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



Eeken T, Goes S, Petrescu L, et al., Lateral variations in thermochemical structure of the Eastern Canadian Shield,, Journal of Geophysical Research, ISSN:0148-0227

Maunder B, Prytulak J, Goes S, et al., 2020, Rapid subduction initiation and magmatism in the Western Pacific driven by internal vertical forces, Nature Communications, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-1723

Bie L, Rietbrock A, Hicks S, et al., 2020, Along‐arc heterogeneity in local seismicity across the lesser antilles subduction zone from a dense ocean‐bottom seismometer network, Seismological Research Letters, Vol:91, ISSN:0895-0695, Pages:237-247

Civiero C, Armitage J, Goes S, et al., The seismic signature of upper-mantle plumes: application to the northern East African Rift, G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems: an Electronic Journal of the Earth Sciences, Vol:20, ISSN:1525-2027, Pages:6106-6122

Allen R, Collier J, Stewart A, et al., 2019, The role of arc migration in the development of the Lesser Antilles: a new tectonic model for the Cenozoic evolution of the eastern Caribbean, Geology, Vol:47, ISSN:0091-7613, Pages:891-895

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