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Michael C. Gurnis

John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professor of Geophysics; Director, Seismological Laboratory
Contact information for Michael C. Gurnis
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Mail Code: MC 252-21
Office: 351 South Mudd (Geophysics)
Phone: 626-395-6979
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B.S., University of Arizona, 1982; Ph.D., Australian National University, 1987. Associate Professor, Caltech, 1994-96; Professor, 1996-2005. Smits Professor, 2005-. Associate Director, Seismological Laboratory, 1995-2003; Director, 2009-.
Research Areas: Geophysics

Research Interests

Global geodynamics: mantle convection, plate tectonics and the dynamic coupling between mantle processes and continental and sea floor geology; chemical and thermal evolution of the mantle and crust; Marine geophysics; computational geophysics: frameworks, finite element analysis, and parallel processing.


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Selected Publications

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