Dr Richard Walker

Lecturer in Structural GeologyDr Richard Walker

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3628
Email: rw175@le.ac.uk


Personal details


  • 2012 Ramsay Medal: Tectonic Studies Group, Geological Society of London



  • GL2018 Structural Geology Field Course (Anglesey)
  • GL2040 Dynamic Lithosphere
  • GL3060 Global Tectonics
  • GL4036 Remote Sensing and GIS for Geologists


Bubeck A, Walker RJ, Healy D, Dobbs M, Holwell DA (2017) Pore geometry as a control on rock strength. EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS, 457, pp. 38-48 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.09.050 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/38760

Roberts NMW, Walker RJ (2016) U-Pb geochronology of calcite-mineralized faults: Absolute timing of rift-related fault events on the northeast Atlantic margin. GEOLOGY, 44 (7), pp. 531-534 10.1130/G37868.1 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37752

Walker RJ (2016) Controls on transgressive sill growth. GEOLOGY, 44 (2), pp. 99-102 10.1130/G37144.1 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/35946

Walker RJ, Holdsworth RE, Imber J, Faulkner DR, Armitage PJ (2013) Fault zone architecture and fluid flow in interlayered basaltic volcaniclastic-crystalline sequences. Journal of Structural Geology, 51, pp. 92-104 10.1016/j.jsg.2013.03.004

Lisle RJ, Walker RJ (2013) The estimation of fault slip from map data: The separation-pitch diagram. Tectonophysics, 583, pp. 158-163 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.10.034

Walker RJ, Holdsworth RE, Armitage PJ, Faulkner DR (2013) Fault zone permeability structure evolution in basalts. Geology, 41 (1), pp. 59-62 10.1130/G33508.1

Walker RJ, Holdsworth RE, Imber J, Ellis D (2012) Fault-zone evolution in layered basalt sequences: A case study from the Faroe Islands, NE Atlantic margin. GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN, 124 (7-8), pp. 1382-1393 10.1130/B30512.1

Holdsworth RE, van Diggelen EWE, Spiers CJ, de Bresser JHP, Walker RJ, Bowen L (2011) Fault rocks from the SAFOD core samples: Implications for weakening at shallow depths along the San Andreas Fault, California. Journal of Structural Geology, 33 (2), pp. 132-144 10.1016/j.jsg.2010.11.010

Walker RJ, Holdsworth RE, Imber J, Ellis D (2011) The development of cavities and clastic infills along fault-related fractures in Tertiary basalts on the NE Atlantic margin. Journal of Structural Geology, 33 (2), pp. 92-106 10.1016/j.jsg.2010.12.001

Walker RJ, Holdsworth RE, Imber J, Ellis D (2011) Onshore evidence for progressive changes in rifting directions during continental break-up in the NE Atlantic. Journal of the Geological Society, 168 (1), pp. 27-47 10.1144/0016-76492010-021


Research group: Volcanoes, Tectonics and Mineral Resources

  • The kinematics, geometry, and mechanics of fault zones, and the influence of existing structures and anisotropies in their development.
  • Quantitative analysis of faults, fault zones, and fractures, particularly with respect to fluid flow, and strength characteristics through time.
  • Fault rock characterisation, with special focus on the development of fault breccias, and their relationship to mineralisation phases and fluid flow.
  • The nature, evolution, and significance of transverse and transfer zones in continental rift systems.
  • Volcanic plumbing systems, including dyke and sill emplacement and the rheology of magmas in the subsurface.
  • Fault/fracture-hosted clastic intrusions and clastic infills, and their implications for conditions during and following faulting.

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