Stephen is a Postdoctorate Researcher at the University of Southampton. His main interests are focussed on unravelling what happens when two titanic tectonic plates collide at a subduction zone. This plate boundary is vital to our lives. Subduction zones have given us life, but they have the power to take it away during damaging earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Stephen's research is on large earthquake processes and subduction zones. His PhD thesis shed new light on the factors that controlled the great 2010 Chile earthquake - the 6th largest quake ever recorded. Ultimately, his research hopes to shed light on what physically drives such massive earthquakes. With more and more of the world's population living in hazardous areas, this work is becoming increasingly important. Stephen received a first class Master of Earth Sciences (Geology and Geophysics) degree from the University of Liverpool in 2011.
New comment in the Guardian Newspaper on the recent "crack" that has appeared in the Kenya Rift Valley: https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2018/apr/06/africa-is-slowly-splitting-in-two-but-this-crack-in-kenya-rift-valley-has-little-to-do-with-it
New paper (open-access) on the near-simulataneous rupture of two aspertieis during a M6.6 earthquake in Western China (collaborators from U. Liverpool & U. Oxford): dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2018.03.033
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