Jess Payne

Jess Payne


I am a PhD student investigating how the 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.

I graduated with BA Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2019 and stayed on to complete MSci Earth Sciences the following year. During my MSci project, I used seismic waveform modelling to constrain the seismicity of the Ordos Plateau, China.

I am currently funded by SENSE CDT.

Research interests

Many earthquake faults remain hidden from human detection beneath sedimentary basins and cities. Where groundwater is extracted from these basins for agriculture, significant subsidence can be induced. This subsidence can be detected by satellites. My research aims to reveal these hidden faults beneath falling basins using the technique of InSAR.


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

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics