School of Earth and Environment

Phil Livermore Dr Phil Livermore

Associate Professor

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 30379
Email address:
Room: 8.137

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics


4/2014 - present Associate Professor

7/2009 - 4/2014 NERC advanced research fellow.

7/2009 - 9/2009 Senior Scientist, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

8/2007 - 7/2009 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, San Diego, USA.

03/2004 - 07/2007 Postdoctoral research assistant and teaching fellow, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds.

Research Interests

Earth's magnetic field is a fundamental characteristic of our planet - important both for navigation and in protecting the surface from harmful radiation. Is it is generated within the liquid core of our planet, by a process termed the "geodynamo". Observations of both how the surface magnetic field is structured and how these structures change over time help constrain the geodynamo mechanism which is hidden from view.

My research interests are focussed on the dynamics of the Earth's core and the structure and behaviour through time of the geomagnetic field. Specifically, I study

  • Numerical and theoretical low-viscosity models of the Earth's core
  • Rapid dynamics in the Earth's core, such as waves.
  • Predicting the Earth's internal magnetic field and its impact on space weather.
  • Analysing change in the ancient magnetic field.
  • Numerical methods and computing.

I am a member of the deep-Earth research group that straddles the School of Earth and Environment and the School of Mathematics.

At Leeds I co-supervise PhD student Maurits Metman, Siohban Prise and Colin Hardy.

Previous PhD students who have now graduated are: Grace Cox (now at Liverpool) and Will Brown (now at BGS).


A compendium of Galerkin polynomials can be found here.

Teaching Interests

I teach Mathematics and Matlab for the Masters Programme in Exploration Geophysics, Mathematics for undergraduates, and am the manager of the undergraduate module Applied Geophysics.