Imperial College London

Saskia Goes

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Professor of Geophysics



+44 (0)20 7594 6434s.goes




4.47Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Research Interests

I study the geodynamics of the Earth''s lithosphere and mantle by using a combination of numerical, dynamic modeling, conversion of thermo-chemical structure into geophysical parameters such as seismic velocity and density, and comparison with various observables. I have applied these tools to a diverse range of topics, ranging from structure of the continental lithosphere, subduction and plume dynamics to seismic hazard


  • Reader- Senior Lecturer-Lecturer, Imperial College London, UK, since 2005
  • SNF Professor of Tectonophysics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2003-2005
  • Oberassistent, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 1999-2003
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 1996-1999
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA,1995-1996
  • PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, 1990-1995
  • Drs (equivalent of BSc+Msc), Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 1985-1990

Invited Lectures and Presentations

  • Recent invited presentations include: British Geophysical Association 2013, Gordon Conference 2013, European Geophysical Union 2012, Geol. Association 2010

Undergraduate Courses/Modules



Suchoy L, Goes S, Maunder B, et al., 2021, Effects of basal drag on subduction dynamics from 2D numerical models, Solid Earth, Vol:12, ISSN:1869-9510, Pages:79-93

Suchoy L, Goes S, Maunder B, et al., 2020, Effects of basal drag on subduction dynamics from 2D numerical models, Solid Earth, ISSN:1869-9510

Altoe I, Eeken T, Goes S, et al., 2020, Thermo-compositional structure of the north-eastern Canadian Shield from Rayleigh wave dispersion analysis as a record of its tectonic history, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:547, ISSN:0012-821X

Goes S, Hasterok D, Schutt D, et al., 2020, Continental lithospheric temperatures: A review, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, Vol:306, ISSN:0031-9201, Pages:1-18

Cooper GF, Macpherson CG, Blundy JD, et al., 2020, Variable water input controls evolution of the Lesser Antilles volcanic arc (vol 87, pg 931, 2020), Nature, Vol:584, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:E36-E36

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