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Department of Earth Sciences

Lars Kaislaniemi


Helsinki, Finland

Research Theme:

The Solid Earth - Numerical Geodynamic Modelling

PhD Topic:

I am studying the reasons for continental collision magmatism by combining numerical mantle convection models with geochemical melting models. Our main study area is the Arabia-Eurasia collision zone, where we apply our models to investigate the role of the (subduction derived) fluids in the destabilization of the lithosphere-astenosphere boundary and consequent mantle melting.

We asked Lars...

What made you decide to come to Durham University?

My proposed PhD subject and my supervisor’s experience in the research area. Also the possibilities to co-work with the existing research group being formed by my supervisor.

Which other universities did you consider for your postgraduate programme?

Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, University of Helsinki

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy reading both fiction and non-fiction and fencing at the University Fencing Club. I also travel in the UK every now and then to get to know the country.

What will you do at the end of your programme?

I will continue on the field of research, either academic, government, or private sector.

About Lars…

Research Interests

  • Lithosphere dynamics and melt production in continental collision (PhD topic)
  • Thermal state of the lithosphere (MSc thesis, thermal modelling of the Svecofennian orogeny in the Archaean craton of Eastern Finland)
  • 2011-present: PhD student, University of Durham
    (Marie Curie ITN consortium 'Topomod')
  • 2009-2011: Research assistant, Institute of Seismology, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2006-2011: MSc (hydrology & geochemistry), BSc (geology), University of Helsinki, Finland


Journal papers: academic


Dr Jeroen van Hunen

Prof Jon Davidson

Prof Mark Allen