Dr Stephen Stackhouse

Dr Stephen Stackhouse

Profile

Dr Stephen Stackhouse is an Associate Professor in solid Earth geophysics. His main research interests are in the area of theoretical mineral physics, performing quantum mechanical based calculations to determine the properties of lower mantle minerals at high temperatures and pressures. 

Employment history:

  • 2018-         Associate Professor in Solid Earth Geophysics, University of Leeds
  • 2010-2018 Lecturer in Solid Earth Geophysics, University of Leeds
  • 2008-2010 Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2006-2008 Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, University of Michigan
  • 2003-2006 Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, University College London

I am a member of the Deep Earth Research Group.

Research interests

My main research interests are in the area of theoretical mineral physics, performing quantum mechanical based calculations to determine the properties of lower mantle minerals at high temperatures and pressures. In particular, I am interested in phase transitions, spin transitions, elasticity and thermal conductivity.

I was principal investigator on a NERC funded project entitled Structure and Composition of Large Shear Velocity Provinces. The project, which is collaboration with Sebastian Rost, ran from 2013-2016.

I am co-investigator on a NERC funded project entited SoS Rare. The project, which is in collaboration with groups at many other universities, will run from 2015-2019.

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Qualifications

  • PhD Theoretical Chemistry, University of London
  • MChem Chemistry, University of Manchester

Professional memberships

  • Member of the American Geophysical Union
  • Member of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

My teaching relates to my research, which involves simulation and high-performance computing i.e. I mainly teach computer programming. In addition, I oversee the final year dissertation projects for the Geophysical Science students and teach geoelectrics on field trips.

I was programme leader for Geophysical Sciences from 2014-2018.

 

Research groups and institutes

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

Current postgraduate research students

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