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John Piper

Dr John Piper

Research Fellow


University of Liverpool

Research summary

1. Neotectonic Studies of crustal deformation in Anatolia, specifically palaeomagnetic applications, via academic links with Turkish Universities. Cooperative studies are ongoing specifically with the Cumhuriyet University (also Erasmus Link) and Middle East Technical University, and have produced multiple publications in leading Earth Science journals since 1995 and continuing. Convener of sessions at international conferences in the earth Sciences held in Turkey..

2. Palaeomagnetic studies of Precambrian Shields in India and China via cooperative links with India Jadavpur University (Calcutta) and Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing. Several published papers since 1995 and continuing at present time.

3. Neotectonic studies in Western China. These have provided a comparative area of investigation within the Alpine-Himalayan Orogen with item 1 above. They are based on a cooperative link with Professor Baochun Huang of the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, who spent a year at Liverpool with a Royal Society Visitng Fellowing in 2005-2006. Several research papers in Earth Science journals include those listed below.

4. Supercontinents and the Archaean-Proterozoic history of the Earth. These studies have evolved over several decades and are based largely on progressive updating of the palaeomagnetic database from the Precambrian Shields to produce continental reconstructions and test them using the Geological and Geophysical record. New papers on this subject recently published and requiring major revision to conventional models of supercontinent cycles in the Precambrian era. I hope to report on these issues at the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane in August 2012.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Palaeomagnetic Analysis of Tectonic Deformation in the Tian Shan Range, China

Scheme: International Incoming Fellowships

Dates: Mar 2005 - Mar 2006

Value: £11,830