Graduate Students

Ongoing Project


Highlighted Publications

McNamara, A.K., A review of Large Low Shear Velocity Provinces and Ultra Low Velocity Zones, Tectonophysics, in press.


Li, M., and A.K. McNamara, The influence of deep mantle compositional heterogeneity on Earth’s thermal evolution, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 500, 86-96, 2018.


Li, M., A.K. McNamara, E.J. Garnero, and S. Yu, Compositionally-distinct ultra-low seismic velocity zones on Earth's core-mantle boundary, Nature Communications, 8, 177, doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00219-x, 2017.


Garnero, E.J., A.K. McNamara, and S.-H. Shim, Continent-sized anomalous zones with low seismic velocity at the base of the Earth's mantle, Nature Geoscience, 9, 481-489, doi:10.1038/NGEO2733, 2016.


Williams, C.D., M. Li, A.K. McNamara, E.J. Garnero, and M.C. van Soest, Episodic entrainment of deep primordial mantle material into ocean island basalts, Nature Communications, 6:8937 doi: 10.1038/ncomms9937, 2015.


Hernlund, J.W., and A.K. McNamara, The Core-Mantle Boundary Region, in Gerald Schubert (editor-in-chief) Treatise on Geophysics, 2nd edition,  Volume 7. Oxford: Elsevier; 2015. p461-519.


Li, M., A.K. McNamara, and E.J. Garnero, Chemical complexity of hotspots caused by cycling oceanic crust through mantle reservoirs, Nature Geoscience, 7, 336-370, 2014.


McNamara, A.K., E.J. Garnero, and S. Rost, Tracking Deep Mantle Reservoirs with Ultra-Low Velocity Zones, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 299, 1-9, 2010.


Garnero, E.J., and A.K. McNamara, Structure and Dynamics of Earth's Lower Mantle, Science, 320, 626-628, 2008.


Merkel, S., A.K. McNamara, A. Kubo, S. Speziale, L. Miyagi, Y. Meng, T.S. Duffy, and H.-R. Wenk, Deformation of (Mg,Fe)SiO3 post-perovskite and modeling of D'' anisotropy, Science, 316, 1729-1732, 2007.


McNamara, A.K., and S. Zhong, Thermochemical Structures Beneath Africa and the Pacific Ocean, Nature , 437, p1136-1139, 2005.


McNamara, A.K., P.E. van Keken, and S. Karato, Development of anisotropic structure by solid-state convection in the Earth's lower mantle, Nature , v 416, 310-314, 2002.


Allen K. McNamara

Endowed Professor of Geological Sciences

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Michigan State University


Abigail Bull, PhD, 2009


Teresa Lassak, PhD, 2009


Mingming Li, PhD, 2015


Divya Allu Peddinti, PhD, 2017


Jiaxin Zhang, PhD, in progress

Former Faculty at:

School of Earth and Space Exploration

Arizona State University

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