Earthquakes and fault mechanics, Plate tectonics, Tectonophysics, Seismology, Structural Geology, Alpine Fault, Earthquakes.
My research focuses on earthquake mechanics, fault zone structure and hydrology, and the detection and analysis of small earthquakes. Most of my current work is concentrated on the Alpine Fault, the Hikurangi Subduction Zone, and geothermal systems in the Taupō Volcanic Zone, but I've previously worked on projects in California, Japan, and Iceland. I am a former president of the New Zealand Geophysical Society and currently serve as a Director of the Seismological Society of America and as a member of the Pohang (Korea) Earthquake Overseas Research Advisory Committee.
Current projects, most of which involve graduate students, include:
- Geomechanical analysis of the Mw 5.5 Pohang earthquake and its relationship to enhanced geothermal system (EGS) activities
- Deep Fault Drilling Project (DFDP), Alpine Fault
- Earthquake hydrology in central and southern New Zealand
- Earthquakes in New Caledonia (“CaNappe”)
- Hydrogeology and thermal structure of the central Alpine Fault
- InSAR analysis of deep slip in the Fiordland subduction zone
- Microseismicity and structure of the Taupo Volcanic Zone
- Microseismicity, tremor and low-frequency earthquakes beneath the central Southern Alps
Enquiries about undertaking PhD research under my supervision are welcome at any time. Students wishing to undertake MSc research in my group are recommended to contact Wellington University International in the first instance to learn about enrolment requirements and the costs of studying in New Zealand.
Prof John Townend CV 2019PDF157KB
- PhD in Geophysics - Stanford University (2003)
- DipHum with Distinction in Japanese - Massey University (1998)
- BSc with Hons in Geology - Otago University (1996)
Publications from 1997-Now