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Dr Mark Allen

Reader, Department of Earth Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 42344

Specialist expertise:

  • Causes of earthquakes in Eurasia
  • Oil and gas resources in Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa

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Dr James Baldini

Senior Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 42334

Specialist expertise:

  • anthropogenic climate change
  • Holocene palaeoclimate (changes in the Earth's climate system in the last 10,000 years)
  • speleology (the study of caves and their development)
  • using stalagmites (cave calcite deposits) as palaeoclimate proxies to decode past climate changes

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Professor Mike Bentley

Professor, Department of Geography

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 41859

Specialist expertise:

  • Antarctic subglacial lakes
  • Antarctica
  • Glaciers and ice sheets
  • South America and Patagonia

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Professor David R. Bridgland

Professor, Department of Geography

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 41875

Specialist expertise:

  • development of rivers especially the Thames
  • development of rivers, especially the Thames
  • Early humans in Britain and other parts of the world
  • earth science conservation
  • environment- weather and climate
  • environmental change
  • Ice Age History
  • shallow/near shore processes & rivers
  • Stone Age human activities and impacts

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Prof Jon Davidson

Professor of Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 42328

Deputy Head of Faculty (Research) , Faculty of Science

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 42328

Durham X-ray Centre

Mobile telephone: +44 (0) 794 1386 740

Home telephone: +44 (0) 191 371 1975

Specialist expertise:

  • Geology, Andes and the Cordillera
  • Volcanoes
  • volcanoes and related issues
  • Volcanology, geochemistry, plate tectonics

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Prof Richard Davies

Dean of Knowledge Exchange and Impact , Department of Earth Sciences

Telephone: 42346 or 49308

Dean of Knowledge Exchange and Impact , Durham Business & Innovation Services

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 49308

Specialist expertise:

  • Hydrocarbon Exploration Deepwater Niger Delta
  • Lusi mud volcano, East Java
  • Mud volcanoes
  • Shale Gas and Associated Risks

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Prof Gillian Foulger

Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 42314

Professorial Fellow, St Chad's College

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 42314

Mobile telephone: 07909 021 895

Home telephone: 0191 386 4533

Specialist expertise:

  • Earthquakes, earthquake damage, building resilience
  • Fracking, and industrially induced earthquakes
  • Geothermal energy
  • Iceland
  • Plate tectonics
  • The controversy regarding the origin of "hot spots" such as Hawaii and Iceland
  • Volcanoes, volcanic eruptions, ash plumes, impact on society

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Prof Neil Goulty

Professor of Applied Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 42341

Specialist expertise:

  • Geomechanics of sediments and sedimentary rocks
  • Geophysical surveying techniques
  • Ground subsidence
  • Overpressure

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Professor Robert Holdsworth

Professor of Structural Geology, Department of Earth Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 42299

Specialist expertise:

  • Continental tectonics: how the Earth's continents undergo deformation in response to plate tectonic forces, generating mountains, basins, earthquakes and mineral deposits
  • Digital geological mapping and 3D visualisation: development of new methods ultimatley leading to the use of 'virtual geological outcrops' for use by scientists and industry.
  • Fault reactivation and mechanics: why do faults move repeatedly over very long time periods? What are the main weakening mechanisms leading to this behaviour?
  • geological faults
  • geology of the British Isles and adjacent regions
  • Predicting fracture networks in rocks: what are the 3D attributes of fracture systems in rocks and how can we predict their evolution in the subsurface and its impacts on fluid flow
  • structural geology
  • Structural geology and tectonics: the response of the Earth's outer shell (the crust) to plate tectonic forces. I am particualrly interested in faults and their deeper crustal equivalents, shear zones.
  • tectonics

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Dr Colin Macpherson

Reader - Travel Approver, Department of Earth Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 42283

Durham X-ray Centre

Specialist expertise:

  • Geology and tectonics of SE Asia and the western Pacific
  • Volcanoes

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Dr Dave Selby

Total Reader, Department of Earth Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 42294

Specialist expertise:

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Miss Katie Strang

PhD. Student, Department of Earth Sciences

Specialist expertise:

  • Palaeontology, Palaeobiology, Taphonomy, Cambrian Explosion, Exceptional Preservation, Lagerstatten

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Dr João Trabucho-Alexandre

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Earth Sciences

Specialist expertise:

  • Greenhouse climates
  • Palaeoceanography
  • Sedimentology
  • Shale

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Dr Jeff Warburton

Reader, Department of Geography

Telephone: +44 (0)191 33 41952

Specialist expertise:

  • Damage caused by flooding and landslides in mounatain areas, particularly the UK
  • Peat erosion and recent environmental change in the uplands

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