Bunting Program
Harvard University
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Reference Earth Mantle Viscosity Model

Svetlana Panasyuk plans to make the study of certain layers of the Earth much easier. A Postdoctoral Fellow in Geophysics at Harvard University, Panasyuk has published her research in Geophysics Journal International and Nature. She was a teaching and research assistant in geophysics at MIT from 1992 to 1998. Prior to that, she was a researcher at the Institute of Physics of the Earth in Moscow from 1988 to 1992. Panasyuk’s work has given her a chance to serve as a research assistant at the Acoustics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and as a teaching assistant at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

During her fellowship, Panasyuk plans to build a reference model illustrating the thickness of the earth’s covering, in order to satisfy current observational constraints. The inversion method she proposes to use takes into account uncertainties in the data, observables, and deficiencies in the analytical approach currently employed. Panasyuk has received numerous honors and distinctions, including a “Red Diploma” from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and an award for outstanding research from the USSR National School of Young Scientists.

Panasyuk received her MA in physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and her PhD in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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