Biographical sketch–Gillian R. Foulger



1974 B.A. Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
1976 M.Sc. Geophysics, University of Durham
1978 M.A. University of Cambridge
1985 Ph.D. Geophysics, University of Durham

Professional experience
present Proprietor, Foulger Consulting, Director, Foulger Consulting Ltd., Professor Emerita, Durham University
2004 – 2017 Professor, University of Durham
2000 – 2001 Faculty appointee GS15, U.S. Geological Survey
1997 – 2004 Reader, University of Durham
1992 – 1993 Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey
1985 – 1997 Lecturer, University of Durham
Post-doctoral research assistant, University of Durham
1977 – 1984 Research Scientist, Geophysics Division, University of Iceland

Society memberships

Fellow, Icelandic National Academy of Sciences
Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society
American Geophysical Union
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
International Association of Geodesy

Honours and awards

Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2015
Price Medal, Royal Astronomical Society, 2005
Fellowship, Icelandic National Academy of Sciences, 2005
Professorial Fellow, St. Chad’s College, Durham, 2004
Sir James Knott Research Fellow, 2001
Nuffield Foundation Fellow, 1993

Publications and public speaking

Authored > 100 published papers and > 170 abstracts in conference proceedings. Since 2002, delivered over 60 invited lectures in the U.K., U.S.A., Finland, Mexico, Italy, Luxemborg, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Portugal, Canada, Russia, Japan and Brazil.

Selected professional service

  • Convener and chair, North East Atlantic Workshop series, Durham, U.K., 2016-2018.
  • Steering Committee for the Large Igneous Provinces Commission of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) 2004 - 2009.
  • Convener and chair, special session “Plumes or not?”, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2004.
  • Scientific committee member, SAL2005 Workshop on Ocean Island Volcanism, Cape Verde Republic, 1-9 April 2005.
  • Committee member, NERC Geophysical Equipment Pool
  • Member, NASA Earth Observation System (EOS) Evaluation Panel
  • Durham University representative, Universities Navstar Consortium (UNAVCO)
  • Durham University interview panels in Earth Science, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering and Archaeology


  • Consultant, Supervolcano, BBC TV
  • Speaker, Science Today, BBC radio
  • Appearance, How do they do that?, BBC1 TV
  • Appearance, The Earth’s Core, National Geographic film
  • Consultant for numerous newspaper articles

last update 10th September, 2018