School of Earth and Environment

Stephen Stackhouse Dr Stephen Stackhouse

Lecturer: Solid Earth Geophysics

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31914
Email address:
Room: 8.138

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics


2010-present Lecturer in Solid Earth Geophysics, University of Leeds
2008-2010 Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, University of California, Berkeley
2006-2008 Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, University of Michigan
2003-2006 Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, University College London


  • 1999-2003 PhD Theoretical Chemistry, University of London
  • 1995-1999 MChem Chemistry, University of Manchester


  • Member of the American Geophysical Union
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Interests

My main research interests are in the area of theoretical mineral physics, performing quantum mechanical based calculations to determine the properties of lower mantle minerals at high temperatures and pressures. In particular, I am interested in phase transitions, spin transitions, elasticity and thermal conductivity.

I am a member of the Deep Earth Research Group.

Teaching Interests

My teaching relates to my research, which involves simulation and high-performance computing. In addition to being the programme manager for Geophysical Sciences, I teach on and am the module manager for the following courses:

I also manage the academic tutorials for the first year geophysics students, which are part of:

In addition, I teach resistivity methods on the second year field trip to Malham (SOEE2550 Applied Geophysics) and third year field trip to Lanzarote (SOEE3200 Practical Geophysics).


I am principal investigator on a NERC funded project entitled Structure and Composition of Large Shear Velocity Provinces. The project, which is collaboration with Sebastian Rost, will run from 2013-2016.