Dr Michael Cottam

Research interests

Regional geology of SE Asia; Tectonics and Structural Geology; Sedimentary basin evolution; Exhumation (uplift and erosion) of Continental regions; Evolution of plate boundary structures.


GL1600 - Earth Structures

First year structural geology: topographic and geological maps; strike lines; strike and dip; unconformities; folds and faults.

Undergraduate tutorials (various years)

Undergraduate fieldtrips (various years)

Including: Hampshire Basin; Almeria, Spain; Troodos, Cyprus; Welsh Basin (UK); Scottish Highlands (UK); Peak District (UK); Isle of Wight (UK).

Educational background

2000 – 2005: PhD research, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway Univ. of London.

Structural geology and tectonic history of the Australia-Pacific plate boundary (Alpine Fault) in South Island, New Zealand. Included geological dating and numerical modeling of basement histories, and integration of regional structural geology and basin histories. 

1996 – 2000: MGeol. (Geology); 1st class (honours), Dept. of Geology, University of Leicester

Including ‘Dennis Field Award 2000’ “awarded to student showing qualities of enthusiasm, integrity and scholarship.”

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