Niamh Dillon


I am a first year PhD student within the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics, supported by the NERC Panorama DTP. My research continues on from the themes I explored in my undergraduate degree, which I completed in 2021. I graduated from the University of Leeds with an integrated masters in Geophysical Sciences. 

My PhD focuses on core dynamics and aims to help further the understanding of the F-layer. The F-layer is a compositionally stratified layer found at the base of the Earth’s outer core. Using a numerical slurry model, I will be exploring the thermodynamic properties within the layer which allows the transportation of light elements into the outer core. The compositional convection of light elements is integral for the generation of the geodynamo. I also hope to be able to study the stably stratified layer in other terrestrial bodies and understand how or even if the model of the slurry would translate in other planetary bodies.

Research interests

  • Core dynamics
  • F-layer
  • Slurry model
  • Planetary exploration


  • MGeophys/BSc Geophysical Sciences

Research groups and institutes

  • Deep Earth
  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
  • Planetary Exploration