My research interests encompass a broad spread of geophysics and geochemistry. I use techniques from continuum mechanics, numerical analysis and statistics to tackle a wide variety of problems in the Earth Sciences. Current topics of interest include:

  • The evolution and differentiation of the Earth from its formation to the present day
  • The dynamics of melt transport in Earth’s mantle
  • The surface expressions of mantle convection (dynamic topography)
  • The origin and evolution of mantle heterogeneity
  • The growth and dynamics of Earth’s inner core


  1. Rees Jones D.W., Katz R.F., Tian M., Rudge J.F. Thermal impact of magmatism in subduction zones (2017) in review [arXiv]
  2. Shorttle O., Rudge J.F., Maclennan J., Rubin K.H. A statistical description of concurrent mixing and crystallization during MORB differentiation: Implications for trace element enrichment (2016) J. Petrology 1-33 doi:10.1093/petrology/egw056 [PDF] [Oxford]
  3. Alisic L., Rhebergen S., Rudge J.F., Katz R.F., Wells G.N. Torsion of a cylinder of partially molten rock with a spherical inclusion: theory and simulation (2016) Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 16 doi:10.1002/2015GC006061 [PDF] [preprint] [Wiley]
  4. Bercovici D., Rudge J.F. A mechanism for mode selection in melt band instabilities (2016) Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 433:139-145 [PDF] [preprint] [Elsevier]
  5. Rudge J.F., Roberts G.G., White N., Richardson C.N. Uplift histories of Africa and Australia from linear inverse modeling of drainage inventories (2015) J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf. 120:1-21 [PDF] [preprint] [Wiley] [software download]
  6. Lythgoe K.H., Rudge J.F., Neufeld J.A., Deuss A. The feasibility of thermal and compositional convection in Earth’s inner core (2015) Geophys. J. Int. 201:764-782 [PDF] [preprint] [Oxford]
  7. Rudge J.F., Bercovici D. Melt-band instabilities with two-phase damage (2015) Geophys. J. Int. 201:640-651 [PDF] [preprint] [Oxford]
  8. Alisic L., Rudge J.F., Katz R.F., Wells G.N., Rhebergen S. Compaction around a rigid, circular inclusion in partially molten rock (2014) J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth 119:5903-5920 [PDF] [preprint] [Wiley] [software download]
  9. Roth A.S.G., Bourdon B., Mojzsis S.J., Rudge J.F., Guitreau M., Blichert-Toft J. Combined 147,146Sm-143,142Nd constraints on the longevity and residence time of early terrestrial crust (2014) Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 15:2329-2345 [PDF] [preprint] [Wiley]
  10. Rudge J.F. Analytical solutions of compacting flow past a sphere (2014) J. Fluid Mech. 746:466-497 [PDF] [preprint] [CUP]
  11. Lythgoe K.H., Deuss A., Rudge J.F., Neufeld J.A. Earth’s inner core: innermost inner core or hemispherical variations? (2014) Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 385:181-189 [PDF] [preprint] [Elsevier]
  12. Rudge J.F., Maclennan J., Stracke A. The geochemical consequences of mixing melts from a heterogeneous mantle (2013) Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 114:112-143 [PDF] [preprint] [Elsevier]
  13. Katz R.F., Rudge J.F. The energetics of melting fertile heterogeneities within the depleted mantle (2011) Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 12:Q0AC16 [PDF] [preprint] [Wiley]
  14. Kelemen P.B., Matter J., Streit L., Rudge J.F., Curry B., Blusztajn J. Rates and mechanisms of mineral carbonation in peridotite: Natural processes and recipes for enhanced, in situ CO2 capture and storage (2011) Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci. 39:545-576 [PDF] [Annual Reviews]
  15. Kleine T., Rudge J.F. Chronometry of meteorites and the formation of the Earth and Moon (2011) Elements 7:41-46 [PDF] [Elements]
  16. Rudge J.F., Bercovici D., Spiegelman M. Disequilibrium melting of a two phase multicomponent mantle (2011) Geophys. J. Int. 184:699-718 [PDF] [preprint] [Oxford]
  17. Rudge J.F., Kleine T., Bourdon B. Broad bounds on Earth’s accretion and core formation constrained by geochemical models (2010) Nature Geosci. 3:439-443 [PDF] [supplementary] [preprint] [Nature]
  18. Rudge J.F., Kelemen P. B., Spiegelman M. A simple model of reaction induced cracking applied to serpentinization and carbonation of peridotite (2010) Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 291:215-227 [PDF] [preprint] [Elsevier]
  19. Rudge J.F., Reynolds B.C., Bourdon B. The double spike toolbox (2009) Chem. Geol. 265:420-431 [PDF] [preprint] [Elsevier] [software download]
  20. Rudge J.F. Finding peaks in geochemical distributions: a re-examination of the helium-continental crust correlation (2008) Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 274:179-188 [PDF] [preprint] [Elsevier]
  21. Rudge J.F., Holness M. B., Smith G. C. Quantitative textural analysis of packings of elongate crystals (2008) Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. 156:413-429 [PDF] [preprint] [Springer]
  22. Rudge J.F., Shaw Champion M. E., White N., McKenzie D., Lovell B. A plume model of transient diachronous uplift at the Earth’s surface (2008) Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 267:146-160 [PDF] [preprint] [Elsevier]
  23. Rudge J.F. Mantle pseudo-isochrons revisited (2006) Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 249(3-4):494-513 [PDF] [preprint] [Elsevier]
  24. Rudge J.F. Scattering past a cylinder with weak circulation (2005) Proceedings of the WHOI Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program (Pages 157-179) [PDF]
  25. Rudge J.F., McKenzie D., Haynes P.H. A theoretical approach to understanding the isotopic heterogeneity of mid-ocean ridge basalt (2005) Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 69(15):3873-3887 [PDF] [preprint] [Elsevier]

Other documents

  1. Geochemical Implications of Stirring and Mixing in the Earth’s Mantle (2006) PhD thesis [PDF] (I was supervised by Dan McKenzie at the Bullard Laboratories, Earth Sciences, and Peter Haynes at DAMTP)
  2. Completion of Oil Wells (Part III computational project) (2003) [PDF]
  3. Friction Stir Welding (DAMTP technical report with John Hinch) (2002) [PDF]

Melt in the Mantle

I was the principal organiser of the 2016 “Melt in the Mantle” programme at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. The seminars from this programme are available here.


Some of my research has been covered by the popular press. What follows are links to some of the articles I am aware of. The press articles do not always accurately represent the scientific ideas - please read the original articles for the most accurate expositions!

President’s Award