Adam Francis Holt

Asst. Professor

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Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Geosciences - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine Geosciences (MGS) at UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS).

I am a Geodynamicist who studies the deformation occurring at plate boundaries and within the underlying, flowing mantle. In order to constrain the fundamental properties of these elements, I integrate models with geological observations (e.g. plate velocities, surface topography, tectonic deformation), with a particular focus on subduction zones. Subduction is a fundamental component of the solid Earth: it drives large earthquakes, mountain building, and cycles volatiles into and out of the mantle. An ongoing focus of my research is expanding the range of observations that we can couple with models to investigate the forces governing mantle and lithosphere deformation (at subduction zones and beyond!). This often requires the development of novel modeling techniques (e.g. analytical models of mantle circulation) and/or the use of powerful supercomputers to solve the relevant equations in numerical models.

At RSMAS, I will be supervising graduate students in the Geodynamics research group and will teach courses that relate to Geophysics, Geodynamics, and the mathematical and computational methods that underpin these fields.



2011M.Sc. Geophysics Imperial College London
2016Ph.D. Geological Sciences University of Southern California
Subduction and mantle dynamics; rheology; numerical modeling; analytical modeling; plate reconstructions; surface expressions of mantle convection.