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Mathieu Dumberry



Department of Physics
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2E1
Office: CCIS 3-093

Research Program Overview

My research is focused on the physics of planetary interiors. The topics of my research include the study of convective flows in spherical shell geometries, the generation and evolution of planetary magnetic fields, the rotational dynamics of planetary bodies and fluid-solid interactions at interior boundaries. My work is mainly theoretical, including numerical simulations, with an emphasis on relating specific observations to simple models of the dynamics.

Many of my research projects have focused on the interior of Earth, more specifically the physics related to its fluid and solid cores. I have also done some work on the interior structure and rotational dynamics of Mercury and the Moon, and on convective flows on Giant Gas planets like Jupiter. Soon, I plan to apply some of these ideas to exoplanets (stay tooned!).

For prospective graduate students: I have many projects that are appropriate for either MSc or PhD theses. Please browse my Research and Publications pages to get a glimpse of the type of research that I do and might interest you. Feel free to email me to inquire about the possibility of pursuing a graduate degree under my supervision and discuss research project ideas.


  • B. Sc. in Physics, 1994, Université de Sherbrooke
  • M. Sc. in Geophysics, 1998, University of British Columbia
  • Ph. D. in Geophysics, 2004, Harvard University

  • Academic Employment

  • 2004 - 2007: NERC postdoctoral research fellow at University of Leeds
  • January 2008 - July 2014: Assistant professor at University of Alberta
  • February 2015 - July 2015: Professeur invité, Université Grenoble-Alpes
  • July 2014 - present: Associate professor at University of Alberta

  • Awards and distinctions

  • Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, 2016.
  • Best Young scientist award, Canadian Geophysical Union, 2013.
  • Zatman lecture (young scientist award), Study of the Earth's Deep Interior (SEDI), 2008.