"This fellowship came at a critical time in my career. I applied for the fellowship at a time when I was finding it increasingly difficult to devote the time needed to the area of research that interested me most and that had the most potential to yield positive new outcomes. The fellowship gave me the time and space to think deeply, interact closely with my group, and conduct innovative new experiments. It also provided the means to forge a significant new collaboration with earthquake rupture modelers at Caltech. This collaboration continues, with two further invited extended visits, and a major joint application for research funding.
"The combination of fundamental laboratory experiments, identifying new physics in the earthquake process, and constraining parameters for large-scale rupture modelling has inspired both our groups in Liverpool, and at Caltech. Outputs from this collaboration is now starting to come to fruition and will last for many years with, I believe, transformative outcomes for our science."