Professor of Structural Geology
Bob’s main research interests lie in the study of the structure, mechanics and transport properties of exhumed fault zones, with specific interests in fault weakening processes at different crustal depths. He is particularly interested in the role played by pre-existing structures in controlling crustal deformation patterns at all scales, and his international expertise in this area has led to a significant amount of industry funding for his research. Together with Nicola De Paola, he has recently established the Rock Mechanics Laboratory in the Earth Sciences Department at Durham University, which is equipped with the only low to high velocity rotary shear apparatus based in the UK. He is currently a NERC KE Fellow and is a member of the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) Expert Panel in Seismic Hazard and Climate Change (Nuclear New Builds), contributing expertise on capable faulting in the UK.