The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
(023) 8059 6614

Dr Derek Keir 

Associate Professor in Geophysics

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Dr Derek Keir is Associate Professor in Geophysics within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.









Research interests

Specialisms: Extensional tectonics, earthquakes & volcanoes

My research primarily targets understanding time and length scales of deformation processes at active plate boundaries. In order to understand the behaviour of the Earth I use combined geological, geochemical and geophysical observations of subsurface structure, as well as observations and modelling of Earth deformation. My current seismic projects are based in the three rifts (East African, Red Sea, and Gulf of Aden rifts) forming the Afar Triple Junction, and as a result my work also impacts understanding the tectonic evolution of the region. I am also generally interested in the interaction between magmatic and tectonic processes in active volcanoes, as well as seismic and volcanic hazards.

Previous Research Projects

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

Research project(s)

Evolution of faulting and magmatism during volcanic rifting in the Ethiopian Rift

Interaction between tectonic deformation and magmatism during volcanic rifting in Afar

Active fault kinematics during non-volcanic rifting in East Africa

Trans-Haiti: Crustal-scale geodynamics of the Hispaniola boundary in the Caribbean

RiftVolc - Rift volcanism: past, present and future


Book Chapter

Primary current teaching roles:

SOES6059 - Basin analysis - Coordinator
SOES3025 - Anglesey component of independent mapping project - Coordinator
- Global tectonics


Dr Derek Keir
Student Office, Room 166/09 University of Southampton Waterfront Campus National Oceanography Centre European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number:NOCS/786/12

Telephone:(023) 8059 6614

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