Short CV/Education and training

  • 1999 – 2002
    Head of Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Edinburgh

  • Since 1994
    Professor of Geophysics, University of Edinburgh

  • 1983 – 1994
    Lecturer in Earth Sciences, University of Leeds

  • 1981 – 1983
    Post-Doctoral Research Assistant/Fellow, University of Cambridge

  • 1977 – 1981
    PhD in Geophysics, University of Cambridge

  • 1974 – 1977
    BSc (awarded with 1st class honours) in Mathematical-Physics, University of Sussex

Selected publications

  • Whaler, K A, 1980. Does the whole of the Earth's core convect? Nature, 287, 528-530

  • Whaler, K A, 1986. Geomagnetic evidence for fluid upwelling at the core-mantle boundary, Geophys. J. R. astr. Soc., 86, 563-588

  • Stewart, D N & Whaler, K A, 1992. Geomagnetic disturbance fields: an analysis of observatory monthly means, Geophys. J. Int., 108, 215-223

  • Holme, R & Whaler, K A, 2001. Steady core flow in an azimuthally drifting reference frame, Geophys. J. Int., 145, 560-569

  • Ravat, D N, Whaler, K A, Pilkington, M, Sabaka, T & Purucker, M, 2002. Compatibility of high-altitude aeromagnetic and satellite-altitude magnetic anomalies over Canada, Geophysics, 67, 546-554

  • Whaler, K A and Purucker, M E, 2005. A continuously varying crustal magnetization model for Mars, J. Geophys. Res., 110, E09001, doi:10.1029/2004JE002393

  • Whaler, K A and Hautot, S, 2006. The electrical resistivity structure of the crust beneath the northern main Ethiopian rift, in ‘Structure and Evolution of the East African Rift System in the Afar volcanic province’, ed. Yirgu, G, Ebinger, C J and Maguire, P K M, Geol. Soc. Lond. Sp. Publ., 259, 293-305

  • Keir, D, et al., 2009. Lower crustal earthquakes near the Ethiopian rift induced by magmatic processes, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 10, Q0AB02, doi:10.1029/2009GC002382

  • Thébault, E, Purucker, M, Whaler, K A, Langlais, B and Sabaka, T J, 2010. The magnetic field of the Earth’s lithosphere, in Terrestrial Magnetism, ed Balogh, A, Volume XXX of Space Science Reviews, Springer, The Netherlands, doi: 10.1007/s11214-010-9667-6

  • Desissa, M, et al., 2013. A mantle magma reservoir beneath an incipient mid-ocean ridge in Afar, Ethiopia, Nature Geoscience, 6, 861-865, doi: 10.1038/ngeo1925


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • Royal Astronomical Society

  • Past President, International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy

  • Vice-President, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics

  • Judge, Glaxo Wellcome-Association of British Science Writers’ awards, 1999

  • Judge, Nature/NESTA awards for creative mentoring in science, 2005 – 2006

  • Member, Royal Society’s Research Appointment Panel A(i), 2008 – 2010 and 2016 – 2018

  • Member, NERC Science Innovation and Strategy Board, 2006 – 2009

  • Member, ESA Swarm Mission Advisory Group, 2007 – 2013 and then Quality Working Group since 2014

  • NERC Training Advisory Board, 2012 – 2018

  • Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Lehmann Medal Committee, 2013 – 2004

  • Member, Review Panel for evaluating Helmholtz Association Research Programme ‘Geosystem: The Changing Earth’, 2013 and 2018

  • Member, Science Advisory Board, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014 – 2015

  • International Board evaluating DTU Space, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2016

  • Chair, International Board evaluating Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, 2017

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