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Dr Helen Turnell


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Helen joined LSBU in 2012 following c. 30 years in Industry, mainly BP, where her career evolved from geophysical research and technological applications for acreage/prospect evaluation, to licence management and a series of global project management/QA roles.

A geophysicist by background, she is focussed on applying technical skills required to study the Earth to a range of de-carbonisation disciplines.

There are regional-scale opportunities for energy storage and supply within the Earth’s subsurface which align well with the UK’s need to decarbonise heat and improve energy security. Helen is currently engaged in developing novel sources of geothermal fluid.

Dr Turnell is the module leader for Petroleum Geoscience and MSc dissertations, as well as field trips leader. She provides input for the Level 7 Group project and advises on subsurface methods (geoscience) for undergraduate courses across the School.

Dr Turnell's research interests include geoscience applications relevant to reservoir modelling, e.g. static models from geoscience data using Petrel.

View my publications at
  • Fellow of the Geological Society
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain

Dr Turnell is in communication with Petromall Ltd in support of Oil and Gas courses to train working professionals in preparation for the Development decision in Uganda.

Until recently, Dr Turnell was involved with a number of external courses, e.g.  'Introduction to oil and gas exploration' on OilVoice. And the Imperial Barrel Award, American Association of Petroleum Geologists.