PhD Geophysics, MIT
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Geophysics, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University
Jenny Suckale is a geophysicist who studies the dynamics of multiphase flow in natural systems ranging from glacial beds to volcanic conduits.
Jenny received a Diploma in physics from the Free University Berlin in 2002, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2006, and a PhD in geophysics from MIT in 2011. The main motivation behind her work is to create and disseminate knowledge that can help to reduce the social and economic impacts of natural and environmental disasters. She pursues this goal through involvement in international disaster management and through her research at the intersection between applied mathematics and Earth science.
As an Environmental Fellow, Jenny worked with Professor James Rice (SEAS) and others on the physics of meltdowns. Observations indicate that the flow dynamics of natural systems may be prone to instability in the case or rapid influx of melt. However, our predictive capabilities of the occurrence of abrupt events in otherwise seemingly stable systems are limited by the complexity and nonlinearity of the physical processes governing these instabilities. The goal of Jenny's research as an Environmental Fellow was to contribute to our quantitative understanding of multiphase flows that might arise through pervasive melting in permafrost soils or ice sheets by developing original computational tools tailored and optimized for these types of systems.
James Rice, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences