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Department of Earth Sciences

Active Tectonics, Earthquakes, Seismic Hazard, Earthquake Engineering


Hi, I'm Aisling and I am a final-year PhD student. My research focuses on the active tectonics of the Earth’s continents, looking particularly at the relationship between earthquakes and geological structures to analyse the risk posed to the built environment from ground shaking. When I'm not researching, you'll find me either on a court playing dodgeball, hiking a mountain or rock climbing.


My research focuses on the active tectonics of the Earth’s continents using a variety of techniques (earthquake seismology, structural geology, tectonic geomorphology and dynamic modelling) to assess continental deformation over varying temporal and spatial scales, from singular faults to entire mountain ranges. I collaborate with industry to utilise my unique skill set as a geologist with a technical understanding of infrastructure from industrial experience to approach earthquake engineering challenges. I use my research as a step towards mitigating the seismic hazard posed to communities around the world, with a particular focus on increasing the resilience of the built environment to ground shaking in earthquakes.


Key publications: 

[1] O’Kane, Aisling and Copley, Aisling (2020) The controls on earthquake ground motion in foreland-basin settings: the effects of basin and source geometry. Geophysical Journal International, 225 (1). pp. 512-529. DOI

[2] Wimpenny, Sam and Copley, Alex and Benavente, Carlos and Garcia, B. and Rossell, L. and O'Kane, Aisling and Aguirre, Enoch (2020) Observations and Dynamical Implications of Active Normal Faulting in South Peru. Geophysical Journal International, 222 (1). pp. 27-53. ISSN ISSN: 0956-540X, ESSN: 1365-246X DOI

[3] Aktas, Y. D., O'Kane, A., Ozden, A. T., Kisker, A., Parammal, A., Durmaz, B., Kazantzidou-Firtinidou, D., Cotton, D., Contreras, D., Verrucci, E., Abduk, E., Malcioglu, F. S., Ioannou, I., Black, J., Cels, J., Baiguera, M., Kontoe, M., Asinari, M., Ercolino, M., Esabalioglou, M., Free, M., Dermanis, P., Burton, P., Rostami, R., Wilkinson, S., and Putrino, V. (2021). A FIELD REPORT BY EEFIT: The Aegean Earthquake and Tsunami of 30 October 2020. The Institution of Structural Engineers.

Teaching and Supervisions


Teaching Supervision:

  • Natural Science Tripos Part 1B Earth Sciences A: Maps and Structures, Tectonics an Geodynamics, and Sedimentary Basins
  • Natural Science Tripos Part II Earth Sciences: C1 Geophysics

Teaching Demonstration:

  • Natural Science Tripos Part II Earth Sciences: C1 Geophysics
  • Natural Science Tripos Part III Earth Sciences: Option 1 - Continental Tectonics

Field Trip Demonstration:

  • Ketton (NST Part 1A)
  • Greece (NST Tripos Part II Earth Sciences: C1 Geophysics)
PhD Research Student
St Catharine's College

Contact Details

Email address: 
Bullard Laboratories
Madingley Rise
Madingley Road
+44 (0) 1223 337191


Collaborator profiles: 
Person keywords: 
Active Tectonics
Earthquake Seismology
Structural Geology
Tectonic Geomorphology
Ground Motion Modelling
Earthquake Engineering