Clint Conrad

Associate Professor

Office: POST 804

Department of Geology and Geophysics
SOEST, University of Hawaii
1680 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

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I have moved to University of Oslo as of August 1, 2016. Please see my new contact information.

Geodynamics of Earth's Lithosphere and Mantle

My research is directed toward gaining a better understanding of the Earth's dynamic interior, with a focus on the mantle, which convects slowly over millions of years, and the lithosphere, which is broken into several tectonic plates that move in response to mantle flow. I accomplish this using three-dimensional, time-dependent, numerical models of mantle flow that can be constrained using geological and geophysical observations. Such constraints stem from a variety of geoscience disciplines and include observations such as Earth's surface topography, tectonic plate motions (both past and present), patterns of seismicity at plate boundaries, and direct observations of mantle flow made using seismic tomography or seismic anisotropy. When compared against predictions made using numerical models of mantle flow, these geological and geophysical observations reveal the dynamical workings of our planet's active interior, and its influence on our surface environment.

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