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Foteini Vervelidou

Postdoctoral Associate

Constraining the evolution of the magnetic field of terrestrial bodies has important implications concerning the evolution of their thermal state, composition, atmosphere, climate and ultimately of their habitability over geological times. Rocks are instrumental in enabling us to track this evolution because they record it through their property of acquiring and preserving magnetization. Deciphering rocks’ magnetic record relies on the acquisition, processing and interpretation of spacecraft magnetic field measurements on the one hand and laboratory measurements of rock samples on the other.

During my work as a PhD student at IPGP in Paris, France and as a postdoctoral researcher at GFZ in Potsdam, Germany I became familiar with the possibilities, challenges and constrains involved in using spacecraft measurements to this end. My desire to expand my skill set and work directly with magnetized samples has led me to the Paleomagnetism Lab at MIT in December 2019, initially as a postdoctoral Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow. My work here focuses on constraining the evolution of the Martian and lunar magnetic fields. For this, I use magnetic field measurements obtained by spacecrafts and I perform laboratory measurements on Martian meteorites and lunar rocks.


Mittelholz, A., Espley, J., Connerney, J., Fu, R., Johnson, C. L., Langlais, B., Lillis, R. J., Morschhauser, A., Ravat, D., Vervelidou, F., Volk, M., and Weiss, B. P.  (2021). Mars' Ancient Dynamo and Crustal Remanent Magnetism. Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 53.4, doi: 10.3847/25c2cfeb.471d6bfb.

Rother, M., Korte, M., Morschhauser, A., Vervelidou, F., Matzka, J., Stolle, C. (2021). The Mag.num core field model as a parent for IGRF-13, and the recent evolution of the South Atlantic Anomaly. Earth, Planets and Space, 73:50, doi:10.1186/s40623-020-01277-0.

Alken, P., et al. (including Vervelidou, F.) (2021). Evaluation of candidate models for the 13th generation International Geomagnetic Reference Field. Earth, Planets and Space, 73:48, doi: 10.1186/s40623-020-01281-4.

Alken, P., et al. (including Vervelidou, F.) (2020). International Geomagnetic Reference Field: the thirteenth generation. Earth, Planets and Space, 73:49, doi:10.1186/s40623-020-01288-x.

Lesur, V. and Vervelidou, F. (2019): Retrieving lithospheric magnetization distribution from magnetic field models. Geophysical Journal International 220(2), pp. 981-995, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggz471.

Vervelidou, F. and Lesur, V. (2018): Unveiling Earth’s hidden magnetization. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(22), pp. 12-283, doi: 10.1029/2018GL079876.

Mittelholz, A., Morschhauser, A., Johnson, C. L., Langlais, B., Lillis, R. J., Vervelidou, F., and Weiss, B. P. (2018): The Mars 2020 Candidate Landing Sites: A Magnetic Field Perspective. Earth and Space Science, doi: 10.1029/2018EA000420.

Vervelidou, F., Thébault, E., Korte, M. (2018): A high-resolution lithospheric magnetic field model over southern Africa based on a joint inversion of CHAMP, Swarm, WDMAM, and ground magnetic field data. Solid Earth, 9, pp. 897-910. doi:10.5194/se-9-897-2018.

Thomas, P., Grott, M., Morschhauser, A., Vervelidou, F. (2018): Paleopole Reconstruction of Martian Magnetic Field Anomalies. Journal of Geophysical Research, 123(5), pp. 1140-1155, doi:10.1002/2017JE005511.

Vervelidou, F., Lesur, V., Grott, M., Morschhauser, A., Lillis, R. J. (2017): Constraining the date of the Martian dynamo shutdown by means of crater magnetization signatures. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets,122(11), pp. 2294-2311, doi:10.1002/2017JE005410.

Vervelidou, F., Lesur, V., Morschhauser, A., Grott, M., Thomas, P. (2017): On the accuracy of paleopole estimations from magnetic field measurements. Geophysical Journal International, 211(3), pp. 1669-1678. doi:10.1093/gji/ggx400.

Finlay, C. C., Lesur, V., Thébault, E., Vervelidou, F., Morschhauser, A., Shore, R. (2017): Challenges Handling Magnetospheric and Ionospheric Signals in Internal Geomagnetic Field Modelling. Space Science Reviews, 206, 1, pp. 157-189. doi: 10.1007/s11214-016-0285-9.

Vervelidou, F., and Thébault, E., (2015), Global maps of the magnetic thickness and magnetization of the Earth's lithosphere. Earth, Planets and Space, 67(173), doi: 10.1186/s40623-015-0329-5.

Thébault, E., and Vervelidou, F., (2015), A statistical spatial power spectrum of the Earth's lithospheric magnetic field. Geophysical Journal International, 201(2), pp. 605-620. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu463.

Lesur, V., Rother, M., Vervelidou, F., Hamoudi, M., and Thébault, E. (2013), Post-processing scheme for modeling the lithospheric magnetic field, Solid Earth, 4, 105–118, doi: 10.5194/se-4-105-2013.

Thébault, E., Vervelidou, F., Lesur, V., and Hamoudi, M. (2012). The satellite along-track analysis in planetary magnetism. Geophysical Journal International, 188(3), pp. 891-907, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05281.x.

Vervelidou, F., and Chrissoulidis, D. (2012): Scattering of a pulsed wave by a sphere with an eccentric spherical inclusion, Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 29(4), pp. 605-616, doi: 10.1364/JOSAA.29.000605.

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PhD in Geophysics, Université de Paris, Institut de physique du globe de Paris (IPGP)
MSc in Physical Principles and Methods of Remote-Sensing from Ecole Polytechnique Paris
BSE in Electrical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki