Natalie Forrest

Natalie Forrest


I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2021, with a BA & MSci in Natural Sciences, focussing on topics within Earth Sciences. In my fourth year, I completed a research project at the Bullard Laboratories, analysing geodetic and seismological data from a pair of continental earthquakes in Japan. Both earthquakes intriguingly ruptured with a magnitude six on the same fault plane, 6 years apart, following the 2011 Tohoku-Oki Mw 9 earthquake. This was the first known example of a whole earthquake cycle being captured by remote sensing techniques, and I discussed my research in a BlueSci article, and the work is currently being prepared for submission to a journal.

I began my PhD in October 2021, and I am jointly funded by COMET and the BGS. The initial project aim is to understand factors which control the behaviour of dip-slip faults across a range of timescales, from individual stages of the earthquake cycle, to their geological evolution over millions of years. This aim will be executed through analysis of geological and geophysical datasets, primarily GPS & InSAR, and subsequent geodynamical models.

Twitter: @FaultInOurScarp


  • BA & MSci Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics