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Professor Timothy A Minshull BA, MA, MSc, PhD


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Professor Timothy A Minshull is Professor within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

BA (Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics), University of Cambridge (1985)

MSc Geophysics, University of Durham (1986)

MA, University of Cambridge (1989)

PhD Marine Geophysics, University of Cambridge (1990)

Lecturer in Geophysics, University of Birmingham (1989-91)

Research Associate in Marine Geophysics, University of Cambridge (1991-94)

Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge (1994-99)

Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Southampton (1999-2002)

Reader (2001-2004) and Professor since 2004




Research interests

Specialism: Marine geophysics

My current research is focused in the following areas:

Extension of the continental lithosphere

This is my main area of research. I have had a few years without funded projects in this area (but with ongoing publication). However, I am co-I (lead in Southampton) of a c. £4M project involving UK, US and German funding for 3D seismic work on the west Iberia margin, which is now scheduled in summer 2013. This project will give unprecedented insights into tectonic processes during continental breakup. I lead the ocean bottom seismic component of the project.

Gas hydrates

In recent years my hydrate research has focused on the hydrate system west of Svalbard, where the hydrate stability field is being thermally eroded by changes in ocean temperature. I currently lead a NERC-funded project (2011-2014) that has funded two cruises: one using high-resolution seismic techniques to image gas escape pathways and the other using controlled source electromagnetic techniques to quantify the amounts of hydrate and gas present. These cruises form part of a large international effort in this region that was triggered by the results of a NERC Consortium Grant I led in the same area in 2008-2011. I also have a small project funded by DECC (through NERC) to model the evolution of the hydrate stability field into the future in this region.

Active island arc volcanism

I co-led an experiment in December 2007 to study the internal structure of the erupting volcano at Montserrat in the Caribbean. This project has led to co-authorship of six journal papers, involvement in ongoing thermal modelling work on the magma system, and proposals for follow-up work.

Links to Active Research

Information regarding seafloor geophysical instrumentation (Ocean Bottom Instrumentation Consortium)

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

Research project(s)

STEMM-CCS – Strategies for the Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage

Integration of CSEM and seismic data for mapping gas hydrates at CNE03

Arctic Hydrate Dissociation as a Consequence of Climate Change: Determining the vulnerable methane reservoir and gas escape mechanisms

Arctic methane at a tipping point: Estimating the amount of sub seabed methane

Overpressure Development in Deep Basins: Linking Measures and Models

The response of offshore Arctic methane hydrate to ocean warming during the next three centuries

Imaging continental breakup with ocean bottom seismic techniques: Galicia Bank continental margin

Galicia 3D - Exploring ancient continental breakup west of Spain

The Porcupine Basin Project

BLUE MINING: Breakthrough solutions for sustainable deep-sea mining value chain


Physical Properties of Oceanic Lower Crustal and Uppermost Mantle Rocks from Atlantis Massif, Mid-Atlantic Ridge


Book Chapters



Professor Timothy A Minshull
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