Sam Melia PhD The Sorong Fault Zone (Sulawesi to Wet Papus) using seismic, multibeam datasets & field studies

In 2010, I took a four-year undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences in Trinity College Dublin, moderating in geology, graduating in 2014. Subsequently, I undertook a Master’s Degree in Structural Geology and Geophysics in the University of Leeds from 2014 to 2015.

In my undergraduate degree, I took up a six week project carried out in Coniston of the Lake District, England, studying marine and fluvial siliclastics and the volcaniclastic deposits created by volcanism associated with the subduction of the Iapetus Ocean in the Ordovician-Silurian. Other undergraduate field trips include working in the West of Ireland, the Isle of Arran in Scotland, Alicante in Spain and a number of visits along the eastern coast of Ireland.

In my Master’s Degree, the two main field trips were a fortnight in the South east of England studying the structure and faulting caused by Mesozoic extension and compression, and a trip to the Spanish Pyrenees, studying the structural geology of basin growth, salt tectonics and the theory of propagation of the critical wedge in plate collisions.

Past research includes; A Masters Dissertation (2015) on the Structural Evolution of the Cyprian Fault Zone, in order to better define the nature of the strike-slip and thrust faulting structures created by the collision of the Anatolian and Nubian-Sinai microplates, using seismic and bathymetry data; A mini-dissertation (2015) on the Kilve Fault Zone in Quantoxhead, Somerset studying inversion faulting; An undergraduate dissertation (2014) made in conjunction with the six-week mapping trip to Coniston, England, defining the lithological units and structure associated with the subduction of the Iapetus Ocean in North England and Scotland.

Current PhD project: The Sorong Fault Zone (Sulawesi to West Papua) using seismic, multibeam datasets & field studies.

This PhD project aims to integrate the results of previous studies undertaken by the SE Asia Research Group along the length of the Sorong Fault Zone. These comprise extensive onshore field-based projects and those based on offshore seismic and multibeam data from several parts of the region. The project aims to understand the Neogene evolution of the fault zone in the area from Sulawesi to New Guinea. This will be complemented by other studies that are planned or are in progress in Sulawesi and the Bird’s Head.