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  • Writer's pictureRyan Pollyea

@StrathCivEng for Energy & Geostats

I'm presently in the middle of a two week appointment as visiting scholar in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. The trip is designed to foster collaboration in the area of geoenergy research, and thus far it's been a highly successful visit. My first week started with a research presentation about injection-induced earthquakes and ended by teaching a two-day short course called, Introduction to Geostatistics: Theory and Applications with R. In between these headline engagements, I've had the pleasure of meeting with (i) Dr. Stella Pytharouli to learn about advances in automated earthquake detection and classification with passive seismic data, (ii) the Faults & Fluid Flow research group to talk about earthquakes in the energy sector, (iii) Dr. Jen Roberts to learn about her research in the areas of science communication and public awareness/response in the geoenergy sector and (iv) Dr. Rebecca Lunn to discuss potential collaborations in the area of carbon capture and sequestration. Next week promises to be equally engaging with another seminar talk about CCS in basalt formations, meetings with the research development office about international UK-US funding opportunities, and individual meetings with students interested in the application of geostatistical methods to their dissertation research. My visit is sponsored in equal parts by the International Engagements Office at Strathclyde and the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research (VCCER). Special thanks to Dr. Michael Karmis (VCCER) for sponsoring my visit and attending the first few meetings! And my sincerest thanks to Dr. Stella Pytharouli for organizing an fantastic agenda :-)  

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