Jack Williams (since 2019)

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.

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Tom Phillips (since 2019)

Tom’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.

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Alyssa Abbey (since 2020)

Alyssa Abbey is a postdoctoral fellow at the Berkeley Geochronology Center and the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, she earned a BS in Geosciences and a BA in French from the University of Arizona, Followed by a PhD from the University of Michigan. Working with Dr. Nathan Niemi at the University of Michigan she used thermochronometric and geochronologic methods to explore processes related to both continental rifting and long-lived topography by studying the development of the Rio Grande rift, and the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Alyssa’s current research interests revolve around crustal and surface deformation related to active tectonics and fault growth. To explore confounding large-scale tectonic questions related to the development of continental rifts, fold-thrust-belts, and relict landscapes she uses field-based approaches in combination with low-temperature thermochronometry and cosmogenic radionuclide dating methods. Her work aims to address the timing and rates of mountain building and erosional responses related to different processes at different but often overlapping timescales. Her existing projects include studying fault growth and paleo-erosion in the Andean Precordillera (San Juan, Argentina), exploring heat flow and records of water-rock interaction in the Sierra Nevada (CA, USA), paleo-topography preservation and river incision in the Colorado Rocky Mountains (CO, USA), extensional deformation in the western most Basin and Range (CA & NV, USA), and thermochronometry modeling methods testing (QTQt & HeFTy). She is also interested in science communication efforts and is actively involved in programs dedicated to enhancing youth science learning (“Be a Scientist” & storytelling/narrative writing and research), as well as increasing informal education to the public (The Biota Project).

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Tobias Dalton (since 2020)

Toby is a Lecturer in Basin Analysis at Kingston University where he has been for the past 2 and a half years. Prior to this he was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds while completing his PhD in “The Structural Evolution of Thin Shale Detached Deepwater Fold and Thrust Belts”. His research has focussed on gravitationally induced deformation on passive margins and has recently broadened out to study plate scale movements beneath Africa through the integration of multiple field, seismic and geophysical data sets.

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Zoe Mildon (since 2020)

Zoe completed her PhD at University College London (supervised by Gerald Roberts, Joanna Faure Walker and Peter Sammonds) in 2017. During her PhD, she spent 4 months as a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Short-Term Fellow at Tohoku University in Sendai, hosted by Prof. Shinji Toda, where she worked on static stress modelling of earthquakes and seismic hazard. Following her PhD, she moved to the University of Plymouth in 2018 as a Lecturer in Earth Sciences.

Her research investigates earthquake dynamics and fault interactions in the central Apennines of Italy and she has worked in other regions of active tectonics, including New Zealand, Japan and Iceland. She is interested in understanding how high-resolution structural field data, historical records of earthquakes and fault slip rates can be used to better understand seismic hazard, through a combination of fieldwork and numerical modelling.

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