James Daniel Paul MOORE

Research:

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.

Teaching:

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.

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.

Education:
  • 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:

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.

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)

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