Dr Gareth Johnson

Research Fellow

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

Gareth is a geologist with expertise in energy geosciences and engineering. He has experience from both industry and academia in the fields of geochemistry and structural geology applied to carbon dioxide storage and negative emission technologies, geothermal energy, energy storage and oil, gas and mineral production. He enjoys inter-disciplinary research where he brings subsurface expertise and knowledge to wider research engaging with energy and associated waste production in a carbon constrained world.


Multi-Isotope geochemical baseline study of the Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes CCS Field Research Station (Alberta, Canada), prior to CO2 injection
Utley Rachel E, Martin-Roberts Emma, Utting Nicholas, Johnson Gareth, Györe Domokos, Zurakowska Marta, Stuart Finlay M, Boyce Adrian J, Darrah Thomas H, Gulliver Pauline, Haszeldine R Stuart, Lawton Don, Gilfillan Stuart M V
Earth Science, Systems and Society (ES3) Vol 3 (2023)
Natural hydrogen seeps as analogues to inform monitoring of engineered geological hydrogen storage
McMahon Christopher J, Roberts Jennifer J, Johnson Gareth, Edlmann Katriona, Flude Stephanie, Shipton Zoe K
Geological Society Special Publication Vol 528, pp. 1-29 (2022)
Time zero for net zero : a coal mine baseline for decarbonising heat
Monaghan Alison A, Bateson Luke, Boyce Adrian J, Burnside Neil M, Chambers Rebecca, de Rezende Julia R, Dunnet Eilidh, Everett Paul A, Gilfillan Stuart M V, Jibrin Muhammad S, Johnson Gareth, Luckett Richard, MacAllister Donald John, MacDonald Alan M, Moreau John W, Newsome Laura, Novellino Alessandro, Palumbo-Roe Barbara, Pereira Ryan, Spence Mike J, Starcher Vanessa, Taylor-Curran Helen, Vane Christopher H, Wagner Thomas, Walls David B
Earth Science, Systems and Society (ES3) Vol 2 (2022)
Quantification of solubility trapping in natural and engineered CO2 reservoirs
Leslie Rory, Cavanagh Andrew J, Haszeldine R Stuart, Johnson Gareth, Gilfillan Stuart M V
Petroleum Geoscience Vol 27, pp. petgeo2020-120 (2021)
Erratum : Carbon capture and storage at the end of a lost decade (One Earth (2021) 4(11) (1569–1584), (S2590332221005418), (10.1016/j.oneear.2021.10.002))
Martin-Roberts Emma, Scott Vivian, Flude Stephanie, Johnson Gareth, Haszeldine R Stuart, Gilfillan Stuart
One Earth Vol 4, pp. 1645-1646 (2021)
Carbon capture and storage at the end of a lost decade
Martin-Roberts Emma, Scott Vivian, Flude Stephanie, Johnson Gareth, Haszeldine R Stuart, Gilfillan Stuart
One Earth Vol 4, pp. 1569-1584 (2021)

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Gareth currently teaches Geological Engineering (CL314) and Hydrogeology (CL935). He also has wider teaching interests and experience in: Field Geology, Digital Mapping, Structural Modelling, Isotope Geochemistry, Climate Change, Geology of Western Canada, Energy Systems, Net Zero transition.

Research interests

Geomechanics, Structural Geology, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Discrete Fracture Network modelling, Fault Seal Analysis, Monitoring Measurement and Verification (CCS), Negative emissions, CCS, Geothermal Energy, Energy decarbonisation, Energy storage, Uncertainty in geological data.

Professional activities

Sustainable geoscience in UK HE: Evidencing transition through the analysis of student-led project topics
Geoscience and the Energy Transition Event Series
Keynote/plenary speaker
European Geoscience Union (EGU) 2020
European Geoscience Union (EGU) 2020
Pressure, Faults & CO2 Leakage: Learning from onshore analogues
Energy Conversations: Decarbonising residential heat – how can we make the transition to low-carbon heat?

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GigaWattHour Subsurface Thermal Energy storAge: Engineered structures and legacy Mine shafts: STEaM
Shipton, Zoe (Principal Investigator) Burnside, Neil (Co-investigator) Tuohy, Paul Gerard (Co-investigator) Yang, Shangtong (Co-investigator) Johnson, Gareth (Research Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2022 - 12-Jan-2025
The architecture and fluid flow properties of shallow fault systems and their implications for geoenergy engineering
Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator) Johnson, Gareth (Co-investigator) McMahon, Christopher (Researcher)
This PhD project seeks to further understanding of fluid flow in the shallow subsurface, and particularly around fault zones, with the aim to reduce risks of geological engineering such as CO2 or hydrogen storage and to inform environmental monitoring. The project involves partners at CSIRO and Geoscience Australia.
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | McMahon, Christopher
Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator) Johnson, Gareth (Co-investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator) McMahon, Christopher (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2024
RES co-located and optimised Direct Air Capture
Stock, Adam (Principal Investigator) Johnson, Gareth (Principal Investigator)
Funded through Strathwide, the project aims to look at the feasibility of combining Direct Air Capture technology with renewable energy systems, particularly wind energy
30-Jan-2019 - 29-Jan-2020

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
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