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Jessica C. E. Irving - About Me

Jessica C. Irving joined the Department of Geosciences on Feb. 1, 2013, as an assistant professor.

Her research interests are in seismological studies of the deep Earth, with a focus on developing a better understanding of the structure and evolution of the core. The core was differentiated from the silicate mantle early in Earth's history and is the source of both Earth's magnetic field, and some of the heat required to drive mantle convection.  The inner core has been growing for hundreds of millions of years at the center of the planet.  By studying its seismic properties, the core can provide information about the conditions at the center of the Earth presently and through Earth's history.

Irving uses body wave observations and normal mode oscillations to study the properties of the Earth's inner core, in particular the presence of velocity anisotropy.  By combining these two techniques, she seeks to better understand both the large and small scale structures in the inner core. 

Irving obtained her MSci and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where she had been a research associate since 2009, and a fellow of Murray Edwards College since 2010.