I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London.

As a seismologist I am interested in using seismic waves to understand the world around us, ranging from planetary-scale processes to social seismology. I find it fascinating that the tiny signals recorded at the Earth's surface allow us to answer fundamental questions about its deep interior, and yet also provide detailed information about human and animal behaviour.

In my research, I enjoy working across disciplines, linking seismology with geodynamics and mineral physics, as well as combining insights with zoologists and geologists. Much of my research is hypothesis driven, often combining data, forward and inverse modelling, with a strong emphasis on data uncertainties.


I am passionate about communicating my research and global seismology in general (see here for more information). I am also happy to advice and support early-career researchers in their funding applications.

Postdocs, PhD students and undergraduate students interested in seismology projects and joining the DEEPSCAPE research group should not hesitate to get in touch to discuss possible projects and funding opportunities.

PDRA on imaging mantle upwellings open for applications!

I welcome applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position, funded by NERC. In our Large Grant project ''MC2: Mantle circulation constrained'', our primary goal is to understand the upwellings in the Earth's mantle in 4D. This PDRA position focuses on regional imaging of upwellings, in collaboration with Dr Christophe Zaroli (Strasbourg). Applications are invited online via the Royal Holloway website, but please get in touch with me for more information and any questions.

Pint of Science podcast about a range of seismological topics

I spoke to Callam & Jim for a Pint Of Science podcast about a range of seismological topics. We touched not only on global seismology and the landscapes of the deep Earth, but also talked about how anthropogenic seismic noise has been affected by Covid-19 governmental lockdowns, and even chatted about Marsquakes and Messiquakes!

Review chapter on lower mantle density and CMB topography

My review chapter on lower mantle density and core-mantle boundary topography has been published as part of the AGU book Mantle convection and surface expressions, edited by Marquardt, Cottaar, Ballmer & Konter. For this contribution, I reviewed existing (primarily seismological) models and used these to develop average models as well as vote maps with the aim to find model consistencies and to identify discrepancies between data sets. Files related to this contribution can be found online.

Doornbos Memorial Prize awarded by the SEDI Committee

At the 16th international symposium of the Study of the Earth's Deep Interior (SEDI), held in Edmonton, Canada, I received the Doornbos Memorial Prize for "careful and broad analysis of body and normal mode seismic data, integrated with mineral physics to constrain the state and dynamics of the lowermost mantle".

The Doornbos Memorial Prize is given in honor of the Dutch seismologist Durk Doornbos and is presented to a few young scientists every two years by the SEDI Committee, in association with their biennial meetings, for outstanding research on the Earth's deep interior.