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Natasha Dowey

Dr Natasha Dowey PGCert Academic Practice, FHEA, FGS

Senior Lecturer in Geoscience


Summary

I am Course Lead of BSc Environmental Science and Senior Lecturer in Geoscience. I specialise in volcanology, and have seven years' industry experience of investigating sedimentary environments and subsurface risk in the energy sector. My research focuses on uncertainty in our analysis and communication of explosive volcanic hazards, and also on sustainability, diversity and inclusion in geoscience. I am Editor of the the website 'Geoscience for the Future', and am passionate about promoting the importance of geoscience in a more sustainable society.

 

 

About

I have a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Earth Science and an MPhil in Earth Sciences (Volcanic Geochemistry) from Aberystwyth University. I gained my PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Liverpool in 2012, with a project focussed on the dynamics of explosive volcanic hazards. After completing my PhD I joined the energy industry, where over seven years I developed expertise in the use of geological analysis and computer modelling to understand resource risk and uncertainty in sedimentary basins across the world. In 2019 I left industry to take up a Lectureship in Geology at the University of Hull, and completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in March 2021. I joined the Geography, Environment and Planning team at Sheffield Hallam in 2021, where I now teach across the BSc Geography and BSc Environmental Science programmes. Since 2019, I have been developing research that combines my specialism in the study of volcanic hazards with my industry experience in uncertainty analysis. In 2020, I began working across disciplines and institutions to raise awareness of the lack of racial diversity in geoscience subjects. I am passionate about bringing sustainable development concepts into geoscience teaching, and about improving equality, diversity and inclusion in geoscience. In 2020 I created the 'Geoscience for the Future' initiative, which showcases articles from a range of geoscience professionals working towards a low-carbon, more sustainable future, and facilitates outreach activities between Geoscientists and schools. I am a proud trustee of the charity Geology for Global Development, and council member of the Yorkshire Geological Society.

 

Teaching

Department of the Natural and Built Environment

Social Sciences and Arts

Geography, Environment and Planning

 

I currently teach across the Geography and Environmental Science subject areas, in modules such as Introduction to Physical Geography, Introduction to Environmental Science, and Research Methods in Environment, Geographical and Social Sciences.

 

I currently teach across the BSc Geography and Environmental Science programmes, in modules such as Natural Hazards, Introduction to Physical Geography, and Fieldwork and Professional Skills in Geography. I also teach on the MSc Environmental Management programme, in the module Culture, Uncertainty and Risk in Environmental Systems.

 

Research

In 2020 I was awarded early career grant funding for research that will use Santorini as a data-rich analogue to develop a new method of investigating uncertainty in our interpretation of volcanic hazards. The research will place greater focus on identifying the likelihood of a range of feasible interpretations and is relevant to broader geological hazard analysis. I am part of the Catastrophic Flows (https://catastrophicflows.wordpress.com/) and VOICES (https://voicesgroup.wordpress.com/) research groups and supervise two research students in the areas of experimental modelling of volcanic flows, and volcano crisis communication. I am currently working with collaborators to advocate for improved accessibility in geoscience, by developing new publications and research proposals in themes including decolonisation and inclusive curriculum design. 

 

Publications

Smith, N.J., & Kokelaar, B.P. (2013). Proximal record of the 273 ka Poris caldera-forming eruption, Las Canadas, Tenerife. BULLETIN OF VOLCANOLOGY, 75 (11). http://doi.org/10.1007/s00445-013-0768-4

Rogers, S.L., Dowey, N., Lau, L., Sheikh, H., & Williams, R. (n.d.). Geology Uprooted! Decolonising the Curriculum for Geologists. . http://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2021-35

Dowey, N., & Williams, R. (n.d.). Simultaneous fall and flow during pyroclastic eruptions: a novel proximal hybrid facies. Geology.

Conference papers

Johnston, T., Williams, R., Dowey, N., & Rowley, P. (2022). How does grain size distribution impact the mobility of aerated granular flows? In Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual Meeting, Manchester (Online). VMSG and the Geological Society

Walding, N., Williams, R., Dowey, N., Rowley, P., & Parsons, D. (2022). The PDC flow units problem: Deposit heterogeneity from varying cohesive behaviour and sediment flux. In Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual Meeting, Manchester (Online). VMSG and Geological Society

Roberts, J., Jackson, C., Bond, C., Anderson, M., Dowey, N., Johnson, G., & Steiner, B. (2022). Sustainable geoscience in UK HE: Evidencing transition through the analysis of student-led project topics. In Tectonic Studies Group Annual Meeting, Online. TSG

Jackson, C., Dowey, N., Barclay, J., Fernando, B., Giles, S., Houghton, J., ... Williams, R. (2021). Race, Racism, and Barriers to the Participation of Black People in the Geological Sciences: How bad is it? Should we do something about it? What can we do about it? Goldschmidt2021 abstracts. http://doi.org/10.7185/gold2021.3169

Lawrence, A., & Dowey, N. (2021). Six Simple Steps towards making fieldwork more accessible and inclusive. In Goldschmidt, Virtual. European Association of Geochemistry; the Geochemical Society

Jones, E., Dowey, N., Williams, R., & Holloway, L. (2021). Lost in Translation? Exploring the journey from press releases to news articles and mainstream media during volcanic crises, and its impact on public perceptions [abstract only]. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Virtual AGM 2021. https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/~/media/shared/documents/events/2021/VMSG%20ABSTRACT%20BOOK.pdf

