Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

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Research Interests

James Hammond is a NERC research fellow at Imperial College London.  His research focusses on seismically imaging the crust and mantle, both on a global and regional scale.    His current research involves seismically imaging mantle plumes beneath East-Africa and understanding how melt is stored and transported from the interior of the Earth to the surface.  He has been involved in projects on rifting in East-Africa, with particular focus on Ethiopia and Eritrea, subduction in Indonesia, microcontinent formation in the Indian Ocean and volcanic processes at Soufrierre Hills Volcano, Montserrat, Nabro Volcano, Eritrea and Mt. Peaktu Volcano, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.


James gained an MGeophys. from Leeds University in 2003.  He spent one year of his undergraduate degree at Queen''s University in Kingston, Ontario as part of a North America exchange program.  He studied for his PhD. in seismology at Leeds University completing this in 2007.  During his PhD. studies James was awarded a short-term fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science which took him to Kyushu University, Fukuoka for four months.  James moved to Bristol University in 2007 as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate working on rifting in East-Africa and through this research James became a visiting scientist at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia for a period of 3 months.  In October 2011 James was awarded a NERC fellowship through which he moved to Imperial College London



Armitage JJ, Ferguson DJ, Goes S, et al., 2015, Upper mantle temperature and the onset of extension and break-up in Afar, Africa, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:418, ISSN:0012-821X, Pages:78-90

Civiero C, Hammond JOS, Goes S, et al., 2015, Multiple mantle upwellings in the transition zone beneath the northern East-African Rift system from relative P-wave travel-time tomography, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Vol:16, ISSN:1525-2027, Pages:2949-2968

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