School of Earth and Environment

Chris Davies Dr Chris Davies

Associate Professor in Theoretical Geophysics and NERC Independent Research Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31140
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Room: 8.145

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics


Positions held:

  • 01/2015–Present NERC Independent Research Fellow, University of Leeds, UK
  • 04/2014–12/2014 Green Scholar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography San Diego, USA
  • 04/2011–03/2014 NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds, UK
  • 01/2010–03/2011 Green Scholar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography San Diego, USA
  • 06/2009–12/2009 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Leeds, UK


  • 2014: Winton Capital Award (G) of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) of the United Kingdom
  • 2016: Doornbos Memorial Prize of the Committee on Studies of the Earth’s Deep Interior (SEDI)


  • 2005–2009 PhD in Geophysics, University of Leeds, UK
  • 2004–2005 MSc in Computational Fluid Dynamics, University of Leeds, UK
  • 2001–2004 BSc in Computer Science, University of Leeds, UK


Fellow of the Amierican Geophysical Union (AGU) and Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)

Research Interests

My research is focused on understanding the dynamics and evolution of Earth’s deep interior. I am particularly interested in the generation of Earth’s magnetic field by fluid motion in its electrically conducting outer core and the manner in which this process is controlled by the overlying mantle and the solid inner core. To this end, I design theoretical and numerical models that describe the thermodynamic evolution of the core-mantle system and the fluid dynamics of magnetic field generation. I have applied these models to analyse fluid dynamic processes that arise from couplings between the fluid and solid cores and the mantle, constrain properties of the deep Earth that are not directly observable (such as the core-mantle boundary heat flow and the age of the inner core) and to interpret geophysical data. Topics associated with these research themes are:

  1. Geodynamo theory
  2. Convection
  3. Thermal history of the Earth
  4. Core-mantle interactions
  5. Numerical methods
  6. High-performance computing

I currently advise the following PhD students:

  • Jenny Wong (with Chris Jones in the School of Mathematics)
  • Sam Greenwood (with Jon Mound and Phil Livermore in SEE)
  • Rob Long (with Jon Mound in SEE and Steve Tobias in the School of Mathematics)
  • Andrew Clarke (with Daniel Ruprecht in the School of Mechanical Engineering and Steve Tobias in the School of Mathematics)

Teaching Interests

Geodynamics, Computing, Numerical modelling, Geomagnetism

Academic CV (pdf file)