Dowey, N., & Williams, R. (2021). New understanding of hybrid pyroclastic processes revealed from proximal deposits [abstract only]. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Virtual AGM 2021. https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/~/media/shared/documents/events/2021/VMSG%20ABSTRACT%20BOOK.pdf

Johnson, M., Dowey, N., Williams, R., & Rowley, P. (2021). The muesli effect in pyroclastic density currents - what does reverse grading in an ignimbrite mean? [abstract only]. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Virtual AGM 2021. https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/~/media/shared/documents/events/2021/VMSG%20ABSTRACT%20BOOK.pdf

Dowey, N., Kokelaar, P., & Brown, R. (2020). Counting currents: correlating flow units to understand how pyroclastic density currents wax and wane in time and space. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group, Plymouth 2020. https://vmsg.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Abstract_Volume_Plym2020.pdf

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

Dowey, N., Yallup, C., & Evans, K. (2019). Assessing and communicating risk in early stage exploration: embedding regional understanding within basin modelling workflows. Geological Society Conference: Capturing Geoscience in Geomodels Conference, Aberdeen, June 2019.

Stanton, S., Dowey, N., & Macgregor, D. (2019). The Egyptian Red Sea: overlooked potential in a young rift basin? In PESGB 18th African E&P Conference 2019, 01-02 Oct 2019.

Dowey, N., Newton, A., Barclay, J., Fernando, B., Giles, S., Houghton, J., ... Williams, R. (2019). Recommendations for combatting the diversity crisis in Geography, Earth and Environmental Science research; perspectives from the UK. In EGU General Assembly, Virtual. European Geosciences Union

Treloar, M., Dowey, N., & Macgregor, D. (2018). Investigating Potential Charge Mechanisms in the Levantine Basin Using 1D Basin Modelling. Geological Society Conference: Eastern Mediterranean – An emerging major petroleum province.

Smith, N.J., Robinson, L.J., & Cowley, L.A. (2014). Analysis of Liquid Resource Play Potential in China. Proceedings of the 2nd Unconventional Resources Technology Conference. http://doi.org/10.15530/urtec-2014-1906965

Smith, N.J., Kokelaar, B.P., & Branney, M.J. (2011). Near-vent processes of the 273 ka Poris eruption (Tenerife): ignimbrite sedimentation, hybrid deposition and phreatomagmatism. IUGG Earth On The Edge Abstracts IAVCEI 315.

Smith, N.J., Kokelaar, B.P., & Branney, M.J. (2011). Near-vent settings and processes of the 273 ka Poris erupion (Tenerife): Ignimbrite deposition, caldera formation and phreatomagmatism. VMSG Cambridge Abstracts A3.

Dowey, N. (2010). Lithofacies Architecture of a Proximal Ignimbrite: Diego Hernandez Wall, Las Canadas Caldera, Tenerife.

Theses / Dissertations

Smith, N. (2012). Near-vent processes of the 273 ka Poris eruption (Tenerife). (Doctoral thesis).

Internet Publications

Dowey, N., & Fenton, M. (2018). Basin Modelling Into White Space- Communicating Unknowns in Exploration Frontiers, Neftex Exploration Insights Magazine, Halliburton.

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

Wrobel-Daveau, J.-.C., & Dowey, N. (2017). Using Plate Tectonics Alongside Source to Sink Analysis and Basin Modelling to Investigate Frontier Plays, Western Black Sea, Neftex Exploration Insights Magazine, Halliburton.

Dowey, N., & Smyth, H. (2015). Developing Exploration Concepts in Mexico, Neftex Exploration Insights Magazine, Halliburton.

Presentations

Williams, R., Dowey, N., Lawrence, A., Houghton, J., & Greene, S. (2022). Designing Inclusive Fieldwork. Presented at: University Geoscience UK Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Series Jan 2022, Virtual

Lawrence, A., & Dowey, N. (2021). Mud and Glee at the Crossroads: How can we consider intersectionality more holistically in fieldwork? Presented at: Muddy Glee: Area Classics Revisited Event, 2022

Buckley, B., Goldwood, M., Holmes, N., Dowey, N., & Hawkins, A. (2021). Producing a JEDI impact assessment and checklist for local field visits. Presented at: Transforming Learning conference, Online

Other publications

Bird, A., Caswell, B., Bond, D., Dempsey, E., Dowey, N., Herringshaw, L., ... Williams, R. (2020). The Future of Geoscience. The Geological Society of London: https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/~/media/shared/documents/geoscientist/2020/september%202020/Geo_SEPTEMBER2020-soapbox.pdf?la=en

Other activities

Trustee of Geology for Global Development

Associate Editor of the journal Earth Science, Systems and Society (EScubed)

Council Member of the Yorkshire Geological Society

Editor of Geoscience for the Future.

 

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently supervising two postgraduate MSc by Research students based at the University of Hull:

Elena Jones: "Lost in Translation? Exploring the journey from press releases to news articles and mainstream media during volcanic crises, and its impact on public perceptions"

Matthew Johnson: "The muesli effect in pyroclastic density currents - what does reverse grading in an ignimbrite mean?"

If you are interested in conducting research in similar themes, please feel free to get in touch.

 

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