Dr James D.P. Moore

College Lecturer in Earth Sciences

James completed his undergraduate degree at University College, Durham, where he studied Natural Sciences (Maths, Physics, Geology) for the first few years, before focusing on Theoretical Physics for his Masters. After taking a short break to run an opticians he decided to return to academia and undertook his DPhil at St Cross College, Oxford under the supervision of Prof. Barry Parsons. Following the completion of his doctorate he stayed on for a postdoc working with Prof. Tony Watts, and these days divides his time between Oxford, Singapore, and Wellington, where he holds various positions at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, Victoria University of Wellington, and Oxford.

James tutors courses in Earth Sciences, in particular those with a more geophysical/mathematical focus, including:

  • Maths for Earth Scientists
  • Physics for Earth Scientists
  • Thermal and Mechanical Modelling of the Lithosphere
  • Vector Calculus
  • Petroleum Systems
  • Basin Formation

My research interests include neotectonics, viscoelastic relaxation of the crust under loading/unloading, earthquake cycle processes, and deformation driven by volcanic systems. I examine these systems using a combination of analytic and numerical methods using remote sensing data within a Bayesian framework. My current research areas include: the effect of non-linear deformation mechanisms on the earthquake cycle, with rate and state friction as an emergent property of the micromechanics of deformation and off fault non-linear ductile deformation; imaging material properties of the mantle and ductile regions of the lower crust; regional compensation in dynamic topography; and nascent rifting.

  1. Qiu Q, Moore J D P, Barbot S, Feng L, Hill E. Transient rheology of the Sumatran mantle wedge revealed by a decade of great earthquakes. [2017, Nature Communications, in press]
  2. Wade J, Dyck B, Palin R M, Moore J D P, Smye A J. The disparate fates of hydrospheric water on Earth and Mars. [2017, Nature]
  3. Watts A B, Moore J D P*. Flexural Isostasy: Constraints from gravity and topography power spectra. *Corresponding author. [2017, JGR: Solid Earth]
  4. Lamb S, Moore J D P, Smith E, Stern T. Episodic kinematics in continental rifts modulated by changes in mantle melt fraction. [2017, Nature]
  5. Moore J D P, Yu H, Tang C, Wang T, Barbot S, Peng D, Masuti S,Imaging the distribution of transient viscosity following the 2016 Mw7.1 Kumamoto earthquake. [2017, Science]
  6. Barbot S, Moore J D P, Lambert V. Displacements and stress associated with distributed anelastic deformation in a half-space. [2017, BSSA]
  7. Moore J D P, Parsons B. Scaling of viscous shear zones with depth-dependent viscosity and power-law stress-strain-rate dependence. [2015, GJI]
  8. Watts A B, Nomikou P, Moore J D P, Parks M. Historical bathymetric charts and the evolution of Santorini submarine volcano, Greece. [2015, G-cubed]
  9. Parks M, Moore J D P, Papanikolaou X, Biggs J, Mather T, Pyle D, Raptakis C, Paradissis D, Hooper A, Parsons B, Nomikou P. From quiescence to unrest: 20 years of satellite measurements at Santorini volcano, Greece. [2015, JGR: Solid Earth]

The Fate of Water on Mars – Earth Observatory of Singapore Blog

Measuring the Strength of Crustal Rocks From Outer Space – Earth Observatory of Singapore Blog

How the Earth’s Crust and Mantle Move Underneath New Zealand – Earth Observatory of Singapore Blog

Where next?

Earth Sciences (Geology)

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