Dr Caroline M. Eakin

Research Fellow / Lecturer
J2, 243



For more info see my personal webpage

Positions Held: 

Jun 2016 - Present: Research Fellow at RSES, ANU (Faculty Position, Equivalent to Lecturer in the UK or Assistant Prof in the US)

Jan 2015 - Jun 2016: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre Southampton (Independent departmental fellowship)


Aug 2010 - Dec 2014: PhD, Yale University, Dept. of Geology & Geophysics

2006 - 2010: MSci Geophysics, Imperial College London, Royal School of Mines

2008 - 2009: Undergraduate Year Abroad, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Seismological Laboratory


Research interests

Observational seismology, geodynamics, plate tectonics, upper mantle processes, dynamics of the Earth's interior, seismic anisotropy, flat-slab subduction, connecting mantle deformation and surface tectonics... 

** If you have similar interests or want to learn more about seismology then get in touch. I'm always welcome to working on projects with students and/or collaborators. 


EMSC1008: Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (Geophysics Module, 2nd Semester)


Current students


12. Eakin, C.M., Rychert, C.A., Harmon, N. (2018) The role of oceanic transform faults in seafloor spreading: A global perspective from seismic anisotropy. JGR-Solid Earth, doi: 10.1002/2017JB015176.

11. Eakin, C.M., Lithgow-Bertelloni, C. (2018) An overview of Dynamic Topography: The Influence of Mantle Circulation on Surface Topography and Landscape, In: Hoorn, C., Perrigo, A., and Antonelli, A. (Eds.), Mountains, Climate, and Biodiversity. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-119-15987-2.

10. Paul, J.D., Eakin, C.M., (2017) Mantle upwelling beneath Madagascar: Evidence from receiver function analysis and shear wave splitting, Journal of Seismology, doi:10.1007/s10950-016-9637-x

9.  Long, M.D., Biryol, C.B., Eakin, C.M., Beck, S.L., Wagner, L.S., Zandt, G., Minaya, E., Tavera, H. (2016) Overriding plate, mantle wedge, slab, and sub-slab contributions to seismic anisotropy beneath the northern Central Andean Plateau. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, doi: 10.1002/2016GC006316 

8. Eakin, C.M., Long, M.D., Scire, A., Beck, S.L., Wagner, L.S., Zandt, G., Tavera, H. (2016) Deformation within the subducted Nazca slab from seismic anisotropy, Nature Geoscience, 9, 56-59, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2592

7. Eakin, C.M., Long, M.D., Wagner, L.S., Beck, S.L., Tavera, H. (2015) Upper mantle anisotropy beneath Peru from SKS splitting: Constraints on flat slab dynamics and interactions with the Nazca Ridge, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 412, 152-162, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2014.12.015

6. Eakin, C.M., Lithgow-Bertelloni, C., Dávila, F.M. (2014) Influence of Peruvian Flat-Subduction Dynamics on the Evolution of Western Amazonia, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 404, 250-260, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.07.027

5. Eakin, C.M., Long, M.D., Beck, S.L., Wagner, L.S., Tavera, H., Condori, C. (2014) Response of the Mantle to Flat Slab Evolution: Insights from Local S Splitting beneath Peru, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 3438-3446, doi: 10.1002/2014GL059943

4. Eakin, C.M., Long, M.D. (2013) Complex anisotropy beneath the Peruvian flat-slab from frequency- dependent, multiple-phase shear wave splitting analysis, JGR - Solid Earth, 118, 4794-4813, doi:10.1002/ jgrb.50349

3. Goes, S., Eakin, C.M., Ritsema, J. (2013) Lithospheric cooling trends and deviations in oceanic PP-P and SS-S differential traveltimes, JGR- Solid Earth, 118, 996–1007, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50092

2. Towner, M.C., Eakin, C., Conway, S.J., Harrison, S. (2011) Geologically recent water flow inferred in channel systems in the NE Sulci Gordii region, Mars. In: Martian Geomorphology, Special Publication, Geological Society, London, v. 356, pp. 229-256.

1. Eakin, C.M., Obrebski, M., Allen, R. M., Boyarko, D.C., Brudzinski, M.R, Porritt, R. (2010) Seismic Anisotropy beneath Cascadia and the Mendocino Triple Junction: Interaction of the Subducting Slab with Mantle Flow, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 297, 627-632.

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