Katz, Dr Richard


Richard Katz

Professor of Geodynamics

Email: richard.katz@earth.ox.ac.uk

Laboratory for Geodynamics: http://foalab.earth.ox.ac.uk

Academic background

Richard’s education is at the intersection of applied mathematics and geology.  He obtained an undergraduate degree at Cornell University in 2000, where he did research into a wax-analogue model of plate tectonics.  He obtained a PhD at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University with a thesis on models of magma transport.  Richard moved to the UK for a postdoctoral position at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Geophysics at the University of Cambridge, where he worked on the mechanics of ice sheets and sea ice.  He is Professor of Geodynamics at Oxford and leads a group that does research into geophysical problems involving flow and phase change.


Undergraduate: Mechanics; Thermodynamics; Mathematical problem solving with Matlab; Geodynamics; Mantle dynamics seminar

Graduate: — Introduction to magma dynamics;

Research interests

The dynamics of partially molten rock, magmatism, plate tectonics, ice sheets and shelves, rock rheology, modelling, scientific computing.

Recent Publications