Richard Walker

Research Interests

Active faults and earthquakes offer important insights into the behaviour of the continents, as well as posing a continuing threat to a large proportion of the global population. The student would join a vibrant community of scientists who combine remote sensing, detailed field investigation, earthquake studies, and Quaternary dating to quantify the distribution, rates, and causes of active deformation of the continents. Much of our research is applied to natural hazard in vulnerable areas. My own expertise is in using evidence preserved in the landscape to investigate deformation of the continents, at the scale of individual earthquakes through to the development of large mountain ranges. The details of any project will be defined by discussion, but are likely to involve some aspects of fieldwork in addition to remote-sensing investigation.

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Qualifications and Experience

Academic Qualifications

1999-2003: Bullard Laboratories, Cambridge University. Ph.D. ‘Active Tectonics of Eastern Iran’ Supervisor: Prof. James A. Jackson 1998-1999: Dept. of Earth Sciences, Leeds University. M.Sc. in Exploration Geophysics (with distinction) 1995-1998: Exeter College, Oxford University. B.A. Honours in Earth Sciences (1st class)

I am involved in teaching in organised lecture and practical courses, tutorials in small groups, field courses, and independent research projects.  I supervise final-year undergraduate research projects and D.Phil reseach projects. Research topics typically combine remote-sensing, field-based investigation/survey, and quaternary dating.

Personal Research Keywords

Continental tectonics; Tectonic Geomorphology; Earthquake geology; Quaternary geology; Palaeoseismology; Landscape evolution