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


  • At Imperial College London, UK since 2005. Professor since 2019
  • 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

I have given invited talks at many of the leading annual conferences in my field, such as the American Geophysical Union, European Geosciences Union, Goldschmidt Conference of the Geochemical Society, and a Gordon Conference as well as specialist workshops. I have given invited seminars at over a dozen universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Bristol, Leeds, Southampton, Liverpool, Trondheim, Karlsruhe, Rennes, Montpellier, and the Australian National University.

Undergraduate Courses/Modules



Braszus B, Goes S, Allen R, et al., 2021, Subduction history of the Caribbean from upper-mantle seismic imaging and plate reconstruction, Nature Communications, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-14

Hicks S, Goes S, Whittaker A, et al., 2021, Multivariate statistical appraisal of regional susceptibility to induced seismicity: application to the Permian Basin, SW United States, Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, ISSN:2169-9356

Schlaphorst D, Harmon N, Kendall JM, et al., 2021, Variation in Upper Plate Crustal and Lithospheric Mantle Structure in the Greater and Lesser Antilles From Ambient Noise Tomography, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Vol:22

Harmon N, Rychert CA, Goes S, et al., 2021, Widespread hydration of the back arc and the link to variable hydration of the incoming plate in the lesser Antilles from rayleigh wave imaging, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, Vol:22, ISSN:1525-2027, Pages:1-27

Suchoy L, Goes S, Maunder B, et al., 2021, Effects of basal drag on subduction dynamics from 2D numerical models, Solid Earth, Vol:12, ISSN:1869-9510, Pages:79-93

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