Ibrahim Yusuf

University of Birmingham


Structure and Dynamics of the Porcupine Magma-Poor Continental Margin from new Ocean Bottom Seismometer Data


  • Dr Stephen M Jones
  • Professor Tim Reston 

PhD Summary

The PhD project focuses on investigating the Structure and Dynamics of the Porcupine Magma-Poor Continental Margin using new Ocean Bottom Seismometer (OBS) data. By processing and integrating the new OBS data with long-offset multi-channel seismic (MCS) data, the project aims to comprehensively map the intricate structure of the Porcupine Basin. This basin serves as an important example of a magma-poor rifted margin, making it an ideal case study to explore the symmetry of rifting and the extent of water penetration into the mantle during continental break-up. The project also involves a comparative analysis with the Galicia region in Spain, which is proposed for IODP drilling and hosts a 3D seismic imaging program led by Birmingham. Through this research, valuable insights into the geological processes associated with continental margins will be gained, contributing to a deeper understanding of rifted basins and their evolution. 

Previous activity

My academic journey began in 2017 when I enrolled in the Geophysics undergraduate program at the University of Bristol. In 2022, I completed my MRes in Geophysics, focusing my master’s project on the Crustal structure of the Horn of Africa and southern Gulf of Aden. Through the analysis of receiver functions on Somaliland, I was able to deepen my understanding of Geophysics as well as this region’s geological composition. Currently, I am pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Birmingham, where I am continuing to explore topics in Geophysics. 

Why did you choose doctoral research?

I have always been driven by a passion for research and learning. Pursuing a Ph.D. is the natural next step towards achieving my goal of becoming a researcher. It will provide me with the opportunity to immerse myself in focused and independent research, refining my abilities and expanding my knowledge. More importantly, a Ph.D. will serve as a litmus test to ensure that I am on the right path towards my career aspirations. I am excited about the potential impact of my research, as I hope to contribute to promoting sustainability and advancing our understanding of the world. 

Why did you choose CENTA?

I was interested in CENTA’s emphasis on skills training, it goes beyond what my host university provides in a comprehensive Ph.D. experience. Pursuing corporate internships during my studies will broaden my career insights and prepare me for success after graduation. 

Future plans

Although I am still exploring my future plans, I am excited about the potential opportunities that studying with CENTA and the University of Birmingham can offer me. Their emphasis on skills training and corporate internships will provide me with a solid foundation for pursuing careers both in academia and industry