Integrating Geophysics and Geochemistry to Understand Tectonics

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada
William Shinevar

William Shinevar

NSF EAR Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Colorado, Boulder

About Me

My research focuses on understanding the chemical and physical evolution of continental and oceanic lithosphere over different periods of Earth history. In particular, I am interested in interpreting geophysical data sets, especially seismic wave speed and heat flow, in terms of geochemical and geological processes using interdisciplinary methods like thermodynamic modelling.

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  • Geophysics
  • Petrology
  • Crustal Formation and Evolution
  • Rheology
  • Tectonics
  • PhD in Geophysics, 2021

    MIT/WHOI Joint Program

  • BS in Geophysics, 2015

    Brown University

  • BA in German Studies, 2015

    Brown University


(2023). Cold Tibetan Lower Crust from the Eclogite-Granulite Seismic Thermometer. submitted to Geology.

(2023). Mantle Thermochemical Variations beneath the Continental United States Through Petrologic Interpretation of Seismic Tomography. Published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

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(2022). WISTFUL: Whole-Rock Interpretative Seismic Toolbox for Ultramafic Lithologies. Published in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.

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(2020). Formation and composition of the Late Cretaceous Gangdese arc lower crust in southern Tibet. Published in Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology.

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(2019). Causes of oceanic crustal thickness oscillations along a 74‐M mid‐atlantic ridge flow line. Published in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.

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(2018). Inferring crustal viscosity from seismic velocity: Application to the lower crust of Southern California. Published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

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(2015). Compositional dependence of lower crustal viscosity. Published in Geophysical Research Letters.

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