I am an Associate Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow at Exeter College, funded by a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. I am also a Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London.
As a seismologist I am interested in using seismic waves to understand the world around us, ranging from planetary-scale processes to soci al seismology. I find it fascinating that the tiny signals recorded at the Earth's surface allow us to answer fundamental questions about its deep int erior, and yet also provide detailed information about human and animal behaviour.
In my research, I enjoy working across disciplines, linking seismology with geodynamics and mineral physics, as well as combining insights with zoologists and geologists. Much of my research is hypothesis driven, often combining data, forward and inv erse modelling, with a strong emphasis on data uncertainties.
I am passionate about communicating my research and global seismology in general (see here for more information ). I am also happy to advice and support early-career researchers in their funding applications.
Postdocs, PhD students and undergraduate students interested in seismology projects and joining the DEEPSCAPE research group should not he sitate to get in touch to discuss possible projects and funding opportunities.
PDRA on imaging mantle upwellings (deadline passed now)
I welcome applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position, funded by NERC. In our Large Grant project ''MC2: Mantle circulation constrained'', our primary goal is to understand the upwellings in the Earth's mantle in 4D. This PDRA position focuses on regional imaging of upwellings, in collaboration with Dr Christophe Zaroli (Strasbourg). Applications are invited online via the University of Oxford application portal, but please get in touch with me for more information and any questions.
PhD opportunities for October 2022 (deadline passed now)
Interested in seismological research? Want to live and work in Oxford? I welcome applications for two PhD projects that will start in Oxfo rd in October 2022. One project, partially funded by the Royal So ciety, focuses on the topography of Earth's core-mantle bounday, which remains unconstrained, but contains a lot of information regarding dynamic proc esses in the mantle and core. The other project, funded by a Philip Leverhulme Prize, aims to characterise background seismicity and the sourc es of seismic noise across London.
These projects are listed on the Oxford departmental website, where also more information can be found for prospective students. The deadline for applications from international students is 21st January 2022, wh ile home students can apply until 1st March 2022 or until suitable candidates are found. Students interested in these projects and working with me in Oxford, please get in touch with any questions / concerns and to discuss the projects in more detail.
Philip Leverhulme Prize 2021 awarded by the Leverhulme Trust
The Philip Leverhulme Prizes are awarded annually by the Leverhulme Trust ''to recognise the ac hievements of outstanding researchers at an early stage of their careers whose work has already attracted international impact and whose future resear ch career is exceptionally promising''. The Prizes are awarded across a number of disciplines, which in 2021 included Classics, Earth Sciences, Physic s, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Visual and Performing Arts.
This Prize increases the visibility of fundamental seismological research and recognizes the key role it plays in understanding our planet. The Prize money will fund a new project in social seismology, so stay tuned for a PhD project announcement!
Pint of Science podcast about a range of seismological topics
I spoke to Callam & Jim for a Pint Of Science podcast abou t a range of seismological topics. We touched not only on global seismology and the landscapes of the deep Earth, but also talked about how anthropoge nic seismic noise has been affected by Covid-19 governmental lockdowns, and even chatted about Marsquakes and Messiquakes!