Category: Kara Matthews

Kara Matthews

Kara Matthews

Postdoctoral Researcher (2016 – 2017)


Research Interests

The focus of my research is building quantitative regional and global scale plate reconstruction models that are constrained by a wide variety of geological and geophysical data. An important element of this is data visualisation and processing using a variety of software, particularly GPlates and GMT.
I mainly work in the field of tectonics, but as an “honorary seismologist” in the DEEP TIME project, one of my aims is to help make seismological data, namely tomography models, more accessible to the tectonics and geology communities. Tomography models are an important, yet arguably underutilised resource for building plate models, in particular constraining trench locations and the longitudinal component of absolute plate motion. Hopefully by making a wide variety of P- and S-wave models readily accessible for visualisation, statistical analysis and download, mantle constraints can play an even bigger role in future plate motion modelling endeavours.


I completed my PhD and a 2.5 year postdoc with the EarthByte Group at the University of Sydney before arriving at the University of Oxford in March 2016. I previously worked on global and regional plate reconstruction modelling, as well as mapping the tectonic fabric of the seafloor, primarily using satellite-datasets.

Mammerickx Microplate

Kara Matthews gives an invited seminar at CEED

Kara Matthews gives an invited seminar at the University of Oslo’s Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), in their Spring 2017 Seminar Series. Her seminar title is ‘Oceanic microplate formation and the India-Eurasia...