Keynote Speakers

Professor Murray Hitzman

Murray W. Hitzman is Director of iCRAG and a Science Foundation Ireland Research Professor at University College Dublin. Murray has B.A. degrees in geology and anthropology from Dartmouth College, an M.S. in geology from University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University. He worked in the petroleum and minerals industries from 1976 to 1993 and was largely responsible for Chevron Corporationʼs Lisheen Zn- Pb-Ag deposit discovery in Ireland. Dr. Hitzman served in Washington, D.C. as a policy analyst in the U.S. Senate for Senator Joseph Lieberman and in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 1996 he was named the Fogarty Professor in Economic Geology at the Colorado School of Mines and served as head of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering from 2002-07. In 2016 he joined the U.S. Geological Survey as the Associate Director for Energy and Minerals. He moved to iCRAG and UCD in 2018.

Jared L. Peters

Jared L. Peters is a researcher at MaREI, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine. Jared is a sedimentologist who has over 15 years of teaching and research experience in remote and offshore environments. He has focused much of his work on answering palaeoglaciological questions in North America and Ireland. He earned his PhD from Ulster University by reconstructing the extent and behaviour of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet along its westernmost marine margin and has applied his research expertise to various industrial pursuits in marine environments. Jared’s current research combines data management and spatial analytics with traditional marine geological techniques to develop models for Irish offshore wind energy development as part of the EirWind Project, a unique, industry-led research consortium.

Lucy Cotton

Lucy Cotton is the Project Geologist for the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project in Cornwall. Gaining a Masters in Exploration and Field Geology at University College Cork she specialises in characterising regions for potential geothermal development according to the nature and structure of large scale faulting and granite exposures across Cornwall. Lucy joined the team at GeoScience Ltd in Falmouth at the beginning of 2016 and during this time has been heavily involved with the technical development of the project at United Downs, helping to understand and define the geology of the deepest well onshore in the UK. Lucy has also worked towards developing a Geothermal Educational Outreach Programme to Primary and Secondary schools which is delivered across the county and has played an integral role in project acceptance amongst the local community.