David Mackenzie

David Mackenzie

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 72064

I research tectonic shortening in the Alpine-Himalayan belt, focusing on the Kazakh Tien Shan and the Turkish-Iranian plateau.

The Kazakh Tien Shan and the Dzungarian Alatau, two large mountain ranges in Eastern Kazakhstan, between them take up a significant (around one quarter) fraction of the India-Eurasia convergence.

I am interested in studying the spatial distribution of this convergence on geological time scales. At present it is poorly known on which faults this shortening is accommodated, and geodetic data is very sparse in the region.

Identifying the fastest moving and most important faults gives us an insight into the processes forming the mountains, but also holds important conclusions for earthquake hazard assesment.

Teaching Profile

First Year:
Tutor for the physics component of the Physics, Chemistry and Biology course.
Tutor for the geophysics component of the Planet Earth course.

Second Year:
Tutor and demonstrator for the Earthquakes and Faulting course.
Tutor and demonstrator for the Remote Sensing & Active Tectonics course.
Demonstrator for the Strutural Geology course.

Third Year:
Tutor and demonstrator for the Thermal and Mechanical Models of the Lithosphere course.

Fourth Year:
Demonstrator for the active tectonics component of the Greece Field Course.

Graduate – DTP
Leading practical class on Structure-from-Motion photogrammetry data collection and analysis.

Journal Articles

Mackenzie, D., J. R. Elliott, E. Altunel, R. T. Walker, Y. C. Kurban, J.-L. Schwenninger, and B. Parsons (2016), Seismotectonics and rupture process of the MW 7.1 2011 Van reverse-faulting earthquake, Eastern Turkey, and implications for hazard in regions of distributed shortening, Geophys. J. Int. (Advance access) , doi:10.1093/gji/ggw158, PDF.
Abdrakhmatov, K. E., R. T. Walker, G. E. Campbell, A. S. Carr, A. Elliott, C. Hillemann, J. Hollingsworth, A. Landgraf, D. Mackenzie, A. Mukambayev, et al. (2016), Multi-segment rupture in the July 11th 1889 Chilik earthquake (Mw 8.0-8.3), Kazakh Tien Shan, interpreted from remote-sensing, field survey, and palaeoseismic trenching, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121, doi:10.1002/2015JB012763.
Campbell, G. E., R. T. Walker, K. Abdrakhmatov, J. Jackson, J. R. Elliott, D. Mackenzie, T. Middleton, and J.-L. Schwenninger (2015), Great earthquakes in low strain rate continental interiors: An example from SE Kazakhstan, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 120(8), 5507–5534, doi:10.1002/2015JB01192

Conference Papers

Mackenzie, D., R. T. Walker (2015), Disentangling Fault Scarp Geometry and Slip-Distribution in 3D, AGU Fall Meeting (Oral Presentation)
Mackenzie, D., K. Abdrakhmatov, G. Campbell, C. Gr├╝tzner, E. Carson, and A. Moldobaeb (2015), A fault slip-rate on the northern front of the High Tien Shan, Kazakhstan, in 6th International INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archaeoseismology, pp. 271–273 (Oral Presentation)
Mackenzie, D., K. Abdrakhmatov, G. Campbell, C. Grutzner, E. Carson, and A. Moldobaeb (2015b), A transect of quaternary geological slip rates in the Kazakh Tien Shan, in 6th International INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archaeoseismology, pp. 267–270 (Poster)
Mackenzie, D., J. R. Elliott, E. Altunel, Y. Kurban, R. T. Walker, and B. Parsons (2014), The Van Fault, Eastern Turkey: A Preliminary Geological Slip Rate, AGU Fall Meeting (Oral Presentation)