Dynamic processes within the Earth’s interior control the formation and evolution of the Earth’s crust and mantle. Research topics addressed include the formation and evolution of continents, influence of asthenosphere on mantle convection, mantle dynamics, volcanism and its effect on climatic evolution, plate tectonics, subduction dynamics, and thermal evolution of the planet.

Lithosphere dynamics

Gordon, Lenardic, Morgan, Sawyer, Levander, Niu, Lee

Mantle convection

Lenardic, Gonnermann, Lee

Chemical differentiation

Dasgupta, Lee, Gonnermann

Planetary interiors

Lenardic, Dasgupta, Lee, Morgan