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Professor Nicholas Rawlinson


  • BSc (hons), Monash University, 1997
  • PhD, Monash University, 2001
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian National University, 2001-2003
  • Research Fellow, Australian National University, 2004-2007
  • Fellow, Australian National University, 2008-2012
  • Senior Fellow, Australian National University, 2013
  • Professor of Geophysics, University of Aberdeen, 2013-2017
  • BP Foundation McKenzie Professor of Earth Sciences, 2017-

Research Interests

Since completing my PhD in 2001, I have undertaken a broad range of research in seismology, Earth imaging and tectonophysics. I am particularly interested in developing and applying new methods to large seismic datasets in order to improve our understanding of Earth structure and processes. My long term vision is to conceive and deploy novel seismic array experiments in regions of profound geological/tectonic interest, and use the data to not only uncover new knowledge about how our planet works, but also drive the development of innovative Earth imaging methodology. I am also keen to make better use of constraints and insights supplied by geodynamic modelling, structural geology, geochemistry, petrology and rock mechanics in order to provide an integrated view of the Earth's interior. Particular areas of interest include:

  • Seismic body wave tomography at local and regional scales
  • Ambeint noise tomography
  • Seismic imaging using passive transportable array data
  • Seismic wave propagation
  • Geophysical inverse theory
  • Seismic structure of the Australian continent
  • Intra-plate volcanism
  • Continental growth and its signature in the crust and lithospheric mantle



Tomography ; Geophysics ; Seismology


  • Continental flood basalts
  • Seismology
  • Numerical Modelling

Key Publications