Grace Shephard

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 2A ZEB-bygget 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1028 Blindern 0316 OSLO

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Academic interests and activities

  • Global and regional plate tectonics
  • Mantle geodynamics
    • e.g. mantle convection modelling, seismic tomography, plate reconstructions
  • Dynamic topography and palaeogeography
  • Focus on Arctic and North Atlantic region and pre-Pacific "Panthalassa"
  • Course administrator and outreach lecturer for "A Changing Arctic" course at the UiO International Summer School
  • CEED outreach and social media 
  • GPlates and Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) open-source software teaching
  • Co-Editor for EGU Geodynamics Blog
  • Council member 17-18 for Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)


  • 2016-present: VISTA Postdoctoral Researcher, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and CEED, UiO. 
  • 2014-2016:     Postdoctoral Researcher, CEED
  • 2010-2014:     PhD, EarthByte Group, Department of Geosciences, University of Sydney, Australia 


  • Domeier, Mathew; Shephard, Grace; Jakob, Johannes; Gaina, Carmen; Doubrovine, Pavel & Torsvik, Trond Helge (2017). Intraoceanic subduction spanned the Pacific in the Late Cretaceous–Paleocene. Science Advances.  ISSN 2375-2548.  3 . doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aao2303
  • Jones, Morgan Thomas; Augland, Lars Eivind; Shephard, Grace; Burgess, Seth; Eliassen, Gauti Trygvason; Jochmann, Malte; Friis, Bjarki; Jerram, Dougal Alexander; Planke, Sverre & Svensen, Henrik (2017). Constraining shifts in North Atlantic plate motions during the Palaeocene by U-Pb dating of Svalbard tephra layers. Scientific Reports.  ISSN 2045-2322.  7(1) . doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-06170-7
  • Jones, Morgan Thomas; Trygvason Eliassen, Gauti; Shephard, Grace; Svensen, Henrik; Jochmann, Malte; Friis, Bjarki; Augland, Lars Eivind; Jerram, Dougal Alexander & Planke, Sverre (2016). Provenance of bentonite layers in the Palaeocene strata of the Central Basin, Svalbard: implications for magmatism and rifting events around the onset of the North Atlantic Igneous Province. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.  ISSN 0377-0273.  327, s 571- 584 . doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2016.09.014
  • Müller, R. Dietmar; Seton, Maria; Zahirovic, Sabin; Williams, Simon E.; Matthews, Kara J.; Wright, Nicky M.; Shephard, Grace; Maloney, Kayla T.; Barnett-Moore, Nicholas; Hosseinpour, Maral; Bower, Dan J. & Cannon, John (2016). Ocean basin evolution and global-scale plate reorganization events since Pangea breakup. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Science.  ISSN 0084-6597.  44, s 107- 138 . doi: 10.1146/annurev-earth-060115-012211
  • Abdelmalak, Mohamed Mansour; Andersen, Torgeir Bjørge; Planke, Sverre; Faleide, Jan Inge; Corfu, Fernando; Tegner, Christian; Shephard, Grace; Zastrozhnov, Dmitry & Myklebust, Reidun (2015). The ocean-continent transition in the mid-Norwegian margin: Insight from seismic data and an onshore Caledonian field analogue. Geology.  ISSN 0091-7613.  43(11), s 1011- 1014 . doi: 10.1130/G37086.1 Show summary
  • Butterworth, Nathaniel; Talsma, Aedon; Muller, Dietmar; Seton, Maria; Bunge, Hans-Peter; Schuberth, Bernhard; Shephard, Grace & Heine, Christian (2014). Geological, tomographic, kinematic and geodynamic constraints on the dynamics of sinking slabs. Journal of Geodynamics.  ISSN 0264-3707.  73, s 1- 13 . doi: 10.1016/j.jog.2013.10.006
  • Shephard, Grace; Flament, Nicolas; Williams, Simon; Seton, Maria; Gurnis, Michael & Müller, R. Dietmar (2014). Circum-Arctic mantle structure and long-wavelength topography since the Jurassic. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth.  ISSN 2169-9313.  119(10), s 7889- 7908 . doi: 10.1002/2014JB011078
  • Shephard, Grace; Muller, Dietmar & Seton, Maria (2013). The tectonic evolution of the Arctic since Pangea breakup: Integrating constraints from surface geology and geophysics with mantle structure. Earth-Science Reviews.  ISSN 0012-8252.  124, s 148- 183 . doi: 10.1016/j.earsscirev.2013.05.012

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  • Jones, Morgan Thomas; Augland, Lars Eivind; Shephard, Grace; Burgess, Seth; Eliassen, Gauti; Jerram, Dougal Alexander; Jochmann, Malte; Friis, Bjarki; Planke, Sverre & Svensen, Henrik (2017). Bentonite layers in Svalbard: constraining sources of volcanism, geochronology, and relative plate motions during the Paleogene.
  • Faleide, Jan Inge; Planke, Sverre; Abdelmalak, Mohamed Mansour; Zastrozhnov, Dmitrii; Wong, P.W.; Shephard, Grace; Indrevær, Kjetil; Tsikalas, Filippos; Gabrielsen, Roy Helge; Gernigon, Laurent; Blaich, Olav A. & Myklebust, Reidun (2016). Basin architecture and evolution at NE Atlantic conjugate margins.
  • Bull, Abigail Louise; Torsvik, Trond Helge & Shephard, Grace (2015). Past Plate Motions and The Evolution of Earth’s Lower Mantle: Relating LLSVPs and Plume Distribution.
  • Shephard, Grace; Spakman, Wim; Panet, Isabelle; Gaina, Carmen & Trønnes, Reidar G (2015). The Arctic connection - plate tectonics and mantle dynamics in the North Atlantic, North Pacific and the High Arctic. EGU Gen. Assembly, EGU2015-7839..
  • Shephard, Grace; Bull, Abigail & Gaina, Carmen (2014). Modelling plate kinematics, slabs and LLSVP dynamics – an example from the Arctic and northern Panthalassa.
  • Shephard, Grace; Gurnis, Michael; Flament, Nicolas; Mihalynuk, M; Sigloch, K & Gaina, Carmen (2014). Evaluating alternative models of intra-oceanic subduction of northeastern Panthalassa since the Jurassic.

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Published Nov. 27, 2014 1:07 PM - Last modified Nov. 6, 2017 9:09 AM


  • DEFormation MODelling in the North Atlantic and Arctic (VISTA project 6268)
  • VISTA Postdoc