Kate Selway

Associate Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Seismology Geology and Tectonophysics
230C Seismology
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8345
(845) 365-8150
Fields of interest: 
I am interested in the formation and evolution of the continents. How did the continents originally form? Why are some continental regions stable for billions of years while others are repeatedly deformed? How does the composition of the deep lithospheric mantle relate to processes occurring at the surface? The main tool I use to investigate these questions is magnetotellurics (MT), which is a deeply-penetrating electromagnetic method that images the electrical conductivity of the lithosphere and asthenosphere. I seek to combine MT observations with constraints from mantle geochemistry, seismics and mineral physics to develop new insights into lithosphere composition and improve our understanding of continental evolution.
List of degrees from highest to lowest:
University of Adelaide, South Australia
BSc (Hons)
University of Adelaide
Selected Publications: 
The seismic mid-lithosphere discontinuity, Selway, K; Ford, H; Kelemen, P. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters , Volume 414, p.45-57, (2015)

Water contentof the Tanzanian lithosphere from magnetotelluric data: Implications for cratonic growth and stability, Selway, K.; Yi, J.; Karato, S. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 388, p.175-186, (2014)

On the causes of electrical conductivity anomalies in tectonically stable lithosphere, Selway, K. , Surveys in Geophysics, Volume 35, p.219-257, (2014), DOI 10.1007/s10712-013-9235-1

A simple 2-D explanation for negative phases in TE magnetotelluric data, Selway, K.; Thiel, S.; Key, K. , Geophysical Journal International, Volume 188, p.945-958, (2012), doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05312.x

Magnetotelluric constraints on the tectonic setting of Grenville-aged orogenesis in central Australia, Selway, K.; Hand, M.; Payne, J.L.; Heinson, G.; Reid, A. , Journal of the Geological Society, London, Volume 168, p.251-264, (2011), doi: 10.1144/0016-76492010-034

Identifying the lithospheric structure of a Precambrian orogen using magnetotellurics: The Capricorn Orogen, Western Australia, Selway, K.; Sheppard, S.; Thorne, A.M.; Johnson, S.P.; Groenewald, P.B. , Precambrian Research, Volume 168, p.185-196, (2009), doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2008.09.010

Magnetotelluric constraints on subduction polarity: Reversing reconstruction models for Proterozoic Australia, Selway, K.; Hand, M.; Heinson, G.; Payne, J.L. , Geology, Volume 7, Issue 9, p.799-802, (2009), doi: 10.1130/G30175A.1