Dr Matthew Turner is a geologist who has experience in a wide range of geological and geoenvironmental disciplines. He has worked in both industry and academia and has experience in project management, business development, modelling, data analysis and interpretation.
Dr Turner graduated from Cardiff School of Earth Sciences in 1999 and went on to study a PhD in the same department. The PhD was entitled ‘Temporal and Spatial variations in methane emissions in Cardiff Bay’ and involved collecting and statistically modelling ground methane emission within quaternary and recent deposits in the Cardiff Bay area with specific reference to the impoundment of the Cardiff Bay barrage.
Dr Turner completed his PhD in 2003 and went on to work for Celtic technologies as a site remediation geoscientist and then as a geophysicist for a Terradat (UK) Ltd a Cardiff based company. During this time Dr Turner gained experience in complex data analysis and geological modelling together with project management skills.
In June 2008 Dr Turner took a role as a senior research associate at Cardiff school of engineering studying the feasibility of underground coal gasification (UCG) in Wales. During the year long project Dr Turner used geographical information systems software (GIS) to model the coal geology of north and south Wales both onshore and offshore to determine regions suitable for UCG.
After the project finished Dr Turner was appointed senior geologist for a new UK based UCG company called Clean Coal Ltd, his role included geological assessments and modelling of potential UCG sites, preparing licence application documents, presenting globally on UCG issues to a number of high ranking government officials, financial modelling and business development.
Dr Turner is working on the carbon sequestration of coal and brings his extensive knowledge of geological modelling and integration into GIS into the project together with his knowledge of the Welsh coalfields.