Philip England

Philip England

Chair of Geology
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 272018

Research Profile

My research is focused on understanding the tectonics of the continents, through a combination of theoretical models with geological, seismological, and geodetic measurements of active deformation. I am also interested in the thermal and mechanical structure of subduction zones.

Earthquakes without Frontiers

Current projects
Dynamics of continental deformation in the Alpine-Himalayan Belt
Tsunami hazard in the Eastern Mediterranean
Stress, metamorphism, and melting at convergent plate boundaries

Teaching Profile

1st Year: Plate Tectonics, Heat Flow, and Convection.
3rd Year: Geodynamics.
4th Year: Santorini and Mainland Greece: Volcanology and Active Tectonics.

Other Information

England, P., 2018. On shear stresses, temperatures, and the maximum magnitudes of earthquakes at convergent plate boundaries. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 123, JGRB52909, DOI: 10.1029/2018JB015907

Journal: Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid EarthWalters, R.J., England, P.C. & Houseman, G.A., 2017. Constraints from GPS measurements on the dynamics of the zone of convergence between Arabia and Eurasia. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 122, 1470-1495, doi:10.1002/2014JB011733.

England, P., Houseman, G. & Nocquet, J.-M., 2016. Constraints from GPS measurements on the dynamics of deformation in Anatolia and the Aegean. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 121, pp.8888–8916, doi:10.1002/2016JB013382.

Howell, A., Jackson, J., England, P., Higham, T, & Synolakis, C., 2015. Late Holocene uplift of Rhodes, Greece: evidence for a large tsunamigenic earthquake and the implications for the tectonics of the eastern Hellenic Trench System. Geophysical Journal International, 203, pp.459–474.

Molnar, P., England, P.C. & Jones, C.H., 2015. Mantle dynamics, isostasy, and the support of high terrain. Journal Of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 120, pp.1932–1957.

England, P. & Bilham, R., 2015. The Shillong Plateau and the great 1897 Assam earthquake. Tectonics, 34, pp.1792–1812.

England, P. & Molnar, P., 2015. Rheology of the lithosphere beneath the central and western Tien Shan. Journal Of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 120, doi:10.1002/2014JB011733.

England, P., Howell, A., Jackson, J. & Synolakis, C., 2015. Palaeotsunamis and tsunami hazards in the Eastern Mediterranean. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 373:20140374.

P. Molnar, P. England, C. Jones. Mantle dynamics, isostasy and the support of high terrain. J. Geophys. Res., 120, doi:10.1002/2014JB011724.

N. D’Agostino, P. England, I. Hunstad, G. Selvaggi. Gravitational potential energy and active deformation in the Apennines. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 397 (2014) 121-132.

PC England, RT Walker, B Fu, MA Floyd A bound on the viscosity of the Tibetan crust from the horizontality of palaeoshorelines. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 375, 44–56, 2013

Parks, M. M, Biggs, J., England, P. et al. Evolution of Santorini Volcano dominated by episodic fluxes of melt from depth. Nature Geoscience: 5, 749-754  doi:10.1038/NGEO1562

Elliott, J. R., Nissen, E. K., England, P. C., et al. Slip in the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes, New Zealand. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 117 doi:10.1029/2011JB008868

P England, J Jackson Uncharted Seismic Risk Nature Geoscience 4, 348-349, 2011.

England, P.C. and R. F. Katz. Global systematics of arc position. Nature, 468, E6-7 doi:10.1038/nature09154, 2010.

England, P.C. and R. F. Katz. Melting above the anhydrous solidus controls the location of volcanic arcs. Nature, 495, 700-4 doi:10.1038/nature09417, 2010.

M.A. Floyd, H. Billiris, D. Paradissis, G. Veis, A. Avallone, P. Briole, S. McClusky, J-M. Nocquet, B. Parsons and P.C. England. A New Velocity Field for Greece: Implications for the Kinematics and Dynamics of the Aegean. J. Geophys. Res, doi:10.1029/2009JB007040, 2010.

J.R. Elliott, R.J. Walters, P.C. England, J.A. Jackson, Z. Li and B.E. Parsons. Extension on the Tibetan plateau: recent normal faulting measured by InSAR and body wave seismology. Geophys. J. Int. doi/10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04754.x, 2010.

Walters, R. J., J. R. Elliott, N. D’Agostino, P. C. England, I. Hunstad, J. A. Jackson, B. Parsons, R. J. Phillips, G. Roberts, The 2009 L’Aquila earthquake (central Italy): A source mechanism and implications for seismic hazard, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L17312, doi:10.1029/2009GL039337, 2009.

Shaw B., Ambraseys N.N., England P.C., Floyd M.A., Gorman G.J., Higham T.F.G., Jackson J.A., Nocquet J.M., Pain C.C., Piggott M.D. Eastern Mediterranean tectonics and tsunami hazard inferred from the AD 365 earthquake.  Nature Geosci, 1, 268-276, 2008.

England, P., Molnar, P, and Richter, F. John Perry’s neglected critique of Kelvin’s age for the Earth: A missed opportunity in geodynamics. GSA Today v. 17, No 1, 2007

England, P. and Molnar, P.  Late Quaternary to decadal velocity fields in Asia, J. Geophys. Res. 110, B12401, doi:10.1029/2004JB003541, 2005.

Whitehouse, P., England, P. and Houseman, G., A Physical Model for the Motion of the Sierra Block, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 237, 590-600. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2005.03.028, 2005

Wright, T. J., Parsons, B. E., England, P. C. and Fielding, E. J., InSAR Observations of Low Slip Rates on the Major Faults of Western Tibet, Science, Vol. 305, pp. 236 – 239.

England, P. and Wilkins, C., A Simple Analytical Approximation to the Temperature Structure in Subduction Zones, Geophys. J. Int., 159, 1138-1154, 2004.

England, P., R. Engdahl and W. Thatcher Systematic variation in the depths of slabs beneath arc volcanoes, Geophys. J. Int., 156, 377-408, 2004

Hunstad, I., G. Selvaggi, N. D’Agostino, P. England, P. Clarke, and M. Pierozzi. Geodetic strain in peninsular Italy between 1875 and 2001, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30(4), 1181, doi:10.1029/2002GL016447, 2003.