Dave Healy

Dave Healy


  • 2024 – present Director of Geosolutions, Chair in Geomechanics, University of Leeds
  • 2009 – 2024 Lecturer to Personal Chair, University of Aberdeen
  • 2007 – 2009 Research & Teaching Fellow, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
  • 2006 – 2007 Fixed-Term Lecturer, Durham University
  • 2005 – 2006 NERC-funded PDRA, Physical & Chemical Feedback Processes During Dehydration Reactions, University of Liverpool
  • 2004 – 2005 NERC-funded PDRA, integrated Seismic Imaging and Modelling of Margins (iSIMM), University of Liverpool
  • 2000 – 2004 PhD student (& EPSRC-funded PGRA), Fractured Reservoirs – Elastic Dislocation Modelling (FREDMOD), University of Liverpool
  • 1988 – 2000 Independent software consultant 
  • 1985 – 1988 Analyst/programmer & technical assistant, London
  • 1982 – 1985 BSc (Hons) Geology, University of Exeter 


  • Director of Geosolutions

Research interests

The overarching theme of my research is to link quantitative observations of deformation, measured in the field or the laboratory, to the physics of the underlying processes such as fluid flow and deformation, especially through fractured rock.

I am fascinated by deformed and deforming rocks. My fundamental research is designed to understand, and subsequently explain, deformation through quantitative, physical models. I enjoy applying theoretical knowledge and empirical data to practical challenges in renewables and subsurface storage. My research experience spans structural geology, geophysics, petrology, rock physics and geomechanics with a focus on fluid flow in fractured rocks. I use probabilistic approaches and data science methods to constrain and quantify risks and rewards. I use quantitative models to integrate observations with, and explore the consequences of, physical theory.

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Research groups and institutes

  • Geosolutions Leeds
  • Institute of Applied Geoscience
  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics