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Department of Earth Sciences

 

  J. JacksonThe distinctive feature of this grouping is the investigation of a very broad spectrum of structural, tectonic and geodynamical processes using quantitative physical models based on land-, marine- and space-based observations. We have a strong tradition of interfacing theoretical and observational analyses in geophysics and tectonics with advances in petrology, geochemistry and mineral sciences. Work at the BP institute and the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics is an integral part of this research and connects the Department closely with the Departments of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.  We have a long history of research in modelling and observation of tectonic and geodynamic processes, with strong national and international collaboration in many aspects of space-based observation combined with fieldwork. The research of several staff involves in some aspects of seismology: from the development of theoretical, computational or analytical methods to the study of earthquake sources and crustal, lithosphere or deep-Earth structure.   An extensive collection of seismometers and new computational facilities have strategically enhanced our research in all areas of seismology and geodynamic modelling.
 

This is a vibrant training environment, for a career either in industry or academia, backed up by excellent research facilities.

 

Research is ongoing in:

  • Melt generation, and especially the relationship between composition, isotopic ratios and mantle stirring. The distribution of alkali basalts and kimberlites, and their relationship to lithospheric thickness.
  • The relationship between shear-wave velocity and temperature, and hence to lithospheric thickness of the continents. Control of continental tectonics, especially the geometry of fold-mountain belts and variations in elastic thickness, by the structure of the lithosphere.
  • Investigations of active faulting in earthquakes, through combined use of seismology, GPS, InSAR, geomorphology and Quaternary geology, from details of individual earthquakes to regional investigations of large continental areas. This effort is also networked and coordinated within the COMET group (http://comet.nerc.ac.uk), of which we are founding members..
  • The extent to which vertical motions of the continents are controlled by lithospheric stretching and/or by mantle circulation. This interest is pursued in close collaboration with the hydrocarbon industry who often fund projects and provide datasets.
  • Field deployments of networks of seismometers to study tectonics and lithosphere structure, as well as magma chambers in active volcanic regions. Areas of current work include Iceland, Iran, India, Indonesia and the Himalaya-Tibet region.
  • Use of innovative controlled-source seismic techniques to map and monitor fluid flow and cracking in the subsurface, including application to water movement, CO2 sequestration and hydrocarbon reservoirs.
  • The use of earthquake seismology, in association with mineral physics, to investigate the structure and composition of the Earth's deep interior.
  • The development of innovative theoretical and computational methods for solid Earth geophysics, including work on geophysical inverse problems and seismic tomography.
  • Understanding the relationship between mantle upwelling, lithospheric structure and plate motion, with a particular focus on plume melting, edge-driven convection and shear driven upwelling, and their implications for intra-plate volcanism.
  • Continental growth and evolution, and the relationship between the crust and lithospheric mantle over time. The use of multiple geophysical datasets, which can jointly constrain crust and upper mantle structure, forms a crucial part of this work.
  • The BP Institute is focusing on multiphase fluid flow through porous media and is located at the Bullard Laboratories.

We welcome applications from students with backgrounds in geology, geophysics, physics or mathematics.

Recent publications in this area.


