Research Student 2011
Tectonics, Paleoseismology, Geophysics, and Landscape Evolution
Madingley Rise, Madingley Road
I use remote sensing data, field geology and tectonic geomorphology, paleoseismic trenching, and Quaternary dating methods to assess how continental-interior regions deform, related to distant tectonic plate motions. My research has focussed on large earthquake faults in central Asia: the Tien Shan (mountain) of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and its foreland, and the formation and evolution of mountainous landscapes. The Tien Shan is one of the worlds most seismically active mountain belts, and accommodates shortening related to the India-Eurasia continental collision. The results of my Ph.D have quantified the rate of motion and estimated expected repeat times for large (~Mw 8) potentially destructive earthquakes on faults that are close to densely populated cities and, therefore, pose a significant hazard.
This work has been a core part of the Earthquakes without Frontiers (EwF) project, which aims to create resilience to seismic hazard in the continents. The EwF is a multi-institute, international partnership funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the National Environmental Research Council (NERC).
Professor James Jackson (University of Cambridge)
Dr Richard Walker (University of Oxford)