Dr Bhavik Lodhia
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Bhavik Lodhia

Imperial College London, UK (2019): PhD in Geology and Geophysics

University of Oxford, UK (2014): Masters in Earth Sciences (Geology) including BA Hons.

Mineral and Energy Resources Engineering

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: £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: 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.


2021 - Present (UNSW, Australia)

ARC Linkage project 'Kinematica'. My work focuses on coupling fluid flow and dynamic basin processes to produce a rapid resource exploration tool. Recent publication: Lodhia, B.H., Clark, S.R. Computation of vertical fluid mobility of CO2, methane, hydrogen and hydrocarbons through sandstones and carbonates. Sci Rep 12, 10216 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-14234-6.

2019 - Present (Imperial College London, UK)

UK Unconventional Hydrocarbons (UKUH) project. My work focused on estimating shale gas resources in Northern England's Bowland Basin. I am currently a collaborator on this and several other linked projects, including investigating why unconventional shale gas failed in the United Kingdom and possibilities for low-carbon natural gas extraction in shales.

Geological Society of London. I am an editor for an upcoming special volume on sedimentary and geochemical processes in black shales and basin evolution in Northern England, due to be published in late 2021/early 2022.

2014 - 2018 PhD research (Imperial College London, UK)

My PhD research focused on linking dynamic mantle processes, basin development, continental uplift/subsidence and sedimentary source to sink processes across the African continent and in the Mauritanian Basin, West Africa. My PhD thesis is available at https://spiral.imperial.ac.uk/handle/10044/1/67891. Publications from my PhD are:

  • GG Roberts, N White, BH Lodhia (2019), The generation and scaling of longitudinal river profiles, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 124 (1), 137-153.
  • BH Lodhia, GG Roberts, AJ Fraser, J Jarvis, R Newton, RJ Cowan (2019), Observation and Simulation of Solid Sedimentary Flux: Examples From Northwest Africa, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 1-22.
  • BH Lodhia, GG Roberts, AJ Fraser, S Fishwick, S Goes, J Jarvis (2018), Continental margin subsidence from shallow mantle convection: Example from West Africa, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 481, 350-361.


  • 2022: Lecturer for Seismic Imaging course (10-weeks, 5 modules) at School of Mineral and Energy Resources, UNSW
  • 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

Previous 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.