Stephanie G Zihms

Multi-disciplinary Geoscientist & Geological Engineer


In May 2015 in joined the International Centre for Carbonate Research (ICCR) and the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University as a postdoctoral research associate. My current research focuses on the geomechanics of carbonate rocks and the relationship between complex porosity networks and permeability. I am also interested how elevated temperatures (e.g. reservoir conditions) affect geomechanical response of different rocks and how thermal history can be linked to the mechanical history during rock diagenesis.

Previously I investigated temperature effects on fluid flow and other properties in porous media e.g. to understand impact on bentonite buffer performance for geological disposal of radioactive waste and post-remediation effects on soils after smouldering remediation.

I am also very interested in science outreach and recently joined Native Scientist to engage with the German community in Edinburgh and east Scotland. This a new adventure for me and I will be blogging about progress and projects on here as well.

Another project of mine is trying to get researchers to write more together – to improve their writing quality by regularly writing. By adding a social and fun component to make it less of a chore. The writing group is called Hide & Write (follow it on Twitter #hwHideWrite) and we meet every Thursday (normally 11-12.30) in the Postgraduate Centre or Lyell Centre on the Heriot Watt University campus.


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