Ikuko Wada

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Ikuko Wada

Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences


John T. Tate Hall
Room 385-20
116 Church Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


PhD, 2009, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the area of subduction geodynamics. One of my goals is to provide a better understanding of physical conditions that control geophysical and geochemical processes in subduction zones, such as megathrust earthquakes, intraslab earthquakes, mantle wedge flow, transport of volatiles, generation of melts, and arc volcanism. These processes depend on various factors, including temperature, stress, pore fluid pressure, volatile contents, and mineral grain size. I use numerical models and a range of geophysical observations, petrological and geochemical data, and laboratory results, to constrain the spatial and temporal variations in these quantities in subduction zones. For information on current research and student/postdoc opportunities, please visit my research group webpage: geodynamics.umn.edu

Currently Teaching Courses
ESCI 1012 Natural Hazards and Disasters
ESCI 3093/4093 Problems in Earth Sciences Junior/Senior
ESCI 4212 Solid Earth Geophysics II
ESCI 5980 Numerical Geodynamic Modeling
ESCI 8980 Topics Seminar Course