Global seismology

Mike uses earthquakes as seismic sources to image the heart of the Earth and its boundaries:

Seismic experiments

Mike has led or been involved with seismic experiments in a diverse range of settings including the Canadian Arctic and the Afar depression in Ethiopia. Most of these experiments are collaborative efforts that include other seismologists:

Exploration seismology

Mike’s primary interests lie in methods for using measurements of seismic anisotropy to characterise reservoirs. Another key area of research is in passive seismic monitoring and microseismity:

Mike’s research interests cover pure and applied seismology, with connections to mineral physics, geodynamics and engineering. Current research concentrates on the nature of the core-mantle boundary, continental cratons, continental rifting, mid-ocean ridges, and subduction zones. He has led seismic field experiments in a range of geologic settings.

Techniques developed to study wave propagation in the deep Earth have also been applied to his research in exploration seismology. His interests lie in microseismicity and passive seismic monitoring, rock-fracture characterization, and linked geophysics, geomechanics and fluid-flow modelling. He has managed a number of large industry-funded consortia.

Research keywords

  • seismology
  • microseismicity
  • geophysics
  • geomechanical modelling
View Mike’s research information at the University of Bristol