Dr Clare Bond

Dr Clare Bond


Dr Clare Bond
Dr Clare Bond

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Dr Clare E. Bond School of Geosciences Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology Meston Building Aberdeen Univeristy Aberdeen AB24 3UE UK
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Tweeting on @DrCEBond


Fold-Thrust Research Group   Improving Interpretation - Uncertainty   Deeflood Project    eRock    ACT Acorn



I am a structural geologist with interests in interpretational uncertainty and structural modelling. I gained a first class degree from the University of Leeds followed by a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. I then worked across a range of sectors and interests from conservation and policy, to technical consulting and academia, completing a combined post-doc and consulting role between the University of Glasgow and Midland Valley Exploration (MVE). I then worked for Midland Valley initially leading on their North American and Scandinavian portfolios, before managing MVE's client facing knowledge team and geological input into the development of the structural modelling software Move and development of the FieldMove app.

Since 2010, I have been at the University of Aberdeen. My current projects include seismic interpretation, fracture modelling and fluid flow and the use of photogrammetry to create and interpret virtual outcrop models. I am currently on sabbatical August 2018-2019, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh to work on eye-tracking during seismic interpretation. I am an advocate for public engagement with science, and acted as the public engagement with research coordinator for the College of Physical Sciences a role funded by RCUK; and have taken part in debates and panels on shale gas, and climate change. I am interested in the use of social media to engage the public and experts in science and scientific enquiry, working on crowd sourcing flood data through the Deeflood Project, and most recently developing eRock - an open access resource of virtual outcrop models inconjunction with PhD student Adam Cawood

I am the current chair of the Tectonic Studies Group, of the Geological Society of London, and co-direct the Fold-Thrust Research Group, was Aberdeen University lead on the ACT Acorn project and works as part of ClimateXChange


Research Interests

Current research interests are broad spanning uncertainty analysis through to structural modelling.

  • Uncertainty analysis of the interpretation of seismic image data.
  • Structural modelling to inform interpretations and make predictions of strain and fractures.
  • Fold-thrust geometries and formation damage.
  • The role of fluids in the crust and deformation, fluid, rock interactions; particualrly for carbon capture and storage (CCS).
  • Model building from seismic image data and outcrop informtaion to build models, including the creation of virtual outcrops from LiDAR and photogrammetry - eRock.
  • Perceptions and differences in expert opinion related to climate change and unconventional resources.
  • The use of social media in scientific engagement and inquiry.


Current Research

Fold-Thrust Research GroupAn industry funded consortium investigating uncertainties in interpretations for fold-thrust belts, fold thrust belt evolution, characteristics and fore-limb deformation. PDRA Hannah Watkins worked full-time for the Fold-Thrust Research Group between 2014 and 2018, and we are currently setting up a second phase.  Several PhD students, funded thrrough the NERC oil and gas CDT are also working on fold-thrust systems: Adam Cawood is investigating deformation localisation in multi-layers and utilises photogrammetry (ground and drone based) to test structural models. Lauren Kedar is investigating strain partitioning and deformation styles in multi-layers and applying raman specroscopy techniques in collaboration with David Muirhead to determine thermal maturity, and Ramy Abdallah is investigating uncertainty in the interpretation of fold-thrust structures to inform machine learning algorithms. The Fold-Thrust Research Group tweets on @FoldThrust    

Uncertainty in Interpretation- I am currently sponsored by Total to work on interpretational uncertainty, focusing on areas of structural complexity, this work will be completed by PhD student Alex Schaaf, in collaboration Florian Wellmann (Aachen) and Guillaume Caumon (Nancy). Past projects in this area have included "Improving interpretation Outcomes" a project funded by a NERC catalyst grant with industry (BP and ConocoPhillips) to investigate uncertainties in outcomes from the interpretation of seismic image data. Co-funded with the British Geological Survey, PhD student Charlie Randle worked on interpretational uncertainty. In August 2018 I started a new project funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh to investigate the psychologies of seismic image interpretation with Ben Tatler and collaborators in Australia and the USA.

