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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Staff Profile

Professor Christine Peirce, B.Sc. Cardiff, Ph.D. Cantab (Geophysics), FRAS, FGS

Professor of Marine Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42315
Room number: Rm 317

Contact Professor Christine Peirce

Biography

Professor of Marine Geophysics, University of Durham (since Oct 2010)

Reader in Marine Geophysics, University of Durham (Oct 2003-Oct 2010)

Lecturer in Marine Geophysics, University of Durham (Oct 1990-Oct 2003)

Research Assistant, Marine Group, University of Cambridge (Apr 1990-Oct 1990)

Christine has more than 30 years of sea-going research experience applying marine geophysical methodologies to a wide range of geological targets. She has participated in more than 30 marine geophysical cruises, 20 as Principal or Co-principal Scientist. She has spent the majority of her post-PhD research career studying continental margins, subduction systems, mid-ocean ridges and oceanic islands, the latter from a flexural perspective.

Her research group in Durham is one of two remaining in the UK committed to the design, construction, development and use of seabed geophysical instrumentation and she is currently a Director of the Ocean Bottom Instrumentation Consortium that, initiated with JREI funds, aims to provide an extensive and broad range of seabed instrument platforms to the wider academic community.

Throughout her career she has served on many of the NERC’s peer review panels (Services and Facilities, Earth Sciences Peer Review Committee, Research Vessel Advisory Panel, Fellowships, ODP, Ocean Margins etc) and is currently a member of the NERC’s Marine Facility Advisory Board and reviews grant applications for NERC and NSF and articles for many leading journals. She is a member of American Geophysical Union, Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Member of the British Geophysical Association.

Membership of Organisations and Societies

1) Member of the American Geophysical Union
2) Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society - currently Vice President (Geophysics)
3) Fellow of the Geological Society of London - currently Council member
4) Member of the British Geophysical Association
5) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (formerly Member Institute of Learning and Teaching)

Associated Research Activities

Ocean Bottom Instrumentation Consortium

*Ocean Bottom Instrumentation Consortium*

Director of the Ocean Bottom Instrumentation Consortium (OBIC) which is hosted at the University of Durham.

The Consortium's goal is to support marine geoscience by providing instrumentation and technical support to the research community, to industry and other organisations. The Consortium comprises academic institutions who have long track records in marine geophysical instrumentation and data acquisition, modelling and interpretation: the University of Durham; and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. We employ engineers whose role is to maintain, operate at sea and continuously develop and upgrade the instruments, while senior scientists with many years` experience in ocean-bottom instruments fulfil the management role. OBIC are also interested in establishing research collaborations or commisioned research on behalf of others.

email: info@obs.ac.uk
www: http://www.obs.ac.uk/

Research Highlights

We have developed a model showing that accretion at mid-ocean ridges is a temporarily-variant process, that segmentation is not simply a result of focused magma supply and that crustal construction and spreading can be asymmetric within the axial region. Supporting observations include magma-filled axial magma chambers beneath: slow spreading ridges, overlap basins and offset basins all of which contradict existing models.

Research on the dynamics of rifting-to-spreading at the ocean-continent transition along the Atlantic margin, shows that the earliest crust was accreted at spreading rates ~5-10 times than currently observed, having significant implications for margin subsidence, sediment accumulation and hydrocarbon maturation. As such accumulations also load and flex the lithosphere we have shown that the Atlantic lithosphere become progressively stronger as loading continued whilst oceanic island loads are being used to determine the extent of dynamic topographic support and lithospheric reheating from hot spots.

Recently we have imaged a volcanic eruption and caldera collapse in progress on the seabed, measuring the caldera volume increase and the pattern of contemporaneous volcanic activity.

Such projects require high-resolution 3-D whole crustal datasets and we are actively developing multi-sensor instruments to support such research.

