Participant Bio: Gillian R. Foulger
Prof. Gillian Foulger is Professor of Geophysics at Durham University, and AltaRock is thrilled to have a contributor of her caliber involved in the project.
Dr. Foulger has worked in seismological research for over 30 years, primarily in geothermal seismicity, GPS, imaging the interior of the Earth, and the causes of volcanism. On her resume: B.A. and M.A. degrees in Natural Science from University of Cambridge, U.K., and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Durham, also in the U.K.
After college, in the late 1970s, Dr. Foulger moved to Iceland to work as a member of a team monitoring an active volcano. Studying tiny, natural geothermal microseismic events began as a secondary project, but ultimately expanded to become her main research theme.
— to EGS
Dr. Foulger is interested in the many, complex challenges of moving away from hydrocarbon-based energy and developing environmentally clean alternatives. The advent of EGS in the last few years has meant that her research, previously thought to be only of academic interest, has gained industrial relevance.
The rise in interest and funding has allowed her to apply the her 30 years of expertise toward developing renewable energy, and she’s excited to see the fruits of her labor contribute toward moving EGS technology forward both in Oregon and on the national and international stages.
Role in the Newberry Demonstration
Dr. Foulger will study small microseismic events that trace the path of the fluids injected. The goal is to track which geological formations they penetrate below Newberry, and to understand their effect on cracks and geological faults. Her work will help to show the effectiveness of the injection, and will also help to decide the best location for production wells.
Outside of her work, Dr. Foulger’s interests include hiking, keeping fit, writing gothic short stories, and debating the big issues of our times. AltaRock is incredibly pleased to have her talent, intelligence, passion, and personality contributing to this project.