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Dr Ake Fagereng

Dr Ake Fagereng


School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 0760
2.09, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


  • Structural geology
  • Faults
  • Subduction
  • Rifting
  • Earthquakes
  • Slow slip and tremor
  • Lecturer in Earth and Ocean Sciences – School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University (2014-present)
  • Honorary Research Fellow in Geological Sciences – Department of Geological Sciences, University of Cape Town (2014-present)
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Geological Sciences – Department of Geological Sciences, University of Cape Town (2010-2014)
  • PhD – Department of Geology, University of Otago (2010)
  • BSc(Hons) Geology – University of Cape Town (2005)

Honours and awards

    • Associate Editor, Gophysical Research Letters (2015-present)
    • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Structural Geology (2014-present)
    • American Geophysical Union, Geophysical Research Letters, Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing (2013)
    • President's Award, National Research Foundation, South Africa (2013)
    • Elsevier Young Scientist Award (2013)
    • Claude Leon Foundation Merit Award for Young Lecturers (2012)
    • University of Cape Town College of Fellows' Young Researcher Award (2012)

Professional memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • Geological Society of New Zealand
  • Geological Society of Norway
  • Seismological Society of America

Academic positions

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town

Speaking engagements

    • Tectonic Studies Group Meeting (2014, 2015)
    • Gordon Conference on Rock Deformation (2014, Keynote)
    • AGU Fall Meeting (session convenor 2013, 2014; invited talks in 2010, 2011, 2013; contributed talks 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014;  contributed poster 2008, 2009, 2013)
    • GeoPRISMS New Zealand meeting (2013)
    • Africa Array Conference (2012, 2014)
    • Penrose Conference on Convergent Margins (2012, invited talk)
    • IODP workshop on ocean drilling and slow slip events (2011)
    • Penrose Conference on Deformation Localization (2011)
    • Earthscope Institute on the spectrum of fault slip styles (2010)
    • Igneous and Metamorphic Studies Group (GSSA) (2010, 2012)
    • New Zealand Geosciences (session convenor 2009, speaker 2007, 2008, 2009)
    • Public lectures at MTN Science Centre, Cape Town and U3A Hermanus, South Africa
    • Departmental Seminars at University of Otago, University of Cape Town, University of California Santa Cruz, California Institute of Technology
    • Research Group Seminars at California Institute of Technology, Bristol University and Oxford University

Committees and reviewing

  • Accreditation Committee, University of Cape Town (2011-2013)














I am a lecturer in structural geology, and therefore teach the description of geological deformation structures, and the mechanisms of their formation.

My main responsibility is a first year introductory course to geological maps and structures, and I share the responsibility for a second year course in structural geology and an MESci module in geodynamics. I also lead second year residential field trips to Cornwall/Arran and northern Spain.

My interests are in how the Earth deforms and how this is recorded in rocks observed at the Earth's surface. I am interested in both plate boundaries and plate interiors; specifically the range of seismic styles (from creep, through slow slip events, to giant earthquakes) in subduction zones, how rifts form and are controlled (or not) by pre-existing structures, why there are large earthquakes far from plate boundaries, and the interplay between fluids (water and melt) and deformation.

I explore these topics through field investigations of active and ancient deformation structures, microstructural investigation of deformed rocks, and a range of geochemical and imaging techniques.

Current supervision

Christian Stenvall

Christian Stenvall

Research student