School of Earth and Environment

Dr Timothy Craig

1851 Research Fellow

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Room: 8.151

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. Currently, my work ranges from investigating the seismicity associated with deformation in shallow subducting slabs, to the interaction between tectonic and non-tectonic processes, and how this may impact on seismicity.

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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).



  • 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.

Research Interests

I work on a range of problems relating to intraplate earthquakes and tectonics, using a combination of earthquake seismology, tectonic geodesy, and geodynamic modelling.