Departmental Duties

Board of Studies
Board of Examiners
Dissertation Co-ordinator

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2015: Current - Council Member of the Geological Society of London:
  • 2015: Current - Vice President (Geophysics) of the Royal Astronomical Society:
  • 2014: Winner - Coke Medal - Geological Society of London:
  • 2013: Current - Member of the NERC Marine Facilities Advisory Board:
  • 2013: Current - Member of the NERC Peer Review College:
  • 2011: Previously - Member of the Royal Astronomical Society Medals Panel (Geophysics):
  • 2011: Previously - Secretary of the British Geophysical Association:
  • 2010: Current - Member of the British Geophysical Association:
  • 2010: Current - Member of the National Oceanography Association Advisory Panel:
  • 2010: Previously - Member of the British Geophysical Association Executive Committee:
  • 2008: Current - Member of the NERC Geophysics Equipment Facility Advisory Board:
  • 2008: Previously - NERC User Group Head - Geophysics: Advisor to the NERC on all matters marine geophysical. Community representative and advisor on NERC funding and equipment facilities.
  • 2007: Current - Contract Holder and Manager of the NERC Ocean-Bottom Instrumentation Facility:
  • 2007: Current - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy:
  • 2005: Current - Chair of the Ocean-Bottom Instrumentation Consortium:
  • 2005: Current - Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society: Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • 2005: Current - Member of the American Geophysical Union: Member of the American Geophysical Union
  • 2005: Current - Member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching: Member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching (ILTHE)
  • 2005: Previously - EU OBS Facility Management Panel: Member of the EU OBS Facility Management Panel
  • 2005: Previously - NERC Peer Review College - including grading and interviewing panels:
  • 2005: Previously - NERC Peer reviewing of grant applications: Member of the NERC's Peer Review College
  • 2003: Previously - NERC Earth Sciences Peer Review Committee: Past member of the NERC's Earth Sciences Peer Review Committee (ESPRC)
  • 2003: Previously - NERC Ocean Margins LINK Peer Review Committee: Past member of the NERC's Ocean Margins LINK Peer Review Committee (ESPRC Representative)
  • 2003: Previously - NERC ODP Peer Review Committee: Past member of the NERC's ODP Peer Review Committee (ESPRC Representative)
  • 2000: Current - Peer reviewing for national and international journals and research councils:
  • 2000: Previously - NERC British Initiative on Mid-Ocean Ridges (BRIDGE) Data Archive Committee: Past member of the NERC British Initiative on Mid-Ocean Ridges (BRIDGE) Data Archive Committee
  • 2000: Previously - NERC Research Vessel Advisory Panel: Past member of the NERC Research Vessel Advisory Panel
  • 2000: Previously - NERC Services and Facilities Committee: Past member of the NERC's Services and Facilities Committee
  • 1995: Previously - JAGSPEI advisory committee on seismic instrumentation: Past member of the JAGSPEI advisory committee on seismic instrumentation

Research Groups

Department of Earth Sciences

Research Interests

  • Construction of ocean-bottom instrumentation for use in geophysical experiments and microearthquake studies at sea
  • Continental margin studies
  • Magma chamber studies at mid-ocean ridges
  • Marine seismology
  • Invesitgation of lithospheric flexure, gravity and geoid anomalies associated with subduction zones, continental margins, oceanic islands and seamounts

Teaching Areas

  • Level 2 - Fieldcourse - geophysics

    (40 hours/year.)
  • Level 2 - Geophysical Data Applications

    (30 hours/year.)
  • Level 2 - Geophysical Methods in Geoscience

    (30 hours/year.)
  • Level 2 - Tutorials

    (6 hours/year.)
  • Level 3 - Dissertation Supervisions

    (6 hours/year.)
  • Level 4 - Research Project Supervisions

    (6 hours/year.)
  • Level 1 - Tutorials (6 hours/year.)
  • Level 3 - Dissertation Co-ordinations (10 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

