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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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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. Recent projects include a c. £4M project involving UK, US and German funding for 3D seismic work on the west Iberia margin. This project is giving us unprecedented insights into tectonic processes during continental breakup. I led the ocean bottom seismic component of the project. Another project focuses on hyper-extended crust in the Porcupine Basin.

Gas hydrates

In recent years my hydrate research has focused on the geophysical study of hydrates offshore Svalbard, where hydrate appears to be dissociating in response to ocean warming, and on numerical modelling of this dissociation process. I have also been leading a review of hydrate occurrence in Europe.

Fluid flow beneath the seabed

I lead aspects of two projects that are using high-resolution seismic and controlled source electromagnetic techniques to study fluid escape structures beneath the North Sea.

Marine minerals

I have been using controlled source electromagnetic techniques to investigate resistivity anomalies associated with seafloor massive sulphide deposits at the mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Links to Active Research

Information regarding seafloor geophysical instrumentation (Ocean Bottom Instrumentation Consortium)

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

Research project(s)

Underwater large-area high resolution monitoring by Distributed Optical Fibre Acoustic Sensors

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


Comprehensive assessment of the social, environmental and economic viability of gas hydrate commercialisation

Crustal and sedimentary structure of the Eastern Black Sea Basin from long-offset seismic reflection data

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Professor Timothy A Minshull
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/786/11

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