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Professor Alan Jones

Professor Alan Jones – Senior Professor Emeritus


  Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
  Geophysics Section
  5 Merrion Square
  Dublin 2

  Tel: +353-1-653-5147 x200
  Fax: +353-1-443-0575
  Email: alan-at-cp.dias.ie
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Research interests

  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Magnetotellurics (MT)
  • Magnetotelluric tensor decomposition
  • Time series analysis
  • Continental dynamics
  • Continental tectonics
  • Continental mantle lithosphere
  • Mantle anisotropy


1969 -1972:
B.Sc. (Physics) Department of Physics, University of Nottingham
1972 – 1973:
M.Sc. (Applied Geophysics) Department of Geology, University of Birmingham
1973 – 1977:
Ph.D. (Geophysics) Department of Geophysics, University of Edinburgh

Recent publications

  • Lithospheric geometry of the Wopmay Orogen from a Slave Craton to Bear Province magnetotelluric transect.
    J. E. Spratt, A. G. Jones, V. Jackson, L. Collins, and A. Avdeeva, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, B01101, doi: 10.1029/2007JB005326.
  • Velocity-conductivity relationships for mantle mineral assemblages in Archean cratonic lithosphere based on a review of laboratory data and Hashin-Shtrikman extremal bounds.
    A. G. Jones, R. L. Evans, and D. W. Eaton, Lithos, 109, 131-143, doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2008.10.014. In Special Issue of Lithos devoted to The Structure of the Lithosphere: the petro-geophysical approach workshop that was held in Merrickville, Ontario, Canada, 7–10 March 2007.
  • Robust processing of magnetotelluric data in the AMT dead-band using the Continuous Wavelet Transform
    X. Garcia and A.G. Jones, Geophysics, 73, F223-F234.
  • The elusive lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) beneath cratons.
    David W. Eaton, Fiona Darbyshire, Rob L. Evans, Herman Grütter, Alan G. Jones, and Xiaohui Yuan, Lithos, 109, 1-22, doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2008.05.009. In Special Issue of Lithos devoted to The Structure of the Lithosphere: the petro-geophysical approach workshop that was held in Merrickville, Ontario, Canada, 7–10 March 2007.
  • Features of faults in the central and northern Tibetan plateau based on results of INDEPTH (III)-MT.
    Wei, W., S. Jin, G. Ye, M. Deng, H. Tan, M. Unsworth, J. Booker, A.G. Jones and S. Li, 2007. Frontiers in the Earth Sciences in China, 1, 121-128.
  • Joint inversion of teleseismic receiver functions and magnetotelluric data using a genetic algorithm: Are seismic velocities and electrical conductivities compatible?
    Moorkamp, M., A.G. Jones and D.W. Eaton, 2007. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L16311, doi: 10.1029/2007GL030519.
  • Source field effects in the auroral zone: Evidence from the Slave craton (NW Canada).
    Lezeata, P., A.D. Chave, A.G. Jones, and R.L. Evans, 2007. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 164, 21-35.
  • TOPO-EUROPE: The geoscience of coupled deep Earth-surface processes.
    Cloetingh, S.A.P.L., P.A. Ziegler, P.J.F. Bogaard, P.A.M. Andriessen, I.M Artemieva, G. Bada, R.T. van Balen, F. Beekman, Z. Ben-Avraham, J.-P. Brun, H.P. Bunge, E.B. Burov, R. Carbonell, C. Facenna, A. Friedrich, J. Gallart, A.G. Green, O. Heidbach, A.G. Jones, L. Matenco, J. Mosar, O. Oncken, C. Pascal, G. Peters, S. Sliaupa, A. Soesoo, W. Spakman, R.A. Stephenson, H. Thybo, T. Torsvik, G. de Vicente, F. Wenzel, M.J.R. Wortel, and the TOPO-EUROPE Working Group, 2007. Global and Planetary Change, 58, 1-118.
  • The geometry of the Iapetus suture zone in central Ireland deduced from a magnetotelluric study.
    Rao, C.K., A.G. Jones, and M. Moorkamp, 2007. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 161, 134-141.
  • Electromagnetic imaging of a complex ore body: three-dimensional forward modeling, sensitivity tests and down-mine measurements.
    Queralt, P., A.G. Jones, and J. Ledo, 2006. Geophysics, 72, 85-95.
  • Electromagnetic interrogation of the anisotropic Earth: Looking into the Earth: Looking into the Earth with polarized spectacles. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors.
    Jones, A.G. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 158, 281-291.
  • Electrical anisotropy of South African lithosphere compared with seismic anisotropy from shear-wave splitting analyses.
