Richard Phillips

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Biography

Richard read Astrophysics at University College, Cardiff, before going on to teach physics in London. During that time he took a degree in Geology at UCL-Birkbeck and was inspired to switch to Earth Science. He subsequently studied for a DPhil at the University of Oxford followed by positions as a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley, Cambridge and Edinburgh. Richard joined IGT as a lecturer in September 2009.

Richard's research interests focus on the structure and dynamics of the Earth's surface, with particular emphasis on zones of active continental deformation. He employs structural analysis and a broad range of isotopic dating techniques in order to constrain timescales, rates and processes associated with the initiation and evolution of faults. Currently, he is developing the use of in situ 36Cl cosmogenic exposure dating in order to test theoretical models of earthquake clustering in active normal fault systems and to examine the relationship between recurrence variability and fault geometry. Richard is also involved in SEM/EBSD projects in strike-slip fault evolution and channel flow across the High Himalaya.

Qualifications

  • DPhil Tectonics & Structural Geology, University of Oxford
  • BSc Astrophysics, University College, Cardiff
  • BSc Geology, UCL Birkbeck, University of London
  • PGCE, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Memberships/Fellowships

  • American Geophysical Union

Academic CV

 

Research Interests

  • Tectonics
  • Structural Geology
  • Geochronology
  • Cosmogenic isotopes
  • Uranium-series

Richard read Astrophysics at University College, Cardiff, before going on to teach physics in London. During that time he took a degree in Geology at UCL-Birkbeck and was inspired to undertake research in tectonophysics. He subsequently studied for a DPhil at the University of Oxford followed by positions as a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley, Cambridge and Edinburgh. Richard joined IGT as a lecturer in 2009.

Richard's research interests focus on the kinematics and dynamics of the Earth, with particular emphasis on earthquake science. He is currently interested in utilising cosmic ray surface exposure to constrain earthquake exhumation and the testing of theoretical models of earthquake clustering in active fault systems.

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  • DPhil, University of Oxford
  • BSc Astrophysics, University College, Cardiff
  • BSc Geology, UCL Birkbeck, University of London
  • PGCE, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • Member of the Institute of Physics

  • Member of the American Geophysical Union

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (for earthquake research & exploration)

  • Member of the British Orienteering Federation

  • Member of the Mountain Training Association

  • Member of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland

 

Knowledge Exchange

Richard is former Director of Climate & Geohazard Services (CGS), a university knowledge exchange hub focussed on developing impact in the area of risk & society, understanding natural hazards, extreme weather, climate forcing of geological hazards and increasing resilience to disaster.

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  • Tectonophysics
  • Earthquake science

Postdocs & PhD students

Dr Laura Gregory completed her Postdoc on earthquake hazard and Coulomb stress transfer in 2016. She is now a NERC Independent Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.

Dr David Wallis completed his PhD on the micro-geodynamics of active fault zones in 2014. He is now a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Oxford.

Dr Andrew Parsons completed his PhD on channel flow in 2015. He is now a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with the Canadian Geological Survey, Vancouver.

Lucy Campbell is currently undertaking a PhD concerning the deformation processes of the coseismic event.

Katie Farrell is currently undertaking a PhD as part of a major integrated NERC project concerning a major active fault in Turkey.

NERC Standard Grant NE/I02318X/1 (£0.55M FEC to RP; total grant £1.1M FEC). Earthquake hazard from 36-Cl exposure dating of elapsed time and Coulomb stress transfer. Local PI. With McCloskey (Ulster), Roberts (UCL-Birkbeck), McCaffrey (Durham). Start date: 9/7/12

 

NERC Standard Grant NE/I028017/1 (£1.1M). Deep crustal structure of the North Anatolian Fault Zone and the earthquake cycle. Co-I. With Houseman, Rost (PI), Wright, Lloyd (Leeds). Start date: 1/10/11

 

NERC Urgency Grant NE/H003266/1A. LiDAR and field study of surface rupture and post-seismic slip for the 6th April 2009 L'Aquila Earthquake (M6.3). Res. Co-I. 67k (21/04/09-20/05/10)

 

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