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



Hazzard J, Richards F, Goes S, et al., 2023, Probabilistic Assessment of Antarctic Thermomechanical Structure: Impacts on Ice Sheet Stability

Hicks S, Bie L, Rychert C, et al., 2023, Slab to back-arc to arc: fluid and melt pathways through the mantle wedge beneath the Lesser Antilles

Hicks S, Bie L, Rychert C, et al., 2023, Slab to back-arc to arc: fluid and melt pathways through the mantle wedge beneath the Lesser Antilles, Science Advances, Vol:9, ISSN:2375-2548, Pages:1-14

Chen F, Davies DR, Goes S, et al., 2022, Comparing the Dynamics of Free Subduction in Cartesian and Spherical Domains, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, Vol:23

Altoe I, Goes S, Assumpcao M, 2022, Thermo-Compositional Structure of the South American Platform Lithosphere: Evidence of Stability, Modification, and Erosion, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Vol:23

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