    Hamilton, M.P., A.G. Jones, R.L. Evans, C.J.S. Fourie, X. Garcia, A. Mountford, J.E. Spratt, and the SAMTEX Team. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 158, 226-239.
  • Crustal rheology of the Himalaya and Southern Tibet inferred from magnetotelluric data.
    Unsworth, M.J., A.G. Jones, W. Wei, G. Marquis, S. Gokarn, J.E. Spratt, and the INDEPTH-MT team, 2005. Nature, 438, 78-81, doi: 10.1038/nature04154.
  • The electrical resistivity structure of Archean to Tertiary lithosphere along 3,200 km of SNORCLE profiles, northwestern Canada.
    Jones, A.G., J. Ledo, I.J. Ferguson, C. Farquharson, X. Garcia, N. Grant, G.W. McNeice, B. Roberts, J. Spratt, G. Wennberg, L. Wolynec, and X. Wu, 2005. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 42, 1257-1275.
  • Improving Bahr’s invariant parameters using the WAL approach.
    Martí, A., P. Queralt1, A.G. Jones and J. Ledo, 2005. Geophysical Journal International, 163, 38-41.
  • Geoelectric structure of the Proterozoic Wopmay Orogen and adjacent terranes, Northwest Territories, Canada.
    Wu, X., I.J. Ferguson and A.G. Jones, 2005. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 42, 955-981.
  • Structure of the crust in the vicinity of the Banggong-Nujiang suture central Tibet from INDEPTH magnetotelluric data.
    Solon, K., A.G. Jones, K.D. Nelson, M.J. Unsworth, W. Wei, H. Tan, H., S. Jin, M.Deng, J.R. Booker, S. Li, P. Bedrosian, 2005. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, B10102, doi: 10.1029/2003JB002405.
  • Electromagnetic images of the Trans-Hudson orogen: The North American Central Plains anomaly revealed.
    Jones, A.G., J. Ledo and I.J. Ferguson, 2005. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 42, 457-478.
  • Electrical resistivity imaging of the central Trans-Hudson Orogen in eastern Saskatchewan, Canada.
    Ferguson, I.J. K.M. Stevens and A.G. Jones, 2005. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 42, 495-515.
  • Temperature of the upper mantel beneath the Intermontane Belt, northern Canadian Cordillera, determined from combining mineral composition, electrical conductivity laboratory studies and magnetotelluric field observations.
    Ledo, J. and A.G. Jones, 2005. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 236, 258-268.
  • Electromagnetic image of the Trans-Hudson orogen: THOT94 transect.
    Garcia, X. and A.G. Jones, 2005. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 42, 479-493.
  • Geophysical Transect across a Paleoproterozoic Continent-Continent Collision Zone: The Trans-Hudson Orogen.
    White, D.J., M.D. Thomas, A.G. Jones, J. Hope, B. Nemeth, and Z. Hajnal, 2005. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 42, 385-402.
  • Lithospheric anisotropy structure inferred from collocated teleseismic and magnetotelluric observations: Great Slave Lake shear zone, northern Canada.
    Eaton, D.W., A.G. Jones and I.J. Ferguson, 2005. Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L19614, doi:10.1029/2004GL020939.
  • A new methodology for the acquisition and processing of audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) data in the AMT dead-band.
    Garcia, X. and A.G. Jones, 2005. Geophysics, 70, G119-G126.
  • Electrical resistivity structure of the Yellowknife River Fault Zone and surrounding region.
    A.G. Jones and X. Garcia, 2005. Gold in the Yellowknife Greenstone Belt, Northwest Territories: Results of the EXTECH III Multidisciplinary Research Project, publ. by Geological Association of Canada, Mineral Deposits Division, Special Publication, accepted, 13 May, 2004.
  • Precise temperature estimation in the Tibetan crust from seismic detection of the alpha-beta quartz transition.
    Mechie, J., S.V. Sobolev, L. Ratschbacher, A. Yu. Babeyko, G. Bock, A.G. Jones, K.D. Nelson, K.D. Solon, L.D. Brown, and W. Zhao, 2004. Geology, 32, 601-604.
  • Crustal structure of the India-Asia collision zone, southern Tibet, from INDEPTH MT investigations.
    Spratt, J., A.G. Jones, K.D. Nelson, M.J. Unsworth, and the INDEPTH MT team, 2005. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 150, 227-237.
  • Central Baffin electromagnetic experiment (CBEX) maps the NACP in the Canadian arctic.
    Evans, S., A.G. Jones, J. Spratt and J. Katsube 2005. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 150, 107-122.

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