skip to primary navigationskip to content

Dr Sam Wimpenny

Dr Sam Wimpenny

Denman Baynes Junior Research Fellow - Clare College

Earthquakes, Fault Mechanics and Active Tectonics

Bullard Laboratories
Madingley Rise
Madingley Road



My research focuses on developing new insights into the mechanical behaviour of faults, and how fault behaviour effects geological processes such as orogeny. I use observational techniques ranging from geomorphology, space-borne satellite geodesy (InSAR, GPS), seismology, potential field analysis, paleoseismic trenching and structural geology, combined with numerical modelling, to study both active and ancient fault zones.

Research Interests

  • 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

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).


earthquake geology ; Geophysics ; Geodesy ; Seismology


  • Seismology
  • Numerical Modelling


Key Publications


Filed under: