University of Manchester
My research focuses on the development and application of numerical techniques to address questions in tectonics, sedimentation, and basin evolution. I am interested in employing numerical models to question the dominant processes involved in regions of active faulting associated with sedimentation and determine which key parameters cause observed geometries in both two and three dimensions. The information gained is compared with observations from natural examples of fault growth, stratigraphic relationships, and scaling laws. You are welcome to use any of the images/movies here if you like, but please quote the doi of the collection or selected page(s) if you do. New experiments are added intermittently, so if you are interested to see other experiments, click on the follow button above. Thanks, Emma I am grateful for the assistance of Research IT and the use of the CSF at The University of Manchester. Images and movies are generated using CaptureWiz and GIF Movie Gear.


  • External signal preservation in halokinetic stratigraphy: A Discrete Element Modeling (DEM) approach
  • 2D discrete element numerical modelling of carbonate mechanical stratigraphy to generate discrete fracture networks
  • Discrete element modelling using a parallelised physics engine
  • Salt tectonics offshore Morocco - New insights from numerical modelling and 2D seismic interpretation
  • Controls on landscape and drainage evolution in regions of distributed normal faulting: Perachora Peninsula, Corinth Rift, Central Greece
  • Discrete-element modelling of detachment folding
  • Discrete element modelling of the influence of cover strength on basement-involved fault-propagation folding
  • Discrete element modelling of contractional fault- propagation folding above rigid basement fault blocks
  • Influence of a pre-existing basement weakness on normal fault growth during oblique extension: Insights from discrete element modeling
  • Discrete-element modelling of extensional fault-propagation folding above rigid basement fault blocks
  • How Does the Orientation of a Preexisting Basement Weakness Influence Fault Development During Renewed Rifting? Insights From Three-Dimensional Discrete Element Modeling
  • Stratigraphic expression of the lateral propagation and growth of isolated fault-related uplifts
  • Influences of nodular chert rhythmites on natural fracture networks in carbonates: An outcrop and two-dimensional discrete element modelling study
  • Normal faulting and crustal deformation, Alkyonides Gulf and Perachora peninsula, eastern Gulf of Corinth rift, Greece
  • The influence of shortening and sedimentation on rejuvenation of salt diapirs: A new Discrete-Element Modelling approach
  • Growth and interaction of normal faults and fault network evolution in rifts: Insights from three-dimensional discrete element modelling
  • Mechanical stratigraphy and the transition from trishear to kink-band fault-propagation fold forms above blind basement thrust faults: A discrete-element study
  • The influence of base-salt relief, rift topography and regional events on salt tectonics offshore Morocco
  • Visualizing a spherical geological discrete element model of fault evolution
  • Analysing the use of Real-time Physics Engines for Scientific Simulation: Exploring the Theoretical and Practical Benefits for Discrete Element Modelling
  • The Impact of Pre-Salt Rift Topography on Salt Tectonics: A Discrete-Element Modelling Approach
  • Halokinetic modulation of sedimentary thickness and architecture: A numerical modelling approach
  • Halokinetic modulation of sedimentary systems: an integrated approach
  • Contrasting Geomorphic and Stratigraphic Responses to Normal Fault Development During Single and Multi-Phase Rifting
  • The interplay between basement fabric, rifting, syn-rift folding, and inversion in the Rio do Peixe Basin, NE Brazil
  • The Influence of the Relative Orientation of Multi-Phase Rifting on Fault Growth and Interaction

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