Dr Stephen James Mason


  • 2022 – Present; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Leeds University
  • 2018 – 2022; PhD in Mathematics, Newcastle University

Research interests

I am interested in learning more about the generation of planetary magnetic fields via dynamo action, primarily through the use of numerical simulations.

In previous work I have focused on the strong-field regime of the geodynamo, in which I considered the effects of an imposed uniform axial magnetic field on thermal convection and magnetic field generation.

I am currently using simulations to explore the characteristics of variations in the strength and direction of the geomagnetic field, which can be linked with paleomagnetic observations and inform us about physical processes within the Earth's core. I am also investigating the link between geomagnetic reversals and heat flow at the core-mantle boundary as we look to find ways to constrain mantle convection models.

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Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics