Research output

Peer-reviewed publications

In preparation:

Gülcher, A. J. P.,  Ballmer, M. D., and P. J. Tackley. Bridgmanite-enriched domains stable in Earth’s lower mantle: insights from global 3D mantle convection models

Desiderio, M., Gülcher, A. J. P., and Ballmer, M. D., The control of basalt properties on the preservation of recycled and primordial heterogeneity in Earth’s lower mantle

Under review:

Gülcher, A. J. P., Golabek, G., Thielmann, M., Ballmer, M.D., and Tackley, P.J. (Under review for Geosystems, Geochemistry, Geophysics), Narrow, fast, and “cold” mantle plumes cause by strain-weakening rheology in the lower mantle, preprint on ESSOAr

Published:

Gülcher, A. J. P., Ballmer, M.D., and Tackley, P.J. (2021). Coupled dynamics and evolution of primordial and recycled heterogeneity in Earth’s lower mantle. Solid Earth, vol. 12, pp. 2097-2107, DOI: 10.5194/se- 12-2087-2021

Gülcher, A. J. P., Gerya, T.V., Montési, L.G.J. and Munch, J. (2020) Corona structures driven by plume- lithosphere interactions and evidence for ongoing plume activity on Venus. Nature Geoscience, vol. 13, pp. 547-554, DOI: 10.1038/s41561-020-0606-1

Gülcher, A. J. P., Gebhardt, D., Ballmer, M.D. and Tackley, P.J. (2020). Variable dynamic styles of primordial heterogeneity preservation in Earth’s lower mantle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 536, 116160, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2020.116160

Gülcher, A. J. P., Beaussier, S. J. and Gerya, T.V., (2019). On the formation of oceanic detachment faults and their influence on intra-oceanic subduction initiation: 3D thermomechanical modeling. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 506, pp. 195-208, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.10.042

Book chapters / review papers

Under review:

Rolf, T., Weller, M., Gülcher, A. J. P., et al. (soon submitted to Space Science Reviews), Venus mantle dynamics and evolution through time, ISSI Vol. 83: Venus: Evolution through Time. Spohn, T., et al. (Eds.), ISSI Workshop

In preparation:

Smrekar, S., Ghail, R., Gülcher, A. J. P., Shellnutt, G., et al. (in preparation), Volcano-tectonic processes on Venus, ISSI Vol. 83: Venus: Evolution through Time. Spohn, T., et al. (Eds.), ISSI Workshop

Jacobson S., Breuer, D., Gillman, C., et al. (A. J. P. Gülcher), (in preparation) Accretion, differentiation, and early state of Venus, Vol. 83: Venus: Evolution through Time. Spohn, T., et al. (Eds.), ISSI Workshop

O’Rourke, J., Wilson, C., Ghail, R., et al. (A. J. P. Gülcher), (in preparation)  Venus, the Planet: Introduction to Earth’s Sister Planet, Vol. 83: Venus: Evolution through Time. Spohn, T., et al. (Eds.), ISSI Workshop

Contributions to conferences and seminars

Invited seminar / keynote talks:

  • 05.2022, European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2022, session ‘Towards the Decade of Venus’ (solicited speaker)
  • 04.2022, VEXAG “Second Planet Second Tuesdays” Colloquium, theme ’Contemporary and Historic Volcanism and Tectonic Activity on Venus’ (Invited speaker)

  • 08.2021, German/Swiss Geodynamics Workshop 2021, Bad Belzig, Germany (keynote speaker)

  • 03.2021, NAS Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032, open session ‘Venus Geodynamics’ (virtual) (keynote speaker and panelist)
  • 03.2021, Imperial College Earth and Planets Seminar (virtual) (seminar speaker)
  • 02.2021, Zehijang University Earth and Data seminar (virtual) (seminar speaker)
  • 02.2021, Oxford University Geophysics seminar (virtual) (seminar speaker)
  • 11.2020, ETH Zürich Planetary Geophysics seminar (virtual) (seminar speaker)
  • 10.2020, University of Maryland, Department of Geology seminar series (virtual) (seminar speaker)
  • 08.2020, NASA GISS mini-conference ‘Venus Science Today’ (virtual) (Invited speaker and panelist)
  • 07.2020, IGCP648 seminar series ‘Supercontinent Cycles and Global Geodynamics’ (virtual) (seminar speaker)

