I am a Lecturer in Physical Geography specialising in volcanology, with 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dowey, N., Barclay, J., Fernando, B., Giles, S., Houghton, J., Jackson, C., ... Williams, R. (2021). A UK perspective on tackling the geoscience racial diversity crisis in the Global North. Nature Geoscience. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-021-00737-w
Dowey, N., Barclay, J., Fernando, B., Giles, S., Houghton, J., Jackson, C., ... Williams, R. (2020). Diversity Crisis in UK Geoscience Research Training. . http://doi.org/10.31223/osf.io/z4cju
Dowey, N., & Yallup, C. (2019). Addressing uncertainty during early stage frontier exploration: bringing regional context to basin modelling. First Break, 37 (5), 75-79. http://doi.org/10.3997/1365-2397.n0025
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
Dowey, N., & Williams, R. (n.d.). New understanding of hybrid pyroclastic processes revealed from proximal deposits: implications for uncertainty in volcanic hazard assessment. . http://doi.org/10.31223/osf.io/gah85
Lawrence, A., & Dowey, N. (n.d.). Six simple steps towards making GEES fieldwork more accessible and inclusive. . http://doi.org/10.31223/x5vg81
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.
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).
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
Dowey, N., & Fenton, M. (2018). Basin Modelling Into White Space- Communicating Unknowns in Exploration Frontiers, Neftex Exploration Insights Magazine, Halliburton. 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.
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.
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.