Conference Paper

  • Gregory, E.P.M., Hobbs, R.W., Peirce, C., Wilson, D.J. & Zhang, L. (2017), 3D P- and S-wave velocity structure and anisotropy of 5.9 Ma oceanic crust at ODP borehole 504B, 19: EGU. Vienna, EGU, EGU2017-8513.
  • Zhang, L., Tong, V.C.H., Hobbs, R.W., Peirce, C., Lowell, R., Haughton, G., Murton, B.J., Morales Maqueda, M.A. & Robinson, A. (2017), Axial crustal structure of the Costa Rica Rift: Implications for along-axis hydrothermal circulation, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. American Geophysical Union.
  • Wilson, D.J., Moorkamp, M., Hobbs, R.W., Peirce, C., Harris, R.N. & Morgan, J.V. (2017), Determining the extent of hydrothermal interaction on the southern Costa Rica Rift ridge flank during the past 8 Ma from joint inversion of geophysical data, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. American Geophysical Union.
  • Gregory, E.P.M., Hobbs, R.W., Peirce, C. & Wilson, D.J. (2017), Porosity, fracturing and alteration of young oceanic crust: new seismic analyses at borehole 504B, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. American Geophysical Union.
  • Castiello, G., Peirce, C. & Grevemeyer, I. (2016), Characterising the evolution of transform continental margins – a geophysical study of the Swan Island transform margin-Cayman trough intersection, Caribbean Sea, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, AGU, T43B-3041.
  • Robinson, A.H., Peirce, C., Funnell, M.J., Watts, A.B. & Grevemeyer, I. (2016), Construction and subduction of the Louisville Ridge Seamount chain – insights from wide-angle seismic imaging, Postgraduate Research in Progress Meeting. UCL London, British Geophysical Association.
  • Parnell-Turner, R.E., Sohn, R.A., MacLeod, C.J., Peirce, C., Reston, T.J. & Searle, R.C. (2016), Detachment fault behaviour revealed by micro-seismicity at 13N, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, AGU, T33A-2998.
  • Wilson, D.J., Peirce, C., Hobbs, R.W., Tong, V.C.H., Zhang, L. & Gregory E.P.M (2016), Evolution of young oceanic crust formed at the Costa Rica Rift in the Panama Basin, an overview of the OSCAR project, InterRidge Theoretical Institute. China, InterRidge.
  • Robinson, A.H., Peirce, C., Funnell, M.J., Watts., A.B. & Grevemeyer, I. (2016), Geophysical investigations of crustal and upper mantle structure of oceanic intraplate volcanoes (OIVs), American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, AGU, T52A-08.
  • Harding, J., van Avendonk, H.J., Hayman, N.W., Grevemeyer, I. & Peirce, C. (2016), Model for the evolution of an oceanic core complex and its hydrothermal vent on the ultaslow spreading Mid Cayman Spreading Center, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, AGU, T32A-01.
  • Searle, R.C., Tominaga, M., Peirce, C., Reston, T.J. & MacLeod, C.J. (2016), Near-bottom high resolution magnetic observations over and around an active oceanic core complex, MAR, 13N, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, AGU, T33A-2999.
  • Falder, M., Reston, T.J., Peirce, C., Simao, N.M., MacLeod, C.J. & Searle, R.C. (2016), Seismic reflection imaging of detachment faulting at 13N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, AGU, T33A-3000.
  • Grevemeyer, I., Merz, M., Dannowski, A., Papenberg, C., Hayman, N., van Avendonk, H. & Peirce, C. (2016), Seismic structure of lithosphere emplaced at ultra-slow spreading rates, 18: EGU. Vienna, EGU, EGU2016-12833.
