Dr Laura Gregory

Dr Laura Gregory


Employment History

  • Associate Professor of Earthquake Geology (January 2021 – present).
  • Career Break for Maternity Leave (2021).
  • NERC Independent Research Fellow (Tenure-track), University of Leeds (Feb 2016 – January 2021), Research: Variability of strain accumulation and earthquake recurrence on millennial timescales.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds (2012 – 2016), Research: Earthquake hazard from 36Chlorine analyses of elapsed time and stress transfer.
  • Stipendiary Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Science, University of Leeds (6 months, 2015), 3rd/5th year courses in structural geology and 2nd year field mapping course.


  • TSG Treasurer

Research interests

I use a range of geochemical and field-based tools to investigate the rates and styles of continental deformation. My research is driven by making observations of deformation on a range of scales in time and space- from characterising fault slip over multiple earthquake cycles using cosmogenic isotope analyses on exposed fault scarps to investigating the evolution of deformation and mountain building over millions of years. 

  • Continental deformation and active faulting
  • Fault interaction and earthquake repeat times
  • Earthquake risk and resilience
  • 36Cl and 10Be cosmogenic nuclide dating
  • Low temperature thermochronology
  • Paleomagnetism applied to vertical axis rotations (VAR)
  • Terrestrial laser scanning
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  • DPhil, University of Oxford
  • MSc, University of Florida
  • BSc, University of Florida, Geological Sciences

Student education

I am interested in teaching courses that range from introductory structural geology, geological mapping in the field and classroom, and topics in active tectonics and continental deformation.

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
  • Geodynamics and Tectonics

Current postgraduate researchers

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