 2015

Areas of expertise

  • QE Geology
  • Experimental rock deformation
  • Structural geology
  • Clay mineralogy
  • Petrophysics
  • Feldspars


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