Dr Anthea Lacchia
- Postdoctoral Researcher
Anthea Lacchia is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the iCRAG Hydrocarbons research spoke. During her PhD research in Trinity College Dublin, Anthea investigated the biostratigraphy of the Carboniferous Clare Basin, western Ireland, with a focus on fossil ammonoids. Following a year spent working as press officer for Springer Nature in London, Anthea joined iCRAG in 2016. Her postdoctoral work involves the development of geology training and outreach facilities in Clare, an area well known and of great interest to geologists around the world.
The rocks of West Clare, on the Irish Atlantic coast, are familiar to geologists worldwide. With a 300-million-year history, the cliffs around Loop Head and Kilkee tell a story of glaciers growing and melting, and deep oceans populated by fantastical organisms long extinct. Building on a foundation of over 100 years of geological research, groups of geologists visit the area each year for training and research. My project aims to develop a sustainable training and education centre in the Loop Head area, in consultation with the local community and with the potential for wider outreach activities involving the public.
Project title: Development of Clare Subsurface Training Centre and securing the long-term future of Clare-based applied geoscience
This project involves the development of training and outreach facilities in west Clare, Ireland, an area well known and of great interest to geologists around the world. The coastal cliffs of west Co. Clare and north Co. Kerry, in western Ireland, are a fantastic training location for geoscientists from industry and academia. The value of the area lies in its analogy with hydrocarbon-bearing, deep-water sedimentary successions on several continental margins, such as Miocene and Pliocene successions in the Gulf of Mexico. A programme of behind-outcrop drilling from 2009 to 2012 funded by Statoil targeted the 500m-thick deep-water Ross Sandstone Formation. The resulting cores and parallel field and biostratigraphic investigations have allowed the development of a new, high-resolution stratigraphic framework for the Ross Sandstone Formation. Now, within iCRAG, the full potential of the dataset will be realised. The long-term ambition of the project is to have a dedicated core viewing facility on Loop Head, with the aim of providing training products and facilities for visiting geoscientists. Further to this, the area in west Clare has the potential to become an important outreach and education centre involving the wider public and facilitating links between geoscience, energy and environment.
- Postdoctoral Researcher
- Energy Security, Public Perception & Understanding
- Global Subsurface Training Centre, Biostratigraphy, Hydrocarbons, Palaeontology, Public Perception, Sedimentology