  • Gregory E.P.M., Hobbs, R.W., Peirce, C. & Wilson, D.J. (2016), Seismic velocity structure and anisotropy at Hole 504B: a 3D investigation into fracturing, alteration and fluid flow, InterRidge Theoretical Institute. China, InterRidge.
  • Funnell, M.J., Peirce, C., Robinson, A.H., Watts, A.B. & Grevemeyer, I. (2016), Structure and evolution of the forearc-arc crust along the Tonga-Kermadec subduction system from integrated geophysical data, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, AGU, V13C-2868.
  • Reston, T.J., Falder, M., Peirce, C., Simao, N.M., Searle, R.C. & MacLeod, C.J. (2016), The role of detachment faulting in slow seafloor spreading: first results from cruise JC132 to the MAR at 13N, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, AGU, T33A-2997.
  • Wilson, D.J., Peirce, C., Hobbs, R.W., Gregory, E.P.M. & Zhang, L. (2016), Time-dependent changes in magmatic and hydrothermal activity at the Costa Rica Rift recorded by variations in oceanic crustal structure, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, AGU, T13B-2708.
  • Wilson, D.J., Peirce, C., Hobbs, R.W. & Gregory E.P.M. (2016), Triple seismic source, double research ship, single ambitious goal: integrated imaging of young oceanic crust in the Panama Basin, 18: EGU. Vienna, EGU, EGU2016-3022.
  • Grevemeyer, I., Merz, M., Dannowski, A., Papenberg, C.A., van Avendonk, H.J., Hayman, N.J. & Peirce, C. (2016), Un-roofing of mantle at the ultra-slow Mid-Cayman spreading centre, Caribbean Sea: constraints from wide-angle data and Vp/Vs ratios, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, AGU, T33-A-2995.
  • Gregory, E.P.M., Hobbs, R.W., Peirce, C., Wilson, D.J. & Zhang, L. (2016), Understanding fracturing and alteration at ODP borehole 504B: 3D seismic structure and anisotropy of 5.9 Ma oceanic crust, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, AGU, T13B-2712.
  • Simao, N.M., Peirce, C., Falder, M., Reston, T.J., MacLeod, C.J. & Searle, R.C. (2016), Velocity structure of the crust at 13N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge: implications for crustal accretion and oceanic core complex formation, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, AGU, T33A-2997.
  • Robinson, A.H., Peirce, C., Stratford, W., Watts, A.B. & Grevemeyer, I. (2014), Crustal and upper mantle structure of the Louisville Ridge Seamount chain at its intersection with the Tonga-Kermadec subduction zone, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco CA.
  • Funnell, M., Peirce, C., Startford, W., Watts, A.B. & Grevemeyer, I. (2014), Crustal structure and flexural characteristics of the Louisville Ridge and Tonga-Kermadec subduction system, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco CA.
  • Wilson, D.J., Peirce, C., Watts, A.B. & Grevemeyer, I. (2009), Seismic constraints on the flexural response of the lithosphere to loading at the Cape Verde Swell, EOS Transactions of the AGU American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. S13B-1746.
  • Tang, G., Barton, P.J., Henstock, T., McNeill, L., Dean, S., Vermeesch, P., Peirce, C. & Burchell, A.C. (2008), 3-D seismic refraction tomography in the Sumatra subduction zone, Eos Transactions of the AGU, Fall Meet.ing Supplement, Abstract U51A-0005 AGU Fall Meeting.
