We perch so thin and fragile here upon the land
And the earth that moves beneath us, we don’t understand
Justin Sullivan


We work on a wide range of topics within seismology such as seismic wave propagation and Earth imaging using numerical techniques at scales from the crust to the core, seismic tomography and tectonic plate reconstruction, seismic vibrations by elephants, deep learning, Martian seismology, nuclear monitoring, ambient ocean noise, and seismic hazard. We run field deployments in oceans, the African savannah and other remote places, actively collaborate with other groups and projects worldwide, and engage with outreach. Our software codes (e.g. AxiSEM , AxiSEM3D) run on large supercomputers, are freely available and used in the geophysical community. Our research is co-funded by the European Union, various national funding agencies (NERC, STFC), and kind donors, and has been featured in the media on different occasions.

Seismology may seem as a niche discipline in the grand scheme of steering your life’s professional trajectory. However, the skills acquired and the fields to which our science can be applied could hardly be more diverse and rewarding. Our graduates not only have strong standings in academia, but skills such as critical and independent thinking, physical problem-solving, numerical methods and parallel computing, dealing with Huge Data and signal processing, the interplay of data and modeling, optimization and imaging techniques, a truly global and opened collegiate research community with a strong leaning towards open and free access to its products, multi-disciplinary interpretation and communication of scientific model results to non-experts (which is frequently the case in the Earth sciences) are beneficial for many and unexpected corners of modern society.

Please contact Prof Tarje Nissen-Meyer or Prof Karin Sigloch for further information.

+++++ NEWS (update Feb 2021) +++++

Funded by the UK Space Agency’s Aurora programme, researchers within the Seismology group (as science team members of the NASA InSight mission) are leading efforts to detect Perseverance’s Mars 2020 landing on February 18, 2021 using InSight’s seismometers. This is the first time that an experiment of this type has been tried on another planet.

See our Youtube channel for some research animations.