Olivia Milton-Thompson

Project: A probabilistic modelling approach to assessing the risks to groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing for a UK shale gas industry

Supervisors: Professors Akbar Javadi and Zoran Kapelan


Olivia obtained a BSc in Chemistry from Durham University and an MSc in Environmental Water Management from Cranfield University. A dissertation was undertaken at Durham University in aromatic trifluoromethylation and the MSc thesis at Cranfield focused much more on the water environment, focusing on the application of barely straw to reduce algal growth in reservoirs.
Work experience:

Before undertaking the MSc, Olivia worked as a laboratory analytical chemist at Huntingdon Life Sciences focusing on analytical methods such as LCMS, GC and HPLC methods and during this time, recognised an interest in water chemistry and water science. In addition, Olivia’s main reason for furthering on her knowledge with a PhD was linked to her work as a research assistant at the University of Nevada, Reno in the department for environmental chemistry. Before travelling to New Zealand for a few months, Olivia undertook work on inorganic contamination from fracking from the Pennsylvania Wells in the USA. The project looked at groundwater contamination from fracking, utilising ion chromatography techniques to identify metal contaminants in groundwater; potentially from sulphate.

Research Interests

• Fracking
• Groundwater contamination
• Water chemistry
• Groundwater modelling

WISE 2017 Summer School Presentation: Olivia_Milton-Thompson_Jun17[1]

June 2017 Poster: Olivia Milton-Thompson Jun17