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Dr Gerald Roberts
Birkbeck College
University of London
Malet St
Tel: 020 7679 7713
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  • Honorary Associate Professor
  • Dept of Earth Sciences
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
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Research Summary

I am interested in the growth of active normal faults and how their slip-rates and growth control earthquake recurrence and seismic hazards.

I am currently working in Italy and Greece and studying Mars.

The work involves:

(1) Structural geology fieldwork and mapping, concentrating on the geometry, kinematics and rates of deformation of active normal faults, and utilising kinematic measurements, shallow geophysics and LiDAR laser scanning;

(2) Quaternary and Holocene dating of deformed geomorphology, through study of Holocene fault scarps and  Quaternary marine terraces, using 36Cl cosmogenic exposure dating and U/Th coral dating;

(3) Observations and modelling of rivers deformed by active normal faults;

(4) Mapping deformation of the surface of Mars using NASA (MOLA; MOC; VIKING; HiRISE) data;

(5) Developing theoretical and numerical models of fault growth.

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