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Professor Alexander Densmore

Professor / Deputy Head of Department

Professor / Deputy Head of Department in the Department of Geography+44 (0) 191 33 41879


I'm interested in the way in which mountains are built through tectonic activity, and in the erosional processes that tear them back down again. The spark behind much of this work came from growing up on the tectonically-active west coast of North America. I received a PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and held lectureships at Trinity College Dublin and ETH Zurich before joining Durham University in 2006. My current research projects include the long-term impacts of earthquakes on mass wasting and sediment transfer in Nepal and China; the use of scientific information to prepare for earthquake- and monsoon-triggered hazard chains, with a particular focus in Nepal; and efforts to understand sediment routing systems both in the field (northern India) and through numerical modelling.

For more information on our current research in Nepal, please see the Sajag-Nepal project.


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