Dr Jon Carey FGS, CGeol, FRGS, CGeog (Geomorph)

Dr Jon Carey

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor in Applied Geoscience

Jon studies landslide failure mechanisms and fault behaviour in response to elevated pore fluid pressures and earthquake shaking. His research combines specialist laboratory testing with field monitoring and remote sensing to better understand slope failure and fault movement processes in both terrestrial and marine environments.


  • PhD - Landslide mechanisms, University of Durham
  • MSc - Geomorphology and Environmental change, University of Durham
  • BSc - Physical Geography, University of Durham


  • Engineering Geology
  • Environmental and Engineering Geoscience

Other activities

  • Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS)
  • Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
  • Chartered European Geologist (EurGeol) – European Geological Association
  • Chartered Geologist (CGeol) – Geological Society of London
  • Chartered Geomorphologist (CGeog (Geomorph)) – Royal Geographical Society
  • Editor – Landslides


Recent publications


Carey, JM, Mountjoy, JJ, Crutchley, GJ, Petley, DN, Holden, CF, Kaneko, Y & Huhn, K 2022, 'Episodic movement of a submarine landslide complex driven by dynamic loading during earthquakes', Geomorphology, vol. 408, 108247. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2022.108247

Brideau, MA, Massey, CI, Carey, JM & Lyndsell, B 2022, 'Geomechanical characterisation of discontinuous greywacke from the Wellington region based on laboratory testing', New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, vol. 65, no. 2, pp. 265-282. https://doi.org/10.1080/00288306.2020.1853181

Crutchley, GJ, Elger, J, Kuhlmann, J, Mountjoy, JJ, Orpin, A, Georgiopoulou, A, Carey, MJ, Dugan, B, Cardona, S, Han, S, Cook, A, Screaton, EJ, Pecher, IA, Barnes, P & Huhn, K 2022, 'Investigating the Basal Shear Zone of the Submarine Tuaheni Landslide Complex, New Zealand: A Core-Log-Seismic Integration Study', Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, vol. 127, no. 1, e2021JB021997. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JB021997

Carey, JM, Cosgrove, B, Norton, K, Massey, CI, Petley, DN & Lyndsell, B 2021, 'Debris flow-slide initiation mechanisms in fill slopes, Wellington, New Zealand', Landslides, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 2061-2072. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-021-01624-6

Brideau, MA, Massey, C, Carey, J, Kellett, R, Abbott, E, Monteith, F & Kupec, J 2021, 'Geomechanical characterisation and dynamic numerical modelling of two anthropogenic fill slopes', Engineering Geology, vol. 281, 105980. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2020.105980

Carey, JM, Massey, CI, Lyndsell, B & Petley, DN 2019, 'Displacement mechanisms of slow-moving landslides in response to changes in porewater pressure and dynamic stress', Earth Surface Dynamics, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 707-722. https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-7-707-2019

Carey, JM, Crutchley, GJ, Mountjoy, JJ, Petley, DN, McSaveney, MJ & Lyndsell, B 2019, 'Slow episodic movement driven by elevated pore-fluid pressures in shallow subaqueous slopes', Geomorphology, vol. 329, pp. 99-107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.12.034

Massey, C, Townsend, D, Rathje, E, Allstadt, KE, Lukovic, B, Kaneko, Y, Bradley, B, Wartman, J, Jibson, RW, Petley, DN, Horspool, N, Hamling, I, Carey, J, Cox, S, Davidson, J, Dellow, S, Godt, JW, Holden, C, Jones, K, Kaiser, A, Little, M, Lyndsell, B, McColl, S, Morgenstern, R, Rengers, FK, Rhoades, D, Rosser, B, Strong, D, Singeisen, C & Villeneuve, M 2018, 'Landslides triggered by the 14 November 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake, New Zealand', Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, vol. 108, no. 3B, pp. 1630-1648. https://doi.org/10.1785/0120170305

Rosser, BJ & Carey, JM 2017, 'Comparison of landslide inventories from the 1994 Mw 6.8 Arthurs Pass and 2015 Mw 6.0 Wilberforce earthquakes, Canterbury, New Zealand', Landslides, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 1171-1180. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-017-0797-8

Carey, JM, McSaveney, MJ & Petley, DN 2017, 'Dynamic liquefaction of shear zones in intact loess during simulated earthquake loading', Landslides, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 789-804. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-016-0746-y

Dellow, S, Massey, C, Cox, S, Archibald, G, Begg, J, Bruce, Z, Carey, J, Davidson, J, Della Pasqua, F, Glassey, P, Hill, M, Jones, K, Lyndsell, B, Lukovic, B, McColl, S, Rattenbury, M, Read, S, Rosser, B, Singeisen, C, Townsend, D, Villamor, P, Villeneuve, M, Godt, J, Jibson, R, Allstadt, K, Rengers, F, Wartman, J, Rathje, E, Sitar, N, Adda, AZ, Manousakis, J & Little, M 2017, 'Landslides caused by the Mw7.8 Kaikōura earthquake and the immediate response', Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 106-116. https://doi.org/10.5459/bnzsee.50.2.106-116

Carey, JM, Moore, R & Petley, DN 2015, 'Patterns of movement in the Ventnor landslide complex, Isle of Wight, southern England', Landslides, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 1107-1118. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-014-0538-1

Carey, JM & Petley, DN 2014, 'Progressive shear-surface development in cohesive materials; implications for landslide behaviour', Engineering Geology, vol. 177, pp. 54-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2014.05.009

Conference contribution

Carey, JM, McSaveney, MJ, Lyndsell, B & Petley, DN 2016, Laboratory simulation of a slow landslide mechanism. in S Aversa, L Cascini, L Picarelli & C Scavia (eds), Landslides and Engineered Slopes. Experience, Theory and Practice. Landslides and Engineered Slopes. Experience, Theory and Practice, vol. 2, Taylor & Francis, pp. 557-564, 12th International Symposium on Landslides, 2016, Napoli, Italy, 12/06/16. https://doi.org/10.1201/b21520-61

Review article

Carey, JM, Hancox, GT & McSaveney, MJ 2015, 'The January 2013 Wanganui River debris flood resulting from a large rock avalanche from Mt Evans, Westland, New Zealand', Landslides, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 961-972. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-015-0607-0

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