Julian Lowman

Julian Lowman
Environmental Science

Research Interests: 

Mantle convection and planetary interior dynamics.


  • PHYC50 (Electromagnetic Theory)
  • PHYD26 (Planetary Geophysics)


  • Visiting Professor at the University of Nantes, France (2009)
  • Vice-President of the Canadian Geophysical Union, Solid Earth Section (2013-15)

Selected Publications: 

  • Trim, S.J., and J.P. Lowman, Interaction between the supercontinent cycle and the evolution of intrinsically dense provinces in the deep mantle, J. Geophys. Res.(Solid Earth), Vol. 121, doi:10.1002/2016JB013285, 2016.
  • Heron, P.J., Lowman, J.P., and C. Stein, Influences on the positioning of mantle plumes following supercontinent formation, J. Geophys. Res.(Solid Earth), Vol. 120, 3628-3648, doi:10.1002/2014JB011727, 2015.
  • Trim, S.J., Heron, P.J., Stein, C., and J.P. Lowman, The feedback between surface mobility and mantle compositional heterogeneity: implications for the Earth and other terrestrial planets, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., Vol. 405, 1-14, 2014.
  • Yao, C., Deschamps, F., Lowman, J.P., Sanchez, C.V., and P.J. Tackley, Stagnant-lid convection in bottom heated thin 3D-spherical shells: influence of curvature and implications for dwarf planets and icy moons, J. Geophys. Res.(Planets), doi:10.1002/2014JE004653, 2014.
  • O'Farrell, K.A., Lowman, J.P., and H-.P. Bunge, Comparison of spherical shell and plane-layer mantle convection thermal structure in viscously stratified models with mixed-mode heating: implications for the incorporation of temperature-dependent parameters, Geophys. J. Int., Vol.192, 456-472, doi:10.1093/gji/ggs053, 2013.
  • Heron, P.J., and J.P. Lowman, The effects of supercontinent size and thermal insulation on the formation of mantle plumes, Tectonophysics, Vol. 510, 28-38, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2011.07.002, 2011.
  • Lowman, J.P., Mantle convection models featuring plate tectonic behaviour: an overview of methods and progress, Tectonophysics, Vol. 510, 1-16, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2011.04.015, 2011.
  • Stein, C., and J.P. Lowman, Response of mantle heat flux to plate evolution, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 37, L24201, doi:10.1029/2010GL045283, 2010.
  • Heron, P.J., and J.P. Lowman, Thermal response of the mantle following the formation of a `super-plate', Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 37, L22302, doi:10.1029/2010GL045136, 2010.
  • O'Farrell, K.A., and J.P. Lowman, Emulating the thermal structure of spherical shell convection in plane-layer geometry mantle convection models, Phys. Earth Planet. Int., Vol. 182, 73-84, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2010.06.010, 2010.

For more publications see: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~lowman/