Postgraduate Studentships


Current Studentships


2019- Marthe Faber ‘Imaging Earth’s Interior with Seismic Gradiometry, Interferometry & Machine Learning’, with Andrew Curtis (first supervisor), Johan Robertsson (ETH Zurich), Anne Obermann (ETH Zurich), Cedric Schmelzbach (ETH Zurich), 2nd supervisor.
2019- David Fairweather ‘Using fibre-optic seabed cables as seismometers’, with Andrew Curtis (first supervisor), Giuseppe Marra (NPL), Brian Baptie (BGS Edinburgh), (National Physical Laboratory), 2nd supervisor.
2019- Junhao Cheng (ex Edinburgh) ‘Modelling earthquake cascades using physics’, with Drs Margarita Segou (BGS Edinburgh, first supervisor), Max Werner (Bristol) and Prof. John McCloskey, (funded by the EU RISE project), 2nd supervisor.
2019- Francesco Serafini  ‘Modelling seismicity as a spatio-temporal point process using inlabru’, with Dr. Mark Naylor (first supervisor) and Prof. Finn Lindgren (School of Mathematics), (EU RISE project), 2nd supervisor.
2016- Gina-Maria Geffers (UCL) ‘Operational earthquake forecasting: induced and natural seismicity’, with Dr. Mark Naylor, and Dr. Margarita Segou of the BGS (NERC Doctoral Training Partnership – DTP award), 1st supervisor.
2015- Alyssa Crippen (Boston, MA, US) ‘Understanding patterns of volcano-tectonic seismicity in active continental rifts’, with Andrew Bell (first supervisor) and Andrew Curtis (EU Training Network), 2nd supervisor.

