Imperial College London

Saskia Goes

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Reader in Geophysics



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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



Goes S, Agrusta R, van Hunen J, et al., 2017, Subduction-transition zone interaction: A review, Geosphere, Vol:13, ISSN:1553-040X, Pages:644-664

Maguire R, Ritsema J, Goes S, 2017, Signals of 660 km topography and harzburgite enrichment in seismic images of whole-mantle upwellings, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol:44, ISSN:0094-8276, Pages:3600-3607

Agrusta R, Goes S, van Hunen J, 2017, Subducting-slab transition-zone interaction: Stagnation, penetration and mode switches, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:464, ISSN:0012-821X, Pages:10-23

Maguire R, Ritsema J, van Keken PE, et al., 2016, P- and S-wave delays caused by thermal plumes, Geophysical Journal International, Vol:206, ISSN:0956-540X, Pages:1169-1178

Civiero C, Goes S, Hammond JOS, et al., 2016, Small-scale thermal upwellings under the northern East African Rift from S travel time tomography, Journal of Geophysical Research-solid Earth, Vol:121, ISSN:2169-9313, Pages:7395-7408

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