In today’s issue of Science, Robert Farla (recent RSES alumni), publishes work from his PhD that demonstrates how defects, or ‘dislocations’, in mantle rocks can slow the transmission of seismic waves. Robert’s supervisor and co-author, Professor Ian Jackson states that “this new information will help us better interpret seismological models of the Earth’s internal structure”. The abstract, Dislocation Damping and Anisotropic Wave Attenuation in the Earth’s Upper Mantle, can be viewed on the Science website or see the ANU media release.

Dr Farla, has gone on to do his post doctoral research at Yale University. This is an impressive start to what looks like a stellar career in the earth sciences.