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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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Dr Thomas Gernon BSc (Hons), PhD, FGS, FHEA

Associate Professor in Earth Science

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

2010 - : Lecturer in Earth Science, University of Southampton, School of Ocean and Earth Science
2008 – 2009: Lecturer in Geology, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Geology
2007 – 2008: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, ‘dynamics of dyke emplacement at Snap Lake Diamond Mine, NW Territories, Arctic Canada’.
2004 – 2007: PhD, University of Bristol, Department of Earth Sciences, ‘Fluidisation and emplacement processes in kimberlite eruptions’.
2000 – 2004: BSc (Hons.) in Geology with First Class Honours, University College Dublin.

Research interests

Specialism: Earth Science

My research explores the complex interactions between geological processes operating on different scales, and in different environments. My foundation in classic field geology and interest in the ‘big picture’ — the fundamental puzzle of how the Earth works — has resulted in a diverse research portfolio. Recent, exciting research has ranged from investigating the coupling between global tectonic and geochemical cycles in ‘deep time’ (e.g. “Snowball Earth”), to the regional controls on induced seismicity today. I apply a range of different techniques, including fieldwork, experiments, modelling, and analysis, to address these problems. I am currently involved in projects studying the impact cratering record of the Earth and Moon, the evolution of volcanism and seismicity in different tectonic environments, and understanding global-scale geochemical trends through Earth history.

Free download of our recent paper on Oklahoma's induced seismicity

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

Research project(s)

ECO2 sub-seabed CO2 Storage: analysis of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Data

A 4.3 million year record of arc volcanism in the Caribbean

Marine diagenesis of tephra and the carbon cycle

Triggering of major volcanic eruptions recorded by cumulates

Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage (QICS)

Impact of seabed properties on the ampacity and reliability of cables

Pb-Zn mineralisation within the Limerick Basin (SW Ireland): A role for volcanism?

Environmental Controls on the State of HV Cables under the Seafloor

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

Interaction between tectonic deformation and magmatism during volcanic rifting in Afar

Marine sediment tephra

RiftVolc - Rift Volcanism: Past, Present and Future

SOES2002: Structural Geology – lecturer
SOES3020: Volcanic and Mantle Processes – lecturer (deputy leader on Tenerife field course)
SOES2012: Fieldwork & Key Skills for Geologists – course leader
SOES2022: co-leader on San Jose (Almeria) field trip, SE Spain.

Dr Thomas Gernon
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/186/02

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