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Andrew Curtis


Prof. Andrew Curtis – Professor of Mathematical Geoscience

Research Fellowships: If you have a Ph. D., a strong C.V., and would like to research in Edinburgh, I am keen help you to apply for Fellowships (e.g., NERC, Royal Society, Royal Society of Edinburgh, etc.). Contact me to discuss. Here are visuals and maps of beautiful Edinburgh.

Current Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Xuebin Zhao: Variational inversion and machine learning for imaging and uncertainty analysis
  • Xun (Jack) Li: X-ray imaging and seismic interrogation of deforming and healing rock samples

Current Ph. D. Students:

  • One more being recruited now…!
  • Zhen Zhang: Variational imaging, uncertainty assessment and interrogation of subsurface CO2 storage reservoirs
  • Jack Andrew Smith: Tomographic imaging of New Zealand’s Southern Alpine Fault
  • Jack Lee Smith: Fibre optic acoustic sensing in windfarms above subsurface CO2 storage sites
  • Dominik Strutz: Optimal design of interrogation problems
  • Declan Andrew: Rock damage and healing
  • Marthe Faber: Seismic gradiometry
  • Helen Ockenden: Antarctic ice sheet bed imaging using satellite data
  • David Fairweather: Using trans-oceanic fibre optic cables as seismometers
  • Hugo Bloem: Using machine learning to inject geological prior information into tomographic imaging

Previous Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Maria-Daphne Mangriotis [2019-2023]: Characterising acoustic emissions in rock during deformation experiments
  • Xin Zhang [2019-2022]: Interrogation, imaging and uncertainty
  • Alexis Cartwright-Taylor [2015-2021]: Laboratory experimentation of deformation and acoustics of rock fracturing
  • Jonathan Singh [2019-2021]: Designing the shapes of industrial components for optimal acoustic testing
  • Corinna Roy[2018-2021]: Uncertainty and risk analysis for anthropogenically induced seismicity
  • Erica Galetti [2016-2019]: Eliciting robust Geological prior information
  • Satyan Singh [2016-2018]: Imaging and Interferometry
  • Carlos da Costa Filho [August 2017-2018]: Marchenko Autofocussing & Medical Imaging
  • Katherine Tant [2016-2018]: Design for Non-Destructive Evaluation and Testing
  • Ola Hosa [from 2015-2017]: Modelling carbonate diagenesis and fluid flow
  • Giovanni Meles [2011-2016]: Interferometry and Imaging Methods
  • Melody Runge (now Whitehead) [2015-2016]: Eliciting robust Geological prior information
  • Erica Galetti [2015-2016]: Monitoring environmental risks of shale gas extraction
  • Arash Jafar Gandomi [2009-2011]: Geophysical monitoring of subsurface CO2 storage reservoirs
  • Debbie Polson [2008-2010]: Risk analysis for CO2 storage projects
  • Darrel Coles [2008-2010]: Survey design methods in industrial applications
  • Travis Poole [from 2007-2010]: Imaging methods using ‘over-under’ seismic streamer data

Previous Ph. D. Students:

