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Durham University

Grace Nield has been a Research Associate in the Geography Department at Durham University since 2017, having completed her PhD at Newcastle University in 2014. Her research focuses on modelling Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA) in Antarctica in response to decadal and centennial ice mass changes with the goal of understanding more about the underlying Earth structure and rheology. Much of this research is centered on the Antarctic Peninsula where low viscosity upper mantle leads to very rapid deformation following changes in surface loading. A key part of this work is untangling deformation signals from geodetic measurements, such as GPS, to be able to use them to constrain models. She is currently building a 3D Finite Element Model of the Antarctic Peninsula which will allow lateral variations in Earth structure to be modelled. In addition to her work on GIA, She has also explored solid Earth deformation in the Antarctic Peninsula in response to large earthquakes.

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