My main interests are in tectonic processes (earthquakes, plate motions) and geophysical exploration of Zealandia. I am involved in diverse research at all scales. Drilling into the Alpine fault investigates microscopic to mountain scales, whereas ocean drilling is at continent scale. I have worked on crustal-scale projects using geophysical methods, and on the processes of subduction zone initiation and sedimentary basin formation. I have also worked on the history of global plate motions and how and why they have changed. These various studies have also led to secondary interests in geomorphology, climate change, and natural physical resources.
Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand