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Department of Earth Sciences

 
Earthquakes, Fault Mechanics and Active Tectonics

Biography

My research focuses on developing new insights into the mechanical behaviour of faults, and how fault behaviour effects geological processes such as mountain building and rifting. My specialism is in using a wide range of observational techniques from geomorphology, space-borne satellite geodesy (InSAR, GPS), seismology, potential field analysis, paleoseismic trenching and structural geology, and combining these observations with simple numerical modelling, to study both active and ancient fault zones.

Research

  • Earthquakes and faulting on the margins of mountain belts
  • Rheology of faults and the lithosphere
  • Evolution of mountain ranges through time
  • Geomorphology of active faults

Link to the Global Waveform-Modelled Earthquake Catalogue: https://github.com/samwimpenny/Global-Waveform-Catalogue

Publications

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Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 
  • Demonstrating: Part 1B Geophysics, Part II Geophysics Core, Part III Continental Dynamics
  • Supervising: Part 1B Maps & Structures, Geophysics & Sedimentary Basins, Part II Geophysics, Part III Continental Dynamics.
  • Field Trips: Ketton (Part 1A), Sedbergh (Part 1B - mapping), Dorset (Part 1B - Sedimentology), Greece (Part II - Active tectonics).
  • Masters Supervision: If you're interesting in doing a Part III project on active or ancient faulting - get in touch.
Denman Baynes Junior Research Fellow - Clare College
Dr Sam  Wimpenny

Contact Details

Email address: 
Bullard Laboratories
Madingley Rise
Madingley Road
Cambridge
CB3 0EZ

Affiliations

Person keywords: 
earthquake geology
Geophysics
Geodesy
Seismology
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