Gillian Foulger

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Gillian Foulger
Born 1952 (age 65–66)
Alma mater University of Cambridge
University of Durham
Awards Price Medal (2005)
Scientific career
Thesis Seismological studies at the Hengill geothermal area, S.W. Iceland (1984)
Doctoral advisor Páll Einarsson
R. E. Long

Gillian Rose Foulger (born 1952) is a British geologist and academic. She is Professor of Geophysics at Durham University. She is one of the leading proponents of alternative models to the established deep mantle thermal plume hypothesis.[1][2] This work makes an important contribution to the understanding of volcanic and earthquake areas such as the Hawaii, Iceland and Yellowstone hotspots.

For her work she was awarded the 2005 Price Medal "for investigations of outstanding merit in solid-earth geophysics, oceanography, or planetary sciences" of the Royal Astronomical Society.[3] That same year she was also made a Fellow of the Icelandic National Academy of Sciences.

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Do plumes exist?". Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  2. ^ Foulger, G.R. (2010). Plates vs. Plumes: A Geological Controversy. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4051-6148-0. 
  3. ^ "Royal Astronomical Society announces 2005 medals and awards". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 

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