Rhodri Davies

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Dr. Rhodri Davies


Contact Details

Office: 4.89, Royal School of Mines Building


Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5722

Email: Rhodri.Davies@imperial.ac.uk

Research Interests

Solid Earth geophysics, mantle dynamics, links between the surface and Earth's interior, thermal and thermo-chemical convection, hot spots and mantle plumes, lithospheric processes, subduction-zone magmatism, mid-ocean ridge dynamics, numerical methods, unstructured meshes, adaptive mesh refinement.


2011 - Present: NERC Research Fellow, Imperial College London

2008 - 2010: 1851 Research Fellow, Imperial College London

2007 - 2008: Research Assistant, Funded by Shell, Based at the School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University.

2004-2007: PhD, Applying Multi-Resolution Numerical Methods to Geodynamics, School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University / School of Civil & Computational Engineering, Swansea University.

2000-2004: MSci, Earth Sciences, 1st Class Honours, School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University.


10. Davies, D. R., Goes, S., Davies, J. H., Schuberth, B. S. A., Bunge, H.-P. & J. Ritsema. Reconciling dynamic and seismic models of Earth's lower mantle: the dominant role of thermal heterogeneity. Earth Planet Sci. Lett. 353-354, 253-269, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.08.016, 2012. Download

** This article was highlighted by Nature Geoscience: Download Here

9. Kramer, S. C., Wilson, C. R. & Davies, D. R. An implicit free-surface algorithm for geodynamical simulations. Phys. Earth Planet Int. 194-195, 25-37, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2012.01.001, 2012. Download

8. Hunt, S. A., Davies, D. R., Walker, A. M., McCormack, R. J., Wills, A. S., Dobson, D. P. & Li, L. On the increase in thermal diffusivity caused by the perovskite to post-perovskite phase transition and its implications for mantle dynamics. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 319-320, 96-103, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.12.009, 2012. Download

7. Davies, D. R., Wilson, C. R. & Kramer, S. C. Fluidity: A fully unstructured anisotropic adaptive mesh computational modeling framework for geodynamics. Geochem. Geophys. Geosys., 12, Q06001, 20 PP., doi:10.1029/2011GC003551, 2011. Download

6. Styles, E., Davies, D. R., Goes, S. Mapping spherical seismic into physical structure: biases from 3-D phase-transition and thermal boundary-layer heterogeneity. Geophys. J. Int., 184, 1371-1378, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04914.x, 2011. Download

** This article received the GJI student paper award for 2011: 2011 Awards

5. Davies, J. H & Davies, D. R. Earth's surface heat flux. Solid Earth, 1, 5 - 24, 2010, doi:10.5194/se-1-5-2010 Download

4. Wolstencroft, M., Davies, J. H. & Davies, D. R. Nusselt-Rayleigh number scaling for spherical shell Earth mantle simulations up to a Rayleigh number of 109. Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 176, 132-141, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2009.05.002, 2009. Download

3. Davies, D. R. & Davies, J. H. Thermally-driven mantle plumes reconcile multiple hot-spot observations. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 278, 50-54, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.11.027, 2009. Download High-Res Fig. 1 Model Plume Animation

2. Davies, D. R., Davies, J. H., Hassan, O., Morgan, K. & Nithiarasu, P. Adaptive finite element methods in geodynamics; Convection dominated mid-ocean ridge and subduction zone simulations. Int. J. Num. Meth. Heat Fluid Flow, 7-8, 1015-1035, doi:10.1108/09615530810899079, 2008. Download

1. Davies, D. R., Davies, J. H., Hassan, O., Morgan, K., & Nithiarasu, P. Investigations into the applicability of adaptive finite element methods for infinite Prandtl number thermal and thermo-chemical convection. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 8, Q05010, doi:10.1029/2006GC001470, 2007. Download


May 2009: Magma pulses may reveal Earth's 'heartbeat'.

August 2008: Yellowstone Supervolcano is only luke-warm.

External Collaborators

Cardiff University, Wales, UK

J. Huw Davies

Peter Webb

Munich University, Germany

Hans-Peter Bunge

Swansea University, Wales, UK

Oubay Hassan

Ken Morgan

Perumal Nithiarasu

University College London, UK

Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni

Lars Stixrude

Australian National University, Canberra

Giampiero Iaffaldano

Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, New York, USA

Cian Wilson

UMR GeoAzur, Nice, France

Bernhard Schuberth

Useful Links

Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG)

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