  • Paulatto, M., Minshull, T.A., Henstock, T., Sparks, R.S.J., Baptie, B., Mailin, P., Kenedi, K.L., Voight, B., Shalev, E., Hammond, J., Ryan, G. & Peirce, C. (2008), A glimpse inside an active volcano: 2D inversion of acombined refracted and reflected arrivals at Montserrat, British Geophysical Association: Postgraduate conference. Durham University, UK., Durham University.
  • Minshull, T.A., Paulatto, M., Baptie, B., Dean, S., Hammond, J.O.S., Henstock, T., Kenedi, C.L., Malin, P., Peirce, C., Ryan, G., Shalev, E., Sparks, R.S.J. & Voight, B. (2008), Crustal structure of Montserrat and surrounding area from integrated onshore, ocean bottom and multichannel reflection seismic data, Eos Transactions of the AGU, Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract V51C-2037 AGU, Fall Meeting.
  • Wilson, D.J., Peirce, C., Watts, A.B. & Grevemeyer, I. (2008), Seismic constraint on the structure of the Cape Verdes swell, Eos Transactions of the AGU, Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract S11C-1761 AGU Fall meeting.
  • Wilson, D.J., Peirce, C., Watts, A.B. & Grevemeyer, I. (2008), Seismic constraints on the structure of the Cape Verdes swell, British Geophysical Aassociation: Postgraduates in Geophysics Meeting 2008. Durham University, UK, Durham University.
  • Kenedi, C.L., Sparks, R.S.J., Dean, S., Hammond, J.O.S., Malin, P., Minshull, T.A., Paulatto, M., Peirce, C., Ryan, G., Shalev, E. & Voight, B. (2008), Volcano-tectonic history of the island of Montserrat, West Indies, from seismic reflection data, Eos Transactions of the AGU, Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract V53C-06 AGU Fall Meeting.
  • Watts, A.B., Peirce, C., Hobbs, R.W., Rodger, M. & Greenroyd, C.J. (2007), Crustal structure and evolution of the NE Brazil Margin, Ocean Margins LINK Meeting. London, London.
  • Greenroyd, C.J., Peirce, C., Rodger, M., Watts, A.B. & Hobbs, R.W. (2007), Crustal structure of the continental margin – implications for rifting and early spreading of the equatorial Atlantic, European Geophysical Union.
  • Watts, A.B., Rodger, M., Peirce, C., Greenroyd, C.J. & Hobbs, R.W. (2007), Crustal structure, sediment loading, and flexure at the NE Brazil margin, Geological Society of London Bicentenary Meeting.
  • Burchell, A.C., Peirce, C. & Minshull, T.A. (2007), Future development in seabed geophysical instrument platforms, New Advances in Geophysics, BGA Special Meeting. Geological Society, London, Geological Society of London.
  • Greenroyd, C.J., Peirce, C., Rodger, M., Watts, A.B. & Hobbs, R.W. (2006), Crustal structure of the French Guiana continental margin - implications for rifting and early spreading of the equatorial Atlantic, Ocean Margins LINK Meeting. London, London.
  • Rodger, M., Watts, A.B., Greenroyd, C.J., Peirce, C. & Hobbs, R.W. (2006), Gravity anomalies, crustal structure, and flexure at the NE Brazil rifted continental margin, Ocean Margins LINK Meeting. London, London.
  • Rodger, M., Watts, A.B., Greenroyd, C.J., Peirce, C. & Hobbs, R.W. (2006), Gravity anomalies, crustal structure, and flexure at the NE Brazil rifted continental margin, European Geophysical Union.
  • Peirce, C., Sinha, M., Topping, S., Gill, C. & Gardiner, A. (2006), Segmentation and volcanic cycles: their relationship and evolution at the southern Reykjanes Ridge, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, European Geophysical Union.