Previous Studentships


2015-2020 Roseanne Clement (Strathclyde) ‘Earthquake nucleation: small signals from Big Data’, with Dr. Andrew Bell, Prof. Andrew Curtis and Dr. Brian Baptie (BGS) (NERC DTP), 1st supervisor.
2016-2020 Rachel Wilcock (Oxford) ‘Understanding patterns of volcano-tectonic seismicity in active continental rifts’, with Dr. Andrew Bell (NERC RIFTVOLC project), 2nd supervisor.
2015-2019 Jonathan Singh (ex Leicester) ‘Carbonate rock physics in four dimensions’, with Dr. Florian Fusseis, Dr Ian Butler, Dr. M. Chapman & Prof. Andrew Curtis (funded by ICCR), 1st supervisor.
2015-2019 Ashley Smith ‘Separating polar ionospheric and lithospheric magnetic signals in satellite data’, with Prof Kathy Whaler, Dr Ciaran Beggan (BGS), (NERC), 2nd supervisor. (NERC)
2015-2018 Zhaoyu Jin (Edinburgh) ‘Use of frequency-dependent amplitude versus offset analysis for reservoir characterization’, with Dr. M. Chapman (University of Edinburgh Principal’s Scholarship), 2nd supervisor.
2014-2018 Kirsty Bayliss (Edinburgh) ‘Earthquake Forecasting: Seismic source zonation and spatio-temporal modelling of earthquakes’, with Dr. M. Naylor and Dr. Janine Illian (St Andrews), (EPSRC quota award), 2nd supervisor.
2012-2016 Nick Roberts (ex Edinburgh) ‘Growth of faults and fractures at volcanoes: observations and models’, with Dr. A.F. Bell and Prof. Agust Gudmundsson (Royal Holloway), (NERC quota award), 1st supervisor.
2009-2014 Robert Annewandter (Hamburg) ‘Hydromechanical effects during CO2 storage’, with Dr. S. Geiger (Heriot-Watt University), (Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage), 2nd supervisor.
2008-2012 Nicholas Johnson (Edinburgh) ‘Continental rifting to sea-floor spreading – Collection, analysis and visualisation of magnetotelluric data from Afar’, with Prof. K. Whaler, (NERC), 2nd supervisor.
2007-2012 Aniekan (Martin) Ekanem (Leeds) ‘Comparison of seismic physical modelling with numerical modelling of 3D seismic response in fractured media’, with Prof. X.-Y. Li and Dr M. Chapman (BGS), (AKWA IBOM State University of Technology, Nigeria), 2nd supervisor.
2007-2011 Sarah Touati (Edinburgh) ‘Earthquake physics: implications for seismic hazard and earthquake predictability in a complex system’, with Dr M. Naylor & Prof. M. Christie (Heriot-Watt), (EPSRC), 1st supervisor.
2007-2011 Yungui Xu (Daqing Petroleum Institute and University of Petroleum, China) ‘Numerical modelling of wave propagation in fractured media’, with Prof. X.-Y. Li and Dr E.Liu (BGS) (Edinburgh Anisotropy Project). 2nd supervisor.
2005-2010 Caroline Graham (Edinburgh and Leeds) ‘Scale model seismicity: a detailed study of deformation localisation from laboratory acoustic emission data’, with Dr S. Elphick, Prof. M. Forde (School of Engineering) and Prof. G. Dresen (GFZ Potsdam), (NERC), 1st supervisor.
2005-2009 Qian Zhongping (University of Geosciences, China), ‘Processing and interpretation of multi-component data for fracture characterization’, with Drs X.-Y. Li and E. Liu (BGS), (Edinburgh Anisotropy Project), 1st supervisor.
2005-2009 Isabel Varela (Bolivar, Venezuela and Oklahoma, US)’Effects of pressure and saturation on seismic anisotropy’, with Dr E. Liu (BGS), (Edinburgh Anisotropy Project), 1st supervisor.
2002-2006 Dirk-Jan Van Manen (Utrecht). ‘Multicomponent strategy for imaging through a complex near-surface’, with Drs A Curtis, Schlumberger, and X-Y Li, BGS Edinburgh,  (Edinburgh Anisotropy Project), 2nd supervisor.
2003-2006 Lun Li ‘Predictive power of correlations between injector and producer wells in oilfields’, with Wyn Williams, (Industry Technology Facilitator programme on Complex Reservoirs), 1st supervisor.
2001-2004 Serafeim Vlastos (Thessaloniki, Greece). ‘Seismic characterisation of fluid flow in fractured reservoirsï¿œ, with Drs E Liu and X-Y Li, BGS Edinburgh, (Edinburgh Anisotropy Project), 2nd supervisor.
1999-2003 Ira Ojala (UCL & Durham). Ph D ‘Time-dependent deformation in sandstones’, with Drs B T Ngwenya & S C Elphick (University of Edinburgh Scholarship), 2nd supervisor.
1999-2003 Fahad Al-Kindy (Durham & Edinburgh). Ph D ‘Statistical mechanics of earthquakes’, with Dr Wyn Williams, (Petroleum Department of Oman), 1st supervisor.
2000-2003 Fabio Mancini (La Sapienza, Rome). ‘Elastic wave imaging in anisotropic media using sea-floor seismic data’, with Prof A Ziolkowski, X-Y Li, BGS Edinburgh, and Dr T Pointer, BG Technology, (NERC Industrial CASE award with BG Technology), 2nd supervisor.
2000-2003 Sabrina Colombo (Milan, Italy). ‘Non-destructive testing and monitoring of concrete bridges using Acoustic Emission’, with Professor Michael
Forde, Department of Civil Engineering, (Highways Agency, London), 2nd supervisor.
2001-2002 Conor Snowden (Durham). ‘Complexity of seismograms at teleseismic distances’, with Prof. Alan Douglas, AWE Blacknest (NERC CASE), 1st supervisor for final two years of his project.
1996-2000 Michael Kay (Leeds). ‘Physico-chemical mechanisms of fault sealing’, with Drs S C Elphick & B T Ngwenya, (NERC), 2nd supervisor.
1996-2000 Kathryn Hardacre (Oxford & Durham). ‘Controlling mechanisms on fault growth rates’, with Dr P Cowie (NERC), 2nd supervisor.
1996-2000 Andrew Hughes (Durham). ‘Mechanisms of deep earthquakes’, with Dr R G Pearce & Prof A Thompson, ETH Zurich, (NERC), 1st supervisor.
1995-1999 Zoe Shipton (Leeds). ‘Displacement gradients at fault tips: the Chimney Rock fault array, Utah’, with Dr P Cowie, (NERC), 2nd supervisor.
1995-1998 Mehdi Rezapour (Tehran, Iran). ‘Seismotectonics and seismic hazard in Iran’, with Dr R G Pearce, (Iranian Government), 2nd supervisor.
1993-1997 Sean Dolan (University College Dublin). ‘Rock Heterogeneity at different scales: a comparative study using shear waves and seismic coda’, with Dr C J Bean, UCD, (EOLAS, Ireland), 2nd supervisor.
1993-1997 Karen Mair (Edinburgh). ‘Evolution and sealing properties of faults during deformation’, with Drs S C Elphick & M R W Johnston, (NERC), 1st supervisor.
1991-1995 Sandra Gadd (Manchester). ‘Geodynamic evolution of transform passive margins’, with Dr R Scrutton (NERC), 2nd Supervisor.
1992-1995 Hengchang Dai (Institute of Geophysics, China). ‘Application of neural networks to seismic data analysis’, with Dr C MacBeth, BGS Edinburgh,
(BGS), 1st Supervisor.
1991-1995 Gordon Holmes (Queens, Kingston, Ontario). ‘Monitoring of shear waves from acoustic events in mines’, with Prof S Crampin (Commonwealth Scholarship), 2nd Supervisor.
1990-1995 Yun Liu (Chuang Chun, China). ‘Temporal variations in shear wave splitting as an earthquake precursor’, with Prof S Crampin, (BGS/ORS),
2nd Supervisor.
1990-1995 David Sharrock (Leeds). ‘Structure and heterogeneity of the Earth’s mantle’, with Prof A Douglas, MoD Blacknest, (NERC), 1st Supervisor.
1989-1992 Gillian Hatton (Royal Holloway & New Bedford College, London). ‘Structure and seismic signature of subsidiary damage around natural and artificial faults’, with Dr P G Meredith, UCL, and Dr R F Cheeney, (NERC), 1st Supervisor.
1989-1992 Jeremy Henderson (Oxford, MIT). ‘Earthquake dynamics and time-dependent seismicity in an intraplate setting’, with Dr R G Pearce, (NERC), 1st Supervisor.
1989-1992 Fotini Liakopoulou (Athens, Greece). ‘Seismotectonics of the eastern Mediterranean from digital earthquake seismograms’, with Dr R G Pearce, (IKY, Greece), 2nd Supervisor.
1987-1991 Rachel Abercrombie (Cambridge). ‘Earthquake rupture dynamics and neotectonics in the Aegean area’, with Dr P W Burton, BGS Edinburgh (NERC CASE), 1st Supervisor.
1988-1990 Nadia Ligdas (Athens). ‘P-wave velocities in the crust and upper mantle of the Aegean area by tomographic inversion’ (self-funded), 1st supervisor.


