Erin Murray

Studying towards a PhD in Geological Sciences
River avulsions caused by fault surface ruptures: processes and review of immediate impacts

Location: Ernest Rutherford 466
Country of origin: New Zealand
Erin Murray

My research investigates Fault-rupture Induced River Avulsions (FIRA). This phenomenon occurs in areas where fault surface ruptures displace an area within, or near an active river channel. The consequences of such events can drive massive changes in the landscape and cause an instantaneous avulsion of the river. I combine traditional elements of paleoseismic investigation with new digital modelling techniques capable of simulating fault displacements. I combine this technique with hydraulic modelling to examine how historical examples of this phenomenon occurred, and how they impacted the landscape around them.

Supervisors:

Primary Supervisor: Tim Stahl

Research Interests

Active tectonics, river avulsion, paleoseismic investigation, geomorphology

Working thesis title

River avulsions caused by fault surface ruptures: processes and review of immediate impacts

Personal Interests

Personal interests include hiking, fossil hunting, reading and digital illustration

Academic History

BSc in Geology

Professional History

Earthquake Specialist (IAG, 2014 - current)
Complex Claims Analyst (The Earthquake Commission, 2012 – 2014)