• 11 Citations
    • 2 h-Index

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    Personal profile


    • I completed both my undergraduate Masters (MESci) in Geology and a PhD in Structural Geology and Petrophysics at the University of Manchester, respectively in 2007 and 2012.
    • I was awarded the London Petrophysical Society Iain Hillier Grant in 2012 for my work on laboratory core measurements of fault gouges, and the Geological Society of London's Elspeth Matthews Fieldwork Grant for field geological mapping in SE Spain in 2009.
    • I joined Edge Hill University in 2017, initially as a Visiting Lecturer and then as a full-time Lecturer in January 2019.
    • I am working towards a D2 Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA) and have become a STEM Ambassador.  

    Research interests

    I am a rock physicist with particular interests in geomechanical properties of rocks and fluid flow. My research involves experimental work, together with microstructural study, imaging at the field scale, and physical and numerical modelling of rock properties.


    To date, my research has been focussed on 3 main areas:

    • detailed field studies on the structure and geophysical properties of strike-slip fault zones to understand how seismological properties are influenced by fault zones, to enable better interpretation at depth,
    • rock typing of sedimentary rocks based on the measurement of petrophysical properties, and 
    • measurement of the fluid flow properties of tight rocks to understand better gas draw-down effects during well production and likely yield of a shale gas reservoir.



    I have taught on, led and/or devised the cirriculuum for a number of undergraduate level modules. Outlined below are the ones that I am currently involved in.

    Level 4:

    • GEO1242     Earth History (contributor)
    • GEO1050     Dynamic Earth (contributor)
    • GEO1052     Earth Materials (contributor)
    • GEO1051     Geological Hazards (contributor)
    • GEO1047     Practical Skills for Geography and Environmental Science

    Level 5:

    • GEO2241     Sediments and the Biosphere (module leader)
    • GEO2242     Geological Research Methods (contributor)

    Level 6:

    • GEO3241     Geoenvironmental Engineering (module leader)
    • GEO3240     Geological Field Mapping Project (supervisor)
    • GEO3070     Dissertation in Geography (supervisor)
    • GEO3071     Natural Hazards (contributor) 


    In addition to the above, I am an instructor and co-creator of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that is running on the Coursera platform (


    Public/media engagement


    STEM Ambassadors work with schools to inspire a new generation of young scientists through outreach activities and events in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.


    In 2016 I undertook school visits as part of my outreach activities to Key Stage 2. I devised classes related to identifying rocks through a microscope and in hand specimen.


    External engagement


    Following on from research into stress-dependent permeability of shales REO Tight Rocks, an umbrella company running out of the Rock Deformation Laboratory at the University was created and run by myself, Prof. Ernest Rutter and Dr Julian Mecklenburgh.

    The need for commercial services to be offered in stress-dependent permeability, geomechanical, and ultrasonic testing was due to the fact that modelling the performance of a reservoir from exploration well testing without taking pressure sensitivity into account leads to an overestimation of well production rates and estimated gas in place. 

    Education/Academic qualification

    Geology, PhD, University of Manchester

    Sep 2007Jan 2012

    Award Date: 20 Jan 2012

    Geology, MSc, University of Manchester

    Sep 2003Jul 2007

    Award Date: 9 Jul 2007


    • Q Science
    • textural and petrophysical properties
    • fracture spacing
    • brittle faults
    • ultrasonic velocity
    • seismic tomography
    • velocity modelling
    • pressure-dependent permeability
    • shale gas
    • hydraulic fracturing

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    Research Output

    • 11 Citations
    • 2 h-Index
    • 2 Article

    The effects of dolomitization on petrophysical properties and fracture distribution within rift-related carbonates (Hammam Faraun Fault Block, Suez Rift, Egypt)

    Taylor, R., Korneva, I., Bastesen, E., Corlett, H., Eker, A., Hirani, J., Hollis, C., Gawthorpe, R. & Rotevatn, A., 13 Jun 2017, In : Journal of Structural Geology. 108, p. 108-120

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    52 Downloads (Pure)

    Seismic velocity modelling of the Carboneras Fault Zone, SE Spain

    Taylor, R., 9 Jan 2015, In : Tectonophysics. 646, p. 20-35

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    55 Downloads (Pure)