I am Lecturer in Earth Dynamics in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. I came here after studying Physics at Oxford University to do a PhD studying mountain building and foreland basin evolution.
Understanding the relation between physical processes and the emergence of order in the natural environment is my overarching interest; but it rapidly became evident to me that without a sound grasp of statistical data analysis the Earth sciences would always struggle to test and refute appropriate hypotheses.
Thus, as well as publishing on the evolution of interesting geological systems such as mountain building, foreland basin evolution and earthquake seismology; I have also contributed to transfering statistical methods to the Earth sciences to address outstanding questions.
I try to keep a balance between blue sky and applied research such as Earthquake Hazard and Carbon Capture & Storage.