MIT EAPS Directory

Leigh Royden

Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Geology and Geophysics

Leigh (Wiki) Royden works in the area of regional geology and geophysics, and the mechanics of large-scale continental deformation contributing to the study of geologic processes through quantitative geophysical modeling.

Currently serving as the director of MIT's Experimental Study Group, Royden has been on the faculty at MIT since 1988.


Oliver Jagoutz, Francis A. Macdonald, and Leigh Royden (2016), Low-latitude arc–continent collision as a driver for global cooling, PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1523667113

Huppert, K. L. and Royden, L. H. and Perron, J. T. (2015) Dominant influence of volcanic loading on vertical motions of the Hawaiian Islands Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 418, pp. 149-171, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.02.027


Stephan Mueller Medal (Tectonics and Solid Earth Studies), European Geosciences Union (2013) | Woolard Award (Geophysics), Geological Society of America (2012) | Corresponding Member of the Scientific Council for Petroleum, Croatian (formerly Yugoslavian) Academy of Sciences and Arts (1987-Present) | Fellow, American Geophysical Union (2004) | Faculty Awards for Women Scientists and Engineers, NSF (1991-1996) | Visiting Professorship for Women, NSF (1991-1992) | Senior Fellow, Geological Society of America (1990) | Donath Medal (Young Scientist Award), Geological Society of America (1990) | Presidential Young Investigator, NSF (1985-1991) | Kerr-McGee Career Development Chair, MIT (1984-1988)