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Dr Luke Wedmore

Dr Luke Wedmore

Dr Luke Wedmore
BSc(Dunelm.), MSc(Lond.), PhD(Lond.)

Research Associate in Tectonics

Area of research

Strain Accumulation, Fault Growth and Rift Evolution in the East Africa Rift

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I received my PhD from University College London (2017) where I studied fault interaction and continental extension in the central Italian Apennines. This focussed on comparing short-term historical records of earthquake with longer-term geological rates of deformation and exploring potential mechanisms for transient strain release, particularly focussing on the effect of co-seismic Coulomb stress changes. During my PhD, I also worked closely alongside colleagues at Birkbeck College, University of Leeds, Durham University and University of Bergen to use 36Cl cosmogenic exposure dating on active bedrock fault scarps in central Italy. My role in this project involved using ground penetrating radar (GPR) and terrestrial laser scanning (LiDAR) to characterise the geomorphology of the fault scarp surrounding our sample sites.

Following this, I spent a year at the University of Leeds studying co-seismic and post-seismic deformation during the 2016 central Italy earthquake sequence using hi-resolution terrestrial laser scanning collected before and after the M6.6 Norcia earthquake to explore questions relating to the shallow slip deficit and transient on-fault post-seismic deformation.

I joined Bristol Earth Sciences in February 2018 where I am working on the PREPARE project funded by the EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund. The project is focussed on enhancing preparedness for East African to seismic hazard through increasing engineering reslience. My role is focussed on understanding the strain accumulation and fault activity in the southern end of the East African Rift. I will use a combination of techniques including InSAR, GPS and analysis of hi-resolution topography.


  • Active Tectonics
  • Fault Growth and Interaction
  • Tectonic Geomorphology
  • High-resolution Topography
  • LiDAR



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