Dr Dei Huws
BSc (Leicester) MSc PhD (Wales)

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I am a senior lecturer in Marine Geophysics here at the School of Ocean Sciences. I graduated from the University of Leicester in 1986 with a degree in Geology with Geophysics and went on from there to complete the Masters course in Marine Geotechnics at SOS. After this, I worked as a Research Assistant on two EU funded research projects and resulting from this was my PhD thesis entitled, 'Measurement and analysis of shear wave velocity in marine sediments', completed in 1992. I was then appointed as a Research Officer in Marine Geophysics, before being promoted to lecturer in 2001 and my present position in 2012.

Research Interests

My primary interest involves assessing the potential that geophysical measurements has in measuring geotechnical properties of marine sediments and in understanding the factors which control those properties. Currently I am investigating how shear wave velocity measurements can be used to parameterise the influence of natural sediment fabric on the settlement behaviour of marine soils under an imposed load. I am also supervising a project which is attempting to produce a near surface 2-D model of shear wave velocity by a combination of direct sea floor, shear wave refraction experiments, combined with the inversion of dispersed Scholte and Love waves. Finally, I have a research interest in using and assessing how a combination of high resolution geophysical techniques (both marine and terrestrial) can be used to reconstruct Holocene palaeoenvironments.

Research Groups

Research Themes

Research Grants Awarded

2001/2004 Gulf of Mexico Sea Floor Stability and Gas Hydrates Monitoring Station Project. US DOE contract DEFC2600NT40920 (with Dr AM Davis and University of Mississippi)

1998/2001 Very High Resolution Marine 3D Seismic Method for Detailed Site Investigation (VHR3D) MAST III Project, no.DS992/3 (with Dr AM Davis, IFREMER, OGS, Armines, RCMG Ghent)

1998/2001 Modelling shear wave velocity variations in the near surface for marine sediments. Schlumberger Cambridge Research (with Dr Everhard Muyzert, SCR)


Peer Reviewed Journal Papers

Van Landeghem, Katrien J. J., Niemann, Helge, Steinle, Lea I., O'Reilly, Shane S., Huws, Dei G., Croker, Peter F. (2015)
Geological settings and seafloor morphodynamic evolution linked to methane seepage. Geo-Marine Letters 35(4), 289-304, DOI: 10.1007/s00367-015-0407-5

Roberts, M.J., Scourse, J.D., Bennell, J.D., Huws, D.G. and Jago, C.F. 2011.
Devensian Late-glacial and Holocene relative sea- level change in North Wales. Journal of Quaternary Science 26, 141-155. doi: 10.1002/jqs.1443.

Winsborrow, G., Huws, D.G. and Muyzert, E. (2005)
The estimation of shear-wave statics using in situ measurements in marine near-surface sediments. Geophysical Prospecting, 53(4), 557-577.

Davis, A., Haynes, R., Bennell, J. and Huws, D. 2002
Surficial seabed sediment properties derived from seismic profiler responses. Marine Geology, 182, Issues 1-2, 209-223.

Scourse, J.D., Austin, W.E.N., Long, B.T., Assinder, D.J. and Huws, D. 2002
Holocene evolution of seasonal stratification in the Celtic Sea: refined age model, mixing depths and foraminiferal stratigraphy. Marine Geology, 191, 119-145.

Schnack-Friedrichsen, A., Davis, A.M., Bennell, J.D. and Huws, D.G. (2001)
Assessing the validity of seismo–acoustic predictor equations for obtaining seabed and sub–surface sediment physical properties. Marine Georesources and Geotechnology, 19, 221–243.

Huws DG, Davis AM and Pyrah JR (2000)
A non-destructive technique for the prediction of in situ void ratio for marine sediments Marine Georesources & Geotechnology , vol. 18, issue 4.

Davis AM, Huws DG and Haynes R (1997)
Geophysical characterisation of the carbonate sediments of Key West, Geo-Marine Letters, vol 17, pp. 253-259.

Davis, A.M., Huws, D.G. and Haynes, R. 1997.
Geophysical sea-floor sensing in a carbonate sediment regime. Geo-Marine Letters 17, 253-259.

Davis, AM, Huws DG and Haynes R (1996)
Geophysical ground-truthing experiments in Eckernforde Bay, Geo-Marine Letters, vol 16, pp. 160-166.

Book Chapters

Pyrah JR, Davis AM and Huws DG (1998)
A combined geotechnical/geophysical method for the prediction of liquefaction with particular reference to the Fraser River Delta, British Columbia, In: Maund J.G. and Eddleston M. (Eds) Geohazards in Engineering Geology, Geological Society, London, Engineering Geology Special Publications, vol. 15, pp. 11-23

Davis AM, Haynes R and Huws DG (1997)
Seabed sediment characteristics assessed geophysically: results of experiments in the Clyde Sea. In: High frequency acoustics in shallow water, NG Pace, E Pouliquen, O Bergen and AP Lyons (Eds.), Conference Proceedings, SACLANT NATO Center, La Spezia, Italy, pp. 115-122.

Huws DG, Davis AM and Pyrah JR (1997)
Relating in situ shear wave velocity to void ratio and grain size for unconsolidated marine sediments. In: High frequency acoustics in shallow water, NG Pace, E Pouliquen, O Bergen and AP Lyons (Eds.), Conference Proceedings, SACLANT NATO Center, La Spezia, Italy, pp 251-258.

Pyrah JR, Huws DG and Davis, AM (1997)
An innovative approach for determining the sea-floor sediment behaviour under the influence of cyclic loading. In: Technology transfer from research to industry. Electronic Division, IEE. London pp.46 - 52.

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