Phil Heron

Phil Heron
Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Plate tectonics
  • Supercontinent formation and dispersal
  • Numerical modelling
  • Mantle lithosphere dynamics
  • Science communication 
  • Prison education 

Awards and Grants

  • 2020: N8 New Pioneer Award
  • 2020: finalist for STEM For Britain awards
  • 2019: EGU Outreach Award winner


Crameri, F., Shephard, G.E. & Heron, P.J. 2020, The misuse of colour in science communication. Nat Commun 11, 5444.

Heron, P. J., B. Murphy, D. Nance, and R. N. Pysklywec, 2020, Pannotia‚Äôs mantle signature: the quest for supercontinent identification. In: Murphy, J.B., Strachan, R.A., and Quesada, C., eds. Pannotia To Pangea: Paleozoic orogenic cycles in the circum-North Atlantic region. Geological Society of London Special Publication,

Heron, P. J., A. L. Peace, K. J. W. McCaffrey, J. K. Welford, R. Wilson, J. van Hunen, & R. N. Pysklywec, 2019. Segmentation of Rifts Through Structural Inheritance: Creation of the Davis Strait.Tectonics, 38.

Heron, P.J., Pysklywec R. N., and Stephenson, R., 2016, Lasting mantle scars lead to perennial plate tectonics, Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms11834.

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