UCL Earth Sciences

Current Students

Current Students & Topics

See our student's contributions to Earth Sciences.





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Jabraan Ahmed
email Protocols in Shale Gas Extraction. Prof J. Thurow, Prof N. SkipperProf P. Meredith and Dr J.Faure-Walker
ISR (Institute for Sustainable Resources)
Bayes Ahmed
Understanding the issues involved in landslide disaster risk reduction in the hilly disctricts of Chitagong Division, Bangladesh.
Prof David Alexander
Commonwealth Scholarship
Lee Bardon
email  Impact melting and vapourisation of planets, including the proto-Earth Prof Lars Stixrude
ERC Project
Rehemat Bhatia
email Geochemical signals in greenhouse and icehouse planktonic foraminifera Prof Bridget Wade
Giulia Boucher
Melting curves of alkali metals from first principles calculations. Prof Dario Alfe Eng PhD
James Braithwaite
email Material Behavior Governing the Evolution of the Magma Ocean. Prof Lars Stixrude & Prof Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni
EU Project
Amy Chadderton

High temperature pressurisation, fracturing and permeability in volcanic systems.
Prof Peter Sammonds
UCL IRDR Studentship
Danielle Charlton
The threat of volcanic activity to major urban centres: case of Campi Flegrei, Italy. 
Dr Chris Kilburn & Dr Stephen Edwards
UCL Impact and Aon Benfield
Kiran Chotalia
The effects of water content on mantle circulation, geochemical cycles and surface observables Prof Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni
Pauline Cornard email Supercritical versus subcritical bedforms, facies, geometry and architecture, Eocene Ainsa and Banaston systems, Ainsa basin, Spanish Pyrenees: implications for reservoir heterogeneity.  Prof Kevin Pickering  UCL/Industrial Studentship
Gillian Dacey
Self-protective behaviour during earthquake shaking: A comparative study of the effect of earthquake preparedness advice on human behaviour and the subsequent impact on survivability. Prof David Alexander
Mark Jefferd email Physics of creeping crustal rocks Dr Nicolas Brantut &  Dr Tom Mitchell  NERC - DTP
Jeffrey Davis
The groundwater resources of  weathered precambrian basement complex acquifiers below erosion surfaces in southern and eastern Africa.
Dr Willy Burgess and Dr Nick Robins (BGS)
Joel Davis
email  Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions on Mars. Dr Peter Grindrod
Christopher Dimech
Integrative Inference and Assessment of Subsurface Information derived from Terrestrial and Solar Seismic Measurements Dr Vincent Tong
Matthew Dodd email Biosignatures in Earth’s oldest sedimentary rocks. Dr. Dominic Papineau & Dr Adrian Jones NERC - DTP
Amy Edgington
email Mercury: its composition, internal structure and magnetic field. Prof Lidunka Vočadlo, Prof Ian Wood & Prof Lars Stixrude
Isra Ezad
email   Prof John Brodholt
Omar Regalado Fernandez
email The early evolution of Sauropodomorph dinosaurs and the origins of quadrupedality in the largest land animals.
Prof Paul Upchurch
The National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico (CONACYT)
Michael Frietsch
Joint-inversion of seismological and space geodetic data to characterise the earthquake source and earth structure.
Dr Ana Ferreira
NERC / UCL Studentship
Christopher Garrison

The Great Dry Fog of 1831: re-appraisinghistorical volcanic eruptions and their effects. Dr Chris Kilburn & Dr Steven Edwards
Andrew Griffiths email Slope stability studies on newly discovered submarine volcanoes in the Kermadec Arc Region, SW Pacific. Prof Bill McGuire & Dr Ian Wright (NIWA, NZ) Self-funded
Antoniette Grima

The NeoTethys subduction, a case for sustained lateral and vertical dynamic flow. Prof Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni
The Commonwealth Commission
Selina Groh
A multi-­disciplinary approach to the analysis of crocodylian phylogeny, diversity and biogeographic history in ‘Deep Time’ Prof Paul Upchurch & Dr Julia Day
Tianchen He
email Evolution of marine redox condition and seawater chemistry during Cambrian period Dr Graham Shields  
Janto Hess

Financing adaptation in Pacific SIDS: Investigating tourism related funds in Fiji and Vanuatu. Dr Ilan Kelman
Self Funded
Christopher Howard
email Properties of planetary ices formed in the H2O – NH3 – CO2 ternary system Dr Dominic Fortes; Prof Lidunka Vočadlo & Prof Ian Wood  STFC
Tomos Kempley
email  Is Earth’s topography controlled by mantle thermodynamics? Prof Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni  NERC
Elodie Kendall
email Waveform modelling of global seismic anisotropy and geodynamical implications. Dr Ana Ferreira & Prof Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni  NERC - DTP
Hojung Kim
Quantifying rates of evolution in Paleogene coccolithophores  Prof Paul Bown
David King
Evolution and extinction in Miocene planktonic foraminiferal genus Paragloborotalia Prof Bridget Wade & Giles Miller (NHM) & Mark Leckie (UM, Amherst)
Isobel Lawrence email Towards improving thickness retrievals from Cryosat Prof Julienne Stroeve & Dr Michel Tsamados  NERC - DTP
Simon Maxwell
The early evolution and distribution of Hominini (order Primates) and the quality of their fossil record.  Dr Phil Hopley (BBK) & Prof Paul Upchurch

