I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London.

I am a global seismologist with a focus on studying the lower mantle of the Earth and core-mantle boundary. In my research, I characterise its seismological structures, linking these to geodynamic modelling and insights from mineral physics, with the aim to unravel the dynamics and evolution of the deep Earth.

My research interests include seismic tomography, normal modes, deep Earth structure and dynamics, uncertainty quantification in tomography, earthquake interferometry.


I am passionate about communicating my research and global seismology in general (see here for more information). I am also happy to advice and support early-career researchers in their funding applications.

Postdocs, PhD students and undergraduate students interested to join my DEEPSCAPE research group should not hesitate to get in touch to discuss possible projects and funding opportunities.

Pint of Science podcast about a range of seismological topics

I spoke to Callam & Jim for a Pint Of Science podcast about a range of seismological topics. We touched not only on global seismology and the landscapes of the deep Earth, but also talked about how anthropogenic seismic noise has been affected by Covid-19 governmental lockdowns, and even chatted about Marsquakes and Messiquakes!

Review chapter on lower mantle density and CMB topography

My review chapter on lower mantle density and core-mantle boundary topography has been accepted for the AGU book "Mantle upwellings and their surface expressions", edited by Marquardt, Cottaar, Ballmer & Konter. For this contribution, I reviewed existing (primarily seismological) models and used these to develop average models as well as vote maps with the aim to find model consistencies and to identify discrepancies between data sets. Files related to this contribution can now be found online.

Doornbos Memorial Prize awarded by the SEDI Committee

At the 16th international symposium of the Study of the Earth's Deep Interior (SEDI), held in Edmonton, Canada, I received the Doornbos Memorial Prize for "careful and broad analysis of body and normal mode seismic data, integrated with mineral physics to constrain the state and dynamics of the lowermost mantle".

The Doornbos Memorial Prize is given in honor of the Dutch seismologist Durk Doornbos and is presented to a few young scientists every two years by the SEDI Committee, in association with their biennial meetings, for outstanding research on the Earth's deep interior.