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Dr Adam Beall

Dr Adam Beall

Research Associate

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 4336
2.23C, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


I am a geophysicist aiming to understand why the deformation styles of the continents vary - from regions that deform very little to tectonic plate boundaries that may slowly creep or host large earthquakes - with a focus on the forces arising from convection of Earth's interior. Detailed information about my research can be found at my external website (opens in new window).

Research topics:

  • Subduction Zone Mechanics
  • Rheology
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical and Analytical Modelling
  • Lithosphere and Mantle Dynamics


  • Research Associate in Geodynamics, Cardiff University, UK, 2017 to present
  • Research Assistant, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2017
  • PhD (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics), University of Melbourne, Australia, 2017
  • BSc (Hons in Geophysics), Monash University, Australia, 2011






I use numerical and analytical models to understand how the outer part of the Earth is able to deform and be recycled into the interior. My current work involves modelling the rheology of subduction decollement zones at a metre to kilometre scale, with the aim of constraining how transient slip events are generated. These ‘slow slip events’ are of interest because they occur at time-scales which are significantly slower than earthquakes, but are orders of magnitude faster than typical plate velocities and are somehow related to the generation of megathrust earthquakes.