Dr Hazel Gibson

Dr Hazel Gibson

Research Fellow in Public Understanding of Geothermal Energy

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Public Perception of Geothermal Power


BSc Physical Geography with Geology - Plymouth University,
MSc Geohazard Assessment - Portsmouth University,
PhD Geoscience Cognition and Communication - Plymouth University.

Engineering Geologist - Coffey Geotechnics, Brisbane, Australia,
Ranger - Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington State, USA,
Science Educator - Natural History Museum, London,
Earth Sciences Identification Officer - Natural History Museum, London.

Professional membership

  • Royal Geographical Society
  • The Geological Society
  • The Geologist's Association
  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers
  • International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI)
  • Earth Science Teachers Association

Research interests

  • Public understanding of geology
  • Geoscience cognition
  • Geoscience communication
  • Communication of hazards and risk
  • Public perception of commercial geology (mining, hydrocarbons, Carbon Capture and Storage, renewables and nuclear waste disposal)
  • Spatial¬†reasoning

Other research

Currently involved in the clarification of presence of Natropharmacosiderite (as a new mineral for the UK) with Mike Rumsey, Natural History Museum, London. Other research interests include monogenetic volcanics in the Canary Islands and meteoritics.

Key publications are highlighted

2018 'Communicating geoscience in uncertain times' December 2018 28, (11) 26-27 , DOI
Gibson H, Stewart IS, Pahl S & Stokes A 2016 'A "mental models" approach to the communication of subsurface hydrology and hazards' Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20, (5) 1737-1749 , DOI PEARL

Additional information

Public engagement and outreach:

Events attended with Plymouth University -
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival
British Geological Society Open Day
Cheltenham Science Festival BBC Science Tent
Wild About Plymouth's Dino-Day

Activities outside Plymouth-
Royal Albert Memorial Museum Local Finds
Science Showoff
Museum Showoff


Twitter feed: @iamhazelgibson 

Personal website: My Patchwork Planet