Short CV/Education and training

  • 1991 – 1994
    BSc Geological Sciences Leeds University, First class honours

  • 1995 – 1999
    Ph.D. Edinburgh University

  • 1999 – 2001
    Post-doc Research Fellow, Utah State University, Geology Department

  • 2001 – 2004
    Lecturer, Trinity College, Dublin, Geology Department

  • 2004 – 2008
    Lecturer, 2008-2010: Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow, Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences

  • Since 2010
    Professor of Geological Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Selected publications

  • Macrae E.J., Bond C. E., Shipton Z. K., Lunn R. J., 2016. Increasing the quality of seismic interpretation. Interpretation. 4, p. T395-T402.

  • Lawther S., Dempster T., Shipton Z.K. 2016. Effective crustal permeability controls fault evolution: an integrated structural, mineralogical and isotopic study in granitic gneiss, Monte Rosa, northern Italy. Tectonophysics.

  • Burnside N. M., Shipton Z.K., Dockrill B. & Ellam R. M. 2013. Man-made versus natural CO2 leakage: A 400 k.y. history of an analogue for engineered geological storage of CO2. Geology v. 41, p. 471–474. doi:10.1130/G33738.1.

  • Pytharouli S.I., Lunn R.J., Shipton Z.K., Kirkpatrick J.D., and do Nascimento A.F. 2011. Microseismicity illuminates open fractures in the shallow crust. Geophysical Journal International, v. 38, L02402, doi:10.1029/2010GL045875.

  • Kirkpatrick J.D., Shipton Z.K., Evans J.P., Micklethwaite S., Lim S.J. and McKillop P. 2008. Strike-slip fault terminations at seismogenic depths; the structure and kinematics of the Glacier Lakes fault, Sierra Nevada, U.S.A. Journal of Geophysical Research. v. 113(B4), B04304doi: 10.1029/2007JB005311.

  • Lunn R.J., Shipton Z. K. and Bright A. M. 2008. How can we improve estimates of bulk fault zone hydraulic properties? Geological Society, London, Special Publications, v. 299, doi: 10.1144/SP299.13.

  • Shipton Z.K. and Cowie P.A. 2001. Analysis of three-dimensional damage zone development over a micron to km scale range in the high-porosity Navajo sandstone, Utah. Journal of Structural Geology 23, 1825-1844. doi: 10.1016/S0191-8141(01)00035-9.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chair ESIOS Science Advisory Group (Energy Security and Innovation Observing System for the Subsurface), since 2015

  • National Geological Screening Independent Review Panel, since 2015

  • Royal Society of Edinburgh working group on Scotland's Gas Supply, 2015

  • Institute of Civil Engineers, Scotland. State of the Nation report Steering Group, 2015

  • Chair, Tectonic Studies Group of the Geological Society of London, 2013 – 2016

  • Scottish Government's Unconventional Oil & Gas Expert Scientific Panel, 2013 – 2014

  • Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering working group on shale gas extraction in the UK, since 2012

Media coverage

  • Interview for Radio 4's 'Inside Science' on shale gas related seismicity, 2015

  • Writer and presenter of one of 4 episodes of Radio 4's series of sound essays 'The Cliff'. My episode entitled 'The history of the Earth in 3 Cliffs and some boreholes' was featured in the Radio Times 'Pick of the week', 2015

  • Interviewed for a BBC Scotland "Scotland Investigates" documentary on the implications of shale gas for Scotland, interviewed about the documentary on BBC Scotland's "Scotland 2015". Provided interviews for BBC Radio Scotland's 'Drivetime', 2015

  • Guest on Radio 4's 'Life Scientific', 2014

  • Interviewed for Radio 4's 'Inside Science' and the World Service's 'Discovery Programme' on shale gas, 2013


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