Dr Catherine Greenfield

Research Fellow

School/Department: Geography Geology & The Environment, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 3799



My undergraduate degree in geophysics was completed at the University of Leicester. During this time I developed interest in coding and in the use of numerical models to model Earth processes. I pursued this interest with an MSc in Computing at Keele University and went on to complete a PhD in structural geology at Imperial College. My PhD work focussed on the analysis of the connectivity of fracture networks using multifractal methods and the investigation of the effect sampling has on power-law distributions. 
After a career break to raise a family, I returned to research and to the University of Leicester as a Daphne Jackson Research Fellow. This post was joint funded by NERC and the University of Leicester. My research focussed on the elastic response of vesicular volcanic rocks to compression using the finite element method. I also collaborated on the development of numerical models of volcanic sill emplacement. I am currently a geophysics Teaching Fellow.


My research interests are in structural geology igneous intrusions rock physics and geomechanics. I use quantitative computer simulations to model rock deformation and the effect of rock anisotropies on the stress response.


(0) Walker, R., Stephens, T., Greenfield, C., Gill, S., Healy, D. and Poppe, S., 2021. Segment tip geometry of sheet intrusions, I: Theory and numerical models for the role of tip shape in controlling propagation pathways. Volcanica, 4(2), pp.189-201.

Sanderson, D.J., Roberts, S., Gumiel, P. and Greenfield, C., 2008. Quantitative analysis of tin-and tungsten-bearing sheeted vein systems. Economic Geology, 103(5), pp.1043-1056.


I am happy to talk about PhD topics in finite element modelling of rock physics poroelasticity geomechanics and igneous intrusions


BSc Geology and BSc Geophysics - Principles of Geophysics, Geophysical Data Analysis, Archaeological Geophysics

Press and media

Computer modelling of rock physics including linear elastic mechanics poroelastics acoustics.
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