A/PROF Mark Quigley

A/PROF Mark Quigley




  • Mark Quigley is Associate Professor of Earthquake Science in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Mark is an active research scientist with peer-reviewed scientific articles on topics primarily related to earthquake geology, active tectonics, climate change and landscape processes. Mark’s interest in Geology stemmed from his love of the outdoors and a childhood desire to have adventures like Indiana Jones. Geology has enabled Mark to work in four different continents in some of the most remote locations on Earth. He has conducted research in New Zealand, Australia, Tibet, Iran, Mexico, Timor Leste, Antarctica, Canada, Thailand, and the southwest U.S.A. The majority of Mark’s most recent research has focused on the impacts of the 2010-2012 Canterbury earthquake sequence on Christchurch and the surrounding area of the eastern-central South Island of New Zealand. In 2015, Mark became a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. In 2014, Mark became the first scientist outside of America to be awarded the Geological Society of America Public Service Award. Mark was the 2013 Geoscience Society of New Zealand Hochstetter Lecturer and the 2012 Emerging Researcher Award from the College of Science at the University of Canterbury. In 2011 Mark was awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Prize for Science Communication and the New Zealand Association of Scientists Science Communication Award for his work in communicating earthquake science to the public in the aftermath of the Darfield and Christchurch earthquakes.   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of New Mexico 2007
  • MSc, University of Melbourne 2003
  • BSc, University of Toronto 1999

Awards and honors

  • GSA Public Service Award, Geological Society of America, 2014
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Science Communication, Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, 2011


Available for supervision

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