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Dr Joanna Faure Walker
Appointment
  • Lecturer
  • Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction
  • Dept of Earth Sciences
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Biography

  • Wilkinson M., Roberts G.P., McCaffrey K., Cowie P., Faure Walker J.P., Papanikolaou I.,  Phillips R.J., Michetti A., Vittori E., (2014) Slip distributions on active normal faults measured from LiDAR and field mapping of geomorphic offsets: an example from L’Aquila, Italy, and implications for modelling seismic moment release, Geomorphology DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.04.026
  • Cowie P., Scholz C., Roberts G., Faure Walker J.P., Sheer P. (2013) Viscous roots of active seismogenic faults revealed by geologic slip rate variations, Nature Geoscience, 6, 1036-1040 
  • Faure Walker J.P., Roberts G.P., Cowie P.A., Papanikolaou I., Michetti A.M., Sammonds P., Wilkinson M., McCaffrey K.J.W., and Phillips R., (2012) Relationship between topography, rates of extension and mantle dynamics in the actively-extending Italian Apennines, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 325-326, 76-84
  • Rossetto, T., Peiris, N., Alarcon, J., So, E., Sargeant, S., Free, M., Sword-Daniels, V., Del Re, D., Libberton, C., Verrucci, E., Sammonds, P., Faure Walker, J.P.,  (2011) Field observations from the Aquila, Italy Earthquake of April 6, 2009. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 9 (1)
  • Faure Walker J.P., Roberts G.P., Sammonds P., and Cowie P., (2010) Comparison of earthquake strains over 100 and 10,000 year timescales: insights into variability in the seismic cycle in the central Apennines, Italy, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, B10418
  • Roberts G., Raithatha B., Sileo G., Pizzi A., Pucci S., Faure Walker J.P., Wilkinson M., McCaffrey K., Phillips R., Michetti A., Guerrieri L., Blumetti A, Vittori E., Cowie P., Sammonds P., Galli P., Boncio P., Bristow C., and Walters R., (2010) Shallow subsurface structure of the 2009 April 6 Mw 6.3 L’Aquila earthquake surface rupture at Paganica, investigated with ground-penetrating radar, Geophysical Journal International, 183 (2), 774-790
  •  Faure Walker J.P., Roberts G.P., Cowie P.A., Papanikolaou I., Michetti A.M., Sammonds P., and Phillips R., (2009) Horizontal strain-rates and throw-rates for breached relay-zones: an example from active normal faults in the Apennines, Italy, Journal of Structural Geology, 31, 1145-1160

Research Summary

Faure Walker is interested in using academic research with a multi hazard approach to integrate science with disaster risk reduction in academia, industry and NGOs. Faure Walker’s main research area is the mechanics of continental extension and how this relates to seismic hazard. Her principal publications focus on the importance of fault geometry and rates of motion in understanding fault interactions, fault growth and the dynamic forces controlling these.

To date, her research has been focused on calculating strain-rates in the Italian Apennines using field measurements of slip-vectors from striated faults and offsets of Late Pleistocene-Holocene landforms and sediments. Adapting methods of Kostrov (1974), she has calculated strain-rate tensors showing the long-term spatial distribution of deformation along faults within the Apennines.By comparing her results with strain-rates calculated using geodesy and historical seismicity, uplift rates, and topography, she has provided new insights into regional mechanisms of continental extension, fault growth, seismic hazard, the seismic cycle, and how the spatial pattern of earthquake recurrence is controlled by fault evolution and sub-crustal processes. 

Faure Walker has also participated in post disaster investigations abroad in Japan, Italy and the Philippines, with a particular focus on vulnerability in the transitional phase of recovery and seismic risk perception.

Teaching Summary

Joanna is the Programme Director for the IRDR MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience and the PGCert in Risk and Disaster Reduction. She is the module tutor for the UCL masters-level courses: “Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction” and “Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability” (two of the core modules for the IRDR postgraduate programmes).

Joanna has experience as a guest lecturer on a number of undergraduate, masters and PhD training modules for UCL and Birkbeck, such as Active Tectonics, Geophysical Hazards, structural geology, geology for civil engineers, and earthquake seismology and earthquake hazard.  She has taught on undergraduate fieldtrips focussing on active tectonics, geophysical techniques, geological mapping, structural geology and risk assessment in the U.K., Italy, and Greece.

Academic Background
2010 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Earth Science University College London
2006 MSci Master of Natural Science – Natural Sciences University of Cambridge
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