Bhavik Lodhia

Postdoctoral Fellow in Geology, Geophysics and Energy Technology
Postdoctoral Fellow

I am originally from the UK and recently joined UNSW as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Geology, Geophysics and Energy Technology and am a recent recipient of the Australian Government Global Talent Independent (GTI) Program. My work focuses on coupling fluid flow and basin evolution. Before joining UNSW, I completed a PhD and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Geology and Geophysics at Imperial College London and gained an undergraduate masters degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford. I am also a fellow of the Geological Society of London, American Geophysical Union, European Geosciences Union and a keen caver/outdoors explorer.

My wider research interests include geodynamics, mantle convection, basin evolution, carbon capture and storage, low-carbon technology and sedimentary source to sink processes.

2019: Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface Most read and downloaded paper (Lodhia et al., 2019).

2018: American Association of Petroleum Geologists SEPM best student presentation at AAPG ACE event, Salt Lake City, Utah, US.

2017: Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain best presentation award at the 17th annual African exploration and production conference, London, UK.

2019: £19,000 grant from Medical Research Council/UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to support early career researchers across academic disciplines.

2014-2018: £85,000 PhD scholarship from Natural Environment Research Council (NERC, UK) and Imperial College London. Scholarship included tuition fees, annual stipend and research grant.


  • 2019-2020: Lecturer for seismic techniques course at Imperial College London (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • 2019-2020: Lecturer for basin development course at Imperial College London (postgraduate)
  • 2019-2020: Tutor for postgraduate students

Research student supervision

  • Otto Whittaker Terrell, Imperial College London (2020). MSc thesis: Unconventional hydrocarbons in the Cleveland Basin, Northern England
  • Youjie Jiang, Imperial College London (2019). MSc thesis: North American Unconventional Basin Benchmark Study.