Imperial College London

Dr Ian Bastow

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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4.45Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Broadband Seismology and Tectonophysics

Ian's research focuses on the use of broadband seismology to solve tectonic problems. He is particularly interested in understanding the development of continent-ocean transition by studying the seismically and volcanically active East African Rift.  His work also concerns some of the oldest rocks on Earth in the Hudson Bay region of northern Canada. Using seismology to gather geological evidence preserved deep within the plates in such regions of ancient, Precambrian geology (often termed 'shields') is essential to improve our understanding of the early Earth.

Additional on-going research includes the study of the Cameroon Volcanic Line in West Africa, and the Borborema province, NE Brazil.


Tyrone Rooney, Michigan state University

David Eaton, University of Calgary

Fiona Darbyshire, Université du Québec à Montréal

Derek Keir, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Michael Kendall, University of Bristol

Guest Lectures

Precambrian plate tectonics: seismic evidence from northern Hudson Bay, Canada, Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, 2013

Extension by faulting, stretching and magma intrusion in Ethiopia (T52B-01), American Geophysical Union Fall Meet, San Francisco, 2012

Lord Kelvin Award Lecture "Exploring the innards of the Earth using seismology', British Science Association Festival, Aberdeen, 2012

The development of a magmatic rifted margin: evidence from Ethiopia, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 2011