Mark Naylor’s Blog

Mark Naylor’s Blog

I want to know how the Earth works…


PhD Students

You can finding information about the PhD students I have supervised below, including some of the key papers from their PhDs. I strongly encourage all students to produce first author papers during their studies.


2020-                Bronwyn Matthews (EPSRC): Sounding out the river – Monitoring bedload mobilisation and transport on the River Feshie

2020-                Himanshu Agrawal (GCRF Tomorrows City Hub, Edinburgh/UCL): Physics-based ground-motion simulations for seismic risk assessment in rapidly urbanising environments

2020-                Farnaz Kamranzad (GCRF Tomorrows City Hub): Uncertainty in Passive Seismic Imaging

2019-                Francesco Serafini (H2020, RISE): Modelling seismicity as a spatio-temporal point process using inlabru

    • Serafini, Naylor, Lindgren, Werner, and Main, Ranking earthquake forecasts using proper scoring rules: Binary events in a low probability environment (Submitted) Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment [PrePrint Server]

2016-                Gina Geffers (NERC E3, 2nd supervisor): Identifying links between induced and natural seismicity

    • Geffers, Main and Naylor, Biases in estimating b-values from small earthquake catalogues: How high are high b-values? (Accepted) Geophysical Journal International

Student Stories


2015-2020      Dr Thomas Bernard (2nd supervisor)Post-orogenic topography and sediment flux of mountain-foreland basin systems: Miocene erosion and sediment yield from the Pyrenees

    • T Bernard, H.D. Sinclair, M. Naylor, F. Christophoul, M. Ford (2020) Post‐orogenic sediment drape in the Northern Pyrenees explained using a box model, Basin Research, [BLOG]

2014-2019      Dr Kirsty Bayliss (EPSRC): Seismic source zonation using modern statistical methods [currently doing a postdoc on the RISE H2020 project]

    • Bayliss, Naylor, Illian, Main (2020) Data-driven optimisation of seismicity in models using diverse datasets: generation, evaluation and ranking using inlabru, JGR: Solid Earth [BLOG]
    • K Bayliss, M Naylor, IG Main (2019) Probabilistic identification of earthquake clusters using rescaled nearest neighbour distance networks, Geophysical Journal International 217 (1), 487-503

2012-2016      Dr Rami Eid (EoN, 2nd supervisor): Testing of geophysical monitoring techniques using numerical leakage situations [after a postdoc, went on to work for the Geological Survey of Victoria, Australia]

    • Eid, R., Ziolkowski, A., Naylor, M., Pickup, G. (2015) Seismic monitoring of CO2 plume growth, evolution and migration in a heterogeneous reservoir: Role, impact and importance of patchy saturationInternational Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 43, pp. 70-81.
    • Eid, R., Ziolkowski, A., Naylor, M., Pickup, G. (2014) The detectability of free-phase migrating CO2: A rock physics and seismic modelling feasibility study, Energy Procedia, 63, pp. 4449-4458.

2009-2011      Dr Sarah Touati (EPSRC): Complexity, aftershock sequences, and uncertainty in earthquake statistics [after a postdoc, left academia to work in health statistics at the Scottish Government]

    • Touati, S., Naylor, M., Main, I.G. (2014) Statistical modeling of the 1997-1998 Colfiorito earthquake Sequence: Locating a stationary solution within parameter uncertainty, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 104 (2), pp. 885-897.
    • Touati, S., Naylor, M., Main, I.G., Christie, M. (2011) Masking of earthquake triggering behavior by a high background rate and implications for epidemic-type aftershock sequence inversions, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 116 (3), art. no. B03304
    • Touati, S., Naylor, M., Main, I.G. (2009) Origin and nonuniversality of the earthquake interevent time distribution, Physical Review Letters, 102 (16), art. no. 168501

Postdoc Researchers

2020-22           Calum Cuthill: Sounding out the river – Low cost seismic sensor development

2019-21           Dr Kirsty Bayliss: (i) RISE, (ii) NERC-NSF

2017-19           Dr Zhang: PUREC

2017                  Dr Cartwright-Taylor: REAR

2015 – 2017   Dr Emily Kawabata: (i) RACER, (ii) PUREC

2012 – 2015   Dr Sarah Touati: PURE

2013                 Dr Jen Roberts: QUIC2 Scoping

2010 – 2013   Dr Neil Burnside: (i) QICS, (ii) QICS2 Scoping, (iii) ScotPower Actuarial Risk


Core Collaborators

Prof Ian Main (Edinburgh, GeoSciences)

Prof Hugh Sinclair (Edinburgh, GeoSciences)

Prof Finn Lindgren (Edinburgh, GeoSciences)

Dr Karim Tarbali (UCL, Engineering)

Dr Micha Dietze (Potsdam)

Prof Karen Mair (Oslo)

Dr Max Werner (Bristol)

Prof John McCloskey (Edinburgh, GeoSciences)

Prof Janine Illian (Glasgow)

Dr Stella Pytharouli (Strathclyde)

Dr Andrew Black (Dundee)

Prof Chris Bean (Dublin)

Dr Katrin Loer (Aberdeen)




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