2010-2011 James Boffin(Edinburgh). ‘Optimisation approaches to modeling and analysing oil and gas reservoirs in the North Sea’, with Dr Peter Richtarik (Statistics) 2nd supervisor.
2004-2005 Jade Dickinson (Edinburgh). ‘Effect of rainfall on the seismic response of near-surface layers, with Profs Mike Forde (Civil Engineering) and Marco Mucciarelli  Potenza, Italy), 1st supervisor.
1999-2003 Fabien Borocin (Rome, Italy). M Phil ‘Developing a model for core-seismic upscaling using shear-wave experiments’, with Dr E. Liu (BGS Edinburgh), 2nd supervisor.
2000-2001 Ian Bastow (Edinburgh) M Res ‘A comparison of moment tensors to tectonic deformation in the North Pacific’ (NERC funded), 1st supervisor.
1999-2000 Elizabeth Couchman (Queen Mary & Westfield College, London University) M Res ‘Seismic risk assessment image for the greater Seattle area using a Geographical
Information System’, with Dr W Phillips, Geography department, (NERC), 1st supervisor.
1997-1998 Gareth O’Brien (Durham) M Sc ‘Non-fractal nature of seismicity’, with Dr Jeremy Henderson, Durham, (Amoco, UK), 2nd supervisor.
1996-1997 Anthony Irranca (Cambridge) M Res ‘Evolution of fault gouge during low-temperature fluid-rock interactions’ (NERC), 1st supervisor.

Diploma In Research

2002-2003 Aikaterini Yannouli (Thessaloniki, Greece). ‘A global study of earthquake aftershocks/foreshocks’, 1st supervisor.

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