Tom Ingleby


I'm a PhD student in the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics under the supervision of Tim Wright, Andy Hooper and Greg Houseman. My research uses various geodetic techniques to measure and model ground deformation throughout the earthquake cycle.

I'm also interested in the impact earthquakes have on society and increasing resilience to the hazard they pose. As such I'm involved with Geology for Global Development (GfGD). I've been involved with science communication through TimeTruck in Cambridge and hope to continue working with the public in Leeds. As a Christian, I'm also interested in the interaction between science and faith and I'm involved with organisations like Christians in Science.

I'm primarily interested in earthquakes and active tectonics. This involves topics ranging from the properties of faults on the small scale to the ground deformation produced by plate motion over large lengthscales.

Teaching Experience

In the School of Earth and Environment:

  • Teaching assistant: Remote Sensing
  • Teaching assistant: Inverse Theory
  • Teaching assistant: Tectonophysics

I have also helped devise and supervise two undergraduate research projects.

PhD Project

Measuring and modelling the earthquake deformation cycle at continental dip-slip faults

Tim Wright, Andy Hooper, Greg Houseman

Funded as part of the Leeds York NERC DTP (Doctoral Training Partnership)


Earthquakes occur on three kinds of faults: strike-slip, thrust and normal. All three of these kinds of faults can be found on the continents and all three must be understood in detail if we are to reliably asses earthquake hazard.

We can measure the way the ground deforms throughout the earthquake cycle using the global positioning system (GPS) and interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) observations. These geodetic techniques allow us to determine where the ground is moving, at what speed and in which direction. With this information we can begin to understand how the earthquake cycle is influenced by the mechanical properties of the crust and upper mantle.

Geodetic techniques at strike-slip faults show strain localisation around the fault before an earthquake and rapid ground motions in the postseismic period months after an earthquake. These observations suggest they may be immediately surrounded by weaker material than normal. Recent studies of dip-slip faults (thrust and normal faults) show slower, more long-lived postseismic ground motions suggesting these dip-slip faults may not lie in zones of weaker material.


This research project will use geodetic techniques to study the whole earthquake deformation cycle at continental dip-slip faults. These observations will be used to test whether the deformation cycle at dip-slip faults is fundamentally different from strike-slip faults and constrain earthquake cycle models.


  • 2014 - Present: PhD candidate in tectonics and satellite geodesy
  • 2013 - 2014: MSc Geological Sciences - University of Cambridge
  • 2010 - 2013: BA (Hons) Natural Sciences - University of Cambridge

Research groups and institutes

  • Geodynamics and Tectonics
  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics