Professor James M Wookey

M.Phys.(Warw.), Ph.D.(Leeds)

  • BS8 1RJ

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I am a geophysicist who studies the structure and dynamics of the inaccessible depths of Earth.

Much of my work to date has focussed on understanding the dynamics of the mantle on hundred-million year timescales. This involves working across a range of disciplines within Earth Sciences, combining information from experiments, simulations and observational data to understand complex, interrelated processes. I have been a part of several, large scale research consortia to link mineral physicists, geodynamicists and seismologists. Working with these colleagues, I aim to understand structure, composition and flow in the mantle using earthquake data recorded on the global seismic network.

Alongside this, I have also worked on seismology and other geophysical methods in a range of other contexts, including for understanding microearthquakes in the crust, deformation of volcanos and glaciers, geophysical monitoring of engineered structures (such as flood embankments), and the seismology of Mars as a part of NASA’s recently completed InSIGHT mission.

While predominantly a computational geophysicist, I have also done seismic field campaigns in Scotland, the Seychelles, Hudson Bay and Morocco, and a range of near-surface geophysics fieldwork.

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  • Cabot Institute Natural Hazards and Disasters Research


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