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.
Mike is the BGS Professor of Geophysics in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol and was Head of School from 2009-2013. He has a PhD in Geophysics from Queen's University in Canada and he was a NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the USA. He has held faculty positions at the Universities of Toronto and Leeds, and he worked briefly for Chevron Canada Resources in Calgary. He was previously president of the British Geophysical Association and vice-president (Geophysics) of the Royal Astronomical Society.
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