  • Xuebin Zhao: Variational inversion and machine learning for imaging and uncertainty analysis
  • Louise Parkes: Monitoring CO2 leakage sub-sea using anisotropic seabed seismic array methods
  • Alyssa Crippen [2016-2023]: Real-future forecasting of rock fracturing
  • Dominic Cummings [2016-2023]: Marchenko, Lipmann-Schwinger and waveform inversion
  • Eva Dokter [2015-2022]: Using Marchenko methods for seismic velocity inversion
  • Xun Li [2018-2022] (at ETH Zurich): Real-time immersion of objects in virtual wavefield environments
  • Daniella Ayala Garcia [2015-2021]: Seismic interferometry using correlated and moving sources
  • Richard Delf [2015-2021]: Radar modelling and imaging of ice
  • Xin Zhang [2016-2020]: Nonlinear imaging and uncertainty analysis
  • Atif Nawaz [2015-2019]: Variational geophysical inversion. Atif was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s 2020 Keith Runcorn Prize!
  • Nele Boersing [2016-2019]: Experimental Wave Theory – Cloaking and Holography
  • Stephanie Earp [2015-2019]: Interferometry and Neural Network Imaging
  • Jonathan Singh [2015-2019]: Carbonate geomechanics, rock physics and coda wave interferometry
  • Phil Cilli [2015-2019]: Carbonate rock physics
  • Angus Lomas [2015-2019]: Marchenko imaging in a 3D Earth
  • Youqian Zhao [2015-2018]: Seismic source location using coda wave interferometry
  • Claire Allmark [2013-2017]: Ambient noise nonlinear tomography
  • Carlos da Costa Filho [2013-2016]: Marchenko Autofocussing
  • Matteo Ravasi [2012-2015]: Interferometry and Imaging Methods. Matteo was awarded the Gustavo Sclocchi Theses award 2015, and the Royal Astronomical Society Keith Runcorn Prize!
  • Elizabeth Entwistle [2010-2014]: Recording old earthquakes with new seismometers using source-receiver interferometry
  • Erica Galetti [2010-2015]: Interferometry and nonlinear tomography
  • Matt Walker [2010-2014]: Exact sampling, geostatistical inversion and prior information
  • Katrin Loer [2012-2015]: Scattering of waves and scattering path analysis
  • Sophie Harland [2011-2015]: Mathematical/Computational Geological Flow Modelling in Carbonates
  • John Gonzalez [2008-2013]: Estimating body and surface waves using virtual sources and receivers
  • Martin Martin [2012-2012]: Interferometry and Imaging Methods – Martin transferred to a PhD at ETH Zurich
  • Suzannah Toulmin [2007-2012]: Geophysical detection/characterisation of gas hydrates. Jointly supervised with Ingo Pecher at Heriot-Watt University
  • Zara Rawlinson [2011-2012]: Deconvolutional Interferometry. Zara decided to submit her work for an M. Sc. by Research
  • Simon King [2007-2011]: Subsurface imaging using interferometry and over-under seismic data
  • Hamidreza Hamdi [2008-2012]: Joint interpretation of well test and seismic data. Jointly supervised with Patrick Corbett at Heriot-Watt University.
  • Angeleena Thomas [2006-2012]: Image log interpretation using neural networks
  • Heather Nicolson [2006-2011]: Interferometric surface wave tomography across the UK
  • Thomas Guest [2006-2010]: Designing surveys for dynamic, subsurface targets
  • Mohammad Shahraeeni [2007-2010]: Waveform inversion for rock facies
  • Craig Duguid [2009-2010]: Wavefield interferometry. Craig decided to submit his work for an M. Sc. by Research for which he received a Distinction!
  • Adam Wilson [2005-2010]: Theory and methods of frequency-dependent AVO inversion
  • David Halliday [2005-2009]: Surface wave interferometry. David was awarded the  EAGE’s 2010 Van Weelden Award, and the  Royal Astronomical Society’s 2010 Keith Runkorn Prize, both for best Ph. D. Thesis, and also the  SEG’s 2013 J. Clarence Karcher Award!
  • David Price [2003-2009]: Conditioning well logs to core micro-tomography
  • Ueli Meier [2003-2008]: Bayesian inversion of surface wave data for discontinuities and velocity structure in the upper mantle using Neural Networks. Ueli was awarded a Ph. D. with HONOURS (Cum Laude) – awarded only to top 10% of all Ph. D.’s – at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands!
  • Jon Hill [2002-2007]: Modelling of reefs and shallow marine carbonates
  • Robbert van Vossen [2000-2005]: Deconvolution of land seismic data for source and receiver characteristics and near-surface properties
  • was awarded a Ph. D. with HONOURS (Cum Laude) – awarded only to top 10% of all Ph. D.’s – at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands!
  • Dirk-Jan van Manen [2002-2006]: Time reversal and Interferometry with applications to forward modeling of wave propagation and a chapter on receiver functions. Dirk-Jan was awarded the  EAGE’s 2007 Van Weelden Award for the best thesis, the SEG’s 2008 J. Clarence Karcher Award for the contributions to science in his thesis, and was runner up in the Royal Astronomical Society’s 2008 Keith Runkorn Ph. D. Thesis Prize!
  • Lifeng Wang [Oct 2003-2007]: Frequency-dependent anisotropy in seismic data
  • Emanuel Winterfors [2005-]: Nonlinear experimental design [at University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie), France]



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