Science Director, BGS Global
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Dr Martin Smith was appointed in 2013 to lead the newly formed BGS Global Geoscience. He joined BGS in 1981 and has extensive experience in UK and African geology and in the leadership and management of research.
A graduate of Aberdeen University he holds a PhD in tectonics from Aberystwyth University. He previously led the UK Geology and Landscape programme with responsibility for onshore responsive surveys, provision of advice to government including EU Directives and national events, and the implementation of digital and 3D modelling systems. Prior to that between 2000 and 2009 he served as Chief Geologist, Scotland and as Head of Station for the Edinburgh office between 2003 and 2008. Between 2008 and 2012 he was responsible for BGS CCS related activities in Scotland and a founding member of the Centre for Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage and a Director of ECOSSE.
As a survey geologist he has led research and training projects in basement and volcanic terrains in the Scottish Highlands and in Kenya, Egypt and Morocco and has research interests in faulting, basement reactivation, shear zones and rift tectonics. A Chartered Geologist, he is currently engaged in expert technical advice on major infrastructure projects.
SMITH, M. 1994. Stratigraphic and structural constraints on mechanisms of active rifting in the Gregory Rift, Kenya. Tectonophysics (special KRISP volume). 236, 3–22.
SMITH, M, AND MOSLEY, P. 1993. Crustal heterogeneity and basement influence on the development of the Kenya rift, East Africa. Tectonics. 12, 591–606.
STURCHIO, N C, DUNKLEY, P N, AND SMITH, M. 1993. Chronology of Late Quaternary geothermal activity in the northern Kenya Rift Valley. Nature. 362, 233–234.
WILKINSON, I, AND SMITH, M. 1988. Basement fractures in North Wales, their recognition and control on Caledonian deformation. Geological Magazine. 125, 301–306.
SMITH, M. 1987. The Tremadoc Thrust zone in southern central Snowdonia. Geological Journal. 22 (Thematic Issue), 119–129.