Dr Paula Koelemeijer

Personal profile

As a seismologist I am interested in using seismic waves to understand the world around us, ranging from planetary-scale processes to social seismology. I find it fascinating that the tiny signals recorded at the Earth’s surface allow us to answer fundamental questions about its deep interior, and yet also provide detailed information about human and animal behaviour. To be able to work on such a wide range of applications, I collaborate intensively with geodynamicists and mineral physicists, as well as zoologists and computer scientists. I do not limit myself to particular techniques or methodologies, but aim to use the best tools and data to answer particular research questions.

Note that from May 2022 I will be based at the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, while I will continue to be affiliated to Royal Holloway as Honorary Research Associate. 

Research interests

Seismology:

  • Seismological observations
  • Seismic tomography
  • Normal modes
  • Interferometry
  • Seismic noise
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Inverse methods

Deep Earth structure and dynamics

  • Seismic observations
  • Imaging thermal and compositional anomalies
  • Linking seismology with mineral physics and geodynamics

Social seismology

  • Seismic anthropology
  • Impact of COVID-19 on seismic noise
  • Seismic signals of elephant behaviours

Please see my publications or personal website https://www.earth.ox.ac.uk/~univ4152/ for more information on these research topics.

Educational background

2019 - 2020: Researchers' Academy (National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement)

2017 - 2018: Enhancing teaching programme (University of Oxford) - resulting in a SEDA accreditation at PDF Descriptor 2

2010 - 2014: PhD in Seismology (University of Cambridge)

2008 - 2010: MSc in Geophysics (Utrecht University)

2005 - 2008: BSc in Earth Sciences (Utrecht University)

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