Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

Harriet Lau

Assistant Professor
Research Interests Earth History, Geophysics, Oceans Ice and Atmospheres, Environmental Science
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My research group explores global-scale geodynamical problems across many time scales. This includes solid Earth and ocean tides (acting on hours to years), the deformation of the Earth due to the melting of large Pleistocene ice sheets (years to tens of thousands of years), and mantle convection, the process that drives plate tectonics (millions to billions of years). The theme of all of this work is to understand how we can coherently characterize the Earth's behavior across these vastly different time scales and learn fundamental things about our planet.