Charles Lesher and Trond Torsvik invited speakers at 1st DEEP General Assembly
Participants at our 1st General Assembly in February will have the exclusive opportunity to listen to inspiring talks by Professor Charles Lesher from Aarhus University and Professor Trond H. Torsvik from CEED, University of Oslo.
Professor Charles Lesher
Charles Lesher is professor of petrology at University California, Davis and from 2013 also Niels Bohr Professor at Aarhus University.
He completed a PhD at Harvard University in 1985, focusing on thermochemical diffusion in silicate melts. His early petrological studies were mostly based on high-pressure and high-temperature experimentation. He continued experimental investigations of the physiochemical properties of silicate liquids and expanded also into field-based petrological studies in several different regions, including the North Atlantic Igneous Province, especially East Greenland.
When moving to UC Davis, he built a versatile experimental petrology laboratory and was later instrumental in the acquisition of isotope geochemical facilities there. The establishment of the Aarhus Geochemical and Isotope Research Platform (AGIR), which became operational in 2016, is part of his Niels Bohr Professorship.
Professor Trond Torsvik
Professor Trond Torsvik is among the most cited researchers in paleomagnetism, geodynamics, paleogeography and earth history. He has described how one can explain the link between the deep parts of the Earth with the Earth's surface.
This year Torsvik was awarded the 2016 Arthur Holmes Medal and one of University of Oslo’s foremost awards - University of Oslo’s research prize. He has been a key person to establish The Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), a CoE at the University of Oslo and host to our research school DEEP.
Current research activities embrace plate tectonics, global palaeogeography, the nature of Wilson cycle tectonics, absolute plate motion reference frames, linking surface and deep mantle processes, hotspots, large igneous provinces and kimberlites (diamonds), supercontinental assembly and dispersal, the dynamics of true polar wander, net lithosphere rotation, dynamic topography, geodynamic modelling, and software development linked to global databases.