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Dr Sanne Cottaar

Dr Sanne Cottaar

University Lecturer

Geophysics, Geodynamics and Tectonics

Sanne Cottaar is accepting applications for PhD students.

Bullard Labs
Madingley Rise,
Madingley Road,

Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 748938


  • PhD, Global Seismology, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, May 2013
  • MSc, Geophysics, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, Aug 2008

Research Interests

The structure and dynamics of the deep Earth

I am a global seismologist, studying the structure and dynamics of the deep Earth by using waves from strong earthquakes which are recorded across the globe. My interests include:

  •   Mapping seismic discontinuities to infer temperature and heterogeineity in the mantle transition zone
  •   Seismic constraints on structures above the core-mantle boundary
  •   Seismic anisotropy caused by flow in the lowermost mantle
  •   Composition of the lower mantle
  •   Dynamics of the inner core.


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Research Supervision

If you are interested in a PhD in global seismology, please check out the following NERC funded studentships. These studentships will start in October 2016. Note that application deadlines will be at the beginning of January 2016. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 

Key Publications

Recent publications can be found in the publications database here

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