Sub-surface Fluid Pathways - I have been working on aspects of Carbon Capture and Storage for several years, particularly focusing on the structural controls of fluid migration in the sub-surface. This started with work on fracture controlled fluid flow at the InSalah CCS project and has lead to a series of research projects including a UKCCSRC funded project investigating natural CO2 flux along a fault in South Africa. Completed PhD student Roy Ponfa Bitrus worked on 4D seimsic data from Sleipner to map the CO2 pathways using seismic attribute analysis, whilst PhD student Ali Jihad, using similar methodologies, has investigated the genesis of natural gas chimmneys in the Loyal Field, OffShore West Shetland. Since 2017 I have been leading input into the ACT Acorn project on geological site characteristaion for potential storage sites in the UK. This EU project completed in February 2019 and brought together University partners across the UK (Liverpool, Edinburgh, Heriott Watt and Aberdeen) with Bellona and Raboud University, the project is led by Pale-Blu Dot, PDRA Juan Alcalde worked full-time on this project.

DeeFlood Project - a pilot project to crowd source a 3D hydrograph for the Storm Frank flood event on the Dee.

eRock - launched in 2018 is a virtual geology project jointly led with PhD student Adam Cawood. eRock aims to provide 3D virtual outcrops for fellow researchers, educational institutions and the general public. eRock tweets on @eRocktweets


Further Info

Media and Engagement

2019 ACT Acorn Westminster Q&A on Unlocking sub-surface CO2 storage - Q&A

2018 Access Women in Energy Panel member - The Impact of Digitalisation on Employment in the Oil & Gas Industry

2018 eRock An online virtual outcrop resource eRock and @eRocktweets

2017 Blog for EGU Folding and Fracturing of Rocks - 50 years of research since the seminal textbook of J G. Ramsay 

2017 Blog for SCCS New research: Fracture controls on CO₂ leakage to the surface – a South African analogue

2017 IRIS-webinar On teaching seismic interpretation under uncertainty - with Eric Riggs (Texas A&M University)

2016 Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub To Frack or Not to Frack - is that the question?

2016 Deeflood project Engaging the public through social media in the collection of flood data.

2015 Edinburgh Science Festival - Panel member on shale gas debate

2015 UKCCSRC Blog UKCCSRC goes to South Africa

2012 -2014 College of Physical Sciences public engagement with research coordinator. Supporting the engagement of researchers in the college with the public, supported applications to the Royal Society summer exhibition and the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious grant scheme and, delivered training, and RCUK funded post.

2014 What the Frack? Café Scientifique in Aberdeen and Glasgow, and at Tech Fest, Aberdeen.

2013 Aberdeen Seismology Outreach and In‐Reach. Co-I (PI – Cornwell, D. Co-I Stephenson, R.), with links to the BGS school seismology project.

2010 STEM in the pipeline, judge.

2009 BBC World edition of ‘The Story of Science’ expert geologist, front of camera, on the geological heritage and importance of Hutton’s Unconformity.

2007-2008 Mapping Mountains lead on exhibition of 1880s geological maps including: securing funding - Royal Society Education Partnership Grant and petroleum company sponsorship, negotiation of tour, design and delivery of the exhibition and supporting material (website, interpretation panels, display layout, marketing material and associated outreach activities).

1999 Edinburgh International Science Festival – Earth Science Workshops.

Print Journalism and Popular Science

Bond, C.E. (2014). ‘Maps are Interpretations’. in M Hall, (ed), 52 Things You Should Know About Geology, Agile Libre, NS, Canada. pp. 54-55.

Bond, C.E. (2012). 'Evolutionary understanding is the key to interpretation'. in M Hall, E Bianco & K Turner (eds), 52 Things You Should Know About Geophysics, 26 Agile Libre, NS, Canada.

Bond, C.E. (2012). 'Recognize conceptual uncertainty and bias'. in M Hall, E Bianco & K Turner (eds), 52 Things You Should Know About Geophysics, 66 Agile Libre, NS, Canada. 

Bond C.E.(2008). “Mapping Mountains” celebrating science through cultural heritage: reflections on curating an exhibition of 1880s geological maps. Elements, 4, 2, 140-142.

Bond C.E. (2007). Back to the roots of “Mountain Making”. Geoscientist, 17, issue 10,15.

Bond C.E. (2004). Hard Cash. Counting the cost of rural decline and contributing to rural diversification. Summit, issue 33, Spring 2004, pg 30.

Bond C.E. (2003). Go West. Summit, issue 29, Spring 2003, pg 50.

Bond C.E. (2002). Jurassic Park. Summit, issue 27, Autumn 2002, pg 30-31.  

Bond C.E. (2000). Urban Rock. Earth Heritage, issue 14, Summer 2000, pg 27.