Zoe Mildon

The link between earthquake recurrence and structural geology: the role of slip-rates, elapsed time and stress transfer.   Prof Gerald Roberts, Dr Joanna Faure Walker, Prof Peter Sammonds NERC
Julie Mizzi email The Cenozoic middle Eocene nannoplankton diversity peak: biogeography, taxonomy and stratigraphy. Prof Paul Bown Self-funded
Cherry Newsam email Plankton evolution and the Paleogene greenhouse–icehouse climate-mode transition. Prof Paul Bown
Dr Stuart Robinson
David Rutledge (Petrostrat)
NERC and CASE with Petrostrat 
Giles Ostermeijer email Evolution and significance of fault damage structures on plate boundary faults: the southern San Andreas fault system. Dr Tom Mitchell NERC - DTP 
Rebecca Pearce email Nature of the link between tectonics and volcanism in the Central and Southern Andes Prof Phil Meredith &  Dr Tom Mitchell  NERC - DTP
Gianluca Pescaroli
The Vulnerability of Critical Infrastructure in Cascading Disasters; Contingency Planning for a Major Disruption of Air Transportation in London.
Prof David Alexander & Dr Ilan Kelman
European Commission
Christopher Poole 
Testing times: Evolution and extinction events in Cenozoic tropical planktonic foraminifera Prof Bridget Wade   NERC
Steven Robinson email Cryogenian climate change as inferred from sequences in North and South China. Did the low latitudes freeze? Dr Graham Shields
Sally Scourfield
The Consolidation and Deformation of Brash Ice Prof Peter Sammonds
UCL Impact Studentship and Total
Lara Smale email The Control of Hydrothermal Systems on Eruption Precursors at Large Volcanic Calderas. Dr Chris Kilburn &  Stephen Edwards  NERC - DTP
Katerina Stavrianaki
Complexity of seismicity in a statistical physics view: From fracture to earth's scale.
Prof Peter Sammonds & Dr Gordon Ross
UCL IRDR Studentship
Alexander Steele
email Forecasting unrest and eruption at large volcanic calderas. Dr Chris Kilburn & Agust Gudmundsson (RHUL)
Paul Sutherland
The hydrogeological impacts of Coal Bed Methane development.
Dr Willy Burgess
Serena Tagliacozzo
Enhancing the communcation practices between governemtn agencies and citizens during the post-disaster reconstruction phase through the use of web 2.0 technology.
Prof David Alexander and Dr Ilan Kelman
UCL IRDR Studentship
Rachel Tilling
email Satellite radar altimeter estimates of Arctic sea ice volume, and an investigation into sea ice dynamics 
Prof Andrew Shepherd  NERC
Samuel Thomas
email Arctic Ocean mean dynamic topography from satellite altimetry and gravity measurements. Prof Andrew Shepherd  NERC
John Torely
Supercritical versus subcritical submarine fans, facies, geometry and architecture, Eocene Morillo and Guaso systems, Spanish Pyrenees: Implications for reservoir heterogeneity. Prof Kevin Pickering
UCL/Industrial Studentship
Melodie Vanderpuye

Investigating patio-temporal randomness of large earthquakes
Prof Peter Sammonds
AON Benfield
Justine Uyimleshi

Strategies for emergency preparedness and response to man-made disasters in Nigeria.  Prof David Alexander
Petroleum Technology development Fund (PTDF) Nigeria
Paul Varotsis
A reappraisal of Dorsetisaurus and the origin and biogeographyof Anguimorpha
Prof Paul Upchurch and Prof Susan Evans (NHM) 
Omar Ortiz Velazquez
Engineering Earthquake Early Warning Systems
Dr Carmine Galasso & Dr Philippe Duffour (UCL Civil Eng. Dept)
The National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico (CONACYT) / IRDR Studentship
Maria-Jose Vera 

Multiscale characterisation of seismic scattering, diffraction and anisotropy in the lithosphere/asthenosphere system. Dr Alex Song
CONICYT Becas-Chile
Luke Wedmore

Assessing seismic hazard in central Italy from rates of slip and earthquake recurrence through geophysical and geodetic measurements. Dr Joanna Faure Walker
Fred Wilson
Thermodynamics of a MgO-CaO system under magma ocean conditions following giant impact. Prof Lars Stixrude
ERC Project
Marisa Wood

Birch’s Law: does it work for iron and iron alloys in planetary cores. Prof Lidunka Vocadlo
Robin Wylie email Magma Chamber Processes monitored through Carbon Isotopes at Etna Volcano. Dr Adrian Jones
Rebekah Yore

Microinsurance as an effective means of risk transfer and resilience building for livelihood protection in the wake of disasters. Dr Joanne Faure Walker
UCL IRDR Impact Studentship
Ying Shields-Zhou
email Constructing a seawater strontium isotope curve for the Neoproterozoic Era  Prof J. Thurow  Self-funded