School of Earth and Environmental Sciences


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Dr Catherine Mottram

  • Qualifications: PhD
  • Role Title: Lecturer
  • Address: Burnaby Building, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3QL
  • Telephone: 0239284 2300
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  • Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


My research focuses on combining tools such as geochronology, geochemistry, structural geology, petrology, and metamorphic geology, to quantify the timing, rates and nature of deformation from the micron- to mountain belt- scale.

• 2017-now: Lecturer, University of Portsmouth, UK
• 2016: Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dalhousie University, Canada
• 2014-2015: Postdoctoral Fulbright Research Scholar, University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A
• 2010-2014: PhD, Open University, UK. Thesis "An integrated metamorphic and isotopic study of crustal extrusion along the Main Central Thrust, Sikkim Himalaya"
• 2006-2010: BSc (first class Hons), Geosciences, University of St Andrews, UK


Fellow of the Geological Society of London
Member of the Mineralogical Society, American Geophysical Union

Teaching Responsibilities

Structural geology, tectonics and field mapping.


• Directly dating seismically active faults in modern mountain belts (using the Himalaya as an example)
• Development of novel techniques for in-situ dating and geochemical characterisation of fault-related minerals (illite and calcite)
• Tectonic evolution of the Himalayan orogen
• Quantifying crystallographic deformation mechanisms in minerals used as geochronometers
• Development of Petrochronological tools using (Split stream) Laser Ablation ICP-MS, Electron BackScatter Diffraction, and Electron Probe techniques