Grace Shephard

PhD Candidate

Madsen Building, Room 414

Prof Dietmar Müller

Dr Christian Heine


PhD title: Linking deep Earth structure and surface topography through geodynamic models

My project is involved with combining mantle convection models with plate tectonic reconstructions to investigate time-dependent changes in mantle structure and the effect on surface processes. I focus both on global scales, for example testing absolute plate motion models and the influence on lower mantle structure, as well as regional scales, including refining tectonic models of the Arctic and investigating signals of dynamic topography across South America. For my project, within the framework of an ARC Linkage proposal, I utilise software including GPlates, CitcomS, TERRA and GMT, and collaborations include the Geodynamics Group at the University of Munich and Caltech as well as our industry partners Total and Shell.