Christine Thomas and Carsten Dominik join UnivEarthS Scientific Committee

The LabEx UnivEarthS has the honour to welcome Christine Thomas, seismologist at the University of Münster, and Carsten Dominik, astrophysicist at the University of Amsterdam, as the new members of our scientific committee. They are replacing Ursula Bassler and Anny Cazenave.

Christine Thomas is a global seismologist at the University of Münster, Germany. She became head of the seismology group at the University of Münster in 2009, after a lectureship at Liverpool University and a postdoc at Leeds University, UK.

Her speciality is investigation of structures in the deep Earth using global seismic data, array seismology and seismic modelling of seismic waves, including amplitude and polarity variations. Her particular interests are the lowermost  mantle (D” region) and mantle transition zone, as well as the connection of seismic discontinuities and seismic anisotropy with mineralogy and geodynamics of the Earth’s mantle. Other directions include wind turbine noise, scattering in the Earth, seismology in mines and involvement in a number of seismic array deployments.

Carsten Dominik is full professor at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD in 1992 at the Technical University Berlin on the subject of dust-driven winds from Red Giants. After postdoc positions at NASA Ames and at Leiden University, he joined the Anton Pannekoek Institute in 1999. Between 2006 and 2014, he held a special professorship at Radboud University in Nijmegen. He is currently PI of a NWO TOP-1 proposal on planet formation in protoplanetary disks. Carsten is responsible for the Astronomy and Astrophysics teaching programme at the UvA.

Carsten Dominik studies protoplanetary disks, exoplanets and solar system objects. His goal is to understand the physics of planet formation processes that are happening in protoplanetary disks, and to link these processes to the planetary system architectures that are currently discovered. He focusses on dust particles in disks that can be observed by high-contrast, high-spatial resolution imaging from visual to submillimeter wavelengths, and studies how these dust grains grow into comets and planets.