Eleanor Ainscoe

Eleanor Ainscoe

The earthquake cycle and active faulting in Central Asia

Academic Profile

I have BA and MSci degrees in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. After a grounding in Maths, Materials Science, Earth Sciences and Chemistry I specialised in Geological Sciences. My masters project title was “The Geometry of Active Normal Faulting in the Aegean”.

Current Research

I am a DPhil student researching the active faulting and tectonics of Central Asia. The region is a major component of the India-Eurasia collision and also has a history of damaging earthquakes. My work combines fieldwork and remote sensing techniques including using optical imagery, digital elevation models and interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) to look at how past earthquakes have influenced the landscape around them.

I am funded by NERC through the Oxford Doctoral Training Partnership in Environmental Research and am a member of Oriel College.


Ainscoe, E. A.,  Elliott,  J. R., Copley, A., Craig, T. J., Li, T., Parsons, B. E. & Walker, R. T. (2017). Blind Thrusting, Surface Folding and the Development of Geological Structure in the Mw 6.3 2015 Pishan (China) Earthquake. Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, . doi: 10.1002/2017JB014268

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Eleanor Ainscoe

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  • Email: eleanor.ainscoe@env-res.ox.ac.uk
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