Conference Proceeding

  • Peirce, C., Davidson, J.P. & Macpherson, C.G. (2006). Subduction: Integrated Earth-Ocean-Atmosphere System Processes and Hazard Assessment (SIPHA). NERC Town Meeting, Durham.
  • Schultz, A., Peirce, C. & Lampitt, R. (2001). British Dynamics of Earth and Ocean Systems (B-DEOS). NERC Town Meeting, Cardiff.

Journal Article

  • Peirce, C., Reveley, G., Simao, N.M., Robinson, A.H., Funnell, M.J., Searle, R.C., MacLeod, C.J. & Reston, T.J. (2019). Constraints on crustal structure of adjacent OCCs and segment boundaries at 13N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Geophysical Journal International 217(2): 988-1010.
  • Grevemeyer, I., Hayman, N.W., Lange, D., Peirce, C., Papenberg, C. Van Avendonk, H.J.A, Schmid, F., Gomez de La Pena, L. & Dannowski, A. (2019). Constraints on the maximum depth of brittle deformation at slow- and ultraslow-spreading ridges using microseismicity. Geology 47: G46577R.
  • Wilson, D.J., Robinson, A.H., Hobbs, R.W., Peirce, C. & Funnell, M.J. (2019). Does intermediate spreading-rate oceanic crust result from episodic transition between magmatic and magma-dominated, faulting-enhanced spreading? – the Costa Rica Rift example. Geophysical Journal International 218(3): 1617-1641.
  • Lowell, R., Zhang, L., Maqueda, M., Banyte, D., Tong, V., Johnston, R., Harris, R., Hobbs, R.W., Peirce, C. & Robinson, A.H. (2019). Magma-hydrothermal interactions at the Costa Rica Rift from data collected in 1994 and 2015. Earth and Planetary Science Letters
  • Robinson, A.H., Zhang, L., Hobbs, R.W., Peirce, C. & Tong, V.C.H. (2019). Magmatic and tectonic segmentation of the intermediate-spreading Costa Rica Rift - a fine balance between magma supply rate, faulting, and hydrothermal circulation. Geophysical Journal International
  • Peirce, C., Robinson, A.H., Funnell, M.J., Searle, R.C., MacLeod, C.J. & Reston, T.J. (2019). Magmatism versus serpentinization – crustal structure along the 13°N segment at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Geophysical Journal International
  • Peirce, C., Robinson, A.H., Campbell, A.M., Funnell, M.J., Grevemeyer, I., Hayman, N.W., Van Avendonk, H.J.A. & Castiello, G. (2019). Seismic investigation of an active ocean-continent transform margin: the interaction between the Swan Islands Fault Zone and the ultraslow-spreading Mid-Cayman Spreading Centre. Geophysical Journal International 219(1): 159-184.
  • Searle, R.C., MacLeod, C.J., Peirce, C. & Reston, T.J. (2019). The Mid-Atlantic Ridge near 13º20’N: High-Resolution Magnetic and Bathymetry Imaging. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 20(1): 295-313.
  • Simão, N.M., Peirce, C., Funnell, M.J., Robinson, A.H., Searle, R.C., MacLeod, C.J. & Reston, T.J. (2019). Three-dimensional P-wave velocity structure of oceanic core complexes at 13°N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Geophysical Journal International
  • Robinson, A.H., Peirce, C. & Funnell, M.J. (2018). Construction and subduction of the Louisville Ridge, SW Pacific—insights from wide-angle seismic data modelling. Geophysical Journal International 215(3): 2222-2245.
  • Grevemeyer, I., Hayman, N.W., Peirce, C., Schwardt, M., van Avendonk, H.J.A., Dannowski, A. & Papenberg, C. (2018). Episodic magmatism and serpentinized mantle exhumation at an ultraslow spreading centre. Nature Geoscience 11: 444-448.
  • Harding, J.L., Van Avendonk, H.J.A., Hayman, N.W., Grevemeyer, I., Peirce, C. & Dannowski, A. (2017). Magmatic-tectonic conditions for hydrothermal venting on an ultraslow-spread oceanic core complex. Geology 45(9): 839-842.
  • Parnell-Turner, R., Sohn, R.A., Peirce, C., Reston, T.J., MacLeod, C.J., Searle, R.C. & Simão, N.M. (2017). Oceanic detachments generated compression in extension. Geology 45(10): 923-926.
  • Van Avendonk, H.J.A., Hayman, N.W., Harding, J.L., Grevemeyer, I., Peirce, C. & Dannowski, A. (2017). Seismic structure and segmentation of the axial valley of the Mid-Cayman Spreading Center. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 18(6): 2149-2161.
