Dr Simon Hunt

Presidential Fellow (Academic)

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My research is interested in the behaviour and evolution of the Earth over geological time. Heat in the Earth's interior drives convection in the solid mantle which manifests at the surface as plate tectonics as well as the violent disruption of Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. I perform experiments at high pressure and temperatures to measurements the material and mechanical properties (e.g. rheology, thermal conductivity and anelasticity) of the minerals present in the deep Earth. These data are used to understand how they influence convection in the Earth’s mantle.


I received my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Natural Sciences (2004) and my PhD from the University of London/University College London in 2009. I then spent time as a post-doctoral research assistant in UCL and Stony Brook before starting a NERC Junior Research Fellowship in 2011 at UCL. This was ultimately followed by a NERC Independent Research Fellowship during which I moved to Manchester University to take up a Presidential Fellowship.

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  • QE Geology - Mineral physics, High pressure experiments

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