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I am a geophysicist, aiming to understand why deformation of the Earth's crust and lithosphere varies regionally and globally. Tectonic plate margins accommodate tremendous amounts of deformation. Some margins creep slowly with little seismicity, while others slip mainly during huge earthquakes. On the other extreme, some plate interiors experience negligible deformation, even over billions of years. An understanding of what causes this variability is critical for assessing seismic hazard. My research explores how such these deformation styles are linked to the forces arising from convection of Earth's interior.

I use numerical and analytical methods to model the mechanical behaviour of the Earth on time-scales from many millions of years (mantle convection) to months (slow earthquakes) and seconds (earthquakes). My goal is to cut through complexity, to construct focussed models that distil fundamental processes.

Education/Academic qualification

Geophysics, PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 12 Jul 2017

External positions

Research Associate, Cardiff University

1 Aug 201731 Aug 2021

Research area keywords

  • Seismicity
  • Geodynamics
  • Mantle Flow


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