  • Funnell, M.J., Peirce, C. & Robinson, A.H. (2017). Structural variability of the Tonga-Kermadec forearc characterised using robustly constrained geophysical data. Geophysical Journal International 210(3): 1681-1702.
  • Searle, R.C., Peirce, C. & Bentley, A.M. (2016). Research and Outreach at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Astronomy & Geophysics 57(3): 3.18-3.20.
  • Stratford, W., Peirce, C., Funnell, M., Paulatto, M., Watts, A.B., Grevemeyer, I. & Bassett, D. (2015). Seismic velocity structure and deformation due to collision of the Louisville Ridge with the Tonga-Kermadec Trench. Geophysical Journal International 200(3): 1503-1522.
  • Paulatto, M., Watts, A.B. & Peirce, C. (2014). Potential field and bathymetric investigation of the Monowai volcanic centre, Kermadec arc: implications for caldera formation and volcanic evolution. Geophysical Journal International 197(3): 1484-1499.
  • Funnell, M., Peirce, C., Stratford, W., Paulatto, M., Watts, A.B. & Grevemeyer, I. (2014). Structure and deformation of the Kermadec forearc in response to subduction of the Pacific oceanic plate. Geophysical Journal International 199(2): 1286-1302.
  • Voight, B., Sparks, R., Shalev, E., Minshull, T., Paulatto, M., Annen, C., Kenedi, C., Hammond, J., henstock, T., brown, L., Kiddle, E., Malin, P., Mattioli, G., Carothers, L., Belousov, A., Clarke A., Ellett, L., Elsworth, D., Hidayat, D., Herd, R., Johnson, M., Lee, A., Miller, V., Murphy, B., Peirce, C., Ryan, G., Sldana, S., Snelson, C., Stewart, R., Syers, R., Widiwijayanti, C., Young, S. & Zamora, W. (2014). The SEA-CALIPSO volcano imaging experiment at Montserrat: plans, campaigns at sea and on land, scientific results, and lessons learned. Geological Society of London Special Publication 39: 253-289.
  • Wilson, D.J., Peirce, C., Watts, A.B. & Grevemeyer, I. (2013). Uplift at lithospheric swells – II: is the Cape Verde mid-plate swell supported by a lithosphere of varying mechanical strength? Geophysical Journal International 193(2): 798-819.
  • Watts, A.B., Peirce, C., Grevemeyer, I., Paulatto, M., Stratford, W., Bassett, D., Hunter, J., Kalnins, L. M. & de Ronde, C. (2012). Rapid rates of growth and collapse of Monowai submarine volcano in the Kermadec Arc. Nature Geoscience 5(7): 510-515.
  • Contreras-Reyes, E., Grevemeyer, I., Watts, A.B., Flueh, E.R., Moeller, S., Papenberg, C. & Peirce, C. (2011). Deep seismic structure of the Tonga subduction zone: Implications for mantle hydration, tectonic erosion, and arc magmatism. Journal of Geophysical Research 116(B10): B10103.
  • Kenedi, C.L., Sparks, R.S.J., Malin, P.E., Voight, B., Dean, S., Minshull, T., Paulatto, M., Peirce, C. & Shalev, E. (2010). Contrasts in morphology and deformation offshore Montserrat: New insights from the SEA-CALIPSO marine cruise data. Geophysical Research Letters 37(19): L00E25.
  • Contreras-Reyes, E., Grevemeyer, I., Watts, A.B., Planert, L., Flueh, E.R. & Peirce, C. (2010). Crustal intrusion beneath the Louisville hotspot track. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 289: 323-333.
  • Wilson, D.J., Peirce, C., Watts, A.B., Grevemeyer, I. & Krabbenhoeft, A. (2010). Uplift at lithospheric swells—I: seismic and gravity constraints on the crust and uppermost mantle structure of the Cape Verde mid-plate swell. Geophysical Journal International 182(2): 531-550.
  • Paulatto, M., Minshull, T.A., Baptie, B., Dean, S., Hammond, J.O.S., Henstock, T., Kenedi, C.L., Kiddle, E.J., Malin, P., Peirce, C., Ryan, G., Shalev, E., Sparks, R.S.J. & Voight, B. (2010). Upper crustal structure of an active volcano from refraction/reflection tomography, Montserrat, Lesser Antilles. Geophysical Journal International 180(2): 685-696.
  • Watts, A.B., Rodger, M., Greenroyd, C.J., Peirce, C. & Hobbs, R.W. (2009). Seismic structure, gravity anomalies, and flexure of the Amazon continental margin, NE Brazil. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 114(B7): B07103.