Conference Talks:

  • 12.2021, AGU 2021 Fall Meeting (virtual), DI34A, ‘Shaping Earth’s mantle convection via strain-weakening rheology in the lower mantle’ 
  • 07.2021, Goldschmidt 2021 conference (virtual), 2cO3, ‘Breakdown of primordial layering in the early Earth: implications for tectonics and ancient geochemical signals
  • 04.2021, EGU 2021 General Assembly (virtual), GD1.1, ‘Coupled dynamics of primordial and recycled heterogeneity in Earth’s lower mantle, and their present-day seismic signatures
  • 12.2020, AGU 2020 Fall Meeting (virtual), DI017, ‘The coexistence of recycled and primordial heterogeneity in Earth’s lower mantle: a geodynamical perspective
  • 09.2020, Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020 (virtual), TP11, ‘Widespread ongoing plume activity on Venus revealed by variations in the morphology of large coronae
  • 04.2020, EGU 2020 General Assembly (virtual), GD2.1, ‘The formation, preservation and seismic signatures of chemical heterogeneities in the lower mantle

Conference posters:

  • 12.2021, AGU 2021 Fall Meeting (virtual), P45E, ‘The enigma of Venusian coronae’
  • 12.2020, AGU Union 2020 Fall Meeting (virtual), DI009, ‘Strain-weakening rheology in Earth’s lower mantle and its control on mantle convection and tectonics
  • 07.2020, Goldschmidt 2020 conference (virtual), 02c, ‘The formation and preservation of chemical heterogeneities in the lower mantle
  • 04.2020, EGU 2020 General Assembly (virtual), EOS4.4, ‘#SciComm via the European Geoscience Union Divisions’ blogs: experiences from the editorial teams
  • 12.2019, AGU 2019 Fall Meeting, San Fransisco, USA, DI41D, ‘Constraints on Primordial Heterogeneity Preservation in the Lower Mantle and Implications for Global-Scale Mantle Dynamics
  • 09.2019, Ada Lovelace Workshop on Lithosphere and Mantle dynamics 2019, Siena, Italy, ‘Strain-dependent weakening in Earth’ slower mantle and its control on convection dynamics’, and ‘The rheological control on primordial heterogeneity preservation in Earth’s lower mantle
  • 05.2019, EGU 2019 General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, GD3.6, ‘Investigating the effect of rheological and tectonic parameters on the preservation of primordial reservoirs in Earth’s lower mantle: a numerical study’ (Outstanding Student Poster Presentation award)
  • 12.2018, AGU Fall Meeting, Washington DC, USA, DI33C, ‘Plume Penetration into Venusian Lithosphere and the Origin of Coronae
  • 08.2017, XV International Workshop on Mantle and Lithosphere Dynamics 2018, Putten, the Netherlands, ‘On the formation of oceanic detachment faults and their influence on intra-oceanic subduction initiation: 3D thermomechanical modeling

Media coverage (selected)

Other contributions to science

Database and supplementary materials:

Gülcher, A. J. P., Montési, L. G. V., Gerya, T. V., and Munch, J. Venus Database for coronae activity classification. Zenodo, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3241326 (2020)

Gülcher, A. J. P., Coupled dynamics and evolution of primordial and recycled heterogeneity in Earth’s lower mantle – Supplementary Videos. Zenodo, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4298777 (2021)

Contributions to scientific software:

STAGLAB 5.0 and 6.0, open-source Geodynamic diagnostics and scientific visualisation software (Crameri, F., 2018, DOI: 10.5194/gmd-11-2541-2018): developed new features for reading scientific data, retrieving key mantle convection information, and visualisation thereof

StagPy v0.15, open-source Python module StagPy (Morison et al., 2021, GitHub release, documentation): contribution to minor additional features