Dr Timothy Craig
1851 Research Fellow
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Email address: T.J.Craig@leeds.ac.uk
Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
I obtained my PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2013, on the topic of Constraining Lithosphere Rheology using Earthquake Seismology. This work focused on the separate projects: the seismicity and lithospheric structure of Africa (particularly along the East African Rift System), rare deep earthquakes beneath the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau and their relationship to the thermal evolution of India as it underthrusts Tibet, and the seismicity and deformation associated with the flexure of oceanic plates just prior to subduction, in outer rises.
Following this, I spent two years working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratoire de Geologie at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris on a number of topics related to continental deformation. These years were funded by a fellowship from ENS (Year 1) and through the French Investment Program SINAPS project (Year 2), supported by the Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique and the Institute de Radioprotection et Sûreté Nucléaire. My time in Paris was spent investigating the cases of rare intraplate earthquakes in North America and Europe, the factors controlling their distribution in space and time, how these earthquakes relate to the concept of a 'seismic cycle' in plate interiors, and how they may reflect the interplay between tectonic and Earth-surface processes.
I am now working as an Independent Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, funded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, within the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics. My work focuses on multidisciplinary studies of earthquakes and tectonics, principally in intraplate settings.
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2198-9172
- PhD in Geophysics (University of Cambridge).
- Thesis title: Constraints on lithosphere rheology from earthquake seismology.
- MSci in Geological Sciences (University of Cambridge).
- Thesis title: Aftershock seismicity at the junction of the 2004 and 2005 Sumatra-Andaman source regions.
- BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences (University of Cambridge).
- Independent Research Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 (2015 - present).
- Postdoctoral Fellowship from the École normale supérieure (2013 - 2014).
- Girdler Doctoral Scholarship from the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge (2009 - 2013).
- Harkness Prize for excellence in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge (MSci, 2009).
- Centre for the Oberservation and Modelling of Earthquakes and Tectonics (Associate Membership, 2015 - present).
- European Geosciences Union (2014 - present).
- American Geophysical Union (2012 - present).
- 2015: "Investigating deformation in shallow subducting slabs", three years Fellowship funding from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.
- 2014: "Influence of climatic unloading/loading of the lithosphere on the seismicity of the French metropolitan territory", one year postdoctoral funding by the French Investment Program SINAPS.
I work on a range of problems relating to intraplate earthquakes and tectonics, using a combination of earthquake seismology, tectonic geodesy, and geodynamic modelling.
- Calais E; Camelbeeck T; Stein S; Liu M; Craig TJ (2016) A new paradigm for large earthquakes in stable continental plate interiors, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, pp.10-637. doi: 10.1002/2016GL070815
- Craig TJ; Calais E; Fleitout L; Bollinger L; Scotti O (2016) Evidence for the release of long-term tectonic strain stored in continental interiors through intraplate earthquakes, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, pp.6826-6836. doi: 10.1002/2016GL069359
- Nissen E; Elliott JR; Sloan RA; Craig TJ; Funning GJ; Hutko A; Parsons BE; Wright TJ (2016) Limitations of rupture forecasting exposed by instantaneously triggered earthquake doublet, Nature Geoscience, 9, pp.330-336. doi: 10.1038/ngeo2653
- Craig TJ; Heyburn R (2015) An enigmatic earthquake in the continental mantle lithosphere of stable North America, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 425, pp.12-23. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.05.048
- Wang H; Elliott JR; Craig TJ; Wright TJ; Liu-Zeng J; Hooper A (2014) Normal faulting sequence in the Pumqu-Xainza Rift constrained by InSAR and teleseismic body-wave seismology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15, pp.2947-2963. doi: 10.1002/2014GC005369
- Craig TJ; Copley A; Jackson J (2014) A reassessment of outer-rise seismicity and its implications for the mechanics of oceanic lithosphere, Geophysical Journal International, 197, pp.63-89. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu013
- Craig TJ; Copley A (2014) An explanation for the age independence of oceanic elastic thickness estimates from flexural profiles at subduction zones, and implications for continental rheology, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 392, pp.207-216. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.02.027
- Craig TJ; Copley A; Middleton TA (2014) Constraining fault friction in oceanic lithosphere using the dip angles of newly-formed faults at outer rises, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 392, pp.94-99. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.02.024
- Craig TJ; Calais E (2014) Strain accumulation in the New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones from 14 years of continuous GPS observation, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 119, pp.1-20. doi: 10.1002/2014JB011498
- Craig TJ; Copley A; Jackson J (2012) Thermal and tectonic consequences of India underthrusting Tibet, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 353, pp.231-239. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.07.010
- Craig TJ; Jackson JA; Priestley K; Mckenzie D (2011) Earthquake distribution patterns in Africa: Their relationship to variations in lithospheric and geological structure, and their rheological implications, Geophysical Journal International, 185, pp.403-434. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.04950.x
- Corfield RI; Carmichael S; Bennett J; Akhter S; Fatimi M; Craig T (2010) Variability in the crustal structure of the West Indian Continental Margin in the Northern Arabian Sea, Petroleum Geoscience, 16, pp.257-265. doi: 10.1144/1354-079309-902
- Tilmann FJ; Craig TJ; Grevemeyer I; Suwargadi B; Kopp H; Flueh E (2010) The updip seismic/aseismic transition of the Sumatra megathrust illuminated by aftershocks of the 2004 Aceh-Andaman and 2005 Nias events, Geophysical Journal International, 181, pp.1261-1274. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04597.x
- Biggs J; Nissen E; Craig T; Jackson J; Robinson DP (2010) Breaking up the hanging wall of a rift-border fault: The 2009 Karonga earthquakes, Malawi, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, . doi: 10.1029/2010GL043179