  • Pim, J., Peirce, C., Watts, A.B., Grevemeyer, I. & Krabbenhoft, A. (2008). Crustal structure and the origin of the Cape Verdes Rise. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 272: 422-428.
  • Greenroyd, C. J., Peirce, C., Rodger, M., Watts, A. B. & Hobbs, R. W. (2008). Demerara Plateau - the structure and evolution of a transform passive margin. Geophysical Journal International 172(2): 549-U19.
  • Greenroyd, C.J., Peirce, C., Rodge, M., Watts, A.B. & Hobbs, R.W. (2008). Do fracture zones define continental margin segmentation? - Evidence from the French Guiana margin. Earth & Planetary Science Letters 272(3-4): 553-566.
  • Greenroyd, C., Peirce, C., Rodger, M., Watts, A.B. & Hobbs, R.W. (2007). Crustal structure of the French Guiana margin, West Equatorial Atlantic. Geophysical Journal International 169(3): 964–987.
  • Peirce, C., Sinha, M., Topping, S. & Gill, C. (2007). Morphology and genesis of slow-spreading ridges - seabed scattering and seismic imaging within the oceanic crust. Geophysical Journal International 168(1): 59-89.
  • Shillington, D., Minshull, T.A., Peirce, C. & O'Sullivan, J. (2007). P and S wave velocities of consolidated sediments from a seafloor seismic survey in the North Celtic Sea Basin, offshore Ireland. Geophysical Prospecting 56: 197-211.
  • Papadopoulos, T.D., Goulty, N., Voulgaris, N.S., Alexopoulos, J.D., Fountoulis, I., Kambouris, P., Karastathis, V., Peirce, C., Chailas, S., Kassaras, J., Pirli, M., Goumas, G. & Lagios, E., (2007). Tectonic structure of Central-Western Attica (Greece) based on geophysical investigations - preliminary results. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece 40(3): 1207-1218.
  • Rodger, M., Watts, A.B., Greenroyd, C., Peirce, C. & Hobbs, R.W. (2006). Evidence for unusually thin oceanic crust and strong mantle beneath the Amazon fan. Geology 34(12): 1081-1084.
  • Minshull, T.A., Sinha, M.C. & Peirce, C. (2005). Multi-disciplinary, sub-seabed geophysical imaging - a new pool of 28 seafloor instruments in use by the United Kingdom Ocean Bottom Instrument Consortium. Sea Technology 46(10): 27-31.
  • Peirce, C., Gardiner, A. & Sinha, M.C. (2005). Temporal and spatial cyclicity of accretion at slow-spreading ridges - evidence from the Reykjanes Ridge. Geophysical Journal International 163(1): 56-78.
  • Day, A.J. & Peirce, C. (2002). Ocean-bottom seismograph tomographic experiments- a consideration of acquisition geometries vs. resources. Geophysical Journal International 151(2): 543-566.
  • Peirce, C., Turner, I.M. & Sinha, M.C. (2001). Crustal structure, accretionary processes and rift propagation: a gravity study of the intermediate-spreading Valu Fa Ridge, Lau Basin. Geophysical Journal International 146(1): 53-73.
  • Day, A.J., Peirce, C. & Sinha, M.C. (2001). Three-dimensional crustal structure and magma chamber geometry at the intermediate-spreading, back-arc Valu Fa Ridge, Lau Basin- results of a wide-angle seismic tomographic inversion. Geophysical Journal International 146(1): 31-52.
  • Goulty, N.R., Peirce, C., Flatman, T.D., Home, M. & Richardson, J.H. (2000). Magnetic survey of the Holy Island Dyke on Holy Island, Northumberland. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 53(2): 111-118.
  • Navin, D.A., Peirce C. & Sinha, M.C. (1998). The RAMESSES experiment - II. Evidence for accumulated melt beneath a slow-spreading ridge from wide-angle refraction and multichannel reflection seismic profiles. Geophysical Journal International 135: 746-772.

Report

  • Grevemeyer, I. & and the Scientific Party. (2008). Tonga Thrust Earthquake Asperity at Louisville Ridge (TOTAL).
  • Grevemeyer, I. & and the Scientific Party. (2005). Cape Verde Hotspot: A Seismic Refraction study of Isostasy and Magmatic underplating (CHRISMA).

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