Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics

Research Interests

  • Computational geodynamics
  • Dynamics of the lithosphere
  • Achieving a fully dynamical theory for plate tectonics
  • Global tectonics and the history plate motions
  • Mantle dynamics
  • Subduction processes
  • Tectonic evolution of western North America
  • Planetary geophysics: thermal and tectonic evolution of icy and terrestrial planets and moons
  • Rotational stability of planets
  • Core-mantle boundary interactions
  • Archean geodynamics
  • Formation and dispersal of supercontinents
  • Application of high-performance computing and advanced visualization systems to geodynamics


  • B.A., Bowdoin College
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley