UCL Earth Sciences


Prof Tom M. Mitchell

Seismology, rock deformation, earthquake damage, field geology

Professor in Earthquake Geology and Rock Physics

Dr Tom M. Mitchell

Research Group(s):

Rock and Ice Physics Laboratory
Ice Physics Laboratory
Rock Fluids Laboratory
Rock Mechanics Laboratory



Professor in Earthquake Geology and Rock PhysicsKLB, Ground Floor, G16

Courses Taught:

GEOL0016 Structural Geology and Tectonics
GEOL0024 Geological and Environmental Mapping
GEOL0065 Research Methods and Skills (Contributor)
GEOL0056 Independent MSci Project (Contributor)
London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership Core Training 

London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership Fieldtrip


Email Address:

Telephone Number:

tom.mitchell@ucl.ac.uk020 73108 6348 (56348)

Research Summary

My research to date has been primarily concerned with two main areas;

  • the experimental deformation of rocks under simulated geological conditions, in order to help interpret natural processes such as faulting and earthquake mechanics and
  • detailed field studies on the structure and properties of strike-slip fault zones over a range of scales to further understand fault growth processes, subsequent mechanics, and bulk hydraulic and seismological properties of a fault zone

I have always been very conscious of the need to relate laboratory work with nature.  To this end, in addition to laboratory based experimentation, through my primary training as a geologist, I have carried out a lot of field-based research, often being able to bring an experimentalist‘s approach to illuminate essentially field-geological problems. 

For further details of my research and research group please visit my personal research website at  www.tommmitchell.com