Imperial College London

Alistair Boyce

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

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Now a research Associate at the UNIVERsity of Cambridge (see LINK)

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The formation of Cratonic keels : seismic EVIDENCE FROM NORTH AMERICA


The age of the subsurface rocks beneath Southeast Canada spans geology from 3/4 of Earth’s history, ranging from the ancient Superior Provence out to the ‘young’ coastal Appalachian terranes. This provides an excellent location to study whether continental scale geological processes have varied greatly over time. To address this issue, the rocks below the surface can be imaged using recorded earthquake waves that travel at speeds controlled by the properties of the rock through which they pass; an imaging technique known as seismic tomography. The more ancient terranes are thought to comprise of a thicker ‘buoyant’ layer of rock known as a keel (highlighted by fast wavespeeds), above the Earth’s mantle, that enables them to remain relatively unchanged since their formation. I aim to use these tomographic images to understand the possible transition from the ancient to modern regime beneath Southeast Canada and whether the continental keel formed over multiple stages.

Having published the most up-to-date relative arrival-time P and S wave tomographic model for SE Canada (Boyce et. al., 2016) I am now working on integrating this dataset (using AARM - see Boyce et al., 2017) into a continent-wide inversion for North America through collaboration with the global Seismology group at MIT.

I am also working on integrating temporary seismograph networks across Africa into the global model of Li et. al., (2008) in collaboration with UROP students and my supervisor Ian Bastow.

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I am a member of : Earth and Planets

I am now a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge :  

BBNAP19 - The absolute P-wavespeed tomographic model focusing on the North American upper mantle (Boyce et al., 2019) is now available for distribution on the IRIS EMC. 



Pugh S, Jenkins J, Boyce A, et al., 2021, Global receiver function observations of the X-discontinuity reveal recycled basalt beneath hotspots, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:561, ISSN:0012-821X

Boyce A, Bastow I, Cottaar S, et al., 2021, AFRP20: New P-wavespeed model for the African mantle reveals two whole-mantle plumes below East Africa and Neoproterozoic modification of the Tanzania craton, G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems: an Electronic Journal of the Earth Sciences, Vol:22, ISSN:1525-2027

Boyce A, Cottaar S, 2021, Insights Into Deep Mantle Thermochemical Contributions to African Magmatism From Converted Seismic Phases, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, Vol:22

Boyce A, Bastow I, Golos E, et al., 2019, Variable modification of continental lithosphere during the Proterozoic Grenville Orogeny: evidence from teleseismic P-wave tomography, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:525, ISSN:0012-821X

Boyce A, Bastow ID, Rondenay S, et al., 2017, From Relative to Absolute Teleseismic Travel Times: The Absolute Arrival‐Time Recovery Method (AARM), Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol:107, ISSN:0037-1106, Pages:2511-2520

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