Dr Max Moorkamp

Max MoorkampHonorary Research Fellow

Email: mm489@le.ac.uk

Personal details

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2013
  • Honorary Research Associate at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies since 2011
  • Outstanding reviewer of the year, Geophysical Journal International - 2011, 2012
  • Hamilton Scholar at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies 2003–2007
  • UC Berkeley Dean’s Honor List, Fall semester - 2000


  • A. Avdeeva, M. Moorkamp, D. Avdeev, M. Jegen and M. Miensopust (2015)
    Three-dimensional inversion of magnetotelluric impedance tensor data and full distortion matrix, Geophysical Journal International, accepted, preprint
  • Rao, C. K., Jones, A. G., Moorkamp, M., and Weckmann, U. (2014)
    Implications for the lithospheric geometry of the Iapetus suture beneath Ireland based on electrical resistivity models from deep-probing magnetotellurics. Geophysical Journal International, 198(2), 737-759.
  • Moorkamp M., A. W. Roberts, M. Jegen, B. Heincke, and R. W. Hobbs (2013)
    Verification of velocity-resistivity relationships derived from structural joint inversion with borehole data, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi:10.1002/grl.50696.
  • Chen, J., Heincke, B., Jegen, M., Moorkamp, M.
    Using empirical mode decomposition to process marine magnetotelluric data
    (2012) Geophysical Journal International, 190 (1), pp. 293-309
  • Roberts, A.W., Hobbs, R.W., Goldstein, M., Moorkamp, M., Jegen, M., Heincke, B.
    Crustal constraint through complete model space screening for diverse geophysical datasets facilitated by emulation (2012) Tectonophysics,
  • Roux, E., Moorkamp, M., Jones, A.G., Bischoff, M., Endrun, B., Lebedev, S., Meier, T.
    Joint inversion of long-period magnetotelluric data and surface-wave dispersion curves for anisotropic structure: Application to data from Central Germany (2011) Geophysical Research Letters, 38 (5), art. no. L05304
  • Moorkamp, M., Heincke, B., Jegen, M., Roberts, A.W., Hobbs, R.W.
    A framework for 3-D joint inversion of MT, gravity and seismic refraction data (2011) Geophysical Journal International, 184 (1), pp. 477-493
  • Moorkamp, M., Jones, A.G., Fishwick, S.
    Joint inversion of receiver functions, surface wave dispersion, and magnetotelluric data (2010) Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth, 115 (4), art. no. B04318
  • Moorkamp, M., Jegen, M., Roberts, A., Hobbs, R.
    Massively parallel forward modeling of scalar and tensor gravimetry data
    (2010) Computers and Geosciences, 36 (5), pp. 680-686
  • Moorkamp, M.
    Comment on 'The magnetotelluric phase tensor'; by T. Grant Caldwell, Hugh M. Bibby and Colin Brown (2007) Geophysical Journal International, 171 (2), pp. 565-566
  • Moorkamp, M., Jones, A.G., Eaton, D.W.
    Joint inversion of teleseismic receiver functions and magnetotelluric data using a genetic algorithm: Are seismic velocities and electrical conductivities compatible? (2007) Geophysical Research Letters, 34 (16), art. no. L16311, .
  • Rao, C.K., Jones, A.G., Moorkamp, M. The geometry of the Iapetus Suture Zone in central Ireland deduced from a magnetotelluric study (2007) Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 161 (1-2), pp. 134-141
  • Gatzemeier, A., Moorkamp, M. 3D modelling of electrical anisotropy from electromagnetic array data: Hypothesis testing for different upper mantle conduction mechanisms
    (2005) Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 149 (3-4), pp. 225-242.


My main research interest is to combine different types of geophysical data in a joint inversion to improve our understanding of the subsurface of the Earth.

I have been developing a joint inversion framework for hydrocarbon exploration purposes, but I am also very interested in the structure of the lithosphere and asthenosphere in general and mantle anisotropy in particular.

Another research activity I have been pursuing is understanding electrical anisotropy in the upper mantle, its relation to seismic anisotropy, mantle flow and mantle composition.

In the future, I hope to be able to move towards integrated and self-consistent modelling and inversion by incorporating thermodynamic mineralogy calculations into the joint inversion process.


  • 2013 University Infrastructure grant to purchase three magnetotelluric Instruments
  • 2012 Contract from Geomar to explore feasibility of controlled source electromagnetic
  • 2011 'Joint inversion of geophysical datasets', funded proposal to DFG, principal investigator
  • 2009 '3D Joint inversion of FTG, MT and seismic data in the south eastern Faroe-Shetland basin', funded proposal to SINDRI, co-investigator
  • 2008 'Anisotropy of the Continental Lithosphere: Evidence of past tectonics or of active deformation?', funded proposal to SFI, co-investigator
  • 2007 HPC-Europa high performance computing grant for joint inversion of MT, receiver function and surface wave data, visit to Utrecht 16/10/07– 10/11/07

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