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Sam Wimpenny

Sam Wimpenny

Research Student

- Fault Mechanics

- Active tectonics

- Earthquakes

Bullard Laboratories
Madingley Rise
Madingley Road



My interests lie in understanding the mechanics of faulting, how continents deform to generate mountain ranges and basins, the rheology of the lithosphere and fault behaviour.

In order to investigate these topics I use observational techniques ranging from geomorphology, space-borne satellite geodesy (InSAR, GPS), seismology, potential field analysis, paleoseismic trenching, numerical simulations of fault behaviour and structural geology to investigate the seismic cycle, earthquakes, and what they can tell us about the way the Earth deforms.

Research Interests

(1) What are the forces/frictional properties acting to drive seismogenic slip and creep on faults?

(2) What can earthquakes tell us about the dynamics of mountain belts?

(3) What controls the distribution of earthquakes?


Research Supervision

Demonstrating Experience:

- Part 1B Geophysics (global seismology, basins, active source seismology, plate tectonics)

- Part II Geophysics Core (fault scaling, InSAR/GPS, plate tectonics, passive source seismology)

- Part III Continental Dynamics (InSAR/GPS, fault scaling, continuum models, geomorphology)

Supervising Experience:

- Part 1B Structural Geology and Tectonics

- Part 1B Geophysics and Basin Formation

- Part III Continental Dynamics


earthquake geology ; Geophysics ; Geodesy ; Seismology


  • Seismology
  • Numerical Modelling


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