Fellow: Holdsworth
Elected: 2022
Discipline: Earth Sciences and Chemistry
Professor Robert Holdsworth
Professor of Structural Geology, Durham University
Bob Holdsworth is Professor of Structural Geology at Durham University. His research – a substantial proportion of which has utilised world-class Scottish geology – is concerned with understanding the geological architecture, deformation processes and fluid transport properties of fault zones by integrating the results of fieldwork, microstructural analysis and rock deformation experiments. He has pioneered studies of fractured crystalline rocks and the role played by pre-existing structures in controlling crustal deformation patterns. Bob is also a member of the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) Expert Panel in Seismic Hazard, contributing expertise on reactivation and capable faulting in the UK.