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Professor George Helffrich

Professor George Helffrich

Professor George Helffrich
BSc(Mich), PhD(Northwestern), MSc(Northwestern)

Professor of Seismology

Area of research

Outer core structure

Office G24
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 5437

Research summary

I am interested in geological problems, mainly those that lead to an improved understanding of the physical processes that underlie planetary structure and evolution. Because these are diverse, the processes need to be investigated using a variety methods. They include field studies, computational modelling, and data analysis.

Current and past research areas are the structure of the inner core, outer core chemistry, the fate of subduction relicts in the lower mantle, the structure of the upper mantle, the structure and temporal development of hot spots, the architecture of cratonic roots and their relation to diamond occurrences, and sound propagation, volcanism ...

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Geology became a late-career interest of mine.  After studying mathematics and computer science and working ten years in the industry, I was inspired to study geology by what I saw in the outdoors and through independent reading on the subject.  An MSc and PhD in geology landed me a university geology job. I've worked ever since in academia on topics of interest to me that illuminate the fundamental processes shaping the Earth and other planets now and in the past.


My present area of research interest is the structure and evolution of the Earth's core.




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