My research addresses where and how the Earth’s crust accommodates and releases tectonic stress. I achieve this through measuring the deformation of the crust using satellite geodesy, and integrating these measurements with seismology, remote sensing and field studies of active faulting.

I want to understand the relationship between earthquakes, crustal deformation and landscape evolution. In particular, I am interested in addressing the problems of faults and earthquakes a) as a natural hazard and b) as a key mechanism for the growth of mountains and the role they play in shaping the deformation of the continents over geological time.img_0148

I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow (URF) and a University Academic Fellow (UAF) in the School of Earth & Environment at the University of Leeds. For further details please view my latest CV at the bottom of this page or download the pdf version.

Research Group

Postdoctoral Staff

  • Dr Ekbal Hussain (2017-2018) – Research Fellow for Seismic Cities. Now a Remote Sensing Geoscientist at the BGS.
  • Ruth Amey (2018-2019) – Research Fellow in Active Tectonics of the Tien Shan – Royal Society funded GCRF Challenge grant.


Research Students Supervised

PhD Lead supervisor

  • Jack McGrath (2018-present)  – Relationship between short-term tectonics & mountains.
  • Andrew Watson (2018-present) – Co-evolution of Mountain Building & Seismic Hazard.
  • Gautier Rauscher (2018-present) – Fault Geomorphology and Seismic Hazard of Major Fault Zones.

PhD Co-supervisor

  • Lin Shen (2016-present) – Altyn Tagh Interseismic Deformation.
  • Pawan Piromthong (2016-present) – Faulting in South-East Asia and InSAR analysis.
  • Eleanor Ainscoe (2014-present, Oxford) – Active Tectonics in Regions of Shortening.

Undergraduate Research Project Supervisor

  • Katherine Woods (2017/18) – How small can we go? Improving limits to detecting continental earthquakes.
  • Nadia Duarte da Silva Tavares (2017/18) – Remote Offset Measurements of the Kaikoura Earthquake, NZ.
  • Scott Smith (2016/17) – Using InSAR & Body Wave Seismology of the 2016 Mw 5.9 Menyuan Earthquake.