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 social seismology. I find it fascinating that the tiny signals recorded at the Earth's surface allow us to answer fundamental questions about its deep interior, 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 inverse 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 hesitate to get in touch to discuss possible projects and funding opportunities.

PhD opportunities for October 2023 (deadline passed now)

Interested in seismological research? Want to live and work in Oxford? I welcome applications of prospective PhD students for a start in October 2023. Research topics are open, so please contact me to discuss suggestions and ideas. Some suggested projects focus on tomographic proxies for phase transitions in the deep Earth, imaging of mantle upwellings under oceanic islands, and monitoring seismicity during urban drilling. These projects are listed on the Oxford departmental website (as DPhil projects), where also more information can be found for prospective students about scholarships. Applications for competitive funding can be made through the Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) with a deadline of 6th January 2023.

Futurum educational resources on deep Earth seismology

I developed educational resources for schools about my research into the deep Earth. Besides producing an article discussing the landscapes in the deep Earth and general seismology, there is also an activity sheet for school teachers to use in lessons, and an animation will soon be added as well. The resources were produced by Futurum Careers, a free online resource and magazine aimed at encouraging 14-19-year-olds worldwide to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEM).

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.

Philip Leverhulme Prize 2021 awarded by the Leverhulme Trust

The Philip Leverhulme Prizes are awarded annually by the Leverhulme Trust ''to recognise the achievements of outstanding researchers at an early stage of their careers whose work has already attracted international impact and whose future research career is exceptionally promising''. The Prizes are awarded across a number of disciplines, which in 2021 included Classics, Earth Sciences, Physics, 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 about a range of seismological topics. We touched not only on global seismology and the landscapes of the deep Earth, but also talked about how anthropogenic seismic noise has been affected by Covid-19 governmental lockdowns, and even chatted about Marsquakes and Messiquakes!