Stephen Hicks

Postgraduate Research Student
University of Liverpool
Stephen is a postgraduate research student at the University of Liverpool. His main interests are focussed on unravelling what happens when two titanic tectonic plates collide at a subduction zone. This plate boundary is vital to our lives. Subduction zones have given us life, but they have the power to take it away during damaging earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Stephen's research is on megathrust earthquakes and mantle flow in response to subduction beneath South America. His PhD project tries to understand the factors that controlled the great 2010 Chile earthquake - the 6th largest quake ever recorded. Ultimately, his research hopes to shed light on what physically drives such massive earthquakes. With more and more of the world's population living in hazardous areas, this work is becoming increasingly important. Stephen received a first class Master of Earth Sciences (Geology and Geophysics) degree from the University of Liverpool in 2011.

Publications

  • Hicks, S.P., Rietbrock, A., Ryder, I.M.A., Lee, C.S. & Miller, M (2014). Anatomy of a megathrust: the 2010 M8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake rupture zone imaged using seismic tomography, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., in press, 405, 142-155. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2014.08.028
  • Hicks, S.P., Rietbrock, A., Haberland, C., Ryder, I.M.A., Simons, M. & A. Tassara (2012). The 2010 Mw 8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake: Nucleation and rupture controlled by a subducted topographic high, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39 (L19308). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2012GL053184
  • Hicks, S.P., Rietbrock, A., Ryder, I.M.A., Lee, C.S. & Miller, M (2014). Anatomy of a megathrust: the 2010 M8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake rupture zone imaged using seismic tomography, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., in press, 405, 142-155. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2014.08.028