Emma Hill’s research interests involve the application of space geodesy to understanding climate change and natural hazards. She is currently investigating the tectonic deformation of the Sumatran subduction zone using high-precision GPS geodesy, with the overall goal of understanding earthquake hazard in the region. Emma Hill also uses GRACE satellite gravity and the global tide-gauge network to study glacier melting and regional variations in sea-level change. A particular research focus is the development of techniques to combine different geodetic data sets for the purpose of separating the effects of the many different geophysical processes occurring in the Earth system.


- 2005 PhD in Geophysics: Department of Geological Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
- 1999 Bsc in Surveying and Mapping Science: Department of Geomatics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Professional Experience:

- 2010 - Present : Assistant Professor, Principal Investigator, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- 2010 - 2012 : Research Associate, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
- 2007 - 2010 : Geodesist with the Space Geodesy Group, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
- 2005 - 2007 : Post-doctoral Fellow with the Space Geodesy Group, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
- 1999 - 2005 : Graduate Research Assistant, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology / University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA

Professional Activities:

- 2010-2012 Member of the Council of the American Geophysical Union. The Council is responsible for developing the scientic policy and direction of the AGU, an 60,000 scientific member organization
- Chair (2010) and Member (2007-2009) of the UNAVCO Education and Outreach Advisory Committee. UNAVCO is a large, non-profit consortium whose mission is to support and promote earth science by advancing the high-precision measurement of crustal deformation.
- 2010 Member of the UNAVCO Bylaws Task Force
- 2010 Member of the American Geophysical Union Strategic Planning Task Force, a 16-member task force with the purpose of drafting a plan for the strategic direction of AGU over the next 5-10 years.
- 2008-2010 E-mentor for female and minority-group graduate students in science and engineering through the MentorNet program (www.mentornet.net). Provide advice and support on career progression and any personal/professional difficulties to a geoscience graduate student through weekly e-mail communications.
- 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Judge for the Outstanding Student Paper Award (Geodesy section) at the AGU Fall Meetings.
- Responsible for organizing the student poster competition at the 2009 EarthScope National Meeting. Organized 30 scientists to judge a combined total of 150 presentations.
- Convener of various special sessions at AGU and AOGS meetings over the years.

Courses Taught:
  • ES7002 - Seminar series
  • ES7008 - Geophysical Data Analysis
Honours and Awards:

- Singapore National Research Foundation Fellow, 2011
- Nanyang Assistant Professorship, Nanyang Technological University, 2011
- University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Geological Sciences Award for Best 2004-2005 Geo-
physics Graduate Student, 2005
- American Geophysical Union Geodesy Section Outstanding Student Paper Award for talk given
at Fall 2002 Annual Meeting, 2003
- Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Outstanding Women Graduate Students in Aerospace Engineering, 2001
- First Place in University of Nevada, Reno, Student Poster Competition , 2002
- Geological Society of America Allan Cox Award for Outstanding Student Research Grant Proposal, 2001
- University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Geological Sciences Award for Best 2000-2001 Geo-
physics Graduate Student, 2001
- University of Newcastle upon Tyne Department of Geomatics Award for Best 1996{1997 Surveying
and Mapping Science Student, 1997