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After graduating from the University of London I was fortunate in gaining a research post at the University of California, where I obtained my PhD working on the San Andreas fault, a long-standing fascination of mine. I then taught at Humboldt State University in northern California before returning home to take up research and teaching posts at the University of Edinburgh and Brunel University before coming to Portsmouth in 2007.

Research Interests

I am fortunate to work in many geologically exciting parts of the world, collaborating with a wide range of talented researchers. This typically involves detailed field-based studies within a multidisciplinary approach. My research aims to contribute by gaining a better understanding of such problems as geological hazards.  More specific research interests include:

  • Palaeoseismology and earthquake hazards, exposure to risk and mitigation measures.
  • Volcano geodynamics and hazards, particularly flank instability.
  • Structural geology and tectonics, particularly neotectonics.
  • Slope stability studies, particularly related to seismically triggered landslides, landslide dammed lakes and coastline retreat.
  • Using palaeo sea-level indicators in analysing recent tectonic activity.
  • Comparison of long-term geologically determined deformation rates and short-term GPS-determined rates.
  • Exposure to hazardous minerals in the environment.
  • Use of UAV (drone) technology in mapping and analysing complex structural domains.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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