School of Earth and Environment

Huw Goodall Huw Goodall

Postgraduate Researcher

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Room: 8.153

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics


I am currently a PhD candidate studying the interaction of the brittle and ductile lithosphere in extensional continental areas. I am particularly interested in Western Turkey, one of the most rapidly extending areas in the world. I plan on using fault movement rates, derived from cosmogenic isotope data sets that I will develop here in the cosmogenic lab in Leeds. These rates will be compared to strain rates derived from GPS and InSAR, representing the ductily deforming lithosphere.

This comparison will provide insight into how the continents are deforming and how strain is distributed through the lithosphere. This should assist with understanding of earthquakes and improving hazard mapping in the region.

I am also interested in improving the method of comsogenic nucleide exposure dating of fault scarps and hope to be able to do this during my studies.

My MSc thesis was a tectonostratigraphic study of offshore Morocco and it's effect on potential hydrocarbon reservoir in the region using 3D seismic data working with an industry partner.

When not in the lab/office/field I can be found climbing up rock or ice in the UK and beyond.


2016-Present PhD candidate in Tectonics and structural geology

2014-2015 MSc Petroleum Geoscience for Explortation (Distinction) - University of Manchester

2009-2012 BSc Geolsoical Sciences (2.1) - University of Leeds


2018 - Best poster NERC DTP conference (Leeds-York)

2017 - Best Talk NERC DTP conference (Leeds-York)

Research Interests

  • Interaction between ductile and brittle deformation in the lithosphere
  • Western Turkey
  • Italian Apennine
  • Cosmogenic isotopes in active fault zones (particularly 36Cl)
  • Normal faulting and how it effects the surrounding geology and geomorphology

Teaching Interests

I have demonstrated for:

- SOEE1580: Pembroke field trip - 1st year Geolgy/Geophysics

- SOEE3250: Inverse theory - 4th Year Geophysics

Project details

Project title

Reconciling discrepancies between long and short-term rates of tectonic deformation.


Dr Laura Gegory, Professor Tim Wright, Professor Greg Houseman and Dr Richard Walters



Start date

1 October 2016