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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Seismology, Imperial College London

Stephen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Seismology 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 megathrust earthquakes and mantle flow in response to subduction beneath South America. His PhD project tried to understand 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 PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Liverpool in 2015.


  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral associate (Seismology), Imperial College London
  • 2017–2019
    Postdoctoral research fellow (Seismology), University of Southampton


  • 2015 
    University of Liverpool, PhD (Earth Sciences)
  • 2011 
    University of Liverpool, MESci (Geology & Geophysics)


  • 2017
    Using beam‐forming to maximise the detection capability of small, sparse seismometer arrays deployed to monitor oilfield activities, Geophysical Prospecting
  • 2015
    Seismic slip on an upper-plate normal fault during a large subduction megathrust rupture, Nature Geoscience
  • 2014
    Anatomy of a megathrust: The 2010 M8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake rupture zone imaged using seismic tomography, Earth and Plantary Science Letters
  • 2012
    Sub-slab mantle anisotropy beneath south-central Chile, Earth and Plantary Science Letters
  • 2012
    The 2010 Mw 8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake: Nucleation and rupture propagation controlled by a subducted topographic high, Geophysical Research Letters