Some of my work has featured on various news sites and blogs, as well as on twitter.

Public Lectures

In 2018, I gave giving two public lectures at the Geological Society in London (UK) on The Future of Plate Tectonics. 

Writing for The Conversation

My first piece for The Conversation discussed the theory of plate tectonics at 50 years old, touching on the role of previous plate boundaries, the origin of plate tectonics, the role of large chemical blobs at the core-mantle boundary… and what the future might hold.

The Conversation: Plate tectonics: new findings fill out the 50-year-old theory that explains Earth’s landmasses


The Conversation
The Conversation – July 2016


This Conversation article was also re-published by the following websites:

Science Rocks My World

I F*cking Love Science

San Francisco Gate News 

The piece was also directly translated into Spanish – without the use of a translator. Philip Heron becomes Felipe Garza as a result.


My second piece, published in 2019, focussed on the prison education work and my course Think Like A Scientist.

What I’ve learned from teaching science in prisons

The article was reprinted in the I newspaper and the Metro.

Media attention for Think Like A Scientist: 

Northern Echo – 15th May 2019

The I paper

The Conversation – What I learnt from teaching prisoners to think like scientists

BBC Newcastle – 15th May 2019 (51 minutes in, and 1 hour 50 minutes in)

Durham University website – 15th May 2019

Durham University News – 15th May 2019

Palatinate – 15th May 2019 

BBC Radio Tees – 15th May 2019

EGU Outreach Award – 8th April 2019

EGU GeoBlog

The Sun newspaper

Metro – 18th June 2019

Media attention for Nature Communications paper (Heron et al., 2016)

Our Nature Communication paper (June 2016) received global coverage, as shown below.

IFL Science:

Hidden “Mantle Scars” Can Come To Life And Cause Earthquakes

IFL Science

Daily Mail: 

The new map of the Earth’s plates that means textbooks really WILL have to be rewritten

With a direct link to the superb comments section.

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I News:

Earthquakes may not happen the way we thought

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Research suggests some major changes to geology textbooks

Science Explorer:

Earth’s Ancient, Hidden “Scars” Could Produce Earthquakes in Unlikely Locations

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Deep geological scars influence modern earthquakes

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University of Toronto Arts and Science Magazine:


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Twitter (Japan):

Widespread coverage on social media in Japan for work regarding mantle lithosphere and plate tectonics.

Twitter 2016

Zee News:

Work has been covered in India, also.

Ancient deep geological events could influence present earthquakes: Study

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