Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Honorary Research Fellow



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  • 2011 - Present: NERC Research Fellow, Imperial College London.

  • 2008 - 2010: 1851 Research Fellow, Imperial College London.
  • 2007 - 2008: Research Assistant, Funded by Shell, Based at the School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University.
  • 2004-2007: PhD, Applying Multi-Resolution Numerical Methods to Geodynamics, School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University / School of Civil & Computational Engineering, Swansea University.
  • 2000-2004: MSci, Earth Sciences, 1st Class Honours, School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University.

Research Interests

Solid Earth geophysics, mantle dynamics, links between the surface and Earth''s interior, thermal and thermo-chemical convection, hot spots and mantle plumes, lithospheric processes, subduction-zone magmatism, mid-ocean ridge dynamics, numerical methods, unstructured meshes, adaptive mesh refinement.


May 2009: Magma pulses may reveal Earth''s ''heartbeat''.

August 2008: Yellowstone Supervolcano is only luke-warm.

Undergraduate Courses/Modules

Years 3 / 4: Dynamic Earth 2 - Plate Tectonics and Mantle Convection



Davies DR, Goes S, Davies JH, et al., 2012, Reconciling dynamic and seismic models of Earth's lower mantle: The dominant role of thermal heterogeneity, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:353, ISSN:0012-821X, Pages:253-269

Kramer SC, Wilson CR, Davies DR, 2012, An implicit free surface algorithm for geodynamical simulations, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, Vol:194, ISSN:0031-9201, Pages:25-37

Hunt SA, Davies DR, Walker AM, et al., 2012, On the increase in thermal diffusivity caused by the perovskite to post-perovskite phase transition and its implications for mantle dynamics, Earth and Planetary Science Letters

Davies DR, Wilson CR, Kramer SC, 2011, Fluidity: A fully unstructured anisotropic adaptive mesh computational modeling framework for geodynamics, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Vol:12

Styles E, Davies DR, Goes S, 2011, Mapping spherical seismic into physical structure: biases from 3-D phase-transition and thermal boundary-layer heterogeneity, Geophysical Journal International, Vol:184, ISSN:0956-540X, Pages:1371-1378

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