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Geodynamics and Tectonics

PGR-RA-80

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


<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

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

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<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="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/institute-geophysics-tectonics/doc/geodynamics-tectonics-1">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 to working out the complicated geometry of faults that ruptured in earthquakes in Nepal, Italy, China, and Turkey and other locations.</p> <p>We collaborate with the <a href="http://comet.nerc.ac.uk/">Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tectonics (COMET)</a></p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see-research-degrees">Research degrees within the School of Earth and Environment</a></li> <li><a href="http://environment.leeds.ac.uk/institute-geophysics-tectonics/doc/geodynamics-tectonics-1">Geodynamics and Tectonics Group</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see-research-innovation">School of Earth and Environment, Research and Innovation</a></li> </ul> <h3><strong>Leeds Doctoral College</strong></h3> <p>Our <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130558/leeds_doctoral_college">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>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">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="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see/staff/1296/dr-laura-gregory">Dr Laura Gregory</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:env-pgr@leeds.ac.uk">env-pgr@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 1314.</p>


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