School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Mark Wilkinson

My main research interests

  • Geological CO2 storage -

    • Natural analogues, what will happen to CO2 when it is injected into a rock? - with PhD students Yutong Shu and Claire McGraw

    • Safe disposal of water produced during storage operations - with PhD student Kit Carruthers

    • Understanding the 'shallow' overburden in the North Sea - UKCCSC-funded grant, with Dr Juan Alcalde

    • What to do if a leak develops (which it probably won't) - EU-funded MIRECOL project, with researcher Katriona Edlmann

  • Diagenesis, or what happens to sediments as they are buried and turn into rocks. In practice I study reservoirs, for oil / gas, CO2 storage, or water supply

    • Why does the Torridonian Sandstone (NW Highlands) have so much feldspar? Most other deeply buried rocks loose the feldspar, but this one has not.

    • Do sandstones and shales interact during burial? In other words, do solutes (e.g. K, Al, Si) move from sands into shales or vice-versa? With PhD student Felix Xia

    • White trap is an unusual alteration product of basic magmas when they are intruded into the local Carboniferous rocks. Why does this happen?

  • Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) - can we save energy from renewables for peak demand times? With PhD student Julien Mouli Castillo


I'm the Programme Director of the MSc in Carbon Capture and Storage, i.e. I designed the course (with a lot of help from my friends...), I teach some of it, and I'm the first point of contact for students on the course.

Field Geology

I'm lucky that I teach on several field trips, all visiting areas of interest. The nearest is Authur's Seat in central Edinburgh, you can't get much closer to the University than that! See the Local Geology tab on the menu to the left for some local places of geological interest.