School of Earth and Environment

John Elliott Dr John Elliott

Royal Society University Research Fellow & University Academic Fellow

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Room: 8.22

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics


2016-present Royal Society University Research Fellow (URF)
2016-present University Academic Fellow (UAF)
Active Tectonics, Earthquakes & Faulting, Seismic Hazard & The Rise of Mountains
Institute of Geophysics & Tectonics, School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds

2014-2016 Post-Doctoral Researcher - Geodesy and Geophysics (NERC)
Centre for the Observation & Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes & Tectonics (COMET+)
& Earthquakes without Frontiers (EwF) - Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards (IRNH)
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, OX1 3AN

2013 (3 month) Stipendiary Lecturer in Earth Sciences, University College, Oxford

2013-2015 Visiting Researcher, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol

2009-2014 Post-Doctoral Researcher - Geodesy and Geophysics
National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO/NERC), Earth Sciences, Oxford

2012 (3 month) Post Doctoral Visitor, Tectonics Observatory, Caltech, USA

2006-2011 Undergraduate Tutor - geophysics & seismology for five Oxford University colleges


  • D.Phil, University of Oxford, 2009. Earth Sciences, Geophysics
  • MSci, University of Cambridge, 2005. Geological Sciences 1st Class
  • BA, University of Cambridge, 2004. Natural Sciences 1st Class


2006-present Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Research Interests

My research addresses where and how the Earth's crust accommodates and releases tectonic stress. I achieve this through measuring the deformation of the crust using satellite geodesy, and integrating these measurements with seismology, remote sensing and eld studies of active faulting.

I want to understand the relationship between earthquakes, crustal deformation and landscape evolution. In particular, I am interested in addressing the problems of faults and earthquakes a) as a natural hazard and b) as a key mechanism for the growth of mountains and the role they play in shaping the deformation of the continents over geological time. I use the latest Earth Observation technologies that provide big, high resolution datasets over a large spatial extent to make precise measurements of wide-scale active tectonic processes. I want to change the way seismic hazard and risk associated with distributed deformation is assessed as a critical step towards the goal of improving earthquake forecasting for societies living in tectonically active regions. I also want to relate current observations of active tectonics to what is recorded in the longer term geological record to constrain the evolution of the Earth's crust.

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