People specializing in this area

Academic Staff
Name Office phone Email address
Dr David Al-Attar +44 (0) 1223 348935 da380@cam.ac.uk
Professor Michael James Bickle FRS +44 (0) 1223 333484 mb72@esc.cam.ac.uk
Dr Alex Copley +44 (0) 1223 748937 acc41@cam.ac.uk
Dr Sanne Cottaar +44 (0) 1223 748938 sc845@cam.ac.uk
Professor James Jackson +44 (0) 1223 337197 jaj2@cam.ac.uk
Professor Sergei Lebedev sl2072@cam.ac.uk
Dr Jerome A Neufeld +44 (0) 1223 765709 jn271@cam.ac.uk
Professor Nicholas Rawlinson +44 (0) 1223 337193 nr441@cam.ac.uk
Dr John F. Rudge +44 (0) 1223 765545 jfr23@cam.ac.uk
Professor Robert White +44 (0) 1223 337187 rsw1@cam.ac.uk
Professor Nicky White +44 (0) 1223 337063 njw10@cam.ac.uk
Professor Andy Woods +44 (0) 1223 765702 andy@bpi.cam.ac.uk
Research Staff
Name Office phone Email address
Dr Alistair Boyce ab2568@cam.ac.uk
Dr Charlotte Gladstone +44 (0) 1223 765705 lotty@bpi.cam.ac.uk
Dr Tim Greenfield tg286@cam.ac.uk
Dr Tak Ho +44 (0) 1223 34938 th332@cam.ac.uk
Dr. Jennifer Jenkins +44 (0) 1223 337180 jj405@cam.ac.uk
Dr ChuanChuan Lü +44 (0) 1223 337172 chuanchuanlu@esc.cam.ac.uk
Dr Camilla Penney +44 (0) 1223 37192 cp451@cam.ac.uk
Dr Simone Pilia +44 (0) 1223 748943 sp895@cam.ac.uk
Dr Chunendra K. Sahu cks34@cam.ac.uk
Dr Simon Stephenson +44 (0) 1223 33400 sns29@cam.ac.uk
Dr Sam Wimpenny sew57@cam.ac.uk
Research Students
Name Office phone Email address
Conor Bacon cb793@cam.ac.uk
Patrick W. Ball +44 (0) 1223 337191 pwb32@cam.ac.uk
Neeraja Bhamidipati nb522@cam.ac.uk
Ben Conway-Jones bc477@cam.ac.uk
Kathryn Dodds +44 (0) 1223 764919 khd23@cam.ac.uk
Hannah Galbraith-Olive hpg22@cam.ac.uk
Kieran Gilmore kg382@cam.ac.uk
Megan Holdt mch74@cam.ac.uk
Tom S Hudson +44 (0) 1223 337188 tsh37@cam.ac.uk
Lizzie Knight epk26@cam.ac.uk
Zhi Li +44 (0) 1223 337180 zl382@cam.ac.uk
Harry Telajan Anak Linang htal3@cam.ac.uk
Fiona M. Llewellyn-Beard +44 (0) 1223 333482 fml31@cam.ac.uk
Matthew Maitra +44 (0) 1223 333493
Carl Martin cm828@cam.ac.uk
Fergus McNab +44 (0) 1223 337179 fm430@cam.ac.uk
Sophie Miocevich +44 (0) 1223 333425 srm81@cam.ac.uk
Aisling O'Kane +44 (0) 1223 337191 amo49@cam.ac.uk
Conor O'Malley +44 (0) 1223 337196 co323@cam.ac.uk
Stephen Pugh +44 (0) 1223 337180 sdp43@cam.ac.uk
Stuart Russell sr895@cam.ac.uk
Ana Patricia Santana +44 (0) 1223 337064 aprqas2@cam.ac.uk
Leonardo Siqueira +44 (0) 1223 337060 lfdsds2@cam.ac.uk
Frank Syvret fs406@cam.ac.uk
Chia-Yu Tien cyt28@cam.ac.uk
Omry Volk ov223@cam.ac.uk
Deborah Wehner dw545@cam.ac.uk
Tom Winder tom.winder@esc.cam.ac.uk
Emeritus and College Teaching Staff
Name Office phone Email address
Dan McKenzie
Professor Keith Priestley +44 (0) 1223 337195 kfp10@cam.ac.uk
Dr Nigel Woodcock +44 (0) 1223 333430 nhw1@cam.ac.uk
All members of the Department
Name Office phone Email address
Dr David Al-Attar +44 (0) 1223 348935 da380@cam.ac.uk
Conor Bacon cb793@cam.ac.uk
Patrick W. Ball +44 (0) 1223 337191 pwb32@cam.ac.uk
Neeraja Bhamidipati nb522@cam.ac.uk
Professor Michael James Bickle FRS +44 (0) 1223 333484 mb72@esc.cam.ac.uk
Dr Alistair Boyce ab2568@cam.ac.uk
Ben Conway-Jones bc477@cam.ac.uk
Dr Alex Copley +44 (0) 1223 748937 acc41@cam.ac.uk
Kathryn Dodds +44 (0) 1223 764919 khd23@cam.ac.uk
Hannah Galbraith-Olive hpg22@cam.ac.uk
Kieran Gilmore kg382@cam.ac.uk
Dr Charlotte Gladstone +44 (0) 1223 765705 lotty@bpi.cam.ac.uk
Dr Tim Greenfield tg286@cam.ac.uk
Megan Holdt mch74@cam.ac.uk
Dr. Jennifer Jenkins +44 (0) 1223 337180 jj405@cam.ac.uk
Lizzie Knight epk26@cam.ac.uk
Professor Sergei Lebedev sl2072@cam.ac.uk
Zhi Li +44 (0) 1223 337180 zl382@cam.ac.uk
Harry Telajan Anak Linang htal3@cam.ac.uk
Dr ChuanChuan Lü +44 (0) 1223 337172 chuanchuanlu@esc.cam.ac.uk
Matthew Maitra +44 (0) 1223 333493
Carl Martin cm828@cam.ac.uk
Dan McKenzie
Sophie Miocevich +44 (0) 1223 333425 srm81@cam.ac.uk
Aisling O'Kane +44 (0) 1223 337191 amo49@cam.ac.uk
Dr Camilla Penney +44 (0) 1223 37192 cp451@cam.ac.uk
Dr Simone Pilia +44 (0) 1223 748943 sp895@cam.ac.uk
Professor Keith Priestley +44 (0) 1223 337195 kfp10@cam.ac.uk
Stephen Pugh +44 (0) 1223 337180 sdp43@cam.ac.uk
Professor Nicholas Rawlinson +44 (0) 1223 337193 nr441@cam.ac.uk
Dr John F. Rudge +44 (0) 1223 765545 jfr23@cam.ac.uk
Stuart Russell sr895@cam.ac.uk
Dr Chunendra K. Sahu cks34@cam.ac.uk
Ana Patricia Santana +44 (0) 1223 337064 aprqas2@cam.ac.uk
Leonardo Siqueira +44 (0) 1223 337060 lfdsds2@cam.ac.uk
Dr Simon Stephenson +44 (0) 1223 33400 sns29@cam.ac.uk
Frank Syvret fs406@cam.ac.uk
Chia-Yu Tien cyt28@cam.ac.uk
Omry Volk ov223@cam.ac.uk
Deborah Wehner dw545@cam.ac.uk
Professor Robert White +44 (0) 1223 337187 rsw1@cam.ac.uk
Professor Nicky White +44 (0) 1223 337063 njw10@cam.ac.uk
Dr Sam Wimpenny sew57@cam.ac.uk
Tom Winder tom.winder@esc.cam.ac.uk
Dr Nigel Woodcock +44 (0) 1223 333430 nhw1@cam.ac.uk
Professor Andy Woods +44 (0) 1223 765702 andy@bpi.cam.ac.uk