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



Halpaap F, Rondenay S, Perrin A, et al., 2019, Earthquakes track subduction fluids from slab source to mantle wedge sink, Science Advances, Vol:5, ISSN:2375-2548

Goes S, Collier J, Blundy J, et al., 2019, Project VoiLA: Volatile Recycling in the Lesser Antilles, Eos, Vol:100, ISSN:2324-9250

Beghein C, Xing Z, Goes S, 2019, Thermal nature and resolution of the lithosphere–asthenosphere boundary under the Pacific from surface waves, Geophysical Journal International, Vol:216, ISSN:0956-540X, Pages:1441-1465

Perrin A, Goes S, Prytulak J, et al., 2018, Mantle wedge temperatures and their potential relation to volcanic arc location, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:501, ISSN:0012-821X, Pages:67-77

Maguire R, Ritsema J, Goes S, 2018, Evidence of subduction-related thermal and compositional heterogeneity below the United States from transition zone receiver functions, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol:45, ISSN:0094-8276, Pages:8913-8922

More Publications