Kaikoura Earthquake – Complex Rupture & Mountain Building

Working with collaborators at GNS New Zealand (Ian Hamling and colleagues), we have been examining the major Kaikoura earthquake from November 2016 which shook the South Island. By using the latest satellite instruments and data, combined with field observations, we were able to constrain the complexity of this multi-fault rupture and determine the magnitude of uplift…

Seismic Cities

The rapid urbanisation of cities alongside and on top of poorly characterised faults that are has resulted in large populations being exposed to a potentially large hazard. I am leading a recently funded project called Seismic Cities which will attempt to develop a blueprint to better tackle the question and improvement of resilience to earthquakes in…

The role of space-based observation in understanding and responding to active tectonics and earthquakes

The quantity and quality of satellite-geodetic measurements of tectonic deformation have increased dramatically over the past two decades improving our ability to observe active tectonic processes. We now routinely respond to earthquakes using satellites, mapping surface ruptures and estimating the distribution of slip on faults at depth for most continental earthquakes. Studies directly link earthquakes…

Royal Society University Research Fellowship

I am pleased to have been awarded a 5 year University Research Fellowship by the Royal Society. These Royal Society awards are for early career scientists and provide me the opportunity to build an independent research career and become a leading name of the future in his field. The title of my research fellowship is ‘The Rise…

Hazard in regions of distributed shortening

The 2011 October 23 MW 7.1 Van earthquake in eastern Turkey caused ∼600 deaths and caused widespread damage and economic loss. The seismogenic rupture was restricted to 10–25 km in depth, but aseismic surface creep, coincident with outcrop fault exposures, was observed in the hours to months after the earthquake. We combine observations from radar interferometry, seismology, geomorphology and…