The Geology and Geophysics Research Group includes about 60 staff and PhD students. We are among the most active research groups in this field in Europe.
Our specific research strengths include:
Our work is underpinned by world-class facilities for controlled source electromagnetic sounding, ocean bottom seismology, high resolution sea floor imagery, and the analysis of cores and other sea-bottom samples.
To find out more about our current activities please visit the Geology & Geophysics Blog
Contact: Dr Justin Dix
We have over 20 years experience of collecting high resolution geophysical data for research projects as diverse as small object detection (including forensic work); wreck based surveys, Quaternary natural and archaeological landscape studies, neotectonics, and large scale sedimentological and structural analysis.
3d Chirp is a surface-towed sub-bottom profiling system capable of imaging the upper tens of metres of the sub-surface on three dimensions with decimetric horizontal and centimetric vertical resolution.
The Ocean Bottom Instrumentation Consortium aims to provide the academic and commercial communities with access to multi-sensor, versatile seabed instruments to enable sub-surface geophysical imaging at high vertical and lateral resolution.
The university is equipped to carry out field research programes in CSEM surveys - for both academic and applied research topics.
GAU-Radioanalytical is an industry and government-agency focussed organisation that offers specialist radioanalytical research and analytical services.
This facility primarily focuses on making high quality sections of a range of materials for teaching and research. Cutting services, vacuum impregnation and staining techniques are also available.
We have two vessels based at NOCS that are available to staff and students of Ocean and Earth Science. R.V. Callista and R.V. Bill Conway.
This facility houses state-of-the-art instrumentation as well as a shielded room to support paleomagnetism, rock and mineral magnetism, magnet stratigraphy, and palaeoenvironment related research.
The XRD facility located at NOCS provides a service for the qualitative or quantitative analysis of rock samples to determine bulk mineralogy and/or clay mineralogy.
PhD Project Titles
Controlled source electromagnetics to study potential fluid flow pathways associated with carbon capture and storage sites
Dr Romina Gehrmann, Prof Tim Minshull, Prof Jonathan M Bull.
Coupled geophysical, geomechanical and geochemical monitoring and modelling of carbon capture and storage (CCS) reservoirs
Dr Ismael Falcon-Suarez, Dr Anna Lichtschlag, Dr Juerg Matter, Dr Angus Best.
Deformation-related electrical conduction mechanisms and seismic anisotropy in and below the Australian lithosphere
Fiona Simpson (Ocean & Earth Science, UoS), Dr Kate Rychert (Ocean & Earth Science, UoS).
Direct measurements of destructive flows in Monterey Submarine Canyon, California
Dr Esther Sumner, Mike Clare, Matthieu Cartigny, Peter Talling (Univ. Durham) and Charles Paull (MBARI).
From little flows to large landslides – the first field-scale test of frequency-magnitude relationships for turbidity currents
Mike Clare, Dr Ivan Haigh, Matthieu Cartigny, Dr Mark Vardy.
How do subduction zones initiate, develop and end: Imaging the Reversal of Subduction in Papua New Guinea
Dr Nicholas Harmon, Prof Brian Savage (University of Rhode Island).
How faults interact within active rift zones (East Africa, Central Greece) at ultra high resolution
Professor Lisa McNeill, Dr Derek Keir, Prof Jonathan M Bull, Casey Nixon (University of Bergen, Norway).
Joint model of elastic and electrical properties of seafloor methane gas hydrates
Dr Angus Best, Héctor Marín Moreno, Dr Laurence North, Umberta Tinivella (OGS) and Michela Giustiniani (OGS) .
Ocean floors in the lab: Sediment rheology
Dr Esther Sumner, Lead Supervisor - Ivo Peters (Engineering & the Environment Co-I: Esther Sumner (OES; 50%).
Seismically Imaging the tectonic plate
Dr Kate Rychert, Dr Nicholas Harmon, Michael Kendall (University of Bristol).
Understanding sediment suspension in turbulent geophysical flows using refractive index matched experiments
Dr Esther Sumner, Lead Supervisor: Dr Christina Vanderwel (Engineering & the Environment, UoS).
