Jerry X. Mitrovica
Sea-level change over time scales ranging from billions of years to hours provides the connective theme for my research.
Working with a remarkable group of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and international colleagues, I have investigated dynamic topography driven by mantle flow (the third, vertical dimension of plate tectonics), as well as long term rotational stability of the Earth, and their connection to the geological record of sea-level change. My group and our collaborators have also been very active in developing state-of-the-art methods for modeling ice age dynamics and sea-level changes and applying these models to a diverse range of studies involving the Earth's interior structure and dynamics, paleoclimate and ice sheet stability, modern global change, and archaeology. Moreover, we have made important contributions to studies of modern sea-level records, body tides as a lens on Earth structure (so-called "tidal tomography") and planetary dynamics. In all cases, this work seeks to innovate, rather than repeat previous approaches, in our ongoing effort to gain fundamental insight into the evolution of the Earth system.
Jerry X. Mitrovica received a B.A.Sc. (Hons.) in Engineering Science, a M.Sc. (Physics) and Ph.D. (Physics), all from the University of Toronto, in 1983, 1985 and 1991 respectively. He spent two years as a Post-Doctoral Visiting Scientist in the Radio and Geoastronomy Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, before joining the faculty of the Department of Physics, University of Toronto in 1993. He moved to the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University as a Professor of Geophysics in 2009, and was named the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard, in 2015.
Awards and Honors
1998 Outstanding Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Toronto