dr. Anna Gülcher

Researcher at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics group, ETH Zürich

I study geodynamic processes of planetary interiors across the scales, using computational techniques (geodynamical models). My scientific interest lies in putting observations from geophysics, space, geology, and geo/cosmo-chemistry in a physics-based framework. My research focuses on – but is not restricted to – the interior mantle evolution of rocky planets and how they shape planetary surface conditions and contribute to their (in)habitability. I particularly focus on the geodynamical and tectonic evolution of Earth and Venus

I am further passionate about project management, (science) communication, and diversity, with a performance history record of organisation, leadership, and communication skills. This is reflected in many volunteering roles, such as in the Geodynamics Division (GD) of the European Geosciences Union. I aim to contribute to a more open, diverse, and inclusive community for scientists. 

Find out more

research_Venus_earth_globe

Find more details on the research projects I am and have been involved in

Untitled-1

Publications, keynote/seminar talks, conference contributions, software, and more

Untitled-8

Outreach articles, science communication and media, and organisational responsibilities

Untitled-7

Women in science/STEM, relevant scientific communities, and scientific software

Experience

2022 – present

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics group, Institute of Geophysics, Dept. of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2018 – 2022

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics group, Institute of Geophysics, Dept. of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

PhD dissertiation: Shaping Earth’s interior evolution through chemical and rheological heterogeneity in the lower mantle 

2016 – 2018

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics group, Institute of Geophysics, Dept. of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

MSc thesis: Plume penetration into Venusian lithosphere and the origin of coronae: inferences from 3D thermo-mechanical modelling

2013 – 2016

Dept. of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

BSc thesis: Obtaining a high resolution geomagnetic field intensity curve for the Azores region, the IZZI-Thellier approach

Achievements

SNF Postdoctoral Fellowship

Grant awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation for 2-year postdoctoral research at CalTech/NASA JPL 

RESEARCH GRANT

EGU Outstanding Presentation Award

Outstanding Student Poster Presentation award at the EGU General Assembly 2019, Geodynamics division 

AWARD

ETH Zurich MSc. thesis medaille

Award for the best Master’s thesis in the Department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zürich in 2018

AWARD

PhD defence celebration

ETH Zurich Excellence Master Scholarship

Excellence Master Scholarship for my full MSc degree in Geophysics in the Dept. of Earth Sciences, ETH Zürich

SCHOLARSHIP

Molengraaff Fonds

TU Delft research fund for carrying out paleomagnetic fieldwork for my BSc thesis research in the Azores

RESEARCH GRANT

MSc graduation