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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

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Prof Jeroen van Hunen, MSc Geophysics, PhD

Director of Postgraduate Studies, Department of Earth Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42293
Room number: Rm 325

(email at jeroen.van-hunen@durham.ac.uk)

Career Research Interests

My research involves the application of fluid dynamics applied to the Earth on a variety of length and time scales:

  • Starting at Earth's earliest history, I am interested in the evolution and dynamics of plate tectonics through time, which led to an ERC starting grant 2012-2017 on 'Modelling the Archaean Subduction Environment' (MASE). 
  • Related to this is the growth and destruction of cratonic lithosphere, which I have worked for a number of years now.
  • I have also worked extensively on subduction dynamics, from shallow flat subduction (my PhD work back in the '90s) to continental collision and slab break-off.
  • Another research interest is on the interaction between mantle and lithosphere, which results in small-scale convection, edge-driven convection, and intraplate volcanism.
  • On a smaller scale, I am interested in sustainable, renewable, or clean energy solutions. Work on this includes Carbon Capture and Storage, and, since recently, modelling of geothermal heat extracted from abandoned, flooded mines, something we have plenty of here in the Northeast of England. 

Biography


2017 – present  — Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University
2013 – present  — Reader, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University
2011 – 2013 — Senior Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University
2006 – 2011 — Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University
2004 – 2006 — Oberassistent, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
2002 – 2004 — Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
2001 — PhD, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
1996 — MSc, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Research Interests

  • Subduction dynamics
  • Dynamics of the early Earth
  • Sub-lithospheric small-scale convection
  • Plumes and intraplate volcanism
  • Interaction between solid Earth and exosphere
  • Geothermal energy
  • Carbon Capture and Storage

Possible mode of Archaean subduction (after van Hunen and van den Berg, 2008):

Committee and Society Service

2021-2023 — President of EGU Geodynamics division
2017-2021 — Deputy president of EGU Geodynamics division
2012 – present — Research Council Member of NERC Peer Review College.
2014 – present — Associate Editor of 'Tectonics'
2010 – 2016 — Associate Editor of 'Solid Earth'
2010 – 2013 — EGU programme committee for geodynamics division.

Recent and Current Grants

  • 2016 — 'NNESMO', NERC Advanced Training grant on numerical modelling, £32k
  • 2015 — 'Subitop', as participant of an EU Horizon2020 ITN, PI: GFZ, Potsdam, Germany, €3.9M; Durham component: €273k.
  • 2015 — 'NNESMO', NERC Advanced Training grant on numerical modelling, £30k
  • 2014 — 'The Feedback Between Volatiles and Mantle Dynamics', NERC, £341k
  • 2014 — 'NNESMO', NERC Advanced Training grant on numerical modelling, £34k
  • 2012 — ‘What drives and resists plate sinking through the transition zone’, NERC, ~£366,000, with co-I Dr. Goes (Imperial College London).
  • 2011 — ‘Modelling the Archean Subduction Environment (MASE)’, ERC Starting Grant, €1.5M
  • 2010 — ‘TOPOMOD’, as participant of an EU FP7 International Training Network, PI: Univ. Roma Tre, Rome, Italy, €3.8M; Durham component: ~€473k.
  • 2010: — ‘The dynamics of continental collision and slab break-off’, Charles Waites PhD studentship, 3yrs,
  • 2010Orogenic Plateau Magmatism – NERC Standard Grant. NE/H021620/1 - Co-I. 
  • 2009 — ‘Timescales, mechanisms and/or numerical tools for CO2 dissolution in brine’, ONE North East and GRL, UK, 3 yrs FTE PhD project of Francesca Watson.
  • 2008 — ‘Multigrid Improvements’, NERC/EPSRC/NAG Ltd. UK, 12 months, Distributed Computational Science and Engineering (dCSE) support for software development. 

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2002: Invited seminar at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds:
  • 2003: Invited Speaker at the Department of Earth Sciences, Caltech, USA:
  • 2004: Invited Speaker at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Prague, Czech Republic: Sepetember 2004
  • 2005: Convenor of Special session at EGU. 'Mantle Plumes, intraplate magmatism and hotspot-ridge interaction: Geodynamical, Geophysical and Geochemical Aspects':
  • 2005: Invited speaker at the EGU April 2005:
  • 2006: Convenor of Special session at EGU. 'Mantle Plumes, intraplate magmatism and hotspot-ridge interaction: Geodynamical, Geophysical and Geochemical Aspects':
  • 2007: Co-organiser of the 'Tenth International Workshop on Modelling of Mantle Convection and Lithospheric Dynamics.' September 2007:
  • 2007: Convenor of EGU special session: 'Geodynamics and Geochemistry of the Early Earth':
  • 2007: Invited Speaker at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds:
  • 2007: Keynote speaker at 'Archaen Oceans' workshop, April 2007:
  • 2011: University of Liverpool, May, 2011:

Research Groups

Teaching Areas

  • Earth Structure and Dynamics

    (30 hours/year.)
  • 4th-yr Fieldtrip (120 hours/year.)
  • Fieldwork Geophysics (40 hours/year.)
  • Modelling Earth Processes (45 hours/year.)

Supervises

Selected Publications

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