Lucia Perez Diaz

Lucia Perez Diaz

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

I am a geologist specialised in structural geology and tectonics and interested in understanding the feedbacks between mantle dynamics, plate-scale processes and surface observations. I have experience on analogue and computer-based geodynamic modelling techniques, as well as geophysical data handling. This enables me to investigate the development histories of complex tectonic scenarios across scales, from faults to plates.

My current interests revolve around three interconnected focus points,

(1) the development of quantitative plate reconstruction techniques;

(2) the dynamics of plate motion: from driving forces to intraplate stress; and

(3) the significance of plate-scale processes in basin-scale histories, and feedbacks between the two.

My recent research outputs include a quantitative plate model for the opening of the South Atlantic Ocean, detailing the evolution of the ocean basin’s bathymetry through time and accompanied by fully quantified uncertainty estimates. Most plate tectonic models of this type do not provide any reconstruction of palaeobathymetric history, yet this is in many respects the most significant aspect of such model because of its significance for understanding and predicting numerous aspects of sedimentary basin and palaeoclimate evolution. Perhaps even more importantly, most computer-based tectonic models give no indication of the sources or magnitudes of uncertainty, rendering them of little use for making further predictions. This work has provided an invaluable framework for studies of paleoclimate and water mass circulation, as well as to investigate the influence of tectonic history on the structural and sedimentary evolution of individual basins along the South Atlantic margins.

Peron-Pinvidic, G., Manatschal, G. and members of the IMAGinING Rifting Group (2019) Rifted margins: state of the art and challenges. Frontiers in Earth Science, 9. doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.00218

Batenburg, S.J., Voigt, S., Friedrich, O., Osborne, A.H., Bornemann, A., PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Frank, M., (2018) Major intensification of Atlantic overturning circulation at the onset of Paleogene greenhouse warmth. Nature Communications, 9. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-07457-7

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Eagles, G., (2017). South Atlantic paleobathymetry since early Cretaceous. Scientific Reports, 7, 11819. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11959-7

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Eagles, G., (2017). A new high-resolution seafloor age grid for the South Atlantic. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 18-1, pp. 457-470. doi: 10.1002/2016GC006750

Eagles, G., PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Scarselli, N., (2015). Getting over Continent-Ocean Boundaries. Earth Science Reviews, 151, pp. 244-265. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.10.009

Peer-reviewed international journals

Peron-Pinvidic, G., Manatschal, G. and members of the IMAGinING Rifting Group (2019) Rifting and rifted margins: state of the art and challenges. Frontiers in Earth Science, 9. doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.00218

Batenburg, S.J., Voigt, S., Friedrich, O., Osborne, A.H., Bornemann, A., PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Frank, M., (2018) Major intensification of Atlantic overturning circulation at the onset of Paleogene greenhouse warmth. Nature Communications, 9. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-07457-7

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Eagles, G., (2017). South Atlantic paleobathymetry since early Cretaceous. Scientific Reports, 7, 11819. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11959-7

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Eagles, G., (2017). Estimating paleobathymetry with quantified uncertainties: a workflow illustrated with South Atlantic data. Geological Society of London Special Publication 476. doi: 10.1144/SP476.1

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Eagles, G., (2017). A new high-resolution seafloor age grid for the South Atlantic. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 18-1, pp. 457-470. doi: 10.1002/2016GC006750

Eagles, G., PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Scarselli, N., (2015). Getting over Continent-Ocean Boundaries. Earth Science Reviews, 151, pp. 244-265. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.10.009

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Eagles, G., (2014). Constraining South Atlantic growth with seafloor spreading data. Tectonics, 33, pp. 1848-1873. doi: 10.1002/2014TC003644

 

Book chapters

Pérez-Díaz, L. (in rev.) The age of the world’s oceans. In: Regional Geology and Tectonics, 2nd Edition, Volume 1: Global Concepts, Techniques and Methodologies.

Adam, J., PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Hammerstein, J. (in rev.) Analogue modeling of tectonic processes. In: Regional Geology and Tectonics, 2nd Edition, Volume 1: Global Concepts, Techniques and Methodologies.

 

Conference papers

PĂ©rez DĂ­az, L. and Adam, J. Nucleation, growth and linkage of extensional detached faults in thin-skinned half grabens, PETEX 2018, London, November 2018.

PĂ©rez DĂ­az, L. and Eagles, G. South Atlantic paleobathymetry since early Cretaceous, EGU 2018, Vienna, April 2018.

Eagles, G., PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Scarselli, N. Getting over Continent-Ocean Boundaries. EGU 2018, Vienna, April 2018.

PĂ©rez DĂ­az, L. and Eagles, G. South Atlantic paleobathymetry since early Cretaceous, TSG Annual Meeting 2018, Plymouth, January 2018.

Eagles, G., PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Scarselli, N. Getting over Continent-Ocean Boundaries. TSG Annual Meeting 2018, Plymouth, January 2018.

Eagles, G., Pérez-Díaz, L. and Scarselli, N. Continent-Ocean Boundaries…the end of the line? AAPG ICE 2017, London, October 2017.

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Eagles, G. South Atlantic paleobathymetry since early Cretaceous, AAPG ICE 2017, London, October 2017.

Pérez-Díaz, L. and Eagles, G. South Atlantic paleobathymetry since early Cretaceous, William Smith Meeting 2017 – Tectonics at 50, Geological Society of London, October 2017.

Eagles, G., Pérez-Díaz, L. and Scarselli, N. Continent-Ocean Boundaries…the end of the line? Petroleum Advisory Board Meeting, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, March 2017.

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. Highs and lows of the South Atlantic basin. Lyell Society Evening Lecture, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, November 2016.

Eagles, G., PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Scarselli, N. Getting over Continent-Ocean Boundaries. Arthur Holmes Meeting, Geological Society of London, May 2016.

Eagles, G., Pérez-Díaz, L. and Scarselli, N. Continent-Ocean Boundaries…the end of the line? Passive Margins Conference 2016, Egham, April 2016.

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Adam, J. Dynamic growth and linkage of extensional faults in detached half-grabens. Passive Margins Conference 2016, Egham, April 2016.

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Eagles, G. Kinematic and paleobathymetric evolution of the South Atlantic Basin. Passive Margins Conference 2016, Egham, April 2016.

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Eagles, G. Kinematic and paleobathymetric evolution of the South Atlantic Basin, Tectonic Studies Group Annual Meeting 2016, Geological Society of London, January 2016.

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Adam, J. Dynamic growth and linkage of extensional faults in detached half-grabens. Tectonic Studies Group Annual Meeting 2016, Geological Society of London, January 2016.

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Eagles, G. Constraining South Atlantic growth with seafloor spreading data. The 14th HGS/PESGB Conference on African E&P, London, September 2015.

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. Looking back: the growth of the South Atlantic Ocean. PGR Summer Conference, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, June 2015.

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Eagles. G. From kinematic models to paleobathymetry: an example using South Atlantic data. COMPASS Annual Meeting 2015, Egham, June 2015.

PĂ©rez-DĂ­az, L. and Eagles, G. Constraining South Atlantic growth with seafloor spreading data. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, April 2015.

 

Online articles / Science communication

“Por que tiembla España” (Sep. 2018) The Conversation Spain. Original science divulgation piece, most read article on The Conversation Spain in 2018.

“Africa is splitting in two – here is why” (Mar. 2018) The Conversation UK. Original science divulgation piece, most read article on The Conversation UK history, now nearing 3 million reads worldwide.

“Ocean discoveries that changed the world” (Sep. 2017) Royal Holloway Earth Sciences Website. Press release communicating Pérez Díaz and Eagles, 2018 (Scientific Reports) research to a broad audience.

“Turns out Australia isn’t where you think it is” (Sep. 2016) Business Insider UK. Contribution to online article.