James Anthony Jackson, MA, PhD, FRS. Professor of Active Tectonics.
I supervise all Earth Sciences modules within the Natural Sciences Tripos for Queens' undergraduates, teaching over all four years of the course.
I use earthquakes to study the processes that produce the major surface features of the continents, such as mountain belts and basins. In addition to seismology, my current research uses the powerful range of satellite-based techniques now available, combined with observations of the landscape in the field, to study how the continents develop and deform on all scales, from the movement that occurs in individual earthquakes to the evolution of mountain belts. My field work has taken me to many parts of the Middle east, Asia, the Mediterranean, Africa, New Zealand and North America. I am increasingly involved in how to use the insights obtained by geologists to reduce the appalling risk from earthquakes to populations in developing countries.
I am the Head of Department of Earth Sciences as well as Professor of Active Tectonics, and I lecture on all four years of the NST course. I also lead the first year field trip to Scotland, and the third year field trip to Greece.
- Official Fellow