Dr. Erin Todd is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in earthquake science in the Department of Geology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Erin is also a founding member of the Otago Earthquake Science Working Group, a collaborative, multidisciplinary group of scientists and practitioners who work in the field of earthquake science in southern New Zealand. Erin is also involved in science outreach and communication in the greater Otago region and beyond.


Erin's research has been primarily focused on slip processes such as slow slip, tremor, and earthquakes occurring on the shallow plate interface in subduction zones. They are particularly interested in questions such as: how do various slip processes on the plate interface relate to one another in time and space? Is the megathrust spatially heterogeneous in the way it slips or can the same area slip through a different process? How does slow slip impact the state of stress on the megathrust and how does it impact the earthquake cycle? How are the effects of seamount subduction expressed? How do fluids impact the slip mode occurring on the subduction interface and in the upper plate? Erin's work also contributes to the New Zealand national seismic hazard model through the investigation of seismicity in low-seismicity regions like eastern Otago.


I've worked on a range of seismology and seismotectonic projects throughout New Zealand at sea and on land. Click here to learn more about my research interests.

education & Outreach

I have a passion for teaching, curriculum development, and community outreach and engagement. Click here to learn more about my education and outreach experiences in classrooms, in the wider community, and at sea.


Click here to view a list and summary of my publications.