Early Career Researcher Rep.

Dr Tom Phillips, University of Durham (2019-Present)

Tom Phillips photoTom’s research focusses on the geometry and evolution of faults and rift systems. In particular, his research focusses on the topic of structural inheritance, how various pre-existing structural heterogeneities throughout the lithosphere may reactivate and impact later tectonic events. Tom’s work aims to combine seismic reflection observations and analyses with those from fieldwork and numerical modelling.

After completing his PhD at Imperial College London in 2017, where he examined the structural evolution of the area surrounding the Egersund and Farsund Basins offshore SW Norway, Tom undertook a 3 month placement as a VISTA visting scholar at the University of Bergen, researching the regional evolution of the northern North Sea and the seismic expression of crustal-scale fault systems. In October 2018, he started his current position as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Durham University where his fellowship intends to document different styles of structural inheritance worldwide, including the North Sea, Australia and New Zealand, and to better understand how different structural heterogeneities are expressed in fault systems.




Dr Jack Williams, Cardiff University (2019-Present)


Jack Williams is a postdoctoral research associate at Cardiff University. Jack completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Liverpool where his final year research project on the Alpine Fault led him to undertake a PhD at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Here, Jack was actively involved with the Deep Fault Drilling Project phase 2 (DFDP-2), an International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) project to drill into, and sample the Alpine Fault at ~1000 m depth. Following the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake, he was also part of the team mapping some of the most complex surface ruptures ever recorded. Jack moved to Cardiff University in 2018 as part of the PREPARE (Enhanced Preparedness for East African Countries through Seismic Resilience Engineering) project, where he is mapping active faults in the Malawi Rift, investigating the role of Proterozoic fabrics on their evolution, and assessing their seismic hazard. For his research he was awarded a 2018 Geological Society President’s Award for notable contributions of an early career geoscientist.

Role description

ECRs are researchers within ~8 years of being awarded their PhD (i.e. postdocs and lecturers who are relatively new to their post). The role of the ECR rep is to represent ECR members of the TSG community, for example, by considering ideas and initiatives for TSG that would be attractive or supportive to ECRs, and by assisting other members of the committee in roles that can involve the ECR community.