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Current position

03/15 to present, Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Aberdeen, project title: ‘NERC – Improving Interpretation Outcomes: quantifying biases and designing workflows for better seismic interpretation’.

10/14 to present, panel member of the Educational Task Force, UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Center (UK CCS RC).

10/15 to present, member of the Athena Swan working group, to develop the application for the Bronze Award in gender equality, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen.


University degrees

Ph.D. in Earth Sciences with International Mention 2014, University of Barcelona, Spain. Qualification: Excellent Cum Laude.

M.Sc. in Geophysics 2011, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. (Duration: 1 year; average mark: 7,6/10).

B.Sc. in Geology 2009, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, Departament of Geology. (Duration: 5 years).


Previous positions

11/13 to 02/15, Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Edinburgh, project title: ‘CO₂ storage in Palaeogene and Neogene hydrogeological systems of the North Sea: preparation of an IODP scientific drilling bid’. Primary teacher in post-graduate course: ‘Seismic Reflection Interpretation’ (level 11 – 10 credits).

09/11 to 07/14, Ph.D. student, at Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera ICTJA-CSIC (Barcelona, Spain), Thesis title: Thesis title: 3D Seismic imaging and geological modeling of the Hontomín CO2 storage site.

11/09 to 11/13, CO2 Geological Storage Technician, CIUDEN Foundation (Ponferrada, Spain): 3D Seismic data processing, characterization and interpretation, drilling assistance, VSP survey design and acquisition, elaboration of technical reports.

02/09 to 11/09, Land surveyor/permit man, CGGVeritas Spain (Extensión Técnica): Participation, quality control and logistic support, elaboration of technical reports.


Teaching experience

09/14 Primary teacher in post-graduate course: Seismic Reflection Interpretation. Level 11 (10 credits). University of Edinburgh, UK.

09/14 Practical instructor in Helmsdale 3rd Year Field Excursion and Interpretation Exercise. Level 9 (10 credits). University of Edinburgh, UK.

07/13, Primary teacher in Summer School course: Surface and subsurface monitoring of a CO2 storage site: theory and practice. Summer school in CCS, University of León, Spain.

05/11, Invited lecturer in MSc course, lecture title: Caracterización Sísmica 3D del laboratorio de investigación para el Almacenamiento Geológico de CO2. Hontomín (Burgos). MSc lecture, University of Salamanca, Spain.


Language proficiency

Language Speaking Reading Writing
Spanish Native Native Native
English Advanced Advanced Advanced
French Basic Intermediate Basic
Catalan Intermediate Advanced Basic

Main scientific production

Alcalde, J., Bond, C.E., Johnson, G., Ellis, J.F., and Butler, R.W.H. 2017. Impact of seismic image quality on fault interpretation uncertainty. GSA TodayIn press.


Andrés, J., Alcalde, J., Ayarza, P., Saura, E., Marzán, I., Martí, D., Martínez-Catalán, J.R., Carbonell, R., Pérez-Estaún, A., García-Lobón, J.L., and Rubio, F.M. 2016. Basement structure of the Hontomín CO2 storage site (Spain) determined by integration of microgravity and 3-D seismic data. Solid Earth, 7, 827-841.


Ogaya, X., Alcalde, J., Marzán, I., Ledo, J., Queralt, P., Marcuello, A., Martí, D., Saura, E., Carbonell, R., and Benjumea, B. 2016. Joint interpretation of magnetotelluric, seismic, and well-log data in Hontomín (Spain). Solid Earth, 7, 943-958.


Alcalde, J., Marzán, I., Saura, E., Martí, D., Ayarza, P., Juhlin, C., Pérez-Estaún, A., and Carbonell, R. 2014. 3D geological characterization of the Hontomin CO2 storage site, Spain: multidisciplinary approach from seismics, well-logging and regional data. Tectonophysics 627, pp. 6-25.DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.04.025


Ayarza, P., Carbonell, R., Teixell, A., Palomeras, I., Martí, D., Kchikach, A., Harnafi, M., Levander, A., Gallart, J., Arboleya, M.L., Alcalde, J., Charroud, M., and Amrhar, M. 2014.  Crustal thickness and velocity structure across the Moroccan Atlas from long offset wide-angle seismic reflection data: the SIMA experiment. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 15, pp. 1-20.  DOI: 10.1002/2013GC005164


Alcalde, J., Martí, D., Juhlin, C., MalehmirA., Sopher, D., Saura, E., Marzán, I., Calahorrano, A., Ayarza, P., Pérez-Estaún, A., and Carbonell, R. 2013. 3D Reflection Seismic Imaging of the Hontomín structure in the Basque-Cantabrian Basin (Spain). Solid Earth, 4, pp. 481-496. DOI: 10.5194/se-4-481-2013


Alcalde, J., Martí, D., Calahorrano, A., Ayarza, P., Marzán, I., Carbonell, R., Juhlin, C., Pérez-Estaún, A. 2013. Active seismic characterization experiments of the Hontomín research facility for geological storage of CO2, Spain. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.Volume 19, pp. 785-795. Elsevier, 2013. ISSN 1750-5836.