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Geodynamics and Tectonics


Expertise of research area
earthquake; fault; lithosphere; mountain; plates; satellites; seismology; Tectonic

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We are keen to hear from prospective postgraduate researchers interested in studies of the tectonics and deformation of Earth&#039;s surface including faulting, mountain building and earthquakes.

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<p>The surface of the Earth is in a constant state of change due to the slow continuous motion of tectonic plates. Plate movement drives the deformation of the lithosphere, building mountains and loading fault lines to cause earthquakes. The <a href="">Geodynamics and Tectonics</a> group aims to understand these processes over a huge range in spatial and temporal scales.</p> <p>Our observations range from a single grain that has been subjected to huge pressure deep in the crust millions of years ago, to millimetric movements of the ground after an earthquake measured by satellites.</p> <p>We use seismology to probe the structure and composition of the lithosphere (and sometimes glaciers) and geochemistry to quantify the past activity of faults and how complex fault systems evolve. Ultimately, we combine what we learn across the different scales into computational models to explain these observations and answer questions as to how and why processes like earthquakes occur and evolve over time.</p> <p>Our projects span the globe, including studying the flow of ancient and deep crustal rocks in Norway and New Zealand to working out the complicated geometry of faults that ruptured in earthquakes in Nepal, Italy, China, Turkey and other locations.</p> <p>We collaborate with the <a href="">Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tectonics (COMET)</a></p> <h5>Why do your PhD at Leeds?&nbsp;</h5> <p><strong>96% of our research is world-leading (REF 2021)&nbsp;</strong><br /> At Leeds, our research addresses the most prevalent real-world challenges &ndash; providing solutions that have had both a national and global impact.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Study in an active research environment&nbsp;</strong><br /> Studying your PhD with us means you&rsquo;ll be working in a professional research environment, using UK-leading facilities to bring your project to life &ndash; alongside active researchers who are at the forefront of their area.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>A strong network of support &nbsp;</strong><br /> The Leeds Doctoral College connects our community of researchers and can offer you the guidance, services and opportunities you&rsquo;ll need to get the most out of your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Close industry links&nbsp;</strong><br /> Our partnerships and links to companies and academic institutions give you the opportunity to network at industry talks, seminars and conferences, building connections that&#39;ll benefit your next steps after you complete your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Professional skills development &nbsp;</strong><br /> We think of the whole picture at Leeds. That&rsquo;s why we offer a range of workshops and courses that&#39;ll enhance your skillset further and transfer into your professional career.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Personal and wellbeing services&nbsp;</strong><br /> Mental health and wellbeing support are integral to who we are at Leeds and you&rsquo;ll have access to the full range of services we offer to ensure you&rsquo;re feeling your best &ndash; and reaching your potential in your studies.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Join our global community&nbsp;</strong><br /> We welcome students, researchers, academics, partners and alumni from more than 140 countries, all over the world. This means, as a university, we&rsquo;re bringing together different cultures and perspectives which helps strengthen our research &ndash; and societal impact.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Research degrees within the School of Earth and Environment</a></li> <li><a href="">Geodynamics and Tectonics Group</a></li> <li><a href="">School of Earth and Environment, Research and Innovation</a></li> </ul> <h3><strong>Leeds Doctoral College</strong></h3> <p>Our <a href="">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

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<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

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<p>For queries relating to your research proposal or subject area, please contact <a href="">Dr Craig Magee</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 1314.</p>

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