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GD Geodynamics Division on Geodynamics

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Division on Geodynamics
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Division on Geodynamics

President: Jeroen van Hunen (gd@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Laetitia Le Pourhiet (laetitia.le_pourhiet@sorbonne-universite.fr)

Studies related to the Geodynamics Division include all aspects of geodynamic processes in the lithosphere, mantle, and core. They encompass different approaches, including observations, imaging, theory, modelling (numerical simulations and laboratory experiments), and interpretation. Examples include the dynamics of subduction, mid-ocean-ridge processes, vertical and horizontal plate movements driving mountain building and basin formation, lithosphere dynamics, mantle convection, and core dynamics.

Recent awardees

Thorsten W. Becker

Thorsten W. Becker

  • 2023
  • Augustus Love Medal

The 2023 Augustus Love Medal is awarded to Thorsten W. Becker for outstanding research contributions in regional and global geodynamics, seismology, tectonics, and earthquake source processes, and for scientific leadership and selfless service.


Ágnes Király

Ágnes Király

  • 2023
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

The 2023 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Ágnes Király for her significant contributions in geodynamics, including contributions on viscous anisotropy in the mantle and new interactions between subduction and geological deformation and volcanism.


David Bercovici

David Bercovici

  • 2022
  • Augustus Love Medal

The 2022 Augustus Love Medal is awarded to David Bercovici for fundamental and long-lasting contributions that advance our understanding of the dynamics and evolution of mantle convection, lithospheric rheology and plate tectonics.


Timothy J. Craig

Timothy J. Craig

  • 2022
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

The 2022 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Timothy J. Craig for fundamental and multi-disciplinary contributions to geodynamics, such as developing a new paradigm for intraplate earthquakes, and uniting disparate datasets in a single geodynamic framework.


Kira Musiyachenko

Kira Musiyachenko

  • 2022
  • Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (OSPP) Award

The 2022 Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (OSPP) Award is awarded to Kira Musiyachenko Secular change in the age of TTG sources during the Archean from in-situ Sr and Hf isotope analysis by LA-MC-ICPMS


Michaël Pons

Michaël Pons

  • 2022
  • Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (OSPP) Award

The 2022 Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (OSPP) Award is awarded to Michaël Pons Variability of the shortening rate in Central Andes controlled by subduction dynamics and interaction between slab and overriding plate

Latest posts from the GD blog

Introducing GPlately

The ability to easily compile and quickly evaluate both geological and geophysical data is essential for geodynamicists to understand Earth’s evolution. This week Dr. Ben Mather, a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, introduces us to GPlately, a new tool designed to accelerate spatio-temporal data analysis in GPlates. GPlately is a Python package that enables the reconstruction of data through deep geologic time (points, lines, polygons and rasters), the interrogation of plate kinematic information (plate velocities, rates of subduction …


More than a homework: “I am a rock”

Outreach is becoming a more and more prominent part of the work of researchers. With public funding many of us are expected to show in a creative way what we do with our funding, but it is not easy to step out from the << I will post on social media>> comfort zone. This week Elvira Mulyukova, in collaboration with Cedric Thieulot, is showing us how to create something extraordinary from a classroom exercise. Make sure to listen to the …


Why plate tectonic reference frames are important?

Have you ever pondered the significance of reference frames in the reconstruction of tectonic paleo positions? In this edition of News & Views, we feature Jonathon Leonard as he delves into this subject, aided by illustrations from Rachel O’Brien. In the 1600s, in an effort to show why we cannot feel the Earth orbiting the sun at speed, Galileo came up with a thought experiment. In his experiment, a person sits in a ship’s cabin with no windows and hangs …


Geodynamic data-driven modelling: bridging the gap between observations and numerical models

Geodynamic data-driven models are powerful tools that combine the strengths of both dynamic and static geodynamic models, enabling researchers to answer specific questions about the Earth’s processes. By assimilating observations and integrating physics-based models, data-driven simulations offer a way to gain a better understanding of how long- and short-term tectonic processes interact. In this article, we explore the advantages of geodynamic data-driven models, their assimilation of observations, and examples of their applications in addressing long-standing questions about the Earth’s processes. …

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

In the May newsletter, EGU spoke to researchers about the exclusionary practices contributing to the low retention rate of minority groups within the geosciences, and to understand what needs to be done to usher in change.

We hear about the geological period that no one talks about: menstruation in the field, and the struggles of being a parent or caregiver in academia. David Fernández-Blanco also shares his plans to better support early career researchers as EGU’s new Union-level Early Career Scientist Representative.

Members of EGU’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee invite your inputs to their survey on workplace experiences of geoscientists and EGU’s Education Committee shares ways to bring science to educators! Want to do your part in making the geoscience community more inclusive? Watch our free EGUwebinar to identify and combat structural discrimination in your work environment and personal life.

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