Research Interests

Michael Gurnis and associates carry our research in computational geodynamics to provide a basis for interpreting geological and geophysical observations made on local, regional, and global scales. Our goal is to understand how plate tectonics works, how plate tectonics and deep mantle flow are related, how and why mantle convection evolves over long time periods, and how the geology on the continents and in the oceans is related to mantle dynamics. A primary activity is the development of sophisticated forward and inverse models of tectonic processes. In recent years Gurnis has been involved with the ocean drilling program and marine geophysics.

Recent Publications