James Daniel Paul MOORE
My research interests include viscoelastic relaxation of the crust under loading, earthquake cycle processes, planetary geology, 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 the Lithosphere Dynamics course. I am currently in the process of seeking accreditation with the Higher Education Academy at the Fellowship grade.
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.
Senior Research Fellow in the Earth Observatory of Singapore July 2019 – Present
Independent research portfolio
Research into the earthquake, volcano, coastal hazards, and disaster response.
Steering an international collaboration to investigate the water budget of Mars.
Research Fellow in the Earth Observatory of Singapore Sep 2017 – June 2019
Tectonics Group and Coastal Lab
PI: Assoc. Prof Adam Switzer
Derivation of analytical models for distributed surface loading of layered crusts, and the development of forward and inverse models to probe crustal rheology, with a focus on applications for paleolakes.
Co-supervision of an undergraduate student working on deformed shorelines at Paleolake Mega Chad.
Steering interdisciplinary projects with international collaborators.
Research Fellow in the Earth Observatory of Singapore. Jan 2016 – Aug 2017
Earthquake physics group
PI: Ass. 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.
PDRA (Grade 7) in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford. Jan 2015 – Dec 2015
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.
- 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.
- 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)
Lower-crustal rheology and thermal gradient in the Taiwan orogenic belt illuminated by the 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake. Science Advances. 5, (2019).
Transient rheology of the Sumatran mantle wedge revealed by a decade of great earthquakes. Nature Communications. 9(995), (2018).
Locking on a megathrust as a cause of distributed faulting and fault-jumping earthquakes. Nature Geoscience. (2018).
The divergent fates of primitive hydrospheric water on Earth and Mars. Nature. 552, 391-394. (2017).
Flexural Isostasy: Constraints From Gravity and Topography Power Spectra. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 122(10), 8417-8430. (2017).
Imaging the distribution of transient viscosity after the 2016 M-w 7.1 Kumamoto earthquake. Science. 356(6334), 163-167. (2017).
Displacement and Stress Associated with Distributed Anelastic Deformation in a Half‐Space. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. 107(2), 821-855. (2017).
From quiescence to unrest – 20 years of satellite measurements at Santorini volcano, Greece. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 120(2), 1309-1328. (2015).
Historical bathymetric charts and the evolution of Santorini submarine volcano, Greece. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 16(3), 847–869. (2015).
Scaling of viscous shear zones with depth dependent viscosity and power law stress-strain dependence. Geophysical Journal International. 202(1), 242-260. (2015).
Postseismic deformation following the 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha earthquake and the distribution of brittle and ductile crustal processes beneath Nepal. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017. (2017).
Flexural isostasy: Constraints from gravity and topography power spectra. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017. (2017).
From Crustal to Lithosphere Dynamics: A New Approach to Geodetic Data Interpretation and Modeling. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017. (2017).
Seven years of postseismic deformation following the 2009 Mw 7.8 Dusky Sound earthquake from GPS, InSAR and dynamic models. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017. (2017).
Imaging the distribution of transient viscosity following the 2016 Mw7.1 Kumamoto earthquake. Japan Geoscience Union - American Geophysical Union Joint Meeting 2017. (2017).
Kinematic inversion of postseismic deformation following the 2016 Mw 7.0 Kumamoto earthquake for the distribution of brittle and ductile crustal processes. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. (2016).
From Crustal to Lithosphere Dynamics: A New Approach to Geodetic Data Interpretation and Modeling. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. (2016).
Pore fluid pressure in impermeable fault zones throughout earthquake cycles. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. (2016).
Transient flow in the mantle wedge in the last decade following great earthquakes in the Sumatran subduction zone. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. (2016).
Joint inversion of afterslip and viscoelastic relaxation following the 2012 Mw 8.6 Indian Ocean earthquake. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. (2016).
Temperature in the Lower Crust of Taiwan from a Decade of Postseismic GPS Data of the 1999 Chi-Chi Earthquake. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. (2016).
Unified cycles of Earthquakes with off-fault deformation. GeoMod 2016. (2016).
Plate flexure and the development of depositional cycles in sedimentary basins. Indian Geotechnical Conference. (2016).
Postseismic Deformation Following the 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha Earthquake and the Distribution of Brittle and Ductile Crustal Processes Beneath Nepal. Asian Oceania Geosciences Society. (2016).
Lithospheric flexure and sedimentary basin evolution: depositional cycles in the steer’s head model. European Geosciences Union. (2016).