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Department of Earth Sciences

Active Tectonics, Earthquakes, Seismic Hazard, Earthquake Engineering



2013 - 2016: BSc (Hons) Geology with Physical Geography, University of Southampton, UK

2016 - 2018: Engineering Geologist, Causeway Geotech Ltd., Balnamore, N. Ireland

2018 - Present: PhD, "Active tectonics and earthquake hazards in continental mountain ranges and foreland basins", University of Cambridge, UK


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.


Check out my latest articles:


Key publications: 



[1] Aktas Y. D., Ioannou, I., Malcioğlu, F. S., Kontoe, M., Parammal Vatteri, A., Baiguera, M., Black, J., Köşker, A., Dermanis, P., Esabalioglou, M., Çabuk, E., Dönmez, K., Ercolino, M., Asinari, M., Verrucci, E., Putrino, V., Durmaz, B., Kazantzidou-Firtinidou, D., Cotton, D., O’Kane, A., Özden, A. T., Contreras, D., Cels, J., Free, M., Burton, P., Wilkinson, S., Rostami, R and D’Ayala, D. (2022) Hybrid Reconnaissance Mission to 30 October 2020 Aegean Sea Earthquake and Tsunami (Izmir, Turkey & Samos, Greece): Description of Data Collection Methods and Damage. Frontiers in Built Environment, 73.

[2] Malcioglu, F. S., O’Kane, A., Donmez, K and Aktas, Y. D. (2022) Characteristics of strong ground motions in the 30 October 2020, Mw 6.9 Aegean Sea Earthquake. Frontiers in Built Environment, 85.

[3] Aktas, Y. D., O'Kane, A., Ozden, A. T., Kosker, A., Parammal, A., Durmaz, B., Kazantzidou-Firtinidou, D., Cotton, D., Contreras, D., Verrucci, E., Cabuk, 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.

[4] O’Kane, A and Copley, A. (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.

[5] Wimpenny, S., Copley, A., Benavente, C., Garcia, B., Rossell, L., O'Kane, A and Aguirre, E. (2020) Observations and Dynamical Implications of Active Normal Faulting in South Peru. Geophysical Journal International, 222 (1). pp. 27-53.



[6] O'Kane, A., Copley, A., Mitra, S., & Wimpenny, S. (2022). The geometry of active shortening in the north–west Himalayas and the implications for seismic hazard. Geophysical Journal International.

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