Petroleum Geochemist/Basin Modeller
Laura joined IGI in 2014 as a Petroleum Geochemist/Basin Modeller. She has a BSc in Physical Geography and an MSc in Petroleum Geochemistry, both from Newcastle University. She is also has completed a PGCert in Decommissioning with the University of Aberdeen in 2020.
Whilst completing her Master’s thesis, Laura spent 3 months working for IFP Energies Nouvelles, France, using the new ‘Rock-Eval 7S’ device to understand the combined variability of carbon and sulphur, within a sulphur-rich marine shale from the North Yorkshire coast. In addition to her background in geochemistry, she also has experience using industry-standard basin modelling software such as Genesis and Trinity.
Laura has a keen interest in the current challenges faced by both operators and governmental organisations in relation to decommissioning, particularly on the UK Continental Shelf. It is realised that the UK has the ability to create a global competitive advantage in building the necessary scientific knowledge to provide more cost-efficient and environmentally-aware decommissioning technologies. Laura, along with other staff members, is currently working on developing IGI’s skills in this area, paving the way to providing future services relating to this field.
Outside of work, Laura is a keen ‘foodie’ and loves to explore the numerous places to eat in the South West of England