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 & its Interactions with Changing Environments and Global Landscape 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 Martin Lee, Dr Jaime Toney, Dr Lydia Hallis, Dr Ben Cohen, Dr Luke Daly, Dr Damien McGrouther, Dr Daniel Koehn, Dr Tim Dempster, Dr John MacDonald, Prof Roderick Brown, Dr David Brown, Dr Cristina Persano, Dr Iain Neill, Dr Brian Bell, Dr Amanda Owen

PhD Students

Annemarie Pickersgill, Philippe Nauny, Rory PorteousNicola Mari, Aine O'Brien, Sammy Griffin, Enrica Bonato 

Current MSc by Research Opportunities (non-funded)