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Division on Geodynamics

President: Paul Tackley (gd@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Jeroen van Hunen (jeroen.van-hunen@durham.ac.uk)

Studies related to the Geodynamics Division include all aspects of geodynamic processes in the lithosphere, mantle, and core. They encompass different approaches, including observations, imaging, theory, modelling (numerical simulations and laboratory experiments), and interpretation. Examples include the dynamics of subduction, mid-ocean-ridge processes, vertical and horizontal plate movements driving mountain building and basin formation, lithosphere dynamics, mantle convection, and core dynamics.

Recent awardees

Anne Davaille

Anne Davaille

  • 2019
  • Augustus Love Medal

The 2019 Augustus Love Medal is awarded to Anne Davaille for innovative experiments and analysis in fluid mechanics, which have created a new understanding of convective regimes within the mantles of the Earth and other planets and of their magmatic systems.


Edgar M. Parmentier

Edgar M. Parmentier

  • 2018
  • Augustus Love Medal

The 2018 Augustus Love Medal is awarded to Edgar M. Parmentier for outstanding research in the fundamental geodynamical processes of sea-floor spreading, melt extraction and crustal formation, and the application of geodynamical principles to flow in the mantle.


Thibault Duretz

Thibault Duretz

  • 2018
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2018 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Thibault Duretz for his fundamental contributions to understanding slab detachment, shear zones, passive-margin formation, obduction and development of new numerical algorithms.


Antoniette G. Grima

Antoniette G. Grima

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Antoniette G. Grima Mid-Mantle Orphan Slabs


Roland Neofitu

Roland Neofitu

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Roland Neofitu Analysis of hiatal surfaces and the stratigraphic framework for the plume mode in the East African Rift System (EARS): Progress and Limitations

Latest posts from the GD blog

The Sassy Scientist – Pull The Plug, Or Persevere?

The Sassy Scientist – Pull The Plug, Or Persevere?

Every week, The Sassy Scientist answers a question on geodynamics, related topics, academic life, the universe or anything in between with a healthy dose of sarcasm. Do you have a question for The Sassy Scientist? Submit your question here. Georgia asks: One of my friends recently left the PhD program with some severe emotional and motivational issues. I’m having doubts too. What shall I do? Dear Georgia, It’s the summer holidays. No more teaching duties. A lot of his colleagues …


What controlled the evolution of Plate Tectonics on Earth?

What controlled the evolution of Plate Tectonics on Earth?

Plate tectonics is a key geological process on Earth, shaping its surface, and making it unique among the planets in the Solar System. Yet, how plate tectonics emerged and which factors controlled its evolution remain controversial. The recently published paper in Nature by Sobolev and Brown suggests new ideas to solve this problem…. What makes plate tectonics possible on contemporary Earth? It is widely accepted that plate tectonics is driven by mantle convection, but is the presence of said convection …


The Sassy Scientist – Far-field Access

The Sassy Scientist – Far-field Access

Every week, The Sassy Scientist answers a question on geodynamics, related topics, academic life, the universe or anything in between with a healthy dose of sarcasm. Do you have a question for The Sassy Scientist? Submit your question here. Ali asks: What is the best place to study geodynamics? Dear Ali, In your request you stated that you just finished your PhD; you’re free to go wherever you want and you’re ready to perform independent research now that you’ve been …


Remarkable Regions – The Réunion Hotspot

Remarkable Regions – The Réunion Hotspot

This week we again turn our attention to a Remarkable Region that deserves a spot in the scientific limelight. Postdoctoral researcher Eva Bredow of Kiel University shares with us her long history with Réunion Island. At first glance, Réunion is a relatively small tropical island, located between Madagascar and Mauritius, and from my personal experience, most Germans have never even heard of it. To be fair, it is much better known in France, because Réunion is officially a French overseas …

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