James Daniel Paul MOORE


My research interests include viscoelastic relaxation of the crust under loading, earthquake cycle processes, and deformation driven by volcanic systems. I examine these systems using a combination of analytic and numerical methods. 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.


I have over 100 hours of lecturing experience, including invited seminars, undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In addition I have over 500 hours of small group tutorial experience. Currently I lecture on two courses: Lithosphere Dynamics, and Layers & Landforms. Previously I have delivered a number of courses in undergraduate (levels 1 to 3) mathematics, physics, and geophysics). I also have considerable experience in course design, having previously assisted in revising the Oxford University Mathematics in Earth Sciences stream (levels 1 and 3), as well as co-designing and delivering Lithosphere Dynamics with Asst. Prof Sylvain Barbot. I am currently in the process of seeking accreditation with the Higher Education Academy at the Fellowship grade.

Professional Activities:

I am a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Fellow of the Geological Society, a Member of the Institute of Physics and I am currently seeing accreditation as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I regularly engage in community outreach activities, and have previously organised a number of primary school outreach days.

  • Oct 2009 – Oct 2011 St Cross College, University of Oxford
  • Oct 2012 – Dec 2014 Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Earth Sciences

Thesis topic: Viscoelastic modelling of crustal deformation

Supervisor: Prof Barry Parsons ­

Development of numerical and analytical models for elastic, viscous and viscoelastic media to investigate aspects of geodetic observations over the earthquake cycle and deformation driven by volcanic systems. ­

Additional courses: Scientific computing; inverse modelling; scaling laws in geophysics; seismology; planetary chemistry.

  • 2004 – 2008 University College, University of Durham

Masters in Theoretical Physics First Class Honours

Thesis topic: All order WKB series for power potentials

Supervisor: Dr Chris Maxwell ­

Development of approximate solutions of the time independent Schrödinger equation for even power potentials using a Wentzel-Brillouin-Kramers approximation and deriving the energy quantization condition. ­

Broad background in mathematics and physics: multivariable calculus; linear and abstract algebra, statistics and probability; complex analysis; ordinary and partial differential equations; classical mechanics; quantum mechanics; electromagnetism; general relativity; quantum field theory. ­

Entered through the Natural Sciences route - Maths, Physics, Geology.

Professional Experience:
  • Jan 2016 – Present Research Fellow in the Earth Observatory of Singapore

Earthquake physics group

PI: Prof Sylvain Barbot ­ Derivation of analytical models for distributed inelastic deformation, and the development of forward and inverse models to probe crustal rheology.

Steering interdisciplinary projects with international collaborators.

  • Jan 2015 – Dec 2015 PDRA (Grade 7) in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

Marine geophysics group

PI: Prof Tony Watts

Development of models of post-rift basins and the effect of viscoelastic relaxation and flexure on stratigraphic off/on-lapping, and the filtering effect of regional compensation on dynamic topography.

Professional Activities:
  • 2016 EGU Meeting Session Co-convener (Co-conveners: Laurent Jolivet, Anthony Watts, Yury Podladchikov). Long-term rheological behaviour of the crust and mantle inferred from observations and models at laboratory and geological time and spatial scales (EGU-AOGS session) (co-organized).
  • 2017 AOGS Meeting Session Co-convener (Co-conveners: Anthony Watts) Long-term Rheological Behaviour of the Crust and Mantle Inferred from Observations and Models at Laboratory and Geological Time and Spatial Scales (EGU-AOGS session) (co-organized).
  • 2017 AOGS Meeting Session Co-convener (Co-conveners: Sylvain Barbot) Physical Modeling of Gps and InSAR Data with Unicycle.
Courses Taught:
  • 2013-2014 Maths for Materials and Earth Sciences (University of Oxford)
  • 2014-2016 Maths for Earth Sciences (University of Oxford)
  • 2014-2016 Vector Calculus (University of Oxford)
  • 2016-Present Lithosphere Dynamics (Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University)
  • 2017-Present Layers and Landforms (Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University)