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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
(023) 8059 3640

Professor Lisa McNeill MA, PhD

Professor of Tectonics, Director of Education

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Professor Lisa McNeill is Professor of Tectonics within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

MA (Hons) Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 1992
PhD Oregon State University, USA, 1998
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, University of Leeds (1999-2000)
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, University of Southampton (2000-2002)
Lecturer, University of Southampton (2003-2008)
Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton (2008-present)

Research interests

Specialisms: Active tectonics, marine geophysics, earthquakes

Primary current research interests are the active tectonics of subduction zones and continental rifts, and their associated geological hazards. My research involves a range of methodologies, from tectonic geomorphology, paleoseismology and Quaternary dating methods onshore, to marine geophysics and ocean drilling offshore. Subduction zone research includes: forearc evolution and structure; the relationship between structure, fault properties, seismogenic behaviour and tsunami generation; and in situ stress across subduction zones, with research projects on the Sumatran, Nankai and Makran margins. Continental rift studies have focussed on the Gulf of Corinth, central Greece where onshore and offshore data have been compiled to determine evolution of this young rift system and slip rates of major earthquake generating faults. I have had extensive involvement with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program in recent years, in particular with the NanTroSEIZE drilling project investigating fault properties and seiemogenic behaviour on the Nankai margin, SW Japan, where I was Co-Chief Scientist of the first scientific riser drilling Expedition (319, 2009).

External research projects

IODP NanTroSEIZE Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment:

Integrated Ocean Drilling Program: 

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

Research project(s)

Sumatran Earthquake Segment Boundaries Consortium

Controls on Megathrust Earthquake Segmentation

Mapping physical properties using reflection coefficients, a global approach

Segmentation, fault structure and tsunamigenesis of the Sumatran Subduction Zone

Structure, fluid flow and earthquake potential of the Makran Subduction Zone, Pakistan

Active-source seismic refraction across the Sumatra subduction zone

RiftVolc - Rift Volcanism: Past, Present and Future

Editorial board of Geology (2008-present)

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Primary current teaching roles:
SOES2002 Structural Geology – Coordinator
SOES3032 Global Tectonics – Coordinator
SOES3002 Petroleum Geology and Mineral Resources
MSci Geology Study Abroad Coordinator
SOES3025 / SOES3027 Anglesey Field Trip Coordinator

Professor Lisa McNeill
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/786/05

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3059

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