James Jackson is a geophysicist investigating how the continents are deforming today in areas of active plate tectonic movement - from Africa, Iran and the Aegean to New Zealand and Nevada, USA.
James uses a variety of techniques in earthquake science and remote sensing to decipher the movement of the plates and to diagnose active tectonics on all scales. These studies range from the details of the fault rupture in a single earthquake, to the fault patterns and tectonic movement over vast areas of the continents. The two pictures illustrate how useful satellite images can be in earthquake studies.
The image (top right) is a satellite image of part of Iran.
The image (bottom right) shows the same area covered by a radar interferogram, made from space, showing a bull's-eye pattern of uplift after an earthquake: each colour fringe is about 2 cm of uplift.
James is currently Head of Department in Earth Sciences, and is a fellow of Queens' College. He teaches geophysics and active tectonics, and leads the field trip to Greece in Year 3.