Adina Pusok

Adina Pusok

Royal Society University Research Fellow

Work and Education:

2024-present   Royal Society University Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

2019-2023   Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

2016-2019   John W. Miles Postdoctoral Fellow at IGPP, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, USA

2012-2016   DPhil. Natural Sciences – Geophysics, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, 

2008-2012   MEarthSci. Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

Research Interests:

I am primarily interested in understanding how magmatism interacts with mantle and lithosphere deformation at tectonic plate boundaries. For this, I develop theoretical and computational models of the dynamics of partially molten rocks with complex rheology.

For my RS URF project, entitled Making the Ocean Floor (OceanMelt), I will explore key processes in which magma creates and shapes the ocean floor, such as small-scale convection, diking and sill emplacement, faulting, and the thermochemical evolution of magma from the mantle to the surface.

Previously also in Oxford, I was part of the RIFT-O-MAT project (ERC funded project, PI Richard Katz) that aimed to understand how magmatism promotes and shapes rifts in continental and oceanic lithosphere. The goal was to create models of two-phase dynamics of partially molten rocks with complex visco-elasto-plastic rheology that can explain magmatism, faulting and diking at mid-ocean ridges. Stay tuned on the group research: FoaLab

  • Li, Y., Pusok, A.E., Davis, T., May, D., and Katz, R. (2023), Continuum approximation of dyking with a theory for poro-viscoelastic–viscoplastic deformation, GJI, in press, doi:10.1093/gji/ggad173. [link] [code repository]
  • Pusok, A.E., Katz, R.F., May, D.A., Li, Y. (2022), Chemical heterogeneity, convection and asymmetry beneath mid-ocean ridges, Geophys. J. Int., in press, doi:10.1093/gji/ggac309. [link] [code repository]
  • Pusok, A.E., Stegman, D.R., Kerr, M. (2022), The effect of sediments on the dynamics and accretionary style of subduction margins, Solid Earth, in press, doi:10.5194/se-2021-137. [link] [data repository]
  • van Zelst, I., Crameri, F., Pusok, A.E., Glerum, A., Dannberg, J., Thieulot, C. (2022), 101 geodynamic modelling: how to design, interpret, and communicate numerical studies of the solid Earth, Solid Earth, 13, 583-637, doi:10.5194/se-13-583-2022. [link]
  • Pusok, A.E., Stegman, D.R. (2020), The convergence history of India-Eurasia records multiple subduction dynamics processes, Science Advances, 6(19), eaaz8681, doi:10.1126/sciadv.aaz8681. [link] [data repository]
  • Pusok, A.E., Stegman, D.R. (2019), Formation and stability of same‐dip double subduction systems, J. Geophys. Res – Solid Earth, doi: 10.1029/2018JB017027. [link]
  • Pusok, A.E., Kaus, B., Popov, A. (2018), The effect of rheological approximations in 3-D numerical simulations of subduction and collision, Tectonophys., 746, 296-311, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2018.04.017. [link]
  • Pusok, A.E., Kaus, B.J.P., Popov, A.A. (2017) On the quality of velocity interpolation schemes for marker-in-cell method and 3-D staggered grids, Pure Appl. Geophys., 174: 3, 1071-1089, doi:10.1007/s00024-016-1431-8. [link]
  • Kaus, B.J.P., Popov, A.A., Baumann, T.S., Pusok, A.E., Bauville, A., Fernandez, N., Collignon, M. (2016) Forward and inverse modeling of lithospheric deformation on geological timescales, NIC Symposium 2016 – Proceedings, Vol. 48, edited by K. Binder, M. Müller, A. Schnurpfeil, p. 299-307. [link]
  • Pusok, A.E., Kaus, B.J.P. (2015) Development of topography in 3-D continental collision models, Geochem., Geophys., Geosyst., 16, doi:10.1002/2015GC005732. [link]