Julia West is Principal of West Consult having spent most of her career at the British Geological Survey (BGS). She is also an Honorary Research Associate at BGS and Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester (School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences). She is a Chartered Biologist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.
Julia has a PhD in geomicrobiology with over 35 years of practical experience in the multi-disciplinary science underpinning radioactive waste management. She has provided expertise and advice to national programmes in the UK, Europe, Japan and North America, often working in international collaborations. Her work has included site characterisation and performance assessment studies, development of repository concepts, natural analogue studies as well as her seminal geomicrobiology research. Julia also has long experience in advisory groups and committees in the UK and overseas. She has a great interest in the communication of geoscience, lecturing and writing on this topic, particularly in the context of radioactive waste disposal.
Julia is the author/co-author of over 200 articles, scientific papers, book chapters and commercial technical reports.