I completed a BSc at Durham University in 2015 during which I undertook my Mapping Dissertation in the south western Alps, the Vallon du Lauzanier. I then undertook a Master of Science by Research (2015-2016) titled “Earthquake, elevation and continental plateaux, an investigation into the absence of large thrust earthquakes at high elevations within fold-and-thrust belts”. The project involved analysing data from online earthquake catalogues and extracting event elevations using ArcGIS and Global Mapper. The earthquake magnitudes are plotted against elevation to determine if a quantifiable relationship exists between the two. Further work focused on triaxial compressional laboratory experiments using different rheologies to ascertain the influence of ductile zone thickness on suppressing the propagation of large earthquakes originating at depth. In addition, swath analysis of regional topographic profiles enabled a quantification of the plateau edge elevation.