Born and raised in London (UK),  I completed undergraduate and masters degrees in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, with a focus on geophysics, geology, and seismology. I moved to the US in 2010 to study at Harvard for one year to do a "special studentship" funded by a scholarship from Cambridge. I liked the US so much that I decided to stay on for graduate school (I also was a big fan of the charming American woman whom I would later marry). I completed a PhD in geophysics at Columbia University, spending the majority of my time conducting research at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, studying active rifting in Papua New Guinea and the deep structure of the Juan de Fuca spreading centre. I conducted post-doctoral research at Brown University, where I developed a novel methodology for  jointly inverting multiple seismological data types to make detailed images of the upper mantle across the northwest to north-central US. As an assistant professor at UC Santa Barbara, I teach undergrad and graduate courses and supervise a wide-ranging research program with lots of opportunities for new faces! Other than pondering the mysteries of earthquakes and shallow Earth structure, I spend my time hiking, cooking, running, and cursing the ineptitude of the England football (soccer...) team.

Professional appointments

Assistant Professor,  UC Santa Barbara  (2016 - present)

Postdoctoral Research Associate,   Brown University  (2016 - 2017)

Graduate Research Fellow, LDEO Columbia University  (2011 - 2016)



PhD,   Columbia University ,  2016

MPhil, Columbia University,  2014

MSci, University of Cambridge (UK),  2010

BA (Hons), University of Cambridge (UK),  2010