Natalya Hunter Williams
Taly is a Senior Hydrogeologist in Geological Survey Ireland’s (GSI) Groundwater and Geothermal Unit. GSI is a division of the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), and is Ireland’s public earth science knowledge centre, providing free, open and accurate data and maps on Ireland’s subsurface and collaborating with many partners.
Taly graduated in Geology from Manchester University, followed by a Masters in Hydrogeology at the University of Birmingham. She has over 25 years’ experience in groundwater issues. She also has expertise in geothermal energy and petroleum research experience.
Collaboration and strong partnerships with multiple stakeholders in a variety of disciplines underpins Taly’s work. She has collaborated with or advised a wide range of stakeholders, encompassing Irish State bodies; academia, industry, community organisations; and European geological surveys and environment agencies. Her work in groundwater resources assessment and protection, and in environmental systems, supports planning, sustainable development and environmental management. Alongside groundwater, she has contributed to the shallow geothermal sector over the last 15 years.
Taly has authored numerous technical reports, co-authored a number of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, has presented extensively to technical and non-technical audiences in Ireland and internationally, and provides technical training to state bodies and industry. She has sat on many technical steering committees for scientific and research projects, and has been a project partner in a number of EU-funded projects. She co-convenes the IAH Technical Discussion Meetings, supports IAWG, and participates in outreach events such as Science Week, BTYSE and Ploughing Championships.