School of Earth and Environment

Andy Nowacki Dr Andy Nowacki

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 39630
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Room: 8.145

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics


Please see my personal page for more information about my publications, interests, teaching material and software.


I am a seismologist interested in global and local seismic phenomena which allow us to understand better how the Earth works, including how the interior of the Earth moves around, where and how molten material is created, and the history of our planet.

My experience includes the observation and modelling of the effects of seismic anisotropy—the variation of properties with direction—to infer deformation, encompassing mineral physics, seismic wave propagation and geodynamics. I am also interested in microseismicity in rift settings (Ethiopia and Iceland) and shallow reservoirs (geothermal and petroleum), and how earthquakes occur in the Earth's transition zone.

I am currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, and my project (‘The Secret History of the Earth’s Mantle’) aims to investigate the structure of the lowermost mantle. I am also part of the NERC-funded ‘Superplumes, Superpiles, Superpuddings’ project, which aims to determine whether observations of the Earth’s structure are compatible with current models of Earth formation. I am an associate fellow in the ‘Volatile Legacy of the Earth’ consortium within the NERC ‘Deep Volatiles’ programme, and an associate within ‘COMET’.

Employment history

  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (2015–)
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Bristol (2012–2015)
  • PhD, University of Bristol (2008–2012)

Current projects

Postdoctoral researchers

I currently advise Corinna Roy on the project ‘REMIS’.

PhD projects

Future projects

I am currently interested in supervising PhD projects in the areas of:

  • Global seismic observations and modelling of mantle flow and deep mantle processes
  • Automated microseismic event detection and location
  • Transition zone observation and modelling
  • Volcanic, geothermal and petroleum reservoir imaging, especially using seismic anisotropy

Current PhD students

  • Peidong Shi – One-way elastic anisotropic reverse time migration Green's function for microseismic moment tensor imaging algorithm (with Sebastian Rost and Doug Angus, ESG Solutions)
  • Jamie Ward – Seismic detection of hidden primordial regions in the Earth’s lowermost mantle (with Sebastian Rost and Mike Thorne, Utah)
  • Itahisa González Álvarez – Towards an understanding of Earth's structure: the development of adaptive optics approaches for seismology (co-supervising with Sebastian Rost)
  • Rebecca Smith – Mapping and characterisation of ultra-low velocity zones - Deciphering the most enigmatic deep structures of the Deep Earth (co-supervising with Sebastian Rost and Stephen Stackhouse)


Find all up-to-date links and associated software for my publications at my personal page