Grace Shephard

Researcher, Department of Geosciences
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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
    • Focus on Arctic, North Atlantic and Pacific regions
  • Mantle geodynamics
    • e.g. mantle convection modelling, seismic tomography, plate reconstructions
  • Dynamic topography and palaeogeography
  • Course administrator and lecturer for "A Changing Arctic" course at the UiO International Summer School
  • Course co-leader and lecturer for UNIS AG-351/851 "Arctic Tectonics and Volcanism"
  • CEED outreach and social media coordinator
  • GPlates and Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) open-source software teaching
  • Editor for EGU Geodynamics Blog
  • APECS Norway President 2018-2019
  • Council member or Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)


  • 2018-        :     Researcher, CEED
  • 2016-2018:     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 


  • Coltice, Nicolas & Shephard, Grace (2018). Tectonic predictions with mantle convection models. Geophysical Journal International.  ISSN 0956-540X.  213(1), s 16- 29 . doi: 10.1093/gji/ggx531
  • Hosseini, Kasra; Matthews, Kara J.; Sigloch, Karin; Shephard, Grace; Domeier, Mathew & Tsekhmistrenko, Maria (2018). SubMachine: Web-Based Tools for Exploring Seismic Tomography and Other Models of Earth's Deep Interior. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems.  ISSN 1525-2027.  19(5), s 1464- 1483 . doi: 10.1029/2018GC007431
  • Shephard, Grace; Wiers, Steffen; Bazhenova, Evgenia; Perez, Lara F; Mejia, Luz Maria; Johansson, Carina; Jakobsson, Martin & O'Regan, Matt (2018). A North Pole thermal anomaly? Evidence from new and existing heat flow measurements from the central Arctic Ocean. Journal of Geodynamics.  ISSN 0264-3707.  118, s 166- 181 . doi: 10.1016/j.jog.2018.01.017
  • Abdelmalak, Mohamed Mansour; Faleide, Jan Inge; Planke, Sverre; Gernigon, Laurent; Zastrozhnov, Dmitry; Shephard, Grace & Myklebust, Reidun (2017). The T-Reflection and the Deep Crustal Structure of the Vøring Margin, Offshore mid-Norway. Tectonics.  ISSN 0278-7407.  36(11), s 2497- 2523 . doi: 10.1002/2017TC004617 Full text in Research Archive.
  • 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(11) . doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aao2303 Full text in Research Archive.
  • 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 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Shephard, Grace Elizabeth; Matthews, Kara J.; Hosseini, Kasra & Domeier, Mathew (2017). On the consistency of seismically imaged lower mantle slabs. Scientific Reports.  ISSN 2045-2322.  7:10976, s 1- 17 . doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11039-w Full text in Research Archive.
  • Fritzell, Eva Hauk; Bull, Abigail & Shephard, Grace Elizabeth (2016). Closure of the Mongol–Okhotsk Ocean: Insights from seismic tomography and numerical modelling. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.  ISSN 0012-821X.  445, s 1- 12 . doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.03.042
  • Shephard, Grace Elizabeth; Dalen, Kari; Peldszus, Regina; Aparicio, Sara; Beumer, Larissa; Birkeland, Roger; Gkikas, Nikolaos; Kourantidou, Melina; Ktenas, Panagiotis; Linde, Peter Wilhelm; Marazzi, Francesco; Pincinato, Ruth Beatriz Mezzalira; Radianti, Jaziar; Schartmüller, Bernhard; Stübner, Eike Ingrid; Varnajot, Alix; Vullierme, Magali & Zhilina, Irina (2016). Assessing the added value of the recent declaration on unregulated fishing for sustainable governance of the central Arctic Ocean. Marine Policy.  ISSN 0308-597X.  66, s 50- 57 . doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.01.013 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Shephard, Grace Elizabeth; Trønnes, Reidar G; Spakman, Wim; Panet, Isabelle & Gaina, Carmen (2016). Evidence for slab material under Greenland and links to Cretaceous High Arctic magmatism. Geophysical Research Letters.  ISSN 0094-8276.  43(8), s 3717- 3726 . doi: 10.1002/2016GL068424
  • 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
  • Shephard, Grace Elizabeth; Bunge, Hans-Peter; Schuberth, Bernhard; Muller, Dietmar; Talsma, Aedon; Moder, Christoph & Landgrebe, Thomas (2012). Testing absolute plate reference frames and the implications for the generation of geodynamic mantle heterogeneity structure. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.  ISSN 0012-821X.  317(204) . doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.11.027
  • Shephard, Grace Elizabeth; Liu, Lijun; Muller, Dietmar & Gurnis, M (2012). Dynamic topography and anomalously negative residual depth of the Argentine Basin. Gondwana Research.  ISSN 1342-937X.  22(2), s 1- 13 . doi: 10.1016/j.jog.2013.10.006
  • Shephard, Grace Elizabeth; Muller, Dietmar; Liu, Lijun & Gurnis, Michael (2010). Miocene drainage reversal of the Amazon River driven by plate-mantle interaction. Nature Geoscience.  ISSN 1752-0894.  3, s 870- 875 . doi: 10.1038/ngeo1017

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  • Hosseini, Kasra; Matthews, Kara J.; Sigloch, Karin; Shephard, Grace; Domeier, Mathew & Tsekhmistrenko, Maria (2018). SubMachine: Web-based tools for exploring seismic tomography models.
  • Faleide, Jan Inge; Abdelmalak, Mohamed Mansour; Shephard, Grace; Torsvik, Trond Helge; Gaina, Carmen; Tsikalas, Filippos; Blaich, Olav Antonio; Planke, Sverre & Myklebust, Reidun (2017). Quantification and restoration of pre-drift extension across NE Atlantic conjugate margins.
  • 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; Fritzell, Eva Hauk; Mohn, Chris Erik; Prieur, Nils Charles; Rolf, Tobias; Shephard, Grace Elizabeth & Trønnes, Reidar G (2015). Looking inside the Earth, using E-infrastructure resources. Meta 2-2015, 4-9 (and FrontPage). META : Magazine.
  • Shephard, Grace Elizabeth (2015). Arctic (Ocean) geology and geophysics.
  • Shephard, Grace Elizabeth (2015). Modelling circum-Arctic plate reconstructions and GPlates software.
  • Shephard, Grace Elizabeth (2015). Reconstructing the Arctic through deep time and space.
  • Shephard, Grace Elizabeth (2015). United Plates of Amasia: Modelling and visualizing the past, present and future Earth.
  • Shephard, Grace Elizabeth & Gaina, Carmen (2015). Reconstructing extinct and current Arctic oceans from surface and mantle constraints..
  • 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.
  • Shephard, Grace Elizabeth; Flament, Nicolas; Seton, Maria; Heine, Christian & Müller, R. Dietmar (2013). Mesozoic ocean basins of the circum-Arctic; linking plate tectonics and mantle dynamics.
  • Shephard, Grace Elizabeth; Flament, Nicolas; Williams, Simon; Seton, Maria; Gurnis, Michael & Müller, R. Dietmar (2013). Linking mantle structure and dynamic surface topography of the circum-Arctic since the Jurassic.

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Published Nov. 27, 2014 1:07 PM - Last modified Aug. 20, 2019 11:05 AM


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