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Foteini Vervelidou

Postdoctoral Fellow

Foteini Vervelidou joins the Weiss group as a postdoctoral fellow.

Constraining the evolution of the magnetic field of terrestrial planets has important implications concerning the planets’ 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 planetary 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 as a postdoctoral Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow. My project, which is being carried out also in collaboration with IPGP, is entitled “Deciphering the magnetic record of planetary rocks using spacecraft and laboratory measurements”. In particular, at this stage, I focus on constraining the evolution of the Martian magnetic field. For this, I use magnetic field measurements obtained by the spacecrafts Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) and Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN). Moreover, I perform laboratory measurements on Martian meteorites using high-end instrumentation, including the SQUID magnetic microscope and the Quantum diamond microscope (QDM).


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