Jess Payne

Jess Payne


I am a PhD student investigating how the earth observation technique of InSAR can be used to detect faults in subsiding sedimentary basins. I work in the Institute for Geophysics and Tectonics, part of the School of Earth and Environment.

In 2019, I graduated with BA Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. I stayed at Cambridge to study MSci Earth Sciences in 2020, focusing particularly on natural hazards. During my MSci project, I used seismic waveform modelling to constrain the seismicity of the Ordos Plateau, China.

Following my degree, I worked as an analyst at the International Tin Association, investigating global tin demand and recycling.

I am a NERC and UK Space Agency funded PhD student with a SENSE Earth Observation CDT studentship.

Research interests

Many earthquake faults remain hidden from human detection beneath sedimentary basins, agricultural environments, and cities. Groundwater extractionsfrom these basins for agricultural and other uses can accelerate subsidence. This subsidence can be detected by satellites. My research aims to reveal these hidden faults beneath falling basins using the earth observation technique of InSAR.


  • MSci, Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • BA, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics