Dynamic Earth & Planetary Evolution

We aim to advance fundamental, quantitative understanding of critical geological phenomena on Earth and across the Solar System to solve scientific, engineering, and societal challenges. Our combination of observational, experimental, and modelling expertise enables us to answer key questions including: a) How do deep Earth and crustal processes interact with surface processes to shape continental-scale topography? b) How does the reactive transport of magma and other fluids through the crust form resources? c) How do geological processes control the crustal-scale distribution and localization of natural hazards? d) How do planets form, differentiate, and evolve, and what determines their habitability? We take a cross-disciplinary approach, using a world-class analytical toolkit, custom-built computational models, and advanced field techniques including remote sensing. Life's Interactions with Dynamic Environments and Global Landscapes & Climate Change themes, as well as, our links with SUERC and the School for Interdisciplinary Studies.


Keywords: thermochronology, tectonics, basin fill, volcanic and magmatic processes, sedimentary deposits, planetary differentiation & evolution, planetary volatiles & habitability, Mars, asteroids, faults, fractures, fluids, microanalysis, computational analysis



Dynamic Earth & Planetary Evolution Research at the 2016 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

SOLVE Research

Theme members

Prof Roderick Brown (Theme convenor), Dr Lydia Hallis (Deputy convenor), Prof Martin Lee, Prof Jaime ToneyDr Luke DalyDr John MacDonald, Dr David Brown, Dr Cristina Persano, Dr Iain Neill, Dr Brian Bell, Dr Amanda OwenDr Josh Eilsle, Dr Tobias Keller

Post-Doctoral Research Assistants

Dr Annemarine PickersgillDr Alice MacenteDr Luke Daly

PhD Students

Aine O’ Brien, Sammy Griffin, Jòse Del Angel Lozano, Faisal Khudhur, Pierre-Etienne Martin, Allan Hollinsworth, Pamela Rattigan, Eamonn McKenna, Awara Amin, Mmapula Phesodi, Gary Mullen, Evangelos Christou, Cameron Floyd, Thomas Sefton, David CurrieAlmuhktar Alshanta

MSc-by-Research Students

Euan McIntosh, Andrew Hattie

Current MSc by Research Opportunities (non-funded)