Alex Hughes started his post-graduate research at Imperial College in 2015 under the supervision of Dr Dylan Rood. His research in tectonic geomorphology focuses on using cutting edge cosmoogenic dating techniques to quantify seismic hazards in southern California. Prior to joining Imperial College, Alex worked for RSK in Hemel Hempstead as a Geo-Environmental Engineer after graduating from the University of Manchester with a First Class Honours degree in Geology in 2013. During his undergraduate degree he received several academic awards including The Colin Hatfield Prize for best 3rd year dissertation project and the Calvert Armstrong Memorial Fund for best performance in second year field work.
Alex is a student in the Science Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Partnership based out of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. His project is multidisciplinary including a combination of field work, lab work, and computer modelling within the fields of structural geology, sedimentology, geomorphology, and geochemistry. He has also assisted Dr Rood in setting up the new ICosmo Lab at Imperial College.
Throughout both his undergraduate and postgraduate work Alex had gained a broad range of global field work experience, including extensive field campaigns in both Southern Spain and Southern California. He also has experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) on undergraduate field trips in both Southern Spain and the Pyrenees along with experience as a GTA for undergraduate modules in structural geology, sedimentology, mineralogy and geomorphology.