Dr Iris van Zelst

Dr Iris van Zelst


I joined the University of Leeds in 2020 as a postdoctoral research associate in geodynamics and seismology under the supervision of Tim Craig. I use various numerical and observational methods to study subduction zones and the earthquakes that occur there. Currently, I am using geodynamic models to study the thermal structure of subduction zones. During my recently finished PhD, I developed a linked modelling framework consisting of geodynamic, dynamic rupture, and tsunami models. I applied this framework to tsunamigenic earthquakes in subduction zones. I did my PhD under the supervision of Andreas Fichtner and Ylona van Dinther in the Seismology and Wave Physics group at ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

In addition to research, I also do a lot of outreach. I am the Editor-in-Chief of the EGU Geodynamics blog and organise annual short courses on geodynamic modelling at the EGU General Assembly. 

For more information, please visit my personal website.  

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  • PhD, Geodynamics and Seismology, ETH Z├╝rich, 2020
  • MSc (cum laude), Earth Structure and Dynamics, Utrecht University, 2015
  • BSc (cum laude), Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, 2014

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
  • Geodynamics and Tectonics