Katherine Selway

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Academic interests

  • Magnetotelluric studies of the lithosphere and asthenosphere
  • Factors controlling mantle rheology
  • Evolution of the East Africa Rift


2015–present: Postdoctoral fellow, The Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo

2015–present: Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

2013–2015: Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

2012–2013: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University

2009–2012: Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Adelaide

2007–2009: Postdoctoral Associate, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide

2007: PhD awarded for ‘Magnetotelluric experiments in central and southern Australia and their implications for tectonic evolution’, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide


  • O’Donnell, JP., Selway, K., Nyblade, A., Brazier, R., El Tahir, N. and Durrheim, R., 2016, Thick lithosphere, deep crustal earthquakes and no melt: A triple challenge to understanding extension in the western branch of the East Africa Rift, Geophysical Journal International, 204, 2, 985–998

  • Selway, K., 2015, Negligible effect of hydrogen content on plate strength in East Africa, Nature Geoscience, 8, 7, 543–546

  • Selway, K., Ford, H. and Kelemen, P., 2015, The seismic mid-lithosphere discontinuity, Earth and Planetary Science Letters (Frontiers paper), 414, 45–57

  • Selway, K., Yi, J. and Karato, S., 2014, Water content of the Tanzanian lithosphere from magnetotelluric data: Implications for cratonic growth and stability, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 388, 175–186

  • Selway, K., 2014, Interpreting magnetotelluric data in stable lithosphere, Surveys in Geophysics, 35, 219–257

  • Selway, K., Thiel, S and Key, K., 2012, A simple 2D explanation for negative phases in TE magnetotelluric data, Geophysical Journal International, 188, 3, 945–958

  • Selway, K., Hand, M., Payne, J., Heinson, G. and Reid, A., 2011, Magnetotelluric constraints on the tectonic setting of Grenville-aged orogenesis in central Australia, Journal of the Geological Society, London, 168, 251–264

  • Selway, K., Hand, M., Heinson, G., Payne, J., 2009, Magnetotelluric constraints on subduction polarity: Reversing reconstruction models for Proterozoic Australia, Geology, 37, 9, 799–802

  • Selway, K., Sheppard, S., Thorne, A.M., Johnson, S.P., Groenewald, P.B., 2009, Identifying the lithospheric structure of a Precambrian orogen using magnetotellurics: The Capricorn Orogen, Western Australia, Precambrian Research, 168, 3–4, 185–196

  • Selway, K., 2008, Magnetotelluric investigation into the electrical structure of the Capricorn Orogen, Western Australia. Geological Survey of Western Australia, Record 2007/16

  • Maier, R., Heinson, G., Thiel, S., Selway, K., Gill, R., Scroggs, M., 2007, A 3D lithospheric resistivity model of the Gawler Craton, South Australia, Applied Earth Sciences, 116, 1, 13–21

  • Selway, K., Heinson, G., Hand, M., 2006, Electrical evidence of continental accretion: Steeply-dipping conductivity contrast, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L06305

  • Selway, K., Heinson, G., Busuttil, S., Lilley, F.E.M, 2006, Two-dimensional magnetotelluric analysis of three-dimensional bodies: A case study from South Australia, Exploration Geophysics, 37, 231–238

  • Selway, Katherine; Smirnov, Maxim; Beka, Thomas; O'Donnell, John Paul; Minakov, Alexander; Senger, Kim; Faleide, Jan Inge & Kalscheuer, Thomas (2020). Magnetotelluric constraints on the temperature, composition, partial melt content, and viscosity of the upper mantle beneath Svalbard. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems.  ISSN 1525-2027.  21(5) . doi: 10.1029/2020GC008985
  • Selway, Katherine; O'Donnell, James P. & Ozaydin, Sinan (2019). Upper Mantle Melt Distribution From Petrologically Constrained Magnetotellurics. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems.  ISSN 1525-2027.  20(7), s 3328- 3346 . doi: 10.1029/2019GC008227 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Corseri, Romain; Senger, Kim; Selway, Katherine; Abdelmalak, Mohamed Mansour; Planke, Sverre & Jerram, Dougal Alexander (2017). Magnetotelluric evidence for massive sulphide mineralization in intruded sediments of the outer Vøring Basin, mid-Norway. Tectonophysics.  ISSN 0040-1951.  706-707, s 196- 205 . doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2017.04.011 Full text in Research Archive.
  • O'Donnell, James P.; Selway, Katherine; Nyblade, Andrew A.; Brazier, Richard A.; Wiens, Douglas A.; Anandakrishnan, Sridhar; Aster, Richard C.; Huerta, Audrey D.; Wilson, Terry J. & Winberry, J. Paul (2017). The uppermost mantle seismic velocity and viscosity structure of central West Antarctica. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.  ISSN 0012-821X.  472, s 38- 49 . doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.05.016
  • O'Donnell, J.P.; Selway, Katherine; Nyblade, A.A.; Brazier, R.A.; El Tahir, N. & Durrheim, R.J. (2016). Thick lithosphere, deep crustal earthquakes and no melt: A triple challenge to understanding extension in the western branch of the East African Rift. Geophysical Journal International.  ISSN 0956-540X.  204(2), s 985- 998 . doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv492
  • Peacock, J. R. & Selway, Katherine (2016). Magnetotelluric investigation of the Vestfold Hills and Rauer Group, East Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Biogeosciences.  ISSN 2169-8953.  121(4), s 2258- 2273 . doi: 10.1002/2015JB012677

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