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Basin Structure Group

Petroleum Leeds

Dr Emma Bramham

Lecturer - Geophysics and Applied Structural Geology


   Geophysics, Structural Geology



Following on from my BSc in Physics with Astrophysics (Leeds) and an MSc in Marine Geotechnics (Bangor), I worked for five years as an offshore geophysicist in the North Sea, North Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico performing 2D and 3D seismic surveys. Post-offshore, I spent more years than I care to think about working in IT,  building and supporting large arrays of Unix systems , before returning to academia to do my PhD at Leeds. My research focussed on using satellite-based InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) and airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to examine deformation in the Krafla rift zone, NE Iceland, both on a local and regional scale.  Since completing my PhD I have taken a lectureship postion here at Leeds, teaching on the MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics course and both establishing links and working with industry collaborators for our MSc summer projects.

My key focus is to further investigate normal fault behaviour in current rifting zones, both widening my results to cover a greater range in the scale of the structures and in the range of environments.

My work with the MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics students involves both classroom teaching and fieldtrips, key subjects are Applied Geophysical Methods, Geomechanics and Fault Modelling and Applied Geodynamics and Basin Evolution.