Lecturer in Geophysics at the University of Aberdeen using seismology to understand how the Earth works.

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I am a Lecturer in Geophysics at the University of Aberdeen, interested in using seismic data to understand tectonic processes that are happening on Earth today, and how these have evolved over geological history. This includes developing seismicity catalogues from local earthquakes and seismic velocity models for a variety of tectonic settings. I use deep learning methods to develop more efficient workflows for processing and analysing large datasets.  

My current research is primarily focussed on northern Borneo where I am using seismic data from the nBOSS network to understand what happens after subduction stops. I use a variety of passive seismic imaging techniques, including receiver functions, surfaces waves and shear-wave splitting to develop models of the crust and mantle, which can then be interpreted in light of tectonic processes that are, or have, taken place. I use these models to help better pinpoint the location of earthquakes that have occurred in northern Borneo both to help understand the tectonics in this region and the potential seismic hazard. 

Prior to arriving at Aberdeen as a post-doc in 2016, I worked at Imperial College London. There my research focused on the seismic structure of the lithosphere in Eastern Canada. I was involved in the QM-III project (Québec-Maine across three sutures) and managed the network of 10 seismic stations that Imperial College had deployed in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. 

In my PhD research at the University of Cambridge I imaged the structure of the crust and upper mantle in central Asia, with a particular focus on intracontinental deformation taking place in the Kyrgyz Tien Shan and deformation related to the India-Eurasia collision in the Western Himalayas and Western Tibet. These images were made using receiver function, surface waves from earthquakes and ambient noise data to construct shear velocity models for a region covering India, the Tibetan Plateau, the Tarim Basin and the Tien Shan.

Current teaching

Key responsibilities

GL2511 Geophysics
2nd year undergraduate
Course coordinator

GL5036 Earth Physics, Structure, and Processes
MSc Geophysics
Course coordinator

GL5709 Machine Learning in Geophysics
MSc Geophysics

GL5710 Project in Geophysics
MSc Geophysics

Introduction to Python
MSc Geophysics

Additional Contributions

GL3525 Field and Mapping techniques
3rd year undergraduate

GL4529 Geoscience and the UN sustainable development goals
4th year undergraduate
Guest speaker

GL5059 Near Surface and Environmental Geophysics
MSc Geophysics
Field leader

Community contributions

  • Section Editor (seismology) for Journal of the Geological Society
  • British Geophysical Association Outreach Officer
  • University of Aberdeen Physical Sciences and Engineering Ethics Board
  • University of Aberdeen MSc Geophysics Admissions and Marketing

Outreach and engagement

  • Virtual and in-person talks and interactive sessions to primary and secondary school pupils
  • Talks to community groups including, Girls into Geoscience, Pint of Science Aberdeen, Aberdeen Geological Society, and Dundee Mountain Club
  • Interviewed for the Royal Astronomical Society’s Supermassive podcast
  • Good vibrations seismology stand at University of Aberdeen May Festival
  • Interviews on LBC radio about recent earthquakes

Employment and Education

Lecturer in Geophysics
(2020 – present)
School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen

Royal Astronomical Society Independent Research Fellow
(2018 – 2020)
School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
(2016 – 2018)
School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen

Postdoctoral Research Associate
(2014 – 2016)
Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London

PhD in Geophysics (Seismology)
(2010 – 2014)
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
Thesis title: Imaging the crust and upper mantle in Central Asia
Supervisors: Keith Priestley (University of Cambridge), Steven Roecker (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).

MEarthSci in Earth Sciences, Class I
(2006 – 2010)
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
4th Year research project (2009/10): Joint inversion of mantle wave and continuous GPS data for the fault mechanism to the 14th February 2008 M6.9 Greek Earthquake
Supervisor: John Woodhouse (University of Oxford)

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