Tara has been awarded an iCASE Studentship with The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and BP (industrial partner). She is a PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, at the BP Institute for Multiphase Flow, Cambridge University, as part of the International Centre for Advanced Materials (ICAM) 40 project (part of the BP-ICAM Project). Her project is, 'Increasing fracture toughness by permeability reduction'. Following this, she wishes to pursue a career in industry-led research.
Tara graduated from Durham University with a degree in Geoscience BSc (Hons) and then she was awarded a studentship for an industry-funded MRes, 'Relating Shale Mineralogy & Microstructure to Swelling Activity'. She is in the process of completing her thesis and submitting a paper to Applied Clay Science.
Primarily a petroleum geoscientist (with a focus on shale, sandstone and clay minerals), she has a particular interest in sedimentology and wellbore strengthening. She is presently researching in collaboration with several projects on the Triassic/Jurassic boundary at the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory (SIBL, Durham). Papers are in the process of being submitted on the Triassic/Jurassic boundary (co-author) and on the mechanical and swelling properties of Na-montmorillonite/sand mixtures.