Scour Evolution Around Offshore Structures
Dr Justin Dix, Dr Mark Vardy, Professor Richard Whitehouse and Dr John Harris (HR Wallingford); Dr Chris Roman (University of Rhode Island); Peter Hogarth (Kongsberg Maritime)
Smart Coast: Adaptive real-time assessment of coastal bio-dynamics using UAV and AUVs
Lead Supervisor - Professor Martin Solan (Ocean & Earth Science, UoS), Dr Julian Leyland (Ocean & Earth Science, UoS), Dr Charlie Thompson (Ocean & Earth Science, UoS), Dr Sasan Mahmoodi (Ocean & Earth Science, UoS), Dr John Howe (SAMS).
Bayesian inversion of controlled source electromagnetic data for a laterally variable subsurface
Dr Romina Gehrmann, Prof Tim Minshull, Prof Stan E. Dosso (University of Victoria, BC, Canada).
Faulting, fluids and geohazards within subduction zone forearcs
Professor Lisa McNeill, Prof Tim Henstock, Prof Tim Minshull, Prof David Sanderson.
Determining gas flux through the seabed using active and passive seismology and optical techniques
Prof Jonathan M Bull, Prof Timothy Leighton (Institute for Sound and Vibration Research), Prof Paul White (Institute for Sound and Vibration Research).
|Staff Member||Primary Position|
|Matthew R Agius||Research Fellow in Passive Seismology|
|Najeeb Aladwani||Postgraduate research student|
|Charlotte Emily Aldred||Postgraduate research student (NERC CDT in Oil and Gas)|
|Joshua R Allin||Postgraduate research student|
|Abd Muhaimin Amiruddin||Postgraduate research student|
|Carl L Amos||Emeritus Professor|
|Eric Attias||Postgraduate research student|
|Rachael S Avery||Postgraduate research student|
|Maria Azpiroz||Postgraduate research student|
|Andy Barker||Senior Tutor|
|Gaye Bayrakci||Research Fellow in Geophysics|
|Bhargav Boddupalli||Postgraduate research student|
|Jonathan Bull||Professor in Geology and Geophysics|
|Ben Callow||Postgraduate research student|
|Emma L Chambers||Postgraduate research student|
|Chen Chen||Postgraduate research student|
|Ben Chichester||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Clementine Chirol||Postgraduate research student|
|James Coussens||Postgraduate research student|
|James Davey||Postgraduate research student|
|John Davis||Experimental Officer|
|Richard Gareth Davy||Postgraduate research student|
|Maria De La Fuente||Postgraduate research student|
|Haoyun Deng||Postgraduate research student|
|Justin Dix||Associate Professor in Marine Geophysics|
|Adeline Marie Dutrieux||Postgraduate research student|
|Amy L Elson||Postgraduate research student|
|John Emeana||Postgraduate research student|
|Michael Faggetter||Postgraduate research student|
|Ruth Farley||Postgraduate research student|
|David M Fries||Postgraduate research student, Marie Curie Initial Training Network|
|Ryan J Gallacher||Postgraduate research student|
|Romina Gehrmann||Research Fellow in Marine Electromagnetics|
|Thomas Gernon||Associate Professor in Earth Science|
|Michael James Grant||Enterprise Fellow in Marine Archaeology|
|Tim Greenfield||Postdoctoral Research Fellow|
|Samuel J Griffith||Postgraduate research student|
|Sophie Hage||Postgraduate research student|
|Nicholas Harmon||Lecturer in Geophysics|
|Tim Henstock||Professor of Geophysics|
|Stephen P Hicks||Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Passive Source Seismology|
|Tim Hughes||Postgraduate research student|
|Finnigan Illsley-Kemp||Postgraduate research student|
|Pierre Josso||Postgraduate research student|
|Hachem Kassem||Teaching Fellow in Coastal Morphodynamics and GIS|
|Derek Keir||Associate Professor in Geophysics|
|Jens C Krüger||Postgraduate research student, Marie Curie Research Fellow|
|Aude Lavayssiere||Postgraduate research student|
|Jessica Lawrence (Wujek)||Postgraduate research student|
|Leigh Marsh||Visiting Fellow|
|Lisa McNeill||Professor of Tectonics|
|Timothy A Minshull||Professor|
|Mohamad Anas Mohamad Annuar||Postgraduate research student|
|Vanessa Monteleone||Postgraduate research student|
|Alessandro Mozzato||Postgraduate research student|
|Jennifer Neale||Postgraduate research student|
|Sebastian J Pitman||Postgraduate research student|
|Ed Pope||Postgraduate research student|
|Daniel Possee||Postgraduate research student|
|David Price||Postgraduate research student (NEXUSS)|
|Giuseppe Provenzano||Postgraduate research student|
|David Riley||Postgraduate research student|
|Catherine A Rychert||Associate Professor in Geophysics|
|Sourav Kumar Sahoo||Postgraduate research student|
|Ryan Scott||Postgraduate research student (NEXUSS)|
|Melanie Siegburg||Postgraduate research student|
|Esther Sumner||Lecturer in Sedimentology|
|Will Symons||Postgraduate research student|
|Saikiran Tharimena||Postgraduate research student|
|Charlie Thompson||Research Fellow|
|Matthew Truell||Postgraduate research student|
|Tim Van Peer||Postgraduate research student|
|Millie Watts||Postgraduate research student|
|Alexander Webber||Postdoctoral Research Fellow|
|Martin Weeks||Ocean Bottom Instrument Engineer|
|Graham K Westbrook||Visiting Professor|
|Bob Whitmarsh||Emeritus Professor|
|Xiaodong Yang||Postgraduate research student|
|Naiyu Zhang||Postgraduate research student|
|Barbara Zihlmann||Postgraduate research student|
|iCOASST - integrating coastal sediment systems||Active|
|3D Chirp - Decimetre resolution sub-bottom profiling||Active|
|Arctic Hydrate Dissociation as a Consequence of Climate Change: Determining the vulnerable methane reservoir and gas escape mechanisms||Active|
|BLUE MINING: Breakthrough solutions for sustainable deep-sea mining value chain||Active|
|Critical Metals in Porphyry Copper Deposits||Active|
|Dynamics of gas hydrates in polar environments||Active|
|ECO2 sub-seabed CO2 Storage: analysis of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Data||Active|
|Effects of Posidonia oceanica on sediment transport: implications for the protection of shorelines||Active|
|Evolution of faulting and magmatism during volcanic rifting in the Ethiopian Rift||Active|
|Fluid flow associated with the Alpine Fault, South Island, New Zealand||Active|
|Geo-archaeology - New high-resolution 3D seismic imaging||Active|
|Geological storage of CO2 into oceanic crust||Active|
|Great Barrier Reef: How reef morphology and sea level affects wave transmission||Active|
|Igneous Reservoirs: Controls on Porosity and Permeability||Active|
|Imaging continental breakup with ocean bottom seismic techniques: Galicia Bank continental margin||Active|
|Impact of seabed properties on the ampacity and reliability of cables||Active|
|Improved mineral exploration and exploitation strategies||Active|
|The influence of reefs on coastal oceanography, erosion and recovery||Active|
|Interaction between tectonic deformation and magmatism during volcanic rifting in Afar||Active|
|Structure, fluid flow and earthquake potential of the Makran Subduction Zone, Pakistan||Active|
|Overpressure Development in Deep Basins: Linking Measures and Models||Active|
|Passive Imaging of the Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Boundary (PI-LAB)||Active|
|Pb-Zn mineralisation within the Limerick Basin (SW Ireland): A role for volcanism?||Active|
|Physical Properties of Oceanic Lower Crustal and Uppermost Mantle Rocks from Atlantis Massif, Mid-Atlantic Ridge||Active|
|Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage (QICS)||Active|
|The response of offshore Arctic methane hydrate to ocean warming during the next three centuries||Active|
|Rips and risk: An investigation of the hazard signature||Active|
|Sediment-water column exchange of nutrients in coastal and shelf-sea waters||Active|
|Sediment transport pathways offshore between Poole and Christchurch Bays||Active|
|Storms and Their Seismic Signals: Can seismometers be used to study oceans?||Active|
|Structure and structural permeability of active rift systems, examples of the Kermadec Arc, SW Pacific and the Main Ethiopian Rift, Ethiopia||Active|
|Sumatran Earthquake Segment Boundaries Consortium||Active|
|Surge Watch: An interactive and multi-purpose database of coastal flooding events for the UK||Active|
|Integration of CSEM and seismic data for mapping gas hydrates at CNE03||Active|
|The Porcupine Basin Project||Active|
|The Taphonomy of Historic Wreck Sites||Active|
|Trans-Haiti: Crustal-scale geodynamics of the Hispaniola boundary in the Caribbean||Active|
|Vertical turbulence structures in the benthic boundary layer as related to suspended sediment||Active|
|Volcanic edifice collapse: processes, timing